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Hack Fraud : The 'dislike button' shouldn't even exist on videos like this. There's absolutely zero logical reason a person could click that button.

Gary Smedley : My dad was one of the heavy equipment operators during the early clearing and grading of Disneyland.

Theme Park Worldwide : This is fantastic, really enjoyed it

Richard Ambrose : The first time I visited Disneyland was in December 1966.  I was with my mom & sister waiting to board the monorail when many of the employees started crying.  The news that Walt had just died reached the park.  One of the sadest days of my life. 

28brasco : The fastest 40min. I've ever lived through. Thank you for sharing. How Walt brought his vision to life is extremely impressive.

Carlos Carpinteyro : Absolutely stunning footage and narration!!! Thank you for posting this! A new book "Three Years in Wonderland" by Todd James Pierce just came out in April of 2016 to tell untold stories of the making of Disneyland. My Uncle, Eugene "Doc" Lemmon is listed as 'the fifth official employee of Disneyland' on pg. 104 of Todd's book. He was the Disneyland Park Operations manager from 1956-61. My uncle using his Disneyland experience later picked the site, named, and was the President of Magic Mountain in Valencia, Ca. My pic depicts my uncle's hard-had that he wore while Magic Mountain was under construction.

mamayama2 : My dad worked for the audio recorders that got the original Jungle Cruise sound contract...Walt insisted on a longer tape loop than anybody had ever asked for, so that the background sounds not repeat over the duration of the ride. So my dad ran the tape from the machine...out into the hall...over a series of hat-racks...into the bathroom....around another hat-rack...and all the way back to the studio again! Just another example of Walt's attention to detail :-)

Spa Guy : Thanks guys this video rocked!! I Love History and an inside look!

Kayla // Loki’s Queen : This is truly amazing. I love Disneyland history!

Gareth Walton : To the people that run this YouTube channel. You need to TURN OFF youtube video stabilizer. Because it is turned on it is causing your footage to look weird and move by it self, it’s also zooming into this footage and cropping is not what you want. look up how to turn it off, you will literally thank me when you realise how much better this footage looks after you turn it off 🤙🏻

Andrew Kuder : Happy 60th birthday, Disneyland :)

Docktor Jim : 16mm to 360p. It would be nice to get a 1280p or better copy of the whole collection. Wonderful content and narration. 

VLOGNOSIS : The building process is amazing! Did the narrator say $17 million dollars to build... in the dollar value of that era??? Or in today's money??? I can't even imagine Walt being able to scrape those funds together, let alone find a group of workers that could come through in the end (and on time!). Simply amazing. The flips side of all this is the sad demise of that entire area, for hundreds of miles around it. What used to be beautiful orange groves & clean living... is now decaying urban sprawl, pollution, traffic and concrete :( Not to mention the complete ripoff pricing of the park today. $25 to park your car, $155 for an admission ticket, $5 drinks, $20 meals, forget souvenirs. I don't go anymore!

Steve Katz : Where are all the Hispanic workers? oh thats right this is the 1950's

John VanAcker : I was so happy to see this footage.  Also glad that someone was just curious enough to check the film before it was moved to long term storage, who knows what would have happened to it then.  I hope that it would all be transcribed to video and be able to view it all at some point.

Dave Hansen : Outstanding video. Our first visit was around 1961 when I was just four years old. And we still have 8mm video footage. Those were the days.

Whtxombi : My Grandfather watched them tear out the orchards to build the park. "It'll never work" he is quoted as saying

Antonio TwizShiz Edward : cool video. my first visit to Disneyland was in the 70's. Well, I was born in 1972. Watching this video gives a cool perspective on the creation of Disneyland. Also working at Disneyland in 1997-1999 as a parking lot tram announcer give me behind the scenes look at the magic.

Colorado Breeze : Oh what a nostalgic rush... this just blew me away!! My sister and I worked at the park from 1960 to 1964. Admiral Joe Fowler lived down the street from us in Corona del Mar and he was the one who made it possible for us to work there, bypassing a waiting list of 5000 applicants! I was a ride operator working in Fantasyland, and my sister worked on Main Street. Thanks for posting this!

Dave F. Macias : This was amazing...   Loved-It-!!! Thank-you for sharing it with us.

David C : It's quite amazing how fast they built things years ago and also did quality work. Pretty sad that today, everything is done by people who are paid low wages and it's looked upon like work only uneducated would do.

Diox321 : I enjoyed this thoroughly! Great work!

Charles Ramsey : This was awesome footage I would love to see more. I was born in 1953 in Whittier and after the opening my mother and dad took me to Disneyland every other weekend if not more. I always dreamed of working in one of the parks for Disney but I have not made it yet and I am now 61.

World Press : We're a family of 6. Our trip to Disneyland set me back close to $1000.

Skycaptin5lol : That was some great footage, saw some fascinating looks into the construction. It's quite something!

Bruce HikesHollywood : fantastic footage  loved it every minute of it

senorkaboom : This is flat out amazing. I hope more footage is released showing the park in construction.

todd : At around 35:30, what kind of transport is being used for the camera? Helicopter?

Bryan Roth : Very nicely done... Thanks to all that where involved and making this free for all of us to watch..

John Johnson : I hope to become a Disney imagineer one day because I have so many ideas. For example...the Matterhorn could be re-done with a "Frozen" theme from the movie and instead of the abominable snowman, it can be that you have to help Anna & Kristoff escape from the ice creature that Elsa created.       Gosh that could be a good idea

Gary Laatsch : I have photos of me in a stroller when I was 1 year old in 1957 in the park. I grew up in La Puente and live in Orange for many years....to see where it s gone from where it was is mind boggling. I remember our parents dropping us off on a Saturday afternoon when we were 12 and 13 years old and staying till the fireworks and then our parents picking us up. I haven't been there since my son was 16, he is now 33. Thinking I need to go back if I can get the loan approved for admission :-)

Bo Loney : Fess Parker was my grandfathers first cousin. Fun to see him in these videos.

Candi andPinkie : Oh wow 5 dislikes.Come on guys it's Disneyland!

Cubex : 2018?

Ryy Dog : Wow, what amazing footage and commentary! Thanks guys. 👍👍👍

Hank Austin : The narration on this video is superbly done! Tony, you are the best!!

Michael J-H : I can only imagine what else is in that deep storage that people may have stored away without realizing.

Brackish nz : amazing footage

tj d : That's incredible! Wow

J Jam : I opened this nostalgic (Disneyland under construction) some time ago!

Karla Rubi : I love Walt Disney he makes me so happy

ncolclas : Fresh Baked, have you seen this? Wonderful footage!

irwinisidro : Disneyland is pretty much a real life Sim City.

Neil Ogley : Thanks so much for posting and such a Fun place to have in this world.

Rachel Xavier : Fantastic! Delivered on giving that special Disney-magical feeling that I felt when I was kid visiting Disneyland. Not boring or frustrating; a very satisfying watch. Would love to see more.

Cristal Flores : I wish i was there

Rick Jasper : Look at the emptiness surrounding Disneyland at that time.. and DINGBAT Democrats say “trickle down economics doesn’t work”. WHO WOULD ARGUE that the land surrounding Disneyland isn’t empty today BECAUSE Disneyland “trickled down” to restaurants, hotels, and other businesses?

Madalyn Nobles : Going to disney tomorrow!!:) so excited !!:)

pressrolls : 3:58 I hate how this moron mispronounces Foliage. It's Fo-lee-ige. Not Fo-luge.

Azo Prodigy : They are getting rid of frontier land and putting Star Wars land