August 3, 2018

Friday Morning at Disneyland, 1955

It's 1955, and Walt Disney's new playground, Disneyland, has just opened in Anaheim, California. What a groundbreaking park it is!

Take a stroll down Main Street U.S.A., and enjoy the sights and sounds from fifty years back. A quaint and charming slice of hometown America now disappeared due to the hustle and bustle of the postwar baby boom. Better yet, hop aboard one of those horse drawn carriages to get to the end of the street. But don't forget to stop by the Main Street Cinema and watch those Mickey Mouse cartoons!

Imagine going on a real Jungle River Cruise into the wilds of Asia, Africa, and other exotic locations. A bit closer to home but back in time, you can venture into Frontierland and relive the days of the Wild West. Be on the lookout for Davy Crockett and other heroes of the frontier. Mosey up to the Golden Horseshoe saloon for their outstanding stage show complete with cancan dancers. If you hang around Disneyland when it gets dark, there's nothing like an event cruise around the Rivers of America aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. (Note: Still nothing like it- but now next to impossible since Fantasmic! came about.)

On the other side of the park is the world of Tomorrow. Going aboard Space Station X-1 will give you a view of earth from outer space as will the Rocket to the Moon. On land, things can be just as treacherous if you decide to drive an Autopia car. Watch out for young inexperienced drivers!

Last but not least, there's Fantasyland. It might seem like an excuse for Walt to push his older and upcoming animated film projects, but the place is filled with things you can't do anywhere else. Where else can you fly with Peter Pan off to Neverland, go on a scary adventure with Snow White, or ride into Hell itself with Mr. Toad? 

Yes, ma'am, yes, sir, Disneyland is a full day's worth of fun- all for one dollar and rides cost about 30 cents each. What a bargain!

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.) 

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