The First Disneyland Railroad Tickets
Because of the frequent confusion over Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets, months of research was completed in WorthPoint, evaluating hundreds of these tickets sold over the last 15 years. Using stamped dates on tickets, notes from sellers, and comparative research to construction and attraction changes occurring in Disneyland from 1955 through 1958, the following Series of Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets have been identified. If you have any questions or comments about the historical accuracy of these Series, please contact us.
From 1955 through late 1958, special Disneyland railroad tickets were issued for park guests by the Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R.
Here is a look at three series of Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets that were available in the first three operating years of the park.
First Series (1955)
The First Series of Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets appeared in the first few months of the park being opened. Two types of ticket were available in this First Series. The ‘New Circle Route’ departed from the Main St. Depot and offered a ‘one first class passage’ around Disneyland. This gave guests an exhilarating railroad passenger experience.
But if you were wondering what cattle feel like, you could jump on the ‘Western Route’ of the Frontierland Freight, which offered a ‘freight or cattle passage’.
One of the most interesting details of these tickets is that the trains move in separate directions. In fact, the Frontierland Freight train ticket is the only ticket of all these series that moves from left to right. These tickets are historical reminders of how simple the Disneyland R.R. was from its first beginnings. But it would quickly grow in the next couple years.
Second Series (1955 – 1956)
The Second Series of Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets appeared toward the later end of 1955 and were available through part of 1956. This is probably the most interesting series of these railroad tickets.
The Second Series is similar to the Disneyland Park Map. The first park map, made available to park guests in early 1958 wasn’t entirely correct. Walt Disney would present lands and attractions on the large park map long before they were actually built. In fact, some of these ‘sneak peak’ lands and attractions were never built. Most notably, the 1958 Version A Disneyland Map presented the lands of Liberty Street and Edison Square. Both lands were drawn on the map with multiple shops, curiosities, and a ship attraction. Neither land was ever built at Disneyland.
Similarly, the Second Series of Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets presented four additional stations, of which only two would be built – the Fantasyland Depot in 1956 and the Tomorrowland Depot in 1957.
An Adventureland train station was never built nor a Holidayland train station. Another curiosity, the ticket route in this series indicated that Holidayland was between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. That area was indeed used early on for the Mickey Mouse Club Theater and later for Keller’s Killer Jungle Animals, and had been identified in 1955 through 1956 as Holidayland (notably by some cast members and reporters). Though it wasn’t identified as such in official maps like the Disnyland Guide Maps of 1955 – 1957.
Ultimately, Walt Disney decided that the area between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland would be better used for new attractions of Tomorrowland like the Submarines and the Matterhorn.
Holidayland finally opened as an official land in 1957. It was built using the Mickey Mouse Club Theater tent and other equipment that was moved from the previous ‘Holidayland’ to an area closer to Adventureland. The move of Holidayland rendered the route order of the Second Series outdated; however, it appears it was decided shortly after that only a few of these train stations would actually be built.
And I can only imagine the frustration felt by train operators and engineers, as well as other cast members through out the park, that had to explain the inaccuracies of the Second Series tickets to park guests. Guests that surely must have been confused when they would board the train only to discover that their station they wished to disembark to did not even exist!
Consequently, we were soon after introduced to the Third Series of the early Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. tickets.
Third Series (1956 – 1958)
The Third Series of Santa Fe & Disneyland R.R. railroad tickets appeared in late 1956 and were used through at least 1958. When these tickets were introduced, the only train stations in the park were located on Main St., in Fantasyland, and in Tomorrowland. It is assumed that in the Second Series, the listing of several train stations that didn’t exist created too much confusion for park guests.
In the Third Series, tickets no longer represented things to come but presented what stations actually existed in the park. And to help create further clarity, the tickets of the Third Series introduced in large, bold font, the identifications of either ‘ADULT’ or ‘CHILD’ on each stub.
But these tickets only lasted for so long as the park moved away from issuing any kind of passes for entrance on to the trains. It just became a right to all they came to this happy place.
Moving forward you will now know how the Santa Fe & Disneyland R. R. tickets fit in the historical creation and development of one of the most beloved Railroads in the whole World.
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