Tuesday, July 28, 2009

An Incredible Treasure: Disneyland 1954-55 construction videos !

When i saw The Disney Blog's article on monday, i knew i had to let you know about this great find. I wanted to wait two days before i did my article, but as Blue Sky Disney and Disney Report and probably other web sites are now talking about these incredible Disneyland videos, so here i go!

To be perfectly clear, i'm talking about these amazing Disneyland construction videos released on Youtube in five parts of almost ten minutes each. Frankly, it's an amazing treasure, and as all treasures its find happened with a bit of luck with the discovery of a reel box with "Disneyland movie" written on it. Inside, all - or almost - the 1954-55 building of Disneyland, thanks to cameras that were placed up on towers at different places of the park. Using time-lapse and traditional eye-in-the-sky photography, this is a dazzling piece of history, presenting how the fearless construction crews had Disneyland up and running in just under a year.

It's totally fascinating, really. A pure miracle, as you would have never expect to see one day what you will see now. A Disneyland fan dream-come-true! What is the most surprising for me is that these Youtube videos were uploaded 8 months ago and nobody noticed them before! Anyway, better too late than never, especially when it's a treasure like this with commentary by Tony Baxter and Ed Hobleman and Walter Magnuson.

So, get a drink and some good tapas, sit well and enjoy the movie, you won't believe your eyes. And don't close them, if you want to see Walt himself riding his bicycle all around the future Tomorrowland!

Edited: In fact, some of you told me that all this wonderful footage is part of the special features of the Disney Trasures DVD: Disneyland - Secrets, Stories & Magic.
So, it is not as rare as i thought (!) but it's great anyway!

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Pictures and videos: copyright Disney

Many thanks to theeditor84 for this unbelievable treasure!


Daniel said...

These videos are great!! Thanks for sharing them.

Anonymous said...

I believe these are on the Disney Trasures DVD: Disneyland - Secrets, Stories & Magic

Robert / Cologne said...

Yes Thats true ,I have the DVD,its really wonderful to watch.

Anonymous said...

There are hours and hours more still in the vault. Would love to see them released in some format eventually.