Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1980s

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Fans have shared so many fun memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort, we can’t wait to see what you share from the 1980s! Share now for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.


The 1980s were a unique time – especially here at Disneyland. Did you dance the night away at Videopolis? Get lost in your own imagination with the opening of the New Fantasyland in 1983? Show us your 1980s memories with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, and be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

How to enter:

  • Each week, we’ll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade. (Regardless of the weekly decade inspiration, you can share a favorite photo from any of the decade periods between now and August 27, 2014.)
  • Post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Tip: Make sure your entry is official! To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.


  • Hi! I signed up for a Twitter account and posted some pictures, but they don’t show up in the #Disneyland60Contest feed. Does that mean they will not be seen at all? Do I need to delete and re-submit them?

    • Erin – You may have been looking at the “Top” posts instead of “All” on Twitter. Don’t worry, though. If you included the decade the image was taken as well as the hashtag, you should be all set.

  • I have read the official rules but can’t seem to find the answer to my question–is a photo collage acceptable for entry? Such as multiple shots of the same person, or place but put together in one “Picture”, or are only single images acceptable? Thanks!

    • Cindy – Single images only, please. But you may submit each one as a separate entry. More chances to win!

  • I remember my first trip to Disneyland in the 80’s through photos. My first trip was in October of 1987 when I was two years old and I fell in love with it right away. I definitely was not afraid of Mickey and Minnie when I saw them. I was one of those kids who just ran right up to them for a big hug. My Mom bought me my 1st Minnie Mouse plush doll on that trip and Minnie was bigger than me, but I could still carry her around very easily. Every trip in the 80’s was with my family and I know we had a great time.
    I can’t wait to submit some photos from those trips on instagram =)

  • I already shared this anecdote with you, Erin. So pretend I’m the Grandpa that comes over and keeps sharing the same story. 🙂

    For the rest of you, my most amazing trip to Disneyland was on July 17, 1980. It was the day of Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary, and the park would be open for 24 hours straight, for the first time!

    I was in high school back then and went with my best friend Kyle, who is now a Disney Imagineer.

    As the hours flew by a very special moment transpired, and has been my defining Disney moment ever since. We were riding the Matterhorn Bobsleds around 6 am, and as the bobsled tore around a corner,we were outside the mountain, and I could see the sun’s first rays peeking over the trees, offering its gentle light with the promise of a new day and new possibilities.

    It was both surreal and spiritual. And, like the souvenir button I obtained that special day, it will be a part of me forever.

  • I definitely remember the ’80s at DLR very well!

    I remember Videopolis. I remember a sort of “Western” photo set-up with Cowboy Donald Duck and Cowboy Mickey. I also remember the Dick Tracy characters greeting guests in the park. The sit-down phone booths in Tomorrowland were fun. The old Monorail Cafe at the Disneyland Hotel was great. I loved the New Fantasyland, and the opening of the Pinocchio ride! And… Adventure Thru Inner Space! What a great ride.

    I remember when Star Tours opened in 1987 and it had a hideously long line that stretched out to the Hub and beyond. Yikes!

    I need to stop strolling down memory lane and actually get on Twitter to share some photos!

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