Disneyland Parking Lot At Grand Opening

The preview and dedication day was held on Sunday, July 17, 1955, and televised nationwide by ABC TV, a major investor in the project. The official grand opening was on Monday, the 18th.

In the center foreground, is what appears to be a radio truck with a generator on a trailer behind it, apparently used by Disney personal or a subcontractor for communications. The rest of the lot is filled with 1940s to 1950s cars and trucks and a few from the pre-war era.

My mother, sister and I went there about a month later. I was eleven at the time and what a wonderful day it was.

Back When I Was A Kid

Cars were very colorful and some were even pastels or pink.

We would get dressed up for birthday parties and sometime there was even a pony.

We would play in the street and our parents didn’t worry about us being kidnapped.

Gas was really cheap. A dollar or two would get you pretty far and the attendant even washed your windows and checked your oil. (I know, this was my summer job when I was in high school.)

When TV stations went off the air they would show a test pattern.

Hula hoops were the rage.

Girls passed notes all the time. Today the text each other.

These coolers were filled with ice-cold circulating water, so the drinks almost hurt when you first took a swig.

You could find most anything at a five and dime store. I used to go to them with my Nana, would would always get me something.

If you were lucky, you had a TV in the living room. Black and white at first, then color that wasn’t really very good. Wow, how things have changed.

Records were a major form of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Yes, things were a lot simpler, AND SAFER, back then.