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 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

I first visited DISNEYLAND in July of 1963. I was 5 years old.

Here's a photo of that time. (l/r) Aunt Josie, my Sister, my Mom and the Zoob at 5 years old. Aunt Josie was visiting from the East Coast and I think just the week before we had visited San Francisco, as I was still wearing my Captain's Hat I had gotten at Fisherman's Wharf.



Please share your first time visiting DISNEYLAND, your age and what year and a photo if you would like. I've never been to DISNEY WORLD in my life and don't plan on ever going. I'll probably not return to DISNEYLAND as well. I think I must have been to DISNEYLAND around 12 - 15 times over the almost 65 years in my whole life, last time being New Years of 2008 or 2009 Can't remember.

As a 5 year old it was a truly magical place. In later years it was still fun at different ages but now in my opinion should be renamed the "Most Despicable Money Grabbing Place on Earth". I don't think dear old Walt would ever want to imagine how gluttonous and ruthless it's current people in charge are. But Happiness and Good times to all the people who still find magic in all the things they continue to happily overpay for. For me it's a true insult and big poop on Walt Disney and his memory. Just my opinion. Please share your memories, photos and thoughts. Thanks.

I believe when we were there in 1963, the Adult or General Price of a DISNEYLAND Ticket Book which included Admission to the Park and 10 Adventures Via A-E Tickets was $3.95 or less. Amazing. Not sure if there was a Kids Ticket Book or Price. If you've only been to DISNEY WORLD you may share about that place as well if you like. Thanks again.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

My Uncle (RIP) lived in Anaheim, so I got to stay there for free and have a guide and transport for my first (of many) trips (and airlines flight) out there was in 1979 (78?) at 15 with my 2 older brothers. (-2 pts. clunky sentence)

It truly was a magical place back then.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Back in 1996 when I was 23 years old me and my brother and his girlfriend and my grandmother went to Florida all the way from Sweden to visit the brother of my grandmother. We stayed in the states 2 weeks, first week we spent time with my grandmothers brother (and his wife). Second week we went around a bit with our rental car. One of the stops we did was to visit the Disney/MGM Studios as it was called back then. But techincally I have never been to Disneyland if Disney/MGM Studios does not count but I hope so.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Age 8, so @ 1975.

My main memory was how much the 'Journey Inside the Molecule' scared the f- out of me.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Disneyland--around 1984 when I was 33. Disney World--1974, when I was 23. Epcot--about 2004.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I think it was in 1979, I was 28. My first visit to America to visit some workmates who had emigrated to the US a couple of years earlier (San Diego). Anyway, we had a day out in Disneyland, there was a tropical downpour & we got soaked. The thing I remember the best was the Pirates Of The Caribbean, a full size pirate ship (or two) & the animatronic pirates fighting. I think it was set at night & the lighting made it quite magical, I think you could sit & watch it while having a coffee & something to eat. Fantastic! (although I think the films are crap). Is that attraction still there?

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

1974, I was 12. It was Disney World in Florida. There was the "It's a Small World After All" indoor ride, with the "boats" in shallow water, and the animated puppets singing that song. But I don't remember too much else about Disney World. The Kennedy Space Center was the big deal for me on that trip.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

Why is DISNEYLAND all one word and DISNEY WORLD separated into two? I don't get it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

Random Memories of DISNEYLAND over the years.

I can remember going there in the early 70's and buying the soft cover book all about the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN attraction. I loved looking at it over and over so many times. Still have it somewhere in a box of stuff.

Being there with a girlfriend in 1987 and having a romantic ride on the Skyway.

Going there in 1990 with fellow employees from my LORIMAR Studios days and remembering how much my friend Charisse's father looked like Dave Grusin. It was like I rode Splash Mountain with Dave Grusin!

Going in 1993 with a different girlfriend and my sister and her boyfriend who got us into CLUB 33 because he had some connection with it through his work. Pretty fancy and nice and expensive.

Being there with my sister and a couple of her girlfriends and it started raining and we all got plastic raincoats and rode on the Whale Boat ride.

Riding Space Mountain in the late 70's with my Dad and his brother, my Uncle Adolfo from Italy. I think it was the first Rollercoaster they had ever been on and they were pretty shaken up and thrilled at the same time.

Being there and riding on STAR TOURS and seeing the Michael Jackson CAPTAIN EO 3-D Show.

