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Disneyland, 2015, 60th Anniversary

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2015 - 2017.

60th Anniversary Visit

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Disneyland 50th Anniversary Visit
Disneyland requires no introduction. Disney opened the gates and lowered the drawbridge on July 17, 1955 and has been delighting and fascinating the world ever since. Two decades later, it was joined by a sister park in Florida and later, parks in Europe and Asia. Forty-five years later, Disneyland was joined by the "second gate," which is a WED Imagineering term for a second adjacent theme park, and Disney California Adventure opened. There have been critics over the years, but they are by unhappy people and are greatly outweighed by the fans.

Disneyland opened with five themed lands, Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Ten years later, New Orleans Square was squeeded in between Adventurland and Frontierland. In the 1980s, Bear Country, later renamed Critter Country, was carved out of a piece of Frontierland and in the 1990s, Mickey's Toontown was tacked on to the top of Fantasyland.

There have been many changes made throughout the over half century of operation, but some areas would still be recognizable to Walk Disney today. Main Street still looks like it did on opening day, the Jungle Cruise has changed little except where Indiana Jones was shoehorned in, Tom Sawyer's Island has changed little, Sleeping Beauty's Castle is still as magical, even though the castle is larger in the sister parks. Little of the original Tomorrowland remains, but if it hadn't changed, it would be Yesterdayland by now.

See the official Disney web site for up to date details.
Mickey Mouse and Main Street RR Station.
Mickey Mouse and Main Street RR Station.

Mickey Mouse and Main Street RR Station.

Main Street RR Station.

Main Street.

Main Street.

Statue of Walt and Mickey in the Central Plaza.

Penny Arcade

Recently a bypass has been added to Mian Street to speed passes to the center.

Astro Orbiter.

Astro Orbiter and Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

Tomorrowland Terrace.

Star Tours.

Finding Nemo is the old Submarine ride with added material from the film Finding Nemo.

Finding Nemo.

Omnibus and Matterhorn.


Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle at night.

Sleeping Beauty.

Toon Town City Hall.

Power House

Toon Town.

Toon Town.

Toon Town.

Toon Town.
Chip-n-Dale Treehouse.
Donalds Boat.

Five and Dime.

Five and Dime and Goofy.
Gadget Go Coaster.
Gadget Go Coaster.
Goofys Playhouse.

Toon Town drinking fountain.

Goofy Water.

Mickey's House and Chip-n-Dale's Treehouse.

Mickey's House.
Mickey's House.
Mickey's House.
The Jungle Cruse is one of the few remaining original attractions.

Tarzan Treehouse was a rework of the original Swiss Family Treehouse.

Looking down on Adventureland.


Columbia sailing ship.
New Orleans Square.

Haunted Mansion.

Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.

Winnie Pooh.
Winnie Pooh.

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