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6 Vintage Disney Theme Park Postcards – Part 3

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Disney postcards are a fun way to walk down memory lane, or even dream about a time or ride we never got to experience. They’re also a very affordable collectable. In this ongoing series of post we’re taking a look at vintage Disney theme park postcards from around the world. Be sure to check out parts one and two as well.

Starting things off with a classic EPCOT Center attraction, Kitchen Kabaret. This is a great postcard because it shows off the whole cast in one great illustration. Who’s your favorite? Personally I’ve always been a fan of the broccoli with sunglasses.

Vintage Disney postcards are great but they’re a million times better if they’ve already been written on by their past owners. It gives us a window to a vacation some stranger took 40 years ago. On this card Betsy writes Cindy to tell her Walt Disney World was “cold in the 40s” and “rained all day” on the following Sunday. Betsy also rented a car (a Gremlin!) and visited something called Webb’s City, which was a gigantic department store that took up 10 city blocks. Fascinating stuff.

Another filled out postcard. This one stood out because the person wrote Disneyland instead of Walt Disney World. As for the front of the card, I love the “unplanned” feeling of the scene that was being captured. These days the only thing that appears on postcards are highly choreographed and processed images. This is so much more pure.

I’m a big fan of theme park media that shows rides from vantage points that we normally wouldn’t see any other way. This postcard shows a great shot of a triceratops with one of the time rovers going by.

Now we go across the country to California for a postcard with Disney’s Pacific Hotel, which would be renamed to Paradise Pier Hotel after Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001. This hotel was built in 1984 as the Emerald Hotel of Anaheim, and then later renamed to Pan Pacific Hotel. Fun fact: The hotel was originally owned by a Japanese company, which is why it still to this day has a 13th floor. The reason is Japan does not have the same superstition as America when it comes to the number 13.

Wrapping things up with this Tokyo Disneyland postcard from the early 90s. I’m a big fan of the silhouette of Cinderella Castle with the sunset in the background. Beautiful!

What was your favorite postcard? Let me know in the comments below.  

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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