How did Disneyland and Walt Disney World look when you were a kid?

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Main Street U.S.A. Magic Kingdom 1972

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Disney Parks can change drastically over time, and we don’t just mean with increasing ticket prices. From extinct attractions to completely rethemed lands and even renamed and rebranded theme parks, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort have changed so much in the decades since they opened. We recently came across some vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World photos, so why not take a trip down memory lane to the Disney Parks of the past to see just how much they’ve changed since 1955 and 1971.


Disneyland just celebrated its 64th anniversary, and in over half a century this resort has experienced more changes than we can count. Still, the magical feeling of Walt Disney’s very first theme park remains true and present today. Even with completely reimagined lands, all-new attractions, and a theme park that Walt Disney never had the chance to see, Disneyland Resort still holds the same delightful Disney magic that some claim you can only feel right at home in Anaheim.

Mad Tea Party, 1955

Disneyland Mad Tea Party 1955
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Casey Jr. Circus Train, 1955

Disneyland Casey Jr. Circus Train 1955
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The Golden Horseshoe, 1955

DIsneyland Golden Horseshow 1955
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Flower Market on Main Street, U.S.A., 1955

Disneyland Flower Market 1955
Credit: Peter Bischoff/Stringer/Getty Images

Pirates of the Caribbean, 1969

Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean 1969
Credit: Dean Conger/Getty Images

Disney California Adventure, 2000

Disney California Adventure construction
Credit: Don Kelsen/Getty Images

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort has gone through so many changes over the past almost five decades since it first opened. From the addition of theme parks and water parks to countless hotels, there is so much to see and do in Disney’s Orlando. But just like Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom still holds that whimsical, magical feeling of pixie dust today that it did when it first opened in 1971.

Main Street U.S.A., 1972

Main Street U.S.A. Magic Kingdom 1972
Credit: Jonathan Blair/Getty Images

Magic Kingdom Skyway, 1990

Magic Kingdom Skyway 1990
Credit: Nik Wheeler/Getty Images

it’s a small world, 1972

it's a small world 1972
Credit: Jonathan Blair/Getty Images

Disney’s MGM Studios, 1997

Disney's MGM Studios 1997
Credit: Gilles BASSIGNAC/Getty Images

50’s Prime Time Café, 1987

50's Prime Time Cafe 1987
Credit: Ted Thai/Getty Images

Epcot Spaceship Earth Construction, 1982

Epcot Spaceship Earth Construction, 1982
Credit: Kevin Fleming/Getty Images

The Living Seas, 1986

The Living Seas
Credit: ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

World of Disney, 1997

World of Disney 1997
Credit: Gilles Bassignac/Getty Images

What are your favorite Disney Parks attractions or areas that no longer exist today? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Insider 


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    This article should be titled vintage disney that will never return but everyone wants back!
    Change is good sometimes but in disney case change should be examined alittle closer before up and doing it! Also knowing a simple update with the times could do alot more than redoing it completely and having millions of fans upset enough they leave and never come back and then theres a drop in $$$ and you wonder why???

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    Looks like you have the wrong date on the Prime Time Cafe. It didn’t open until 1989 with the rest of the park.

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      I was going to say that along with adding those were the good ol days before prime time got in trouble by people whom didnt get the joke… and now we have a pc version of the restaurant no one is screaming at each other, calling each other family, yelling about elbows on the table nor punishing you for it! That was the fun of the restaurant now why go?

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        Are you kidding me they do not do it anymore? I remember alot of ent people whom didnt have jobs at the moment wrked there and sci fi just bc it was like acting! Wow and i thought aec closing bc it scared 10 kids was bad! Your so pc disney yet you do not care for the rest of us fans that liked the way things were thats why we came!

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    Jennifer Cisler

    I miss the old rides like Me. Toads Wild Ride, Snow Whites ride, If You had Wings, Keel boats, and the Main Street Electrical Parade in MK. In Epcot I miss the original Journey into Imagination, Body Wars, The Dinosaur ride hosted by Ellen, World of Motion, Horizons etc.

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    Mary Smith

    The keel boats and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea at Disney World

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