Disneyland’s Vintage Maps and the Kodak Camera Tour in 1950s

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The first Disney Resort in Anaheim, California officially opened on July 17, 1955. Now it has grown to 11 Disney theme parks at five locations around the world. Matching the parks and resorts are the Disney Vacation Club that opened in 1991; the World of Disney stores in New York, Orlando and Anaheim since 1996; Disney Cruise Line since 1998; Adventures by Disney since 2005; and the developer behind all these parks and resorts known as Walt Disney Imagineering was founded in 1952.

Let your dreams set sail or fly over to Disney with your family and close friends or say “I DO” for a Fairytale wedding and experience the timeless magic of the incredible parks, fabulous dining, and coming attraction in the world of Disney. If you are planning your wedding proposal, there are unlimited picturesque backdrops to complement your mood. Don’t forget to cherish and capture all those memories with photography.

But first, lets turn back the time and find out how the Disneyland maps look like in the early days. Traditionally, they used large format maps and models when creating each of its theme parks.

Walt Disneyland Vintage Maps

Disneyland Maps from 1958, 1961, 1962, and 1964


The first large format map was released in 1958, quickly followed by two more versions with the same copyright date. View HERE for more detail information.

Disneyland Maps from 1966, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1976


The blue bordered maps were released in 1966, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1976. During this period the relationship between the Disney Company and the Disneyland Hotel (owned by Wrather Inc. at that time) deteriorated and the hotel disappeared from the maps. View HERE for more detail information.

Disneyland Maps from 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, and 1989


The brown bordered maps were released in 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, and 1989. This series is similar in execution to the blue series, however, the characters have returned to the border of the map. View HERE for more detail information.

Disneyland Maps from 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2005


Returning to the style of the original 1958 maps created by Sam McKim, Nina Rae Vaughn created maps for 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2005. View HERE for more detail information.

National Geographic Disney Map [1963]


Aerial View of Disneyland – 15 JULY 1955


You can find here the undeveloped land between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland Lagoon and the construction of the Santa Ana Freeway Interchange and the Disneyland Hotel with small parking area via Yesterland.com


Kodak Camera Tour of Disneyland [1956]

Here is a Tour Guide of Disneyland that was printed in July of 1956 showing us the early photos of each “LAND” including the Main Street. Kodak provided the camera exposure settings used with each photograph – aperture and shutter speed in the 1950s!








Further Readings and Resources

1. Photo Tour of Disneyland
2. Disney Parks History
3. Fairy Tale Wedding Ideas With Disney-Inspired Bridal Gowns
4. 12 Illustrative Portraits of Political Geography in Europe

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