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Magical Then And Now Photos Of Disneyland Throughout The Years

The magic has always been there. H/t Disney Imagineering's remarkable Disneyland "Then and Now" photo collection.

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As pictured in the left image, Disneyland was inaugurated during a live television preview on July 17, 1955.

(Left image circa 1955)

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As pictured in the left image, Disneyland was inaugurated during a live television preview on July 17, 1955.

(Left image circa 1955)

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As pictured in the left image, Disneyland was inaugurated during a live television preview on July 17, 1955.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Originally called the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, the Disneyland Railroad was originally constructed for $240,000 and transported guests to other areas in the park.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Originally called the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, the Disneyland Railroad was originally constructed for $240,000 and transported guests to other areas in the park.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Originally called the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, the Disneyland Railroad was originally constructed for $240,000 and transported guests to other areas in the park.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Main Street USA was inspired in part by Walt Disney's hometown of Marcelline, Missouri and in part by Imagineer Harper Goff's hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Main Street USA was inspired in part by Walt Disney's hometown of Marcelline, Missouri and in part by Imagineer Harper Goff's hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Main Street USA was inspired in part by Walt Disney's hometown of Marcelline, Missouri and in part by Imagineer Harper Goff's hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Interestingly enough, every curb on Main Street is rounded, there are no "corner" curbs. Disney felt rounded curbs would create a more welcoming environment.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Interestingly enough, every curb on Main Street is rounded, there are no "corner" curbs. Disney felt rounded curbs would create a more welcoming environment.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Interestingly enough, every curb on Main Street is rounded, there are no "corner" curbs. Disney felt rounded curbs would create a more welcoming environment.

(Left image circa 1955)

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For the first year Disneyland was open, Mainstreet was home to Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co.-- a lingerie shop that sold corsets and other women's apparel including "strapless Whirlpool bras."

(Left image circa 1955)

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For the first year Disneyland was open, Mainstreet was home to Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co.-- a lingerie shop that sold corsets and other women's apparel including "strapless Whirlpool bras."

(Left image circa 1955)

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For the first year Disneyland was open, Mainstreet was home to Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co.-- a lingerie shop that sold corsets and other women's apparel including "strapless Whirlpool bras."

(Left image circa 1955)

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The Main Street Firehouse (the building located to the right of City Hall) is home to a secret apartment Walt built for him and his family on the second floor as a place to escape the crowds.

(Left image circa 1955)

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The Main Street Firehouse (the building located to the right of City Hall) is home to a secret apartment Walt built for him and his family on the second floor as a place to escape the crowds.

(Left image circa 1955)

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The Main Street Firehouse (the building located to the right of City Hall) is home to a secret apartment Walt built for him and his family on the second floor as a place to escape the crowds.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Although the stores on Mainstreet appeared finished on the outside, many of the interiors were still under construction during opening day of the park.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Although the stores on Mainstreet appeared finished on the outside, many of the interiors were still under construction during opening day of the park.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Although the stores on Mainstreet appeared finished on the outside, many of the interiors were still under construction during opening day of the park.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Although Sleeping Beauty Castle has a working drawbridge, it has only been lowered twice. Once on Disneyland's opening day in 1955 and then again in 1983 to reveal a remodeled Fantasyland.

(Left image circa 1966)

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Although Sleeping Beauty Castle has a working drawbridge, it has only been lowered twice. Once on Disneyland's opening day in 1955 and then again in 1983 to reveal a remodeled Fantasyland.

(Left image circa 1966)

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Although Sleeping Beauty Castle has a working drawbridge, it has only been lowered twice. Once on Disneyland's opening day in 1955 and then again in 1983 to reveal a remodeled Fantasyland.

(Left image circa 1966)

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To get the sparkle from the sunlight, Walt had the castle spires plated with 22-karat gold.

(Left image circa 1966)

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To get the sparkle from the sunlight, Walt had the castle spires plated with 22-karat gold.

(Left image circa 1966)

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To get the sparkle from the sunlight, Walt had the castle spires plated with 22-karat gold.

(Left image circa 1966)

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Every boat on Storybook Land Canal Boats is named after a different female Disney character except for Flower, the male skunk from Bambi.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Every boat on Storybook Land Canal Boats is named after a different female Disney character except for Flower, the male skunk from Bambi.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Every boat on Storybook Land Canal Boats is named after a different female Disney character except for Flower, the male skunk from Bambi.

(Left image circa 1955)

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds, one of Fantasyland's most popular attractions, houses an indoor basketball court. The court was built to help cast members pass time during bad weather.

