Saturday, June 7, 2008

On This Day In 1958 - Disneyland 50 Years Ago

This aerial view of Disneyland and Anaheim was taken on June 7th, 1958, exactly 50 years ago today. (Just want to let you know this file is 3800 x 3000 dpi - 2.59 MB) This aerial view was put together by my younger brother (because he has more patience than I do) from more than 96 seperate images, not unlike the boys at NASA do.

As you look at this aerial view you can see the newly completed Columbia sailing ship docked in Fowler's Harbor. Seven days after this picture was taken, on June 14th the Sailing Ship Columbia attraction opens. It is a full-scale replica of the original Columbia, the first ship under the American flag, to circumnavigate the globe in 1787. The ship cost $300,000 to build.

In addition and at the same time, Fowler's Harbor is officially opened to dock the new Columbia Sailing Ship. It is named after Admiral Joseph Fowler, who helped to build Disneyland.

Also on June the 14th, the Alice in Wonderland ride opens in Fantasyland. Some additional events occuring through out the month of June were: The Mad Hatter Shop opens on Main Street. The Space Station X-1 exhibit in Tomorrowland is renamed "Satellite View of America". The Hills Brothers Coffee House opens on Town Square and the Globe Ticket Company begins printing A through D ticket books.

But unfortunately as you look at the Disneyland Viewliner in this aerial view, it will take its last trip a little more than 3 months later, on September 15th 1958. And not to be forgotten, the Dairy Bar in Tomorrowland, sponsored by The American Dairy Association, will close on Sept 1st, 1958.

And while we are on the subject; how many times have I heard that the Viewliner track was a figure 8? I hope this close-up puts that to rest once and for all.

As you can see there is a lot going in the City of Anaheim, so here is a little additional information on an area outside of Disneyland. Below is a blow-up of part of the top-middle portion of the aerial view. Just left of the Santa Ana Freeway you can see a barn-like building with a billboard in front of it. Below this blow-up is a picture of this area where you can see that building and the billboard in 1956 that "The Pickle Barrel Blog" posted on August 28th in 2006.

To compliment this aerial view and see many pictures of this time in Disneyland's history, don't forget to check out these great Disneyland Bloggers.

Link: Gorillas Don't Blog
Link: Daveland Disneyland Blog
Link: Stuff From The Park
Link: Vintage Disneyland Tickets


Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, NEAT. This was pieced together from lots of smaller images?? It looks perfect. Your brother did a great job.

I love love love these early aerial views. I guess that you could say that the Viewliner's track was *roughly* a figure 8, stretched out and bent! Amazing how you spotted that barn that was in perkypickle's photo!

Thanks for the links too. GREAT POST!!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Oh my, I will be checking this over with a fine tooth comb! THANKS! I love the aerial views too!, great match-up with the bill-board and the barn shot, WOW!

Dave said...

A meticulous effort with an amazing result. Thanks to you and your brother, Richard!

Synthetrix said...

The barn-like building that you mentioned is the old Dreyfus Winery building. Check out my web page about it here -->

The Viewliner Limited said...

Thanks for the great info Synthetrix. Much appreciated.