In a previous entry, I detailed how I came to be the lucky recipient of a family friend’s small collection of vintage Disney ephemera. Most of her things were from Walt Disney World’s first holiday season, but I was thrilled to find some gems from a Disneyland trip in 1964 (the majority of the copyright dates confirm the year).
I’m a lifelong Southern Californian. Disneyland is my “home park” and I love it dearly. I treasure my vintage theme park finds, and I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoy this stuff.
I just adore this cute little postcard menu from the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor.
The menu is even illustrated inside!
I love the fact that the menu offers items themed to each of the original lands.
“Imports from Adventureland”? I think Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar should offer a pan-Asian flaming pupu platter and call it Imports from Adventureland.
Walt Disney’s Guide to Disneyland! I’d heard of this book but had never seen one in person until now. This is the 1961 edition.
The only problems with Disneyland in 1961? No Haunted Mansion (my favorite), no Pirates of the Caribbean (everyone else’s favorite), and no Enchanted Tiki Room (yet).
This map of Disneyland was purchased at the Art Corner in Fantasyland and is dated 1964. Look closely and you’ll see Edison Square and Liberty Square, which were planned but never built. The Liberty Square concept was used in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom; the ideas behind Edison Square survive in the Carousel of Progress and (to a lesser extent) Spaceship Earth. This map is yellowed, creased, and torn…and I’m going to get it framed anyway.
Close-up with the castle and the hub.
This paper placemat was designed to be used once and thrown away. And it’s still here, creased but intact.
Sharp-eyed Disney fans may recognize the long-since-demolished Plantation House, located about where Pirates of the Caribbean is now. Imagineers paid tribute to the previous restaurant by re-using its design inside the Blue Bayou.
I have accumulated a few other vintage Disneyland items over the years (1970s ticket books, 1950s teacups, the stuffed Minnie doll my parents bought me on my first visit), but have yet to find a satisfactory way to display any of this stuff properly. Someday I’ll figure it out.