Disneyland Is 58 Years Old

July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney made a playground for the young and old.  Disney Theme Parks now span the whole world.

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It did not start out as good as Walt wanted it to. Some called  it “Walt Disney’s Folly

The park was woefully overcrowded, thanks to thousands of counterfeit tickets; many attractions malfunctioned; a natural gas leak forced one of the themed “lands” (the whimsical Fantasyland) to be closed, and water fountains were turned off so that the park’s toilets could function. The paying customers “can drink Coke or Pepsi,” Walt Disney famously said, “but they can’t pee in the streets.”

As opening days go, July 17, 1955, was a flat-out disaster, forever to be known as “Black Sunday” by those in Disney’s inner circle. Even a nationwide television audience, watching live, caught more than a few glimpses at just how chaotic the day had become when hosts Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan often bumbled their way through the broadcast.

But Walt Disney stuck to it and it eventually became a big success. Today, Disney Theme Parks one one of the most visited places for family vacations in the world.

What was once known as a Folly is now a worldwide success.  And the innovations that the Disneyland team made, have transformed what theme parks to what they are now.

And Disneyland and the other Disney Theme Parks are always updating and coming up with new innovations.

Since 1955, Disneyland has seen many, many changes because, as Walt often said, the park “will never be finished, as long as there’s imagination left in the world.” New attractions, all with state-of-the-art technology, have replaced outdated rides. Even a companion park, California Adventure, which sprang up from Disneyland’s main parking lot in 2001, has been overhauled over the last few years to keep up with the changing times.

 

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