Everyone loves Disney, right? It's been around since we were all kids and we grew up with the movies and TV shows. There's no denying that The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King are more classic than the older films, like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. You might think you're a big Disney fan because you love the movies, but anyone who has been to a Disney park knows that park goers are another level of fans.
Disneyland was Walt Disney's dream for the world. When you walk into any Disney park, you'll find the plaque with Walt's famous quote – "Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy." Disneyland first opened in 1955 and back then, tickets only cost $1! Park goers back then had to pay 10 to 30 cents per ride. That's very cheap compared to the $97 to $135 daily cost to get into Disneyland in Anaheim, California nowadays. Better not go during peak season!
Since Disneyland opened over 60 years ago, several other parks have opened up across the globe, including Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Tokyo, Japan, Disneyland Paris in Paris, France, Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong, China, and Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China. If you're lucky enough to have traveled to one, two, or all of the Disney parks, you know they're all beautiful and magical. However, Disneyland might hold a special place in the hearts of many Disney fanatics.
Why else would people be willing to spend thousands of dollars on old Disney memorabilia? Disneyland is the only park that was open during Walt Disney's life. Walt passed away before Walt Disney World had a chance to open, so many people feel that while Disney World was Walt's "ultimate dream," Disneyland has more of his vision and style.
If you're interested in buying some old Disneyland memorabilia, you can check out Van Eaton Galleries's 'That's From Disneyland' online auction. And if you happen to live in the area of Sherman Oaks, California, stop by the pop-up store that is auctioning off collector and agent Richard Kraft's entire stash this Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26. A portion of the proceeds are going to the Coffin-Siris Syndrome Foundation and CHIME Institute For Early Education.
See below for some of the incredible pieces from the early eras of Disneyland are up for grabs!
If you're a huge fan of Space Mountain, which opened in 1975 at Disneyland and still runs to this day, you can snag this original attraction vehicle. It is currently sitting at $12,000 in the bidding auction.
This Big Thunder Ranch sign is currently up for bid at $900. The attraction first opened at Disneyland in 1986 and was a petting zoo in the park. It shuttered it's door in 2016 to make way for the massive expansion and remodel of Disneyland for Star Wars: Galaxy Edge.
Pirates of the Caribbean became such a popular attraction in Disneyland, it inspired the film franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. The attraction first opened in 1967 and still runs to this day – though Disneyland passholders know the ride does often malfunction and close throughout the year. This entryway sign is currently up for bid at $4,000.
The sign for Briar Rose Cottage is up for bid $3,000. The sign uses to sit outside of the shop that sold figurines in Disneyland between 1987 and 1991.
For those who enjoy a good "scare" at Disneyland, The Haunted Mansion is the best place to stop in for a quick ride. The ride opened in 1969 and still runs today! It even inspired a Disney movie. This original poster from the ride's attraction is one of the priciest items up for bid, currently at $16,000.
If you've liked to browse the entire That's From Disney collection, you can check it all out online. What would you bid on?