Things have changed a little at Disneyland since the park opened. Here are two satellite photos from 1955 and 2011. Click a photo then use the arrows on your keyboard to flip back and forth…
It’s not a real plant, but the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is pretty close to real. The Cooperative Welding and Mfg. Co. (Cowelco) built the super structure for the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse for Disneyland in 1962. According to PlantsOfDisneyland.com, the Moreton Bay Fig Tree in Anaheim was a model for the Disney Imagineers while they were building the treehouse. Here’s a Google Street View of the Fig Tree.
Anaheim started in 1857 and the tree was planted in the late 1800’s by a local horticulturist. Below is guided tour from the LA Times and an advertisement for the newest attraction at Disneyland (in 1962)!
“Just in time for Thanksgiving fun!”
Disneyland branches out with the world’s tallest Tree House!
Now you can thrill to a real Swiss Family Robinson adventure tremendous giant! More than 7 stories high, 80 feet wide, it’s the biggest in the whole world. Explore the three different levels… see all of the Magic Kingdom spread beneath your feet. Climb to new heights of fun!
SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
Thanksgiving Day… 10 am – 7 pm
Fri., Nov. 23rd… 9 am – 9 pm
Sat., Nov. 24th… 9am – 9 pm
Sun., Nov. 25th… 10am – 6 pm
30 years later on October 8, 1975 he and his wife, Japanese Empress Dowager Nagako, visited Disneyland during a trip to the United States.
The couple were the first high-profile guests to ride in the new “Lilly Belle Presidential Train Car”.
By Bob Beckman
Four-year-old Debra Rutherford knew Disneyland was going to be wonderful. When she arrived Wednesday it exceeded her wildest dreams.
It was her insistence – and that of her 3-year-old sister Patricia – that convinced their parents Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rutherford, to travel hear from their home in Quincy, Wash.
They reached Los Angeles Wednesday morning and drove straight to Disneyland.
When Debra made her way through the turnstile she was heralded as the five millionth visitor to Walt Disney’s playground.
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She was officially welcomed by Jack Sayers, director of customer relations, and given a key and silver pass to the park.
Debra accepted a baton and did a creditable job of leading the Disneyland band playing “Mickey Mouse.” Then she climbed a top of big ladder with her father to change the Main Street Railroad Station population sign.
From there, Debra and the rest of her family entered, a full-day scheduled of rides, treats and eats – as guests of Disneyland management.
Long Beach Press Telegram – Thursday, October 04, 1956