Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July 1960 Trip to Disneyland, Pt. 1

In July 1960, the park was only 5 years old. The Monorail, Matterhorn, and Submarine Voyage had just celebrated their first anniversary, and The Haunted Mansion was still almost a decade away. Shot #1 shows a foolish group of guests leaving the park. What were they thinking?!? Go back! Take more photos! Closeup of the E.P. Ripley included.

The photographer might have had a little too much drink when he shot this Town Square slide, or perhaps he was just trying to be creative.

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Katella Gate said...

I am constantly amazed at how the landcaping and hardscaping for the Park evolved over the years. In the mid 50's this area is almost bleak... Here in the 60's it sports a friendly suburban look.

The gardening at the Park today is ultra-sophisticated. I am constantly astonished that, even in the Pressler years, the Park's plantings and pathways just look fantastic. A real standard setter.

Unfortunately, landscaping is like a movie soundtrack, you don't notice how good it is until you are exposed to a bad one.

Major Pepperidge said...

I always wonder why you see people leaving the park so early in many older photos. Some tourists planned to do Disneyland and Knott's in the same day, which just seems crazy!

HollyLynne said...

That chain link fence with the barbed wire is so un-Disney-like!! How funny that it used to be there!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we left the park to catch an early dinner nearby only to return for more in the evening.