Old Disney outfits were an infinitely deep reservoir of nightmare sludge. But when you threw all the characters in one room together for a casual meal, the results were delightful. As the Disney Fan Club explains of this snapshot:

Disney's first park [was] just six years old when this truly behind-the-scenes photo was snapped in July 1961. Barely a month earlier, the Monorail track was extended to the Disneyland Hotel and the park hosted its very first Grad Nite Party, where teens dressed up and spent the night eating, dancing and enjoying many of the attractions. And speaking of dressing up and eating, you could always catch a character-in full regalia-on break in one of the Disneyland employee cafeterias.

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[D23 via Retronaut]