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It's a Small(er) World: 1969

It's a Small(er) World: 1969

Disneyland, 1969. Kodachrome slide by my dad. View full size.

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It was a Small World in 1969

It's A Small World was one of my favorite Disneyland rides. If it was hot outside it was cool inside. When I graduated from high school in Long Beach in 1966 Disneyland was a great and relatively inexpensive date night back then. Grad Night was filled with high school graduates and dates for a few dollars and my date Jill and I were there. By 1969 I was in the Air Force flying over Laos and the Ho Chi Minh Trail. I see two Marines walking through the scene and wonder if they are from Camp Pendleton on liberty with Vietnam in their futures. My 6th grade teacher, Mr Kim (a WW2 Marine), was one of the engineers on the Disney train and in 1995 I introduced him to my 5 year old daughter at the Small World train stop. He invited us into the cab of his diminutive locomotive and we rode around the park in style. I've been watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam and Disneyland in 1969 was obviously in a different world.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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