(Left image circa 1955)

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds, one of Fantasyland's most popular attractions, houses an indoor basketball court. The court was built to help cast members pass time during bad weather.

(Left image circa 1955)

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds, one of Fantasyland's most popular attractions, houses an indoor basketball court. The court was built to help cast members pass time during bad weather.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Tomorrowland has been remodeled twice since Disneyland opened in 1955, once in 1967 (left) and once in 1998 (right).

(Left image circa 1967)

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Tomorrowland has been remodeled twice since Disneyland opened in 1955, once in 1967 (left) and once in 1998 (right).

(Left image circa 1967)

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Tomorrowland has been remodeled twice since Disneyland opened in 1955, once in 1967 (left) and once in 1998 (right).

(Left image circa 1967)

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In the front of Redd Rockett's Pizza Port (pictured above), is the Moonliner from the original Rocket to the Moon attraction.

(Left image circa 1975)

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In the front of Redd Rockett's Pizza Port (pictured above), is the Moonliner from the original Rocket to the Moon attraction.

(Left image circa 1975)

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In the front of Redd Rockett's Pizza Port (pictured above), is the Moonliner from the original Rocket to the Moon attraction.

(Left image circa 1975)

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Opposed to just the typical flowers, various edible fruits and vegetables are growing all over Tomorrowland. You can find mint, kale, artichokes, grapes, corn, beans, bananas, cabbage, strawberries, oranges, and dwarf apples around the park.

(Left image circa 1967)

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Opposed to just the typical flowers, various edible fruits and vegetables are growing all over Tomorrowland. You can find mint, kale, artichokes, grapes, corn, beans, bananas, cabbage, strawberries, oranges, and dwarf apples around the park.

(Left image circa 1967)

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Opposed to just the typical flowers, various edible fruits and vegetables are growing all over Tomorrowland. You can find mint, kale, artichokes, grapes, corn, beans, bananas, cabbage, strawberries, oranges, and dwarf apples around the park.

(Left image circa 1967)

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From 1955 to 1973, Frontierland used to offer mule rides for guests. The attraction would carry guests on mules through a fake frontier.

(Left image circa 1955)

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From 1955 to 1973, Frontierland used to offer mule rides for guests. The attraction would carry guests on mules through a fake frontier.

(Left image circa 1955)

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From 1955 to 1973, Frontierland used to offer mule rides for guests. The attraction would carry guests on mules through a fake frontier.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Walt bought this tree stump from Pike Petrified Forest in Colorado as a 31st wedding anniversary gift for his wife, Lilly. She then donated the stump where it still stands today as a fixture in Frontierland.

(Left image circa 1956)

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Walt bought this tree stump from Pike Petrified Forest in Colorado as a 31st wedding anniversary gift for his wife, Lilly. She then donated the stump where it still stands today as a fixture in Frontierland.

(Left image circa 1956)

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Walt bought this tree stump from Pike Petrified Forest in Colorado as a 31st wedding anniversary gift for his wife, Lilly. She then donated the stump where it still stands today as a fixture in Frontierland.

(Left image circa 1956)

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Pendleton Woolen Mills shop opened with Disneyland in 1955 and was in business for almost 35 years when it closed in April 1990. The store sold western clothing, blankets, hats, ties, gloves, wallets, belts and other dry goods.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Pendleton Woolen Mills shop opened with Disneyland in 1955 and was in business for almost 35 years when it closed in April 1990. The store sold western clothing, blankets, hats, ties, gloves, wallets, belts and other dry goods.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Pendleton Woolen Mills shop opened with Disneyland in 1955 and was in business for almost 35 years when it closed in April 1990. The store sold western clothing, blankets, hats, ties, gloves, wallets, belts and other dry goods.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Originally, Jungle Cruise was imagined with real wildlife, but imagineers quickly realized animatronic animals would be a better fit for the attraction.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Originally, Jungle Cruise was imagined with real wildlife, but imagineers quickly realized animatronic animals would be a better fit for the attraction.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Originally, Jungle Cruise was imagined with real wildlife, but imagineers quickly realized animatronic animals would be a better fit for the attraction.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye is the latest attraction to be added to Adventureland. The ride cost roughly $100 million to make and took seven years to design and build. It opened in 1995.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye is the latest attraction to be added to Adventureland. The ride cost roughly $100 million to make and took seven years to design and build. It opened in 1995.

(Left image circa 1955)

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Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye is the latest attraction to be added to Adventureland. The ride cost roughly $100 million to make and took seven years to design and build. It opened in 1995.

(Left image circa 1955)

Truly magical.

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