If you’ve ever been going about your day as usual, only to be struck by the sudden feeling that you’ve somehow—however improbably—already experienced what you’re going through, then congratulations: You’ve just experienced déjà vu. You might even know the name for the feeling. But what is déjà vu, really? And what could possibly explain this weird and unsettling experience?
Theme park history is fascinating enough on its own, but Disneyland history is especially fascinating. Why? Because, as these incredible—and, in some cases, almost unbelievable—former Disneyland attractions underline, the early years in the park were wild. Live mules! Real fishing! Actual mermaids! Can you imagine the careful, safety-oriented Disneyland of today launching these kinds of attractions? Nope. But when the park had just flung open its gates to visitors, all these and more could be found within its borders.