Friday, December 15, 2006

Souvenir Friday- Disneyland Express Train Toy

What young boy would not want to find this Disneyland Express Railroad Train toy sitting under their Christmas Tree in 1959? What crazed Disneyland collector wouldn't want to see the same thing in 2006? This is one of two toys put out by Auburn Rubber that ties into Disneyland, the other toy is a Disneyland Stagecoach. The box graphics really make this toy with the nice 1959 graphics on one side of the box and the 1959 style lettering used for Disneyland. This box is in good condition, missing the tie downs for Mickey Engineer, Donald Frontiersman and Pluto Engineer holding his lantern. Box is also missing the cellophane that would have gone on the window to protect the toy.

And here is an image of the jolly old soul who brings these types of toys to all the kids in the world. He appears to be checking his list at Disneyland before his big night, I love the sunglasses he is wearing. The publicity tag attached to the photo reads: Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse get together for an hour of music and entertainment on "Christmas in Disneyland" a special program in which an old man (Art Carney) finds the spirit of Christmas.


Anonymous said...

I've never seen the box before for the Disneyland Express, great graphics! And I didn't know that the train was supposed to include the two plastic figures of Donald and Pluto and Mickey. Super nice!

Adam Hazlett said...

Thanks for sharing,
I'll ask Santa for one this year.
and keep my fingers crossed. HA!

DisneyDutchman said...

Hi Matterhorn!! Your series of nightime holiday shots are spectacular!! All are Disneylands first Christmas 1955 not 1956 and are some super rare images of the park during the first Christmas Season 1955.Thank You so much for sharing these!! Just before
Christmas 1956 (December 20) Disney released the sixth "People and Places" film, "Disneyland, U.S.A.", to theaters.
In the beginning of the movie there is a fantastic "Flyover" of the park (probably the helicopter). It shows the Gazebo in its second location - between the Plantation House, the Jungle Cruise, and the Frontierland
Train Station.Sometime during 1956 the Gazebo was moved (before Christmas 1956). Also there are no flag poles in front of either the Circarama or Monsanto buildings in your images. The flag poles were moved in front of the buildings sometime between January and March of 1956 (from the Court of Honor)and would have to be visable if these images were Christmas 1956.
The Flyover footage also supports this since it also has a brief glimpse of the Tomorrowlands Avenue of Flags. These images are
so cool and important because they are the very first Christmas in the park 1955. Thanks again for your all of your hard work with
your Blog!!!!!!! DD

Anonymous said...

Great photos as always! Does anyone know more about this "Christmas in Disneyland" show with Art Carney? I'd love to learn more.

Anonymous said...

Hi... just happen to cross your site...

Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!