April 17, 2008

Happiest Kingdom of Them All

It's very easy and understandable to think that Disneyland's Fantasyland is timeless. Certainly, the theme seems iconic, and yet this section of the park has seen its own fair share of change. Just glance at this 1957 park map.

Attractions have been enhanced, added or replaced. Colorful but simple tournament tent-like show building fascades painstakingly transform into elegant and stylized versions of European locales. A mountain is built from scratch, while a slice of a beloved Neverland disappears, only to resurface in Paris a decade later.

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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