Inside 60 years of Disneyland history at the D23 Expo

We found bodiless animatronic heads, illuminated parade floats and mid-century merch at this Disneyland-themed exhibit

Only at an exhibition about Disneyland could an abominable snowman, bodiless pirate heads and a leprechaun who inhabited Anaheim's orange groves all coexist together.

Disneyland: The Exhibit celebrates the theme park's 60th anniversary with all sorts of oddities and props pulled from the Walt Disney Archives. It's part of this weekend's D23 Expo, a fan fest dedicated to all things Disney—right down to the must-have merch and Space Mountain-length lines.

The Disneyland exhibit is equal parts history and nostalgia. You’ll find familiar park icons like a pirate ship vehicle from the Peter Pan ride alongside some more obscure tidbits of Disney history, like the story of the leprechaun Patrick Begorra and his orange tree home. As warm and fuzzy as it is to see pieces of Disneyland's past, the exhibit is also a reminder that change can be great; no matter your nostalgia for the Main Street Electrical Parade, the old Cheshire Cat float on display just can't compare to the whizbang tech behind Disneyland’s current nighttime parade.

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Walt Disney’s Little Man of Disneyland, a story to promote the park's opening in 1955. It follows the leprechaun Patrick Begorra, whose orange tree house sat in the path of Disneyland's construction.

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A nighttime model of Disneyland with the Main Street Electrical Parade

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A nighttime model of Disneyland with the Main Street Electrical Parade

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The old Matterhorn bobseld and abominable snowman

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The old Matterhorn abominable snowman

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The very first Disneyland ticket, purchased by Roy O. Disney

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The Country Bear Jamboree

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Animatronic heads from the old show America Sings; the characters were later repurposed in Splash Mountain

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Board games and merchandise

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Board games and merchandise

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Herbert Ryman's original sketch of Disneyland

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Pirates of the Caribbean

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Peter Pan's Flight

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Rex, the former pilot of Star Tours

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A model of the former Monsanto House of the Future

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Models of the ride vehicles from Adventure Thru Inner Space

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Old parade costumes, including a Mulan-themed outfit, Ben Franklin and a bandleader

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Cheshire Cat from the Main Street Electrical Parade

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Original dragon head from Fantasmic

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A ticket to the first Disneyland Grad Nite

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A Disneyland survey marker

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Old Disneyland attraction tickets

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Old cast member name tags

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