Disneyland Pre-Opening Newspaper Supplement (1955)

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This twenty-page (front and back covers included) full-color supplement to the Friday, July 15, 1955 issue of the Los Angeles Examiner was released ahead of that weekend’s official opening of Disneyland.

The special section features artwork depicting the sights and attractions to be enjoyed in each of the new park’s lands: Fantasyland, Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Frontierland. Brief textual descriptions are given for many of the coming rides, shops, and restaurants, as well. The front cover consists of the now-famous photo of Walt Disney introducing conceptual artwork of the park on his television series Disneyland, as well as an introductory welcome from the man of the hour:

Welcome to Disneyland


Presented in this full color newspaper section are a few of the many delights and wonders that are yours to enjoy at Disneyland.


To develop Disneyland from a long-cherished dream to a reality took the skills and talents of hundreds of artists, craftsmen, architects, engineers and scientists, to all of whom I am sincerely indebted.


Disneyland has been designed for the enjoyment of all—a magic place where every family can find and share happy hours and experiences together.


With your first and future visits to Disneyland, I hope it will be for you—as it has been for me—a most happy event—a dream come true….


Walt Disney

The back cover provides a map and directions to the park, as well as “information designed to help make your visit more enjoyable,” including hours, prices, parking, restaurants, and accommodations.

With crews scrambling to finish Disneyland in the weeks leading up to the much anticipated press preview event, this pre-opening newspaper is one of the few collectibles—and perhaps the most comprehensive of those that exist—which relies on artwork exclusively, and no photographs, to promote the park and its exciting list of offerings. It represents Walt’s all-but-finished dream project, a mere forty-eight hours before the world would get its first real look, during the opening-day television broadcast, at what lay beyond those magical gates.


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