Starling Travel

February 27, 2013

Old Color Footage of Disneyland in 1956 Courtesy of Jeff Altman

Filed under: Amusement Parks,California,Places To Visit,Tourist Attractions — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This old Home Movie of DisneyLand in 1956 from Jeff Altman really made me happy to see.

He said:

Shot by my grandfather on his Bell & Howell Filmo using 16mm Kodachrome film stock. This footage was taken a year after the California theme park opened.

It was quite a surprise going through this and seeing my grandmother meeting Walt Disney himself!

Meeting Walt Disney 1956 from Starling Travel

I’ve been doing my best to find out what they were shooting at the front of the park. So far I’ve been unsuccessful.

Walt Disney Filming in Disneyland 1956

Transferred to HD (1080PsF 23.98) myself off a Spirit and Color Corrected using a da Vinci 2k Plus. Slowed to 18fps to match the original film speed.

So much of Disneyland has changed that this time capsule is priceless. I love seeing the old Tomorrowland with a Space Bar.

Skyway and Space Bar in Tomorrowland Disneyland 1956 from Starling Travel

Yet, so much of Disneyland has stayed the same. Here are the Teacups swirling just as they have for years.

The Teacups in Fantasyland at Disneyland 1956 from Starling Travel

And Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, still flies today as he did back in 1956.

Dumbo Flying Elephant Ride at Disneyland 1956 from Starling Travel

Thank you, so much Jeff, for sharing your grandfather’s film of Disneyland back when it was still a baby!

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