There have actually been several
Disneyland News newspapers. The earliest ones were
published in the park on a monthly basis from July 1955
through early 1957. Home subscriptions were available.
Guests could have a personalized headline.
Personalized issues were available for many years after the
regular edition was discontinued. Special versions were
created for the Magic Kingdom Club and other groups who
The name Disneyland News was used for publicity and
events from time to time, including the 30th anniversary of
the park in 1985 with new articles and reprints of old ones.
A few issues of a studio newspaper called
were issued in 1979. It contained some theme park news.
This publication was primarily available in the hotels
near Disneyland. For the first six issues, it was called
Disneyland Holiday, possibly to associate it with
the Holidayland part of Disneyland where corporate events
could be held.
From the beginning (Spring 1957), the publication included
features and advertisements for other Southern California
attractions. The name change to Vacationland was more
appealing to these other tourist spots. It was still published
by Disneyland and all of the covers conected to the park.
This publication was issued initially four times a year for
the four seasons: (1) Spring, (2) Summer, (3) Fall, and
(4) Winter. However, in later years only three issues were
published per year and certain seasons were combined, like
Winter Spring or Fall Winter. The last known issue is from
When Walt Disney World
opened, a companion publication was used for that resort.
Disney News was mailed to members of the Magic
Kingdom Club. This organization offered discounted tickets
to employees of companies. The purpose of the publication
was to encourage these families to return to Disneyland
several times throughout the year.
The earliest known issue is Winter 1965 and it is apparently
still published on a quartely basis. Later issues feature
Walt Disney World, and the film and television projects of
the Walt Disney Company.
In several cases during the period when this publication and
Vacationland were issued, the same cover photos and
similar or the same articles were used in both publications.
Disneylander is the earliest publication for park
employees, or "castmembers." Although it has some features
on new parts of the park, more often it contains articles
about employees in different departments, including promotions,
weddings, childbirths, and bowling leagues.
Backstage Disneyland was founded by Golden Horseshoe
regular, Wally Boag. Like other castmember publications, it
contained news of promotions, contests, and weddings.
This is the most recent castmember newsletter and is probably
still in publication.
In the early years of Disneyland, newspapers around the country
were offered pages of content produced by the Walt Disney Company
to promote the park and the films.
The Mickey Mouse Club was a popular television program. The
magazine occasionally featured articles or pictures of Disneyland.