My wife and I took our two boys to Disneyland this past Christmas. It was especially awesome because our youngest son was just tall enough to qualify to go on every ride the park has to offer. And we pretty much did just that, with the exception of Splash Mountain which we felt miiiight just be too scary for us. For the kids I mean, the kids.
The lines were long and it was extremely crowded thanks to the Christmas holiday. Almost… too crowded, which led me to wonder if Disneyland has a limit to the number of people they will admit each day. Certain areas of the park (I’m looking at you, New Orleans area) were almost concert venue crowded. But regardless, it was a fantastic trip.
Disneyland is packed full of stuff. You can tell that the people responsible for its layout have been very careful to place things so as to help facilitate a unique and positive experience. I figured there must be a pretty rich history of revisions and changes to the theme park over the years, and of course it turns out that there is.
In the following video, Disney Imagineers Tony Baxter, Ed Hobbleman and Walter Magnuson provide voice over narration for a series of time lapse videos of the parks being built in 1955. In certain cut-scenes you can see Walt Disney himself riding a bike down the streets to check on the work being done. It’s pretty fascinating to watch, and there are lots of fun little nuggets of trivia to be learned. For instance, Tomorrow land was only finished a few days before the park opened!
There’s also a great “official” video that we saw in a little Disneyland museum at the park itself, featuring Steve Martin and an animated Donald Duck (presented to you here by an anonymous guest’s smartphone):
A pretty comprehensive list of former attractions can be found here:
And lastly, I found this link pretty interesting- a list of injuries and deaths that have happened at Disneyland. I don’t recommend reading it if you have a visit planned as it sort of destroys the “magic”. But it was too intriguing to leave out:
Eric James Lyman
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