Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Articles about Disneyland published here on OCThen.com...


  1. The Disneyland historians claim that the park was once an orange grove. The parking lot was an onange grove, but the park acerage was about 90% English Walnut trees. I stood there as heavy equipment removed the trees and dozed inem into burn piles.

  2. I wasn’t in California in 1955 & my family didn’t come back till 1956 when we moved to Balboa, 90% English walnut trees, that’s interesting to hear. Remember the old Strawberry field joining Disneyland? I’ve heard that Disney wanted that land for a long time once Disneyland became the huge Hit as it is today but the Old owner wouldn’t sell & Disney didn’t push the issue. When the Old Man died in the 1970’s I think?, his realities sold the land to Disney for a Hugh profit.
    My ex wife was on the cover of Time-Life Magazine with Walt Disney for a promo add. I think in the early 60’s. I’ve tried to find it on the Web with no luck, she had the Magazine but lost it.

  3. When I was in South Downey Junior High School in 1950, an elderly aunt was dating a man whose son, an artist at Buena Vista Studios, was in an auto accident and I went with her to visit him in the hospital. He told us about plans for a big Disney park with a "Mouse Ears" theme. I didn't believe him and I hadn't a clue what the "Mouse Ears" referred to. As a high school senior I recall visiting Disneyland the year it opened and shared with my girlfriend the twenty-five cent parking fee.

  4. larry trevet said, in 1959 i was in disneyland when my grandmother was visiting from washington. walt disney was walking through the park, met him, shook his hand, and took a black and white picture of walt. still have it. those were the good old days. i miss them.


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