A Look At Walt's Disneyland
City Hall, Main Street U.S.A.
Inside City Hall, you'll find this iconic photo of Walt and mickey. The last photo of him at his beloved Disneyland.
As Disneyland was constructed, Walt Disney wanted a place to stay and watch the activity. So, he had a special apartment constructed on the second floor of the Main Street Firehouse. Private, and hidden from the rest of Disneyland, it was the perfect place for Walt to do quiet work, or enjoy with his family.
Walt's Fire Station pole.
Floor door upstairs from Walt's Apartment made it easy for Walt to make a quick exit (like Batman!) Rumor has it a child climbed up the pole and opened the door to the apartment. It was sealed up after the incident.
There is a small display inside the theater hall of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, where the inspiration for Disneyland began. Walt visited Griffith Park Carousel with his daughters and the two smaller photos are of the carousel in Griffith Park. The park bench is from Griffith Park as well.
The original map/acreage of Disneyland, Anaheim.
The Disneyland News, Vol. 1, No. 1. The first issue of the Disneyland newspaper, July, 1955 headline read "50,000 Attend Gala Park Opening". 24 pages. 16" H x 11-3/4" W.
Walt Disney's baby photo hangs inside the baby Center on Main Street.
Walt was very fond of miniatures. A lot of the beautiful miniature collections can be found on the Storybook Canal ride in Fantasyland.
In addition to Walt's 500 square foot apartment near City Hall on Main Street, is the Dream Suite overlooking the Rivers of America in New Orleans Square. In 1987 it was opened as the Disney Gallery where visitors could view and purchase Disney art. (Now housed in the theater entrance of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln as shown above).
Originally not outfitted with a kitchen, the neighboring Club 33 would have served meals for the Dream Suite.
Walt passed away before the dream suite was ever finished.
2002 my daughter standing on the stairs inside the courtyard.
2002 inside the Disney Gallery above the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean. The original location for the Dream Suite.
December 15, 1966 Walt Disney passed away at age 65. The lamp always stay on as sign of his presence at his most favorite place. Disneyland, Anaheim, CA.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".