Thursday, October 10, 2013
Here are two early views from 1956! These slides were a bit faded.
First of all, don't even think about bringing your picnic basket into the park. I love the fact that this was such a problem in the early days, it was necessary to make a sign. Lots of moms had probably brought baskets full of things like delicious sammiches, macaroni salad, cookies, slices of chocolate layer cake, and thermoses of iced coffee or lemonade. Mmmmm-mmm!
There are two other billboards out front, possibly giving the park hours, or maybe warning against excess horseplay. One of my favorite details in these early shots is to see the yellow passenger cars of the Disneyland Railroad.
Imagine having never visited Disneyland before, and maybe not even knowing much about it other than what you'd read in the papers, and the glimpses Uncle Walt showed on his black and white TV show. Town Square must have seemed like an amazing place, so clean and tidy and evocative of Andy Hardy's America. Horse Drawn Streetcars, old-fashioned popcorn vendors, horseless carriages; this isn't like those other amusement parks.