a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Disneyland Now and Then

Friday, May 14, 2010

Disneyland Now and Then

SUMMARY: Photos from last November--and 1959ish. (No dogs or agility in this whole post.)

I finally posted alllllll the photos from my November 2009 trip to Disneyland. (Well--I pared out more than half and posted the better ones.) If you'd like to see what I found interesting and photo-worthy, you can view them here, conveniently divided into days or portions of days so that you don't have to look at them all at once. BUT WAIT--there's more! (Or less:)

Here's the running theme: It occurred to me last autumn that I had some old Viewmaster slide sets of Disneyland from when I was a kid, so I dug them out before our trip, snapped [very fuzzy] photos of all 63 images, printed thumnails of them all, and then tried to recreate the photos from the exact spot in 2009.

The actual dates of the Viewmaster photos isn't clear; one of the three packets (Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland) says copyright 1955. However, the monorail and the Matterhorn feature prominently throughout, and those weren't open until 1958 or 1959. We went to Disneyland in 1960 or 1961, and I believe got the viewmaster sets at about that time. So I'm guessing 1959, for a convenient 40-year difference.

I have finally posted both the 1959 viewmaster and 2009 photos, with commentary, here. I think you might enjoy the differences and similarities, especially if you're a Disneyland fan. For example:

Beaver dam and lodge, 1959:

Beaver dam and lodge, 2009--yuck! Looks nothing like the real thing. Sigh.


  1. Oh, geez, did those photos bring back memories of going to Dland in the 60's.

  2. Wow this is so cool, we went to Disneyland tons when I was a kid, I grew up near there. I was terrified of the Snow White, Mr. Toad and Peter Pan rides. I still have Disneyland based nightmares as a grownup. Animatronic people freak me out. I miss all the old skool Disneyland stuff, totally busts my nostalgia bubble to go there now. What a good project-I will go thru all your photos!

  3. My sister was terrified of the Dumbo Flying Elephants. Maybe she didn't see the movie before going to Dland. The only things that have ever terrified me are the things where they drop you from a tall place. I won't do Tower of Terror (in CA Adventure) and generally avoid the roller coastery things of any kind.

  4. I'm amazed that you still have a working viewmaster. I loved mine when I was a kid but it's long gone.

  5. Yeah, the viewmaster viewer survived. I have a bunch of packets of slides, too, in varying condition probably depending on how old I was when I got them. The most recent ones are pretty pristine.

    I was amazed to discover that viewmasters are still sold and you can still buy slides for them, but the selection seems pretty limited.