In 1974, the heart of Fantasyland still looked much as it did when Disneyland
opened in 1955.
Use the eight buttons above to “zoom in” on old Fantasyland.
The next eight pictures are all “zoomed in” images from the picture above.
- 1. Mad Tea Party
- The teacups used to spin where the white horses of King Arthurs Carrousel
now gallop, and the Carrousel used to be wedged in between Mad Tea Party and
Sleeping Beauty Castle.
- 2. Fashions of 1974
- Bell-bottoms and flare-leg jeans were the fashion in the mid-1970s.
Too bad this picture doesnt show the shiny polyester Mickey Mouse body shirts that
were available at the Emporium on Main Street.
- 3. Fantasyland Central Ticket Booth
- Each land had at least one Central Ticket Booth, where guests could buy
additional A-through-E coupons or special ticket books without a park admission
ticketor could just ask for information.
- 4. Cartoon Festival at the Fantasyland Theater
- In the days before The Disney Channel and VHS tape players, this theater was
almost the only place to see classic Mickey Mouse cartoons such as “Mickeys Trailer”
(1938), “Through the Mirror” (1936), and “The Band Concert” (1935).
- 5. Back facade of the Sleeping Beauty Castle
- Guests probably a take a thousand pictures of the Castles front facade
for every one picture of the equally handsome back.
Note the high-tension power lines that used to march across the parking lot.
- 6. Dumbo
- The elephants used to fly above a plain concrete circle, not the beautiful
fountain of water over which they fly today.
- 7. Operator of Dumbo
- The ride operators booth is a great example of the “tournament
tent” style that was pervasive in old Fantasyland.
Behind the operators booth, the Fantasy Gift Fair sold Winnie the Pooh
- 8. Timothy atop Dumbo
- Timothy Mouse, who provided encouragement to Dumbo in the 1941 animated
classic, stands atop this Dumbo ride, and on the current version as well.
The souvenir stand behind Timothy was the “dead end” of Fantasyland before
the opening of the Big Thunder Trail in 1979.
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Updated March 9, 2007.
Photograph of the Fantasyland (nine variations): 1974 by Werner Weiss.