Never liked riding the MATTERHORN. It just banged you around like a rag doll and was quite painful and uncomfortable. It was horrible. Dang, get some padding in that sucker!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

What a Memory Lane treat. A young Kurt Russell and the young Osmond Brothers at Disneyland in the 1970. Looks like about 5 years after Kurt had appeared as Quano in that LOST IN SPACE episode. Fun Time Capsule stuff. Enjoy!

I loved the Wonderful World of Color Disney TV Show on Sunday Nights. I distinctly remember a Davy Crockett movie they had on once. I think it was Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier.

Here now, Kurt and the Osmond Brothers at Disneyland! I think E.J. Peaker looks a lot like Barbara Eden. I don't think I'm out of line to say that, I hope. Have mercy. "Pour a little sugar on it!" Kurt wasn't a bad singer. (27:11)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

I think it was in the late 60's in Tomorrow Land when they had these AT&T Phone Booths that could fit a bunch of people inside. Maybe a family of 5. The gimmick was you could call anyone in the U.S. and everyone could talk to each other at the same time and you could all hear the person you called. It was basically the First Speaker Phone and Wow for some reason it seemed like it was so cool and so ahead of it's time. If I remember correctly my Dad got our family in there and we called a relative in New York or something. It was so cool at the time. The long distance call might have cost us a couple of dollars or less in change we had to put in the phone.

I also remember in Tomorrow Land they had a 360 Theater called Circle-Vision 360 where you stood in the middle of a circular room where they had rows with railing bars you could hold on to. They had a movie screen that wrapped around the inside of the theater onto which the movie was projected. You felt like you you were in a Space Ship looking out a continuous window (the screen) all around you. I remember the movie was a 20 minute travel documentary called BEHOLD HAWAII and I thought the music was grand and went with the beautiful images and footage of Hawaii so wonderfully. Years later I would find out that it was composed by Basil Poledouris.



Some music from Basil Poledouris' BEHOLD HAWAII.






Poledouris also scored AMERICAN JOURNEYS for the Circle-Vision 360 presentation at Disneyland.

Not a perfect video, but you get the idea of what the film experience looked and sounded like. I remember it could make you feel a tad dizzy and disoriented if you looked around to much. You might only be able to take a little of the this video the way it was shot:

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

'Twas in 1992. I was 31. My daughter Jamie was one year old!, and her mother decided she should see the new Disneyland Paris, or as it was called at the time, EuroDisney. Because here in the UK this was our local one. It was great. I knew what to expect. A high grade theme park with a huge selling ethos.

We apparently had the best Pirates of the Caribbean, obviously because it was the latest, I enjoyed also both Phantom Manor and Star Tours. On this occasion we stayed outside the parks in a French chain hotel. The best show was Wild Bill Hickok's Wild West Show.

We went quite a lot during the next few years and started staying in the park itself. I remember both the Cheyanne and the New York hotels. I also started getting sick of the place even with the addition of the new extra next door park, Walt Disney Studios. My daughter was and still is infatuated with the place, so as she got older she started going with other relatives and friends. Of course the dream was to go to Florida and Walt Disney World. A few years ago she ticked off the original Disneyland, California on Trek America tour, and a couple more years later went to the one in Japan with her partner.

Back in the early 70s when I was an early teen I got my name checked in the UK's Disney weekly comic at the time, 'Donald and Mickey'. That year the hardback Annual book of the same title had a four page spread on the new Florida park, and being a fan of course I wanted to go. I finally went having agreed that we'd - my daughter, her partner, my wife and myself - all go on holiday just four years ago. Loved it. And would easily go again. We stayed in the Fort Wilderness campground.

This year, thirty years after that first trip in '92, it was my granddaughter's turn to be taken at one year old. History repeating itself. The good thing now is, since the Florida trip, we just let Jamie organise the whole thing, and boy does she fit everything in. Every restaurant, the hotel. The lot. We just go where we're told and to be honest it works just fine.

There was only one thing that disappointed right me back in '91. Obviously I knew the parks' are there as a pure fun and commercial enterprise, but I actually expected there to be some sort of museum of Disney film history. One little serious place that one could go and study the history and cultural impact of one of the biggest film factories in the world. But there was nothing like that. I even foolishly expected a decent soundtrack section in at least ONE of the many shops, but nah. They were too busy selling cuddly toys.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

I remember experiencing "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" for the first time as a kid and being very impressed, educated and entertained.

