When legendary Disney designer/engineer John Hench first saw Disney's California Adventure, he reportedly said, "I liked it better as a parking lot." As it turns out, he wasn't the only one. In fact, the old Disneyland parking lot had a lot to recommend it. The first half of the lot was designed in 1954, and it was quite innovative for its time. Never before had there been such a concerted, well-choreographed system for parking such a massive sea of vehicles.
The lot featured trained teams of attendants guiding each car into place, named parking zones, ("I think we're parked in Dumbo,") continuously-operating parking trams, ample lighting, and every other element needed to make everything run like clockwork. Like Robert Schuller's Drive-In Church, (just a few miles away,) it was an innovative product of California's burgeoning car culture.
Historian Jim Sleeper has long joked about doing a book called "Historic Parking Lots of Orange County," but this lot might actually qualify.
Once again, today's photos come from the Tucker family, via Mike Tucker.