Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Bank on Main Street
Although I usually don’t pay too much attention to the multitude of rumors that float on the web about Disneyland, when they talk about closing/removing something, I usually err on the side of caution and get my trusty camera out to make sure I have captured a few images for posterity! One of the latest announcements is that the Bank on Main Street will be closed soon to make way for the Disney Gallery. All of the teller windows and furnishings that have been around since opening day will be taken out. Personally, this is much sadder than the latest iasw “scandal.” It is one less shop on Main Street/Town Square that truly makes it a real functioning Main Street. Granted, it hasn’t operated as a real bank since 1993, but at least it gave the appearance of one; now even that will be going away. The first photo for today is a vintage shot from 1956—it must be vintage...notice the “old-fashioned” air-conditioning unit stuck in the upstairs window! Kinda’ detracts from the turn-of-the-century feeling, doesn’t it? Originally operated by The Bank of America, the Bank of Main Street was a fully-functioning bank. Guests could also buy souvenir money orders here with a picture of the Disneyland Bank on them. BOA also sponsored one of the earliest Disneyland brochures; here’s the inside map from 1955:
ATM’s killed the need for a real bank on Main Street; in 1993, Bank of America left and the name officially became Bank of Main Street. To use the word “bank” required permission from the state banking commission since it no longer operated as a bank. Mainly, it has been used as an Annual Pass Center.
So, for your nostalgic pleasure, here is a sampling of current interior images of the Bank of Main Street:
Adieu Bank of Main Street...you will be missed, as are the other “real shops” that used to be on Main Street. See more vintage & current Bank of Main Street photos at my regular website.