Welcome to Walt’s Disneyland


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cover-htblwaltpwjd(By the way, my previous book on Walt Disney, co-written with Orlando Magic cofounder Pat Williams, is How to Be Like Walt, which has 4.8 out of 5 stars with 185 Amazon customer reviews. If you liked How to Be Like Walt, I think you’ll like Walt’s Disneyland.)

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Welcome to Walt’s Disneyland

by Jim Denney
co-author of How to Be Like Walt (2004)
and author of Walt’s Disneyland (available NOW)

In the years since Disneyland first opened on July 17, 1955, the Park has changed enormously. That’s as it should be. Walt Disney himself said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” After Walt passed away on December 15, 1966, the Walt Disney Company continued to add new attractions and lands to Disneyland — Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Star Tours, Indiana Jones Adventure, Mickey’s Toontown, Disney California Adventure, and the new Star Wars Land (scheduled to open in 2019). As Disneyland changed, much of Walt’s original Disneyland began to disappear.

“Partners,” a bronze statue of Walt and his pal Mickey, sculpted by Blaine Gibson, in the Park’s central plaza.

But if you know where to look, you can still find classic attractions and features that have remained unchanged from Walt’s day until now. Those attractions reflect Walt’s original vision, his boyhood memories, his love of the past, and his optimism for the future. Yes, if you look closely, you’ll see that Walt’s Disneyland is still there, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Once you’ve rediscovered Walt’s original Disneyland, a trip to the Park is like a journey through the heart and soul of one of the great innovators of our time.

In 2004, along with Pat Williams, founder and senior v.p. of the Orlando Magic, I co-wrote How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life. Now I have written a new book, Walt’s Disneyland, devoted to helping you rediscover those parts of Disneyland that still reflect Walt’s passions and his spirit — Main Street USA, the Disneyland Railroad, Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Mark Twain riverboat, and much more. In fact, as my friend Peggy Matthews Rose (an expert on all things Disney) points out, there are parts of Disneyland that still bear the fingerprints of Walt himself.

Walts_Disneyland_Cover_for_KindleOn this blog, and in my newly released book Walt’s Disneyland, I’ll take you on a tour of the lands and attractions of Walt’s magic kingdom that have remained essentially as Walt left them in 1966. Oh, and don’t forget to follow Walt’s Disneyland on Twitter at @WaltsDisneyland for news and updates

Walt’s original Disneyland is waiting for you. Come with me. I’ll show you where to find it.


Please be advised: Unless otherwise noted, all images used on this website are copyright by Jim Denney and may not be used without prior written permission. Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law.


4 thoughts on “Welcome to Walt’s Disneyland

  1. Read the article on Fox News site about Walt Disney helping U.S. get into space today. Unfortunately a huge factual error has pretty much ruined what would have otherwise been a good article. The error code checked by Steve Bales had little to do with navigation. It was a guidance computer workload overrun fault warning.


    1. Thanks, J.R. I will recheck my sources and post an update by the end of the day. I do know that Bales had a go or no-go decision to make, so he was a crucial factor in the success or failure of the mission. If the precise nature of the computer problem is misstated, I will make the correction in future postings of the piece. I would not say that such an error, if you are correct, “pretty much ruins” the piece, but that’s a matter of opinion. Accuracy is crucially important to me, so I really do appreciate you bringing that to my attention. All the best. J.D.


  2. No, Walt would not approve of the new “Galaxy’s Edge” park. He might like it if it were a separate park with a separate entrance. But adding it to an already overcrowded park will absolutely destroy the Disney experience for many, many families. This observation is from someone who visited the park in 1955 as a kid and multiple times with my child and grandchildren.


    1. Thanks, Bob! You beat me to Disneyland by two years. I first visited in 1957 as a four-year-old, and I still remember my first impressions of Disneyland. I had been watching the Disneyland TV series on ABC for months, and I could hardly believe I was really there on Main Street USA, walking toward Sleeping Beauty Castle with my Mom and Dad and brother Tim.
      Yes, the Park is very crowded at peak times, but Galaxy’s Edge can absorb a lot of people. Imagineer Kim Irvine has overseen a remodeling of the Park that includes wider walkways and more open spaces that may enable Disneyland to better manage the crowds and foot traffic at the Park.
      What would Walt think of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? When I wrote the piece at https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jim-denney-walt-disney-star-wars-galaxys-edge-theme-park, I based my views on Walt’s own words about the future of humanity and the future of Disneyland. I may be wrong, but based on what Walt himself said, I think he would approve. I’m grateful that you took the time to express an alternate view. Thanks for your thoughts!


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