No, you’re not looking at a painting, but an actual color photograph of Disneyland from 1955, before there were the towering trees and moats. After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Walt bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955. Continue reading for more.

Bonus Video

According to YouTube user kingsfordish, “A few days after the dedication of Disneyland, these scenes were recorded on 8-mm film using a Revere Model 55 movie camera. The images offer a look at the park before the Submarine Voyage, Skyway, Matterhorn, and Monorail System were built. Attractions that have been lost to time include the Rocket to the Moon, Chicken of the Sea Pirate Restaurant, and the Stage Coach Depot where Walt Disney was on hand to welcome guests.”


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