The park was less than two years old when the footage was shot.
Check out the video (and learn more details about it) after the jump.
For all you photo nerds: The original footage was shot on some 1957 pro-stock, and the transfer was done on a Spirit DataCine. For those of you who don't know what film is/was: I'm crying on the inside.
The entire reel is 20 minutes long, but the Disney History Institute edited it down into a four and a half minute short film that beautifully documents what the park was like 55 years ago.
The film offers a lot of great glimpses into Disneyland's history (including a special appearance by “Aunt Jemima” at the Pancake House), but what I love most about the film is that it illustrates how many things in the park haven't changed much at all.
The Mad Tea Party, Storybook Land Canal Boats, and the Mark Twain Riverboat all make appearances, and each look almost exactly as they do today. It's great to see Disney holding on to so much of its history.
Check out the video below:
Learn more about the Disney History Institute's film here.