Thursday, April 12, 2012

The key to happiness...

I've been known to be grumpy. Sometimes I think I get a bad rap because I have a constant case of the 'stern face'. Unless I'm in mid-sentence, my face takes on an EXTREMELY SERIOUS expression. All on its own. I promise I'd never purposefully make myself look like this. No one would.

There are a few places in the world that delight me incredibly. To say I'm like a kid in a candy shop when I'm in a vintage store is an under-statement. It is heaven for me. Working at two different vintage shops, here at Street Scene, and also at Scout Antiques, is a delight. I truly can erase any bad mood by just looking out and seeing all the amazing goodies in front of me! Eeeeeeee!

There is, however, one place that completely makes me the happiest person on earth. That place is: the happiest place on earth: Disney! Now, I don't discriminate, I love Disneyland AND Disney World equally, but for different reasons! The main reason I was first attracted to both of the parks was because of their wonderfully 50's and 60's vibe! Having read books on their design, I began to fall more and more in love with both of these parks. I really am going to try and avoid serving you all a history lesson in this post, I really just want to show you some super beautiful and interesting vintage pictures of both parks! (Note: I originally typed 'history lesion' in that sentence. I suppose history lesions are what you get when you are exposed to too much history)!

I'll start with Disneyland! Disneyland first opened on July 18th, 1955. The fact that I wasn't there on opening day is the most depressing thing of all time. I'm still trying to get over it. What I love about Disneyland, other than its the original, is that its got this super great 'low-key' feel. The castle is a great deal smaller than in Disney World, and the layout just feels so....50's. Hah! Theres really no other way to describe it. Going there as an adult is a totally different experience. I do freak out and hop around and scream when I see my favorite rides, but I can also sit back and take in all the nuances of the park's design, and appreciate the effort that went into creating this magical place. So, without further hesitation, here are some pictures of/about Disneyland! 

Vintage Disneyland ticket! The tickets used to be at a very low price-point,
and you had to pay to ride the rides!

This picture is almost too much to handle. Look at the design of the monorail!
Look at the sign for the hotel!
Oh, and check out the cars, too. What a dream! 

As you can see, this picture is from Sept. 1957. Please notice two things:
the castle is indeed so much smaller than its sister in Disney World.
And secondly, notice all of the beautiful dresses.
This place BEGS you to wear fanciful frocks. Always appropriate.

Check out how magical this place looks! Its like living inside of a cupcake or something!

Here is a great shot of a family in Tomorrowland. Everything in this picture is perfect.
This is what I want my entire life to look like. 

Wow! Can you imagine driving up (in this car) and seeing that beautiful sign!
This place truly takes you back in time!

Here are Mickey and Minnie in the 1950s. I love the look to these costumes!

Here are Michael and Christine. The first guests inside of Disneyland on opening day.
They weren't the first to purchase the tickets, but they were the first in!
She is wearing the perfect dress for a day at Disney! 

Okay, I literally DIED when I found these. The only thing that revived me was the thought of never getting to see these pictures again. Look at this set of photos from a phohoshoot at Disneyland in the early 1960s! I truly mean it when I say that this park is best enjoyed when you wear fanciful frocks! I would avoid heels, though! 

Check out more news (and pictures)! about Disney World after the break!

Ah, now on to Disney World. Disney World was opened on October 1st, 1971. Walt had passed away before this park was opened, but that didn't mean that it wasn't full of his spirit and imagination! The park was built on a larger scale (note the size of the castle compared to previous pictures from Disneyland), and it expanded many times over the years. I love so many things about Disney World. Epcot is just a dream to walk through! Though the sort of quaint magical feeling from Disneyland is missing, Disney World possesses such a scale that the magic is raining on you. Its a magic explosion. Take a look at some vintage photos of Disney World! 

Disney World on opening day! Anyone else get 110% excited and happy looking at this picture?

Here you see Mickey in the 70s acting as chief firemouse!
His outfit changed a bit from the 50's, huh?

Check out Main Street, USA! The castle has a more grand appearance,
and the buildings lining the street are also taller!

The Contemporary hotel, one of my favorite buildings on this planet,
has a monorail that runs through it. Its perfect. Check out the (now)
super vintage look to the inside of the hotel! 

Take a look at this room! This was a photograph from September of 1972
of a room inside the Contemporary Hotel. SO SO SO GOOD. 

I hope that each and every one of you was inspired to plan your next trip to a Disney park! How great were some of those photos from yesteryear? Do any of you have photos of yourself at Disney? Feel free to share! Hope you all have a great day, and until next time......


  1. YES! So is that lovely costume jewelry blog you got going!

  2. I appreciate your passion! My favorite ride at wdw is pirates of the Caribbean. Been there 1973-present. Love this site! Long live the enchanted tiki room