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  • Ticket Booths Before Ticket Books

    Anybody have pictures of the ticket booths inside Disneyland Park, where you purchased individual tickets for each ride? This was before the ticket books were introduced.

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    • #3
      Matterhorn's blog has a great collection of them. Here's a sample...

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      • #4
        Interesting to see which of the structures are left, the Alice mushroom and Canalboats lighthouse. Any other survivors?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael1955 View Post
          Anybody have pictures of the ticket booths inside Disneyland Park, where you purchased individual tickets for each ride? This was before the ticket books were introduced.
          This Jungle Cruise booth is, presumably, from the first three months of operation before tickets were in use. It only lists cash fare.

          Jungle Cruise ticket booth 1955

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          • #6
            In related info, here's a quote from from Jim Keeline's Vintage Disneyland Ticket Books page:

            "When the park first opened to the public on July 18, 1955, there was a Main Gate admission price and each ride or attraction cost between 10c and 35c in cash.

            To address complaints that visitors were being “nickeled and dimed to death,” Disney introduced lettered tickets in October 1955, just three months after opening day. The “D” tickets were added in the middle of 1956 and the famous “E” ticket was introduced in June 1959 with the opening of the Matterhorn, Monorail, and Submarine attractions."


            Keeline's excellent Disneyland Ticket Books chart shows the tickets associated with each ride from October 1955 to 1982.
            "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
            it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
            together with every variety of recreation and fun,
            designed to appeal to everyone."

            - Walt Disney

            "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
            - Michael Eisner

            "It's very symbiotic."
            - Bob Chapek

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            • #7
              There was time as a Kid ,I use left over tickets books - from my last trip .....
              If I needed a couple "D"s or "E"s
              I knew were to "GO" !

              Last edited by Eagleman; 08-24-2020, 04:46 PM.
              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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              • #8
                Excellent pictures, thanks to all.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Michael1955 View Post
                  Excellent pictures, thanks to all.
                  Funny
                  I recall the ticket books-
                  BIG 10 /JUMBO15

                  "Daddy ,I want the JUMBO15"
                  ​​​​​​​But ,I sure in my early times, it was Big 10
                  Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                  • #10
                    Fantastic photos....all of 'em. Thanks for these! Much appreciated.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by greenalfonzo View Post
                      Interesting to see which of the structures are left, the Alice mushroom and Canalboats lighthouse. Any other survivors?
                      Sure - The ticket windows of Main Street Station and Frontierland Station.

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                      • #12
                        I think the Casey Jr one is also still there isn't it?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DarthBrett78 View Post
                          I think the Casey Jr one is also still there isn't it?
                          YEP
                          as well Story Book Land


                          Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Eagleman View Post
                            There was time as a Kid ,I use left over tickets books - from my last trip .....
                            If I needed a couple "D"s or "E"s
                            I knew were to "GO" !

                            I remember using the ticket booths maybe only once in my life. I think it was the one in Tomorrowland. I used to use old unused tickets back in the day too. In fact amongst us locals that pretty much was a given that this is just something you did - not a big deal.

                            So I always had a supply of tickets. When we would go we would still buy a ticket book because we almost always needed extra D’s and E’s as almost always the ticket books we brought with us only had A, B, and C’s. On top of that my mom would buy a ticket book too. She never went on the rides so an entry ticket would have sufficed but she would buy a book too so I always had tickets without having to go to the booths, which like I said I never had to except for one time.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DisneyIPresume View Post

                              I remember using the ticket booths maybe only once in my life. I think it was the one in Tomorrowland. I used to use old unused tickets back in the day too. In fact amongst us locals that pretty much was a given that this is just something you did - not a big deal.

                              So I always had a supply of tickets. When we would go we would still buy a ticket book because we almost always needed extra D’s and E’s as almost always the ticket books we brought with us only had A, B, and C’s. On top of that my mom would buy a ticket book too. She never went on the rides so an entry ticket would have sufficed but she would buy a book too so I always had tickets without having to go to the booths, which like I said I never had to except for one time.
                              Right .......
                              Now if you belong to the "MAGIC KINGDOM CLUB" and had a card.....
                              During the off season it was .......Golden Keys Ticket Book....which you get all "E" tickets
                              which was Specially Cool !

                              Side Note:
                              That when you buy a cheap "A"-"C" ticket from a ticket booth
                              so you would not waste , a good - "D" & "E" - ticket!
                              Last edited by Eagleman; 09-04-2020, 04:50 PM.
                              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                              • #16
                                I love Disneyland history and even I didn't know there was a short time when you paid cash for the rides directly.
                                "Have I gone mad?"
                                "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are. "

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