I loved finding and purchasing a used Original LP Soundtrack Recording of GREAT MOMENTS WITH MR. LINCOLN which featured the great Original Score by Buddy Baker along with the wonderful narration and dialogue. Awesome illustrated booklet and Artwork.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

The English equivalent to Disney land -

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Why is DISNEYLAND all one word and DISNEY WORLD separated into two? I don't get it.

Probably because Disneyland was following in the footsteps of Hollywoodland. Well, before the "land" part got blown to bits in the Rocketeer. big grin

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2022 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

I grew up in and around Orlando so...the mouse loomed large in my childhood.

I think I was probably around 6 or 7 when I first went to the Magic Kingdom (1993ish) and I loved every minute of it. The music playing everywhere, the colors and smells, the beautiful landscaping and all the rides (Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain were the two big attractions--Splash Mountain was still under construction).

I went to Epcot for multiple school field trips and usually enjoyed it about as much as a trip to the museum--it was interesting but I wanted to be strapped into a fast-moving cart and violently shaken and spun upside down at speed.

Subsequent visits saw the magical sheen wear off. The lines were always a disappointment (I don't think they had that thing where you could pay extra to skip to the front of the line back then). The cost of food continuously disgusted me as I got older.

By the time I was 20, I didn't care if I ever stepped foot through those gates every again. However, I do have fond memories of trying to SNEAK IN to Magic Kingdom with my brother-in-law. We were both broke college students tooling around Orlando on the Lynx bus and after cashing out the downtown Orlando scene, we decided to mosey over to the theme parks and see if we could get in (I vaguely remember someone saying "they let you in for half price if it's later in the day"...total BS btw). So we walked up to the gates, took one look at security's omnipresence, and promptly gave up. We ended up missing the bus back to town and the next bus didn't come until the next morning. We ended up having to spend the night in a sort of purgatory, taking the trams allllll the way around the park until they stopped operating for the night and finally ending up at the faux-beach at the Polynesian resort where we found a couple of hammocks that we could lay on until the sun rose. The next morning, we were both covered in mosquito bites, starving, dehydrated, and exhausted. Goooood times.

During my later years, I learned all about the twisted things Ol' Walt did to get all that land at something like $.20/acre and how the mouse basically forcibly altered Florida's economy and environment forever. Carl Hiaasen wrote a great book on it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_Rodent

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2022 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

I visited the Anaheim attraction several times in the 1960s. I remember the "free" attractions as the most interesting:
the animatronic Abraham Lincoln, Carousel of Progress, the above-mentioned Circlevison theater (then showing "America the Beautiful"), and most of all, Monsanto's House of Tomorrow. Introduced in 1957, "the house survived the introduction of New Tomorrowland in 1967, but closed shortly after, as Monsanto’s attention shifted to their new sponsored attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. The building was so sturdy that when demolition crews failed to demolish the house using wrecking balls, torches, chainsaws and jackhammers, the building was ultimately demolished by using choker chains to crush it into smaller parts. The reinforced polyester structure was so strong that the half-inch steel bolts used to mount it to its foundation broke before the structure itself did."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2022 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I've only been to Disney Land once, in the summer of 89, with a mate, when we had a 2 (and a bit) weeks holiday in L.A.
I had a blast seeing loads of films and drinking in various bars and goofing about (I was 24) but my DL park memories are vague.
I think I enjoyed it, but it was nowhere near the highpoint of my holiday.
My first visit to Disney World Orlando was summer 1993, when I went with my Good Lady.
I thought that was much better, with its 3 separate worlds and way more attractions.
I've never been back to the L.A one (although I have revisited L.A a few times) but have been back to the Orlando one countless times since 1993.
Having said all that, I've always preferred the Universal Parks for their more frequently updated attractions and what-not.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2022 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I was 9 years old, and it was in 8/'70, and I was with my parents and my second older sister, and I remembered Snow White's Haunted Castle.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2022 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Ive been to Disney World a few times in the 70's. It truly was a magical place. Go when the weather is good. I loved just chilling out at an open air restaurant, no rides, no shopping just taking in the atmosphere. I love the architecture and landscaping.

On a side note it blew my mind when we went to the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House they had a painted welcome sign spelled, "Welcum". Not exactly family friendly.

 
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