Yesterland Disneyland from Above
in 1955 and 1960

Click on the two aerial photographs below for much larger (1200 x 1600-pixel) versions of these historic images of Disneyland.

July 15, 1955
Thumbnail of Disneyland Aerial Photo, 1955
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June 1960
Thumbnail of Disneyland Aerial Photo, 1960
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Things to look for on the 1955 aerial photo:

  • Orange groves—and little else—around Disneyland
  • The Santa Ana Freeway interchange under construction
  • Undeveloped land between Fantasyland and the old Tomorrowland Lagoon
  • Construction of Disneyland Hotel beginning
  • Small parking area

Things to look for on the 1960 aerial photo:

  • Holidayland, with a tent and softball field
  • The Disneyland Hotel
  • Motels appearing on roads around Disneyland
  • The Matterhorn, Submarine Lagoon, and Fantasyland Autopia
  • Expanded parking
  • Still many orange trees, though fewer of them

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Updated September 14, 2007.

Aerial photograph of Disneyland and the surrounding area, July 15, 1955: Courtesy of the Orange County Archives, Santa Ana, California.
 
Aerial photograph of Disneyland and the surrounding area, June 1960: Courtesy of the Orange County Archives, Santa Ana, California, from the Knott’s Berry Farm Collection.