Disney Paper Collecting by John Komlos from finddisney.com
Welcome to my Disneyland paper collecting journey.
My collection began over 30 years ago, shortly after I met my wife. She was an avid Disney fan and had love for animals, especially dogs. So, it was natural that she collect “Pluto.” I saw how much fun she and other members of our family were having, so I wanted to begin collecting something having to do with Disney. I wanted something unusual and interesting to me. So, I decided I would collect Disneyland information guides.
This is the first 1955 Disneyland "pictorial" guide. There was one guide that came out prior to this when Disneyland first opened. They wanted to have it available when the park opened. So it had hand rendered drawings of the attractions in stead of pictures, as many of the attractions were not completed when the guide had to go to print. This guide went out later in 1955, after they were able to provide pictures of the finished attractions. The guide was reprinted in 2005 for the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. (You can tell the difference by the copyright on the front cover of the 1955 and the bar code on the rear cover of the 2005.)
As I started to research Disneyland guides, I realized that there were many different kinds. There were Annual pictorial guides, there were informational guides and maps that were given out at the park when you came in, and there were professionally written guides.
I found that there were also commercially sponsored guides used to advertise discounts, products and services. I enjoyed seeing the changes in the park year after year. The pictures were fantastic. I also enjoyed looking at the Disney art on the covers as well as inside. I was hooked.
Disneyland tickets are some of the most interesting items. Through the years Disney has changed their ticketing media tremendously. Below I have shared some of the first tickets and their story, as well as samples of more current ticketing media. Through the years Disneyland has used their tickets not only for admission but the tickets are used as advertising for special events including corporate event and, of course, Disneyland events. Tickets have been used for corporate events, for Disney anniversaries, and ride introductions (commemorative tickets).
When Disneyland first opened in July 1955, there were no ticket
books. Guests paid a general admission fee to get in and then paid to
ride each ride individually. Disneyland began to sell ticket books
later in 1955. There were 3 tickets “A,” “B,” or “C” The best
rides required a “C” ticket. The following year 1956, Disneyland
introduced the "D" ticket. In 1959 the Big 10 ticket book was
introduced including the "E" ticket. The "E" ticket was used for
the best rides and worked its way down to the "A" ticket, for the
smaller, less popular rides. The ticket book provided one “A”
ticket, one “B” ticket, two “C” tickets, three “D” tickets, and three
I have just touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Disneyland Paper collecting. What I outlined here are just a few of the many areas of collecting. There are many other paper items that one could collect. There are advertising brochures, one sheet ads, and general Disneyland information pieces. There are Postcards, Books, parking tickets, magazines, menus and placemats and stamps. Each could constitute a very large collection on their own. If you have any questions about Disneyland paper collecting, please contact me at
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