Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams before marketing largely replaced magic or morphed it into the CGI-based surrealism that seems to surround everything new. Movie tie-ins remained subtle at most (how many people have seen "Third Man on the Mountain," the picture that inspired Walt's Matterhorn?) A family's admission didn't cost a mortgage payment.
Plus, just look what you got for your money! Especially after you reached the Hub, climbed down off the old Fire Wagon, and stepped into Tomorrowland. Mary Blair's murals cheerfully salute children of the world. PeopleMover vehicles and silent Monorails glide by overhead. Rocket Jets swirl higher, and Skyway buckets swing above all. A world on the move that we thought would never stop.
In a way, it hasn't. Sure, you can tear down and build over Disneyland, reshape it into a Pixar paradise, strip it of its permanent Cast, and squeeze it until the last dollar dribbles out. But you just can't deconstruct the happiness that it helped create back when happiness was its primary reason for being. The Happiest Place on Earth is always there for those who knew it.
That's the great thing about these old home movies. Most don't even have sound, but the happiness is almost fully preserved. If the only thing you know is the "resort" of today, then you can see just enough to feel a little bit of how it felt to be part of the magic of Disneyland during earlier days. And if, like me, you haven't been to the Magic Kingdom in a long, long time, then the scenes in these movies might have been shot yesterday. You can still feel all of it.
What a day in the Park.