Vintage images of Disney parks from times gone by

From Florida to Paris, Disney’s larger-than-life theme parks attract millions of visitors each year. And, with the oldest park dating back to the 1950s, these whimsical worlds have changed considerably over the decades. Through 37 nostalgic photos, we take a look at the Disney of yesteryear.

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By the early 1950s, Walt Disney had already achieved immense success as an animator – but he wasn’t one to rest on his laurels. Inspired by his own visits to amusement spots around the world, he conceived of the grandaddy of all theme parks – a magical place that would enchant both adults and kids alike. In this Fifties shot, he’s seen explaining sketches of what would become Disneyland California.

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