Home movie of Disneyland in 1956


16 Responses to “Home movie of Disneyland in 1956”

  1. Eric Hunting says:

    That music did suit this nicely. Reminded me of the peculiar Mickey Mouse head camera I got as a child on a Disneyworld summer trip in the late 70s. I seem to recall we stopped at Colonial Williamsburg on the drive back north. So picture this; a small round bespectacled child in corduroy with a tricorne hat and the head of Mickey Mouse hanging from his neck like one of Flavor Flav’s clocks. Ah, I was glorious in my youth…

  2. Anonymous says:

    So this is some other guy who happens to be named Jeff Altman, and not the most underrated performer in town.

  3. pepsi_max2k says:


  4. ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive says:

    I miss the Starkist Tuna pirate ship.

    That music was totally un-idiomatic and arbitrary. It’s like the trend to smear Cirque du Solei Enya crap all over everything to make it seem hip.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I want to know what Walt Disney is saying!

  6. rprivetera says:

    I realize it probably looks a little technicolor and cheesy, but I dislike Disneyworld more and more as they replace the slower, fun, imaginative cart-dark-rides with the faster ‘shake the s*&t out of you’ rides.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Exquisite. The color comes through beautifully. Is it my imagination (or age) that the fifties look a lot like the seventies?

  8. dhelling says:

    Pretty darn cool, huh? Especially the cameo with Walt.

  9. Taro 3Yen.com says:

    Actually, it does NOT look, “little technicolor and cheesy.” It was great to see those ’50s colors exactly as I remember them at the park in 1958-59.

  10. Zan says:

    @#10: Chicken of the Sea, not Starkist

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is particularly surreal after JUST finishing Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Thanks Cory!

    (P.S. YAY Deerhoof!)

  12. TrentGrizzly says:

    The video is really something to watch and Deerhoof as the soundtrack makes it even better.

  13. Anonymous says:

    First went to Disneyland in 1972. I felt really odd all day. I enjoyed it but something was really out of kilter. It wasn’t until I got back to San Francisco where I lived on Army street when street gang fights happened every night.

    I could not recall seeing one single minority in the whole two days that I spent there.

    It was probably my third visit, when I saw some Japanese people.

    The fifth or the sixth time, I was approaching large families and offering my driver’s license and passport if I could borrow two or three kids and meet up with them at a restaurant on Main Street. When you are burned out going by yourself and you get handed a screaming two year old and have a 13 or 14 year old who is determined to be bored, it is a kick in the ass to find out what they want to do and do it. If I never see those damn spinning teacups again or that damned tropical bird house, I’ll be happy.

    My last visit, a woman was chatting with the person at the ticket gate and after I had had two or three families run off from me like I was a monster, she asked what I was doing, I told her, she said that sounds like fun, now I will show you Disneyland.

    She had worked there in high school and college and knew everyone. She showed me how they remove the dead people without other tourists knowing. How the garbage disappears, how the stores and restaurants are restocked constantly. The part that shook me was when she took me to central control where they had every square millimeter of Disneyland on live video. I thought of every time I had fired up and all on candid camera. Never went back.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Incredible, I don’t see a single obese person. Wonder what happened.

  15. kossmikman says:

    The video is really something to watch a time when America wasn’t obese as it is today.

  16. apreacher says:

    monstro has a functioning blowhole!

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