Year in Review: Looking Back in Time at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

One of my favorite subjects covered here on the Disney Parks Blog is the history of Disney Parks. Two of our authors, George Savvas and Valarie Sukovaty, specialize in the history of the Disneyland Resort. Here’s a look back at some of the stories they shared with us this year.
Walt Disney Takes a Photo with Disney Characters in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

Walt Disney and the Disney Characters at Disneyland Park – In his popular 3-part series, George showed us some fantastic photos of Walt Disney surrounded by Disney characters here at Disneyland park.

Floral Mickey Through the Years at Disneyland Park – This spring, Valarie gave us a wonderful look back at some of the faces of Floral Mickey through the years.
Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park

A Look Back: Sailing Ship Columbia Debuts at Disneyland Park 55 Years Ago This Week – To mark its 55th anniversary, we took a look at some vintage photos of the Sailing Ship Columbia.

Fantasyland Theatre Through the Years at Disneyland Park – In anticipation of the opening of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” we took a look back at some of the shows that have been performed at the Fantasyland Theatre. Do you have a favorite?

A Look Back: 1958 Opening of the Grand Canyon Diorama at Disneyland Park – These rarely seen photos gave us a glimpse into the opening of the Grand Canyon Diorama on the Disneyland Railroad, 55 years ago.


  • I love the old photos and seeing how things used to be. The Mickey montage is great – somehow I don’t remember that Mickey from 2007. I definitely remember the 50th though! That was an awesome year! Thanks for the post!

  • The best part about this entire post is the *blue-gray* Sleeping Beauty Castle photo. Many Disneyland Resort visitors from beyond Southern California don’t know that the beloved castle has only been pink since the 1983 renovation of Fantasyland.

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