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November 20, 2021

Nostalgic Photos of Disneyland in the 1960s

“The park means a lot to me in that it's something that will never be finished.” Said Walt Disney in 1956. “Something that I can keep developing, keep plussing and adding to—it's alive. It will be a live, breathing thing that will need changes.”

True to his words, after Disneyland’s opening, the Chicago-born creator constantly updated the park and added new rides and attractions including New Orleans Square, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, the Flying Saucers, the Haunted Mansion and the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves statues, and by the 1960s park goers could tour the Sleeping Beauty Castle itself.

Take a look through these nostalgic photographs of Disneyland from the 1960s and see bygone rides and attractions:

Snow White and Grumpy. (Dean Conger)

Walt Disney with wife Lillian in an antique auto.

Sleeping Beauty Castle. (Albert Moote)

Disney actors leaving the head of Three Little Pigs behind in an alley on the backlot. (Tom Nebbia)

Scandinavian princesses pose with Minnie Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

Parade along Main Street USA. (Tom Nebbia)

Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant. (Albert Moote)

A boy poking Grumpy in the nose. (Tom Nebbia)

Panning for gold in the Frontierland section. (Walter Leporati)

Walt Disney at the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction. (Tom Nebbia)

Pinocchio shaking hands with a boy in wheelchair. (Tom Nebbia)

Main Street USA at night. (Tom Nebbia)

Children in a ceremonial dance in the Indian Village section. (Walter Leporati)

Big Bad Wolf waving to the children. (Jack Garofalo)

Tiki Tiki Room. (Tom Nebbia)

Golden Horseshoe Revue. (Walter Leporati)

Goofy driving Minnie in a jalopy. (Jack Garofalo)

Fantasyland. (David Attie)

A tourist tying Goofy's shoelaces. (Tom Nebbia)

Monstro the Whale at the Storybook Land Canal Boats attraction. (Jack Garofalo)

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride. (Dean Conger)

Animatronics hippopotamuses in a river on the Jungle Cruise attraction. (Tom Nebbia)


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