Time to go back in time thanks to fun old family photos of days gone by. Growing up in Southern California, Disneyland was a popular destination for our family. Sometimes we were there just the four of us, other times with extended family members. Oftentimes my brother and I would get to go for school or church incentives, or as awards for a successful sports season with the teams we played on. Trips with friends, or friends families were often the case as well, and as we became teenagers, the park was a popular destination to hang out.
Since moving to the midwest, I don't have the good fortune to get to visit my favorite place as often as I would like to any longer, but every chance I get I'm there and have a GREAT time. My personal library of Disneyland photos numbers in the tens of thousands, but the vast majority of those are from my own adulthood, not my childhood, and certainly not before I was born. But I definitely enjoy seeing all of the old photos of Disneyland - especially from the days when Walt Disney was alive.
I snapped this picture of a picture at the Disneyland Hotel on my last visit to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. It shows the Monorail arriving at the Disneyland Hotel station which opened in 1960 when the Monorail line (which opened in 1959) was extended across West Street (now known as Disneyland Drive) from the park to the hotel. The extension took great care and required special permission from the city and county as it took the Monorail out over a working public street - Disney's innovative thinking and push for progess at work! The station, was the first link for hotel guests to get directly to the theme park, and provided transportation directly into the park via the Tomorrowland Station. Other options included taking the courtesy tram or simply walking across the street and through Disneyland's parking lot.