I wanted to post one more nod to Disneyland's 53rd birthday before the day ended. Both of today's photos were taken aboard the Disneyland Railroad in 1960. In the first photo (top), Walt and Lillian Disney give King Mahendra of Nepal and his wife a tour of a different kind of kingdom. The second photo shows Walt climbing aboard the C.K. Holliday with King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. (He's been king since 1946, making him the longest-ruling head-of-state in the world today.)
Kevin Kidney sent Disneyland the perfect birthday message via his blog today. Also, Disney maven Al Lutz of MiceAge has posted color aerial photos of the park from its first year of operation. And in case you haven't stumbled across it yet, a version of author Don Ballard's historical tour of the Disneyland Hotel is available on YouTube - See both Part 1 and Part 2.