Disneyland Then and Now

The image above is an aerial image of Disneyland taken on July 15, 1955, two days before Disneyland’s opening day. As you can see, the Park was completely surrounded by farmland, primarily orange groves. Harbor Boulevard was a two-lane road lined on the east with orange trees. Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.

Following is an aerial image of Disneyland by Google Maps, taken in 2017:

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Next is the 2017 Google Maps image with the 1955 black-and-white image of Walt’s Disneyland superimposed:

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The following photo shows Walt Disney meeting with Orange County officials at his Burbank studio, showing them the plans for Disneyland: Anaheim Mayor Charles Pearson, Orange County Supervisor Willis Warner, Walt Disney, Supervisor Willard Smith, and Orange County Planning Commission Chairman Dr. W. L. Bingham. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives:


The next image shows the Disneyland Railroad Station and Mickey Mouse floral design at the entrance to Disneyland in 1955. Photo courtesy of the United States Information Service:


ABOUT JIM DENNEY AND WALT’S DISNEYLAND: Jim Denney has more than 120 books to his credit, and has co-written books with sports stars and Hollywood celebrities. His previous book on Walt Disney, How To Be Like Walt (co-written with Orlando Magic founder Pat Williams) has remained in print for a dozen years, and has garnered 4.8 out of 5 stars in 185 customer reviews on Amazon.com. Walt’s Disneyland: It’s Still There If You Know Where to Look by Jim Denney (Anaheim, CA: Writing in Overdrive Books, May 2017) is available at Amazon.com; Paperback $15.99; Ebook $5.99.

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