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February 3, 1966: Walt Disney with some of the plastic heads for the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride opening at Disneyland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

A workman checks the three-horned triceratops, part of the new "Primeval World" exhibit at Disneyland. A similar photo was published in the July 4, 1966 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / LA Times Archive/UCLA

May 30, 1966: Walt Disney pours water from canteen into a channel through new Disneyland attraction, "It's a Small World." With Disney at opening are Louis B. Lundborg, Bank of American board chairman, and children representing many nations. This photo was publshed in the May 31, 1966 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 12, 1960: Walt Disney and his granddaughter Tammy Miller, 3, ride pack mules at opening of Disneyland's Nature Wonderland. This photo was published in the June 13, 1960 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 14, 1959: In front row aisle seats of reviewing stand at Disneyland, Vice President Richard Nixon, left, listens to Walt Disney explain some features of the parade. More than 150 units marched, including decorated floats entered from foreign countries. Six new attactions, including the Matterhorn, were dedicated on this day. This photo was published in the June 15, 1959 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

June 14, 1959: From left: Vice President Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon, Patricia Nixon and Julie Nixon enjoy the hour-long parade at Disneyland opening several new attractions. This photo was published in the June 15, 1959 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

June 14, 1959: Vice President Richard Nixon shakes hands with spaceman and spacegirl during tour of Disneyland. This photo was published in the June 15, 1959 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Aug. 1963: With the snow-covered peak of Matterhorn behind him, maintance worker Larry Kleser refuels the fleet of 'atomic' submarines used on the Submarine Voyage. This photo was published in the Sep. 1, 1963 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 28, 1967: The new PeopleMover is run through a remodeled Tomorrowland at Disneyland during press preview. This photo was published in the June 29, 1967 Los Angeles Times. The PeopleMover opened on July 2, 1967.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / LA Times Archive/UCLA

Feb. 3, 1982: Wally Boag, right, star of Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Saloon, poses for staff photographer Don Kelsen. On left, Boag in character as Pecos Bill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 1974: Art Chapman, a former cowboy who has spent 20 years behind the reins at Disneyland, and his horse, Joy, at start of half-mile run from main gate to center of the park. Chapman, 70, was retiring.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 13, 1964: Swinging into action prior to the opening of “Big Band Festival” at Disneyland are, Wayne King, left, Count Basie, seated left; Bill Elliott, standing right; and Duke Ellington. A similar photo was published in the June 14, 1964 Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Nov. 27, 1958: Producer Sergei Gerasimov, left, and Playwright Georgrii Mdivani, members of a group of Russian movie people who are touring the country, get the feel of an old fire engine at Disneyland. This photo was published in the Nov. 28, 1958 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Jan. 4, 1964: Korean student, Jong Sook Kim, second from left, visiting the Mad Hatter and Alice at Disneyland. Nearly blind, Kim came to the United States and received an operation that restored her sight. A different photo was published in the Jan. 5, 1964 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Sep. 27, 1964: Members of the 1964 United States Olympic team on Main Street at Disneyland. About 500 athletes and officals were headed to the Olympics in Tokyo. A different photo was published in the Sep. 28, 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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