Vintage Disneyland. Here’s What Opening Day Looked Like in 1955

If Dapper Day is your bag, you may want to check out what Disneyland actually looked like on opening day, July 17, 1955. The poodle skirts, the charm, the cameos by Ronald Reagan other stars of the era -- it's all gushing with classic vintage magic.

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July 17, 1955: Visitors enjoying a popcorn stand in Disneyland Amusement Park, Anaheim, California. (Photo by Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
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View of children as they cross the drawbridge, over swans in a moat, on their way into the Fantasyland castle on the opening day of Disneyland, Anaheim, California July 17, 1955.
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Hollywood celebrities and their children helped to make the huge opening day crowd at Disneyland. Here, a large group of them rush into Sleeping Beauty's castle.
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Actor Ronald Reagan attends the opening day of Disneyland in Anaheim, CA on June 17, 1955.
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Actor Steve Rowland and actress Kathleen Case and Adelle August pose as they walk through the park during the Opening day of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.
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Actress Adelle August poses during the opening day of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.
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Actress Kathleen Case poses on the train tracks on Autopia during the Opening day of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.
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Actor Steve Rowland and actress Kathleen Case and Adelle August pose as they play arcade games during the opening day of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.
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Full parking lot on the opening day of Disneyland.
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Walt Disney piloting the Disneyland steamboat on opening day.
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July 17, 1955: Disneyland's 'Autopia' attraction, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Young girls riding the 'Mr. Toad Wild Ride' attraction, Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: 'Circus Train' ride, an exact replica of the 'Casey Jr.' train used in Disney's movie 'Dumbo', Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Disneyland opening day parade, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Disneyland's Tomorrowland boat ride attraction, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Sleeping Beauty's castle in Fantasyland, Disneyland Park, California.
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July 17, 1955: The 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' attraction in Fantasyland at Disneyland Amusement Park, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Visitors enjoying a popcorn stand in Disneyland Amusement Park, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Riders on mules in the 'Painted Desert' in Frontierland, Disneyland Amusement Park, Anaheim, California.
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July 17, 1955: Disneyland's 'Jungle Cruise' featuring animatronic animals, Anaheim, California.
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California Governor Goodwin Knight and Walt Disney on the opening day of Disneyland.
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