06/12/2013 05:50 pm ET

Video Of Disneyland Under Construction Shows How The Magic Was Made (VIDEO)

How do you build the happiest place on Earth? It's hard to imagine, but now you don't have to, because the video above shows vintage Disneyland under construction.

Described as "rare and mostly unseen," the footage shows the construction and testing of rides, bikini-clad ladies trying out to be mermaids, and the man behind it all -- Walt Disney himself. The video is presented by Tony Baxter for the Disney fan club D23 expo. Doesn't matter that it's from 2011 -- the vintage imagery is timeless.

h/t Boing Boing


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