1957 Disneyland Home Video Surfaces

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The Disney History Institute just released a newly transferred and retouched full-color home video that was shot in Disneyland in 1957.

The park was less than two years old when the footage was shot.

Check out the video (and learn more details about it) after the jump.

​For all you photo nerds: The original footage was shot on some 1957 pro-stock, and the transfer was done on a Spirit DataCine. For those of you who don't know what film is/was: I'm crying on the inside.

The entire reel is 20 minutes long, but the Disney History Institute edited it down into a four and a half minute short film that beautifully documents what the park was like 55 years ago.

The film offers a lot of great glimpses into Disneyland's history (including a special appearance by "Aunt Jemima" at the Pancake House), but what I love most about the film is that it illustrates how many things in the park haven't changed much at all. 

The Mad Tea Party, Storybook Land Canal Boats, and the Mark Twain Riverboat all make appearances, and each look almost exactly as they do today. It's great to see Disney holding on to so much of its history.

Check out the video below:

Learn more about the Disney History Institute's film here.

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mitch young
mitch young

The only Diversity (tm) , a black woman in a doo rag. LOL.


I was most struck at how little the vegetation had grown in.  Mature trees really make a big difference!


"Disneland Home Video Surfaces." Reminds me of some photos a friend of mine came across. They were left behind by one of his tenants. Apparently he was a gay dude that was into S&M.  There were pictures of his junk all bound up that were taken in one of the gift shops after hours. And some that were taken in his apartment with a bunch of Disney characters lined up behind him. They were hilarious. Guess it is the happiest place on earth.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Ah, the Disneyland from days of yore.

Nowadays, you'd just wait in line all day long, not fun at all.

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