Enchanting Vintage Photos of Disney Parks

As summer comes into full swing, your social media feeds fill up with all of your friends and family taking well earned vacations. It’s both inspiring and envy creating. It’s funny to think that 15-20 years ago you had to show physical copies of pictures to express the good time had by all. My parents personally had about 4-5 photo albums just from our trips to Walt Disney World. Which got me thinking about the American Disney parks and all the vacationers that came before us. What did their pictures look like, how did their experiences differ? Let’s take a look…

We’ll start with Disneyland, since it was first afterall…

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Date night in the 1950s
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Disneyland Monorail circa the 1960s
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A Jungle Cruise Elephant on route to the park for installation
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Finishing touches being put on the flora and fauna in the Enchanted Tiki Room
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The Frito Kid peddling what would eventually become know as Doritos.
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Costumed Disney characters setting their clocks

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Picture from inside the Blue Bayou Restaurant at Pirates of the Caribbean
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Davy Crockett Canoes

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These Tomorrowland Characters channeling their inner Jetsons
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Parking attendants, seemingly dressed up as Rockford Peaches players, guide vacationers into the park.

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Skull Rock inspired by the colorful cast of characters below.

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Real life mermaids wade in the pool as Nemo and his crew journey 20,000 leagues under the sea

Thought it opened a few years later, there are also plenty of vintage photos of Disney World as well!

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Opening Day at Walt Disney World
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1970s fashion on Main street
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Chip taking a ride in Herbie as part of a parade
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Julie Andrews on It’s a Small World
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Construction of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth
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An overhead view of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
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Baloo and King Louie signing autographs outside the Tiki Room
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The now defunct gondola system that took riders from one side of The Magic Kingdom to the other
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The Haunted Mansion mid construction
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Robin and friends at the height of their popularity.
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The newly opened Tomorrowland
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The Contemporary Resort, looked over by Mary Blair’s mural
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An overhead view of a still functioning River Country
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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride mid-1990s, before it’s unfortunate removal.

Disney Parks are ever changing and evolving, even things I remember from childhood no longer exist (RIP Thaddeus J Toad,) but most agree that the parks are also improving with age. Technology has helped pushed the parks into a new more interactive era, and rumors of new attractions and rides spring up every day. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

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