“It’s hard to imagine that the space where the Beverly Center is now located was once home to a bustling children’s amusement park that served as the inspiration behind Disneyland.

Beverly Park, which parents nicknamed Kiddieland, operated from 1945 to 1974 on the corner of Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega Avenue. Jay Jennings, an amusement park historian and author of Beverly Park: L.A.’s Kiddieland, tells LAist that it was a special place for him and he spent many a weekend there as a child hopping on rides and attending friends’ birthday parties.

“Whether it was the rides like the Little Dipper roller coaster, Boat Ride, Tilt-A-Whirl, Merry-Go-Round, Helicopter Ride, Ferris Wheel, or Haunted Castle, or the hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy, or just walking around the grounds with your friends, millions of kids just like me thought Beverly Park was the greatest place on earth,” Jennings says.”

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