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  • [Question] What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

    Hi All,

    I just had a question. I was just wondering what existed in the area that is now Toontown before that area was built. Does anyone have any pictures of what it looked like? Thanks!

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    Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

    I believe that was the staging area for the fireworks pre-Toon Town.
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    • #3
      Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

      It was still an orange grove when Disneyland opened in the 1950s. By 1965 (last photo) the orange trees had been cleared away.

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      • #4
        Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

        I don't think there was anything beyond the railroad tracks besides backstage buildings and access roads.
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          Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

          I remember it being a bunch of trees. Very wooded and quite nice to look at actually.

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          • #6
            Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

            When Disneyland first opened the Storybookland Canal was the back of the park. Small World was added after the 1964 World's Fair, and that became the back of the park. Toontown was added in 1992(?) and became the current back of the park. But behind Toontown is TDA, basically a huge office building. Behind Small World/Autopia is the round house for both the Monorail and the trains. (You can see it if you take a ride on the train.) Also, the 5 freeway literally touches the back of Disneyland, so they can't extend the park any further if the wanted to.

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            • #7
              Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

              Here are some good before and after shots, though none in the era right before TT was built:

              Aerial images chart how Disneyland has changed over the past 60 years | Mail Online

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              • #8
                Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                Found one from 1985. It's a small pic, but you can tell it was just buildings behind the scenes. This is from dldhistory.com.

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                • #9
                  Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                  Wasn't it mainly backstage Storage and the Circle D Coral for the horses (which is still there if I'm not mistaken, not sure if it's been slightly relocated)?
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                  • #10
                    Then where was Videopolis located? I 'm thinking either where Mickey and the Magical Map currently is showing, or in the TT area.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                      I always wondered what the end of the park looked like, next to Small World, before TT was built. I can't imagine the area where Toontown's entrance is currently - did the train run over a berm, instead of being a bridge like it is today? I can't picture it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                        I vaguely remember before Toon town and the train ran on a berm. The first time I visited Toontown, the bridge fascinated me for some reason. One thing I remember about the area was just the huge amount of concrete around IASW.
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                        • #13
                          Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                          wasnt disney afternoon was somewhere around that area?
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                          • #14
                            Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                            The "official" story of Toontown's history...
                            The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park « Disney Parks Blog

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                              Re: What was in the North area of Disneyland before Toontown?

                              Originally posted by johnnylv View Post
                              Then where was Videopolis located? I 'm thinking either where Mickey and the Magical Map currently is showing, or in the TT area.
                              The former.
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