What’s Walt up to today? It’s June of 1955 and he’s taking a walk down the middle of Main Street – or at least by the train station. But his dapper outfit seems out of place considering the surroundings; looking down Main Street towards the castle it looks like there’s a lot of work left to be done. When you consider the date this photo was taken, though, you might expect Walt to be a little less placid than he seems. This was taken June 9th, 1955 – barely more than a month away from Disneyland’s opening. How they were able to get it ready in that time, I’ll never understand. Think about that when you consider it’s been a year and a half since Spaceship Earth re-opened and they still don’t have the finale scene completed. The original caption:
Walt Disney stands framed by the covered waiting room of the Disneyland railroad station on Main Street in Anaheim, Ca., June 9, 1955. Disney is building a 17-million-dollar amusement park. When completed, Main Street will be typical of the years from 1890 to 1910.
No wonder the asphalt was still soft on opening day!