Walt’s Disneyland

Your guide to the original California theme park imagined and designed by Walt Disney himself

WD-JDD-6-tiny$15.99 paperback or $5.99 Kindle ebook

Walt’s Disneyland has earned 4.7 out of 5 stars in 90 Amazon customer reviews.

The paperback edition of Walt’s Disneyland is 266 pages, and packed with stories, insights, and black-and-white photos. The ebook contains both color and black-and-white photos)

By the way, How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams with Jim Denney, earned 4.8 out of 5 stars with 329 Amazon customer reviews. Foreword by Art Linkletter.

LINKS

LINK: About Jim Denney & Walt’s Disneyland

Disney History

LINK: A Conversation with Disney Author Marcy Carriker Smothers

LINK: The Disney Studio in 1929

LINK: Disneyland Then and Now

LINK: Art Linkletter’s Disneyland Regret

LINK: Disneyland’s Vanished Shops for Smokes and Unmentionables

LINK: Disneyland: The Birthplace of Doritos?

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Walt Disney with an early rendering by Peter Ellenshaw, unveiling his plans for Disneyland during the premiere of the Disneyland television series, October 27, 1954. Image used by permission of Walt Disney World News.

People of Disneyland

LINK: October Is the Month of Ray Bradbury

LINK: The Many Gifts of Walt Disney

LINK: Remembering X

LINK: Walt, a Man Named Grenade, and the First Map of Disneyland

Disneyland Beginnings

LINK: Why I Wrote Walt’s Disneyland

LINK: Walt Disney, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

LINK: The Origin of Walt’s Disneyland Idea

LINK: 1313 South Harbor Blvd.

LINK: Walt Disney and the Significance of a Year and a Day

Disneyland Seasons

LINK: Memorial Day Remembrance: How Walt Used Disneyland to Honor Military Heroes

LINK: October Is the Month of Ray Bradbury

LINK: Honoring Veterans: Walt Disney’s Flag Retreat Ceremony at Disneyland

LINK: Christmastime at Disneyland—Past and Present

Classic Disneyland Features

LINK: Disneyland Is a Movie and You Are the Star

LINK: The Gleaming Gateway to Fantasyland

LINK: Walt’s Fire House

LINK: Walt’s Disneyland Railroad

LINK: The Trees of Disneyland

Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California (artist’s conception). Image used by permission of Walt Disney World News.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

LINK: Disneyland Is Getting Neat and Pretty for the Opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

LINK: A Report from Galaxy’s Edge

Unless otherwise noted, images on this website are copyright by Jim Denney and may not be used without written permission.

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3 thoughts on “Walt’s Disneyland

  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.

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  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.

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    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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