Fastpass to History: Disneyland 1955 Attractions

Disneyland Halloween 1Next week at this time the DisneyDayByDay family will be deep in our exploration of Disneyland.   As part of our research on things to do and where to eat, I was interested in riding all the Disneyland classics that were open on day 1 and still open in their “original” condition today.    I was surprised to find over a dozen that I have listed below.

  • Autopia
  • Casey Jr (was not working on day 1, but was supposed to be open)
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Disneyland Street Railway ( horse drawn trolleys on Main Street USA)
  • Dumbo
  • Explorer’s Boat Ride (Jungle Cruise)
  • King Arthur Carousel
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mark Twain River Boat
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • Canal Boats of the World (Late in 1955, now Storybook Land Canal Boats)

We can’t wait to set foot on the same ground that Walt walked on and wave to him as we pass the Firehouse. Disneyland opened to the public on July 17th, 1955 to a crowd of over 28,000.   Amazing to see the smile on Walt’s face as he comes in on the train on dedication day.

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  • What a great video! Walt looks so happy…like a kid at Christmas (which is how I feel every time I go to one of his parks!).

    • Yeah can’t imagine what was going through his head. Thanks for hosting this week!

  • Stephanie Haefner

    We just came back from our Disneyland trip 🙂 I was very excited to be in the original park….to be where Walt was 🙂 We went on all those attractions accept Casey Jr. 🙂 And it was really really awesome 🙂 But as we walked around, I knew many of those things had been refurbished many times over since 1955. So, I don’t know…maybe it was just me….but it just didn’t feel how I expected it to feel. Don’t get me wrong, the second we stepped under the train station, my eyes teared right up! I guess it’s hard to explain 🙂

    We usually visit WDW so this was a huge change for us. It’s a very different park from MK, even though there are some similarities. We liked California Adventure park, but it did not feel very “Disney” to us. Carsland was awesome though, and probably the only part of the park that felt special.

    Hope you have a fab time!!!

    • Thanks, we are east coasters as well so this is all new to us. Looking forward to experiencing it all.