Saturday, January 22, 2011

Visiting Disneyland in 1956

Disneyland Dream (1956)

A friend of mine recently referred me to this incredible documentary film called "Disneyland Dream" and I'm thankful that he did. The video, which documents the Barstow family's 1956 trip from Connecticut to California, is an amazing time capsule from that time period. In 1956, the Barstow family entered a contest presented by Scotch tape in order to win the prize - a fully paid trip to Disneyland. The Barstow family won of course and captured their magical trip on film. Some of the sites that you can see in the video include their 1950s home in Connecticut, the Huntington Shertaton Hotel in Pasadena, Knott's Berry Farm when it actually looked more like a farm than a theme park, Southern California orange groves, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood and Vine, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Universal Studios Hollywood, Will Rogers's home, Catalina Island and a tour of the Disneyland theme park as it appeared back then.

The video is about 34 minutes long but worth taking the time to watch until the end if your a nostalgia or Disneyland buff. The video uses the film footage from 1956 with an added narration track that Robbins Barstow, the father, created in 1995. Some of my favorite things in the video are seeing the family wearing their Davy Crocket jackets or boarding a TWA airplane that holds 64 people. The family is also quite amusing and with the narration provided by Robbins, you feel like you're right there with him as he retells this memorable experience.

So when you have the time, take a moment to step back to 1956 as you watch Disneyland Dream. If the video doesn't play you can also see the video here: Disneyland Dream


Tom Ruegger said...

Fantastic film!
I'd never seen it before
Been preserved by an act of Congress!
I'd never been on the stage coach I was glad to see what that was like.

Happy Mom Aim said...

That is wonderful! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Amazing report!! Thanks for all this work Robby. LA-Hollywood bizz lovers as me appreciate this blog.
Greetings from Barcelona!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Robby! Oh, my goodness! I've just discovered your blog - well, maybe an hour ago - I've just been lost and having a wonderful time here! What amazing stories and snaps you have of everything around Hollywoood!
I was going to ask you about one of my favorite olden movies - Sunset Boulevard - well, I just keep scrolling through your blog and you answered everything and more than I would have asked.
I'm so excited to have found your wonderful blog and will be your newest follower in just one second.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

pixiegirltink said...

Hi Robby,

This is such a cool video. One interesting tid-bit ~ at the 20:15 mark, you'll see a boy worker wearing a bowler hat. From what I understand, that's Steve Martin.

I really love your blog.

:) Lannie

Bill said...

Love anything Disney! Thanks for posting!

Connie Moreno said...

That was an absolute blast to watch!


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