|Area||9 acres (3.6 ha)|
|Opened||June 16, 1957|
|Replaced by||New Orleans Square|
Holidayland was a 9-acre (36,000 m2) grassy picnic ground located along the western edge of Disneyland, near the area that is now New Orleans Square. It is often referred to as the "lost" land of Disneyland. Opening on June 16, 1957, Holidayland had its own admission gate into Disneyland and could hold up to 7,000 guests for large events. It also had playgrounds, horseshoes, baseball field, volleyball, "the world's largest candy-striped circus tent" (previously used by the short-lived Mickey Mouse Club Circus and Keller's Jungle Killers attractions) and other activities. Food and concessions were available for purchase including beer, which was not sold on the neighboring premises of Disneyland.
Holidayland closed in September 1961 due to its lack of shade, no nighttime lighting or restrooms, and alleged lack of Disney "flavor". According to Disney Legend Milt Albright, Holidayland's manager, "It wasn't any one thing that killed Holidayland. It was just the combined effect of a whole lot of things."
The original concept for Holidayland was that of a turn-of-the-century town park, with picnic areas, horseshoe pits, a baseball diamond, and perhaps an open field where a circus could come to perform. This original version would be located where the Matterhorn sits today. As Disneyland came together in 1954, it became apparent that there wasn't enough space within the park for Holidayland to become a reality, and the land (now sometimes called "Recreationland") became a picnic and recreation area, with minor seasonal holiday decorations.
In November 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club Circus came to Disneyland, in the Fantasyland section of the park. This event only lasted until January 1956, and was themed to the celebration of Christmas, with promotional material referring to the circus as "Holidayland," including a November 25, 1955 Los Angeles Times article declaring "Holidayland was a roaring success. The kids consumed great amounts of popcorn, and [Walt] Disney enjoyed himself as much as anybody.
- Strodder, Chris (2008). The Disneyland Encyclopedia. Santa Monica, California: Santa Monica Press LLC. p. 209. ISBN 978-1-59580-033-6.
- "Holidayland: The Least Photographed Land in the Park - Disney History Institute". Disney History Institute. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
- "A Look Back: November 24, 1955, Mickey Mouse Club Circus Debuts". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
- Tim O'Day, Bruce Gordon (2005). Disneyland: Then, Now, and Forever. Disney Editions. ISBN 0-7868-5446-4.
- David Mumford, Bruce Gordon (2000). Disneyland: The Nickel Tour. Camphor Tree Publishers. ISBN 0-9646059-1-0.
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