These were used for a couple of reasons. (1) Some are so old they pre-date October 1955 when the first ticket books went on sale (link), therefore each ride had to have its own tickets. (2) Guests that purchased General Admission tickets or guests that ran out of tickets from the ticket books still wanted to enjoy some attractions so they needed a ticket.
These type of tickets were printed for specific rides (like today's post) and also for lettered attractions (Printed A thru E, I have a few to post later). This style was also used for General admission tickets and other "special" tickets. These were sold directly at attractions that had their own ticket booths (Matterhorn, Train Stations) and at the main ticket booths in each realm. I do not believe this style of ride and A-E tickets were sold at the Main Gate, anyone know?
Today you are looking at a "Skyway to Fantasyland" Ticket. 35 cents please. I would date this in the early 1960's based on the "D" ticket price in the ticket book (link), however, the ticket price on these "standby" tickets is sometimes a little higher than the tickets from the book. You should have listened to the little message on the tram about the value of ticket books! This ticket is in nice condition except for a staple holes someone put in it!
Because these were always bought in the park and with the intent to use it within seconds, not many remain. They are the rarest of Vintage Disneyland Tickets. As much as I treasure this ticket, I would give it up in 1/2 a second to RIDE the Skyway once again. Can you hear me Jay, Tony, Ed, anyone, Walt?
Here is a picture I took in January 25, 2007 of the ticket display Disneyland had in the waiting area of the Opera house. Wow are these nice, look at those low serial numbers!!!!! They are killing me! Wait, did you notice my ticket above is a low number also? Sweet!
We'll visit these types of tickets again soon. I don't have a lot of them, but I have some good ones. And I have an AMAZING source of scans and information on every type of these tickets Disneyland sold, so we'll have plenty to look at.