Happy Birthday, Disneyland! Iconic park celebrates 66th anniversary today

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disneyland, the lone taxable parkland designed and built nether the nonstop supervision of Walt Disney, opened connected Sunday, July 17, 1955. Construction lasted for precisely 1 year, and outgo lone $17 cardinal to complete. See what it looked similar backmost successful the time successful the video above.

The opening was lone intended for astir 11,000 invited guests and press, though a full of 28,000 attended due to a unreserved of counterfeit tickets. The lawsuit was telecast by ABC, anchored by actors Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan, who were each friends of Walt Disney. Although initially intended to beryllium a preview lawsuit preceding the opening to the nationalist the adjacent day, Disneyland adopted July 17 arsenic the authoritative day of its opening and birthday.

On the archetypal day, Disneyland offered 5 themed "lands" with a full of 20 attractions. At the commencement of the telecast, Walt Disney made his opening dedication speech.

"To each who travel to this blessed place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here property relives fond memories of the past, and present younker whitethorn savor the situation and committedness of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that person created America, with the anticipation that it volition beryllium a root of joyousness and inspiration to each the world."

Unbeknownst to Walt Disney oregon the tv audience, the property lawsuit was rife with problems, successful ample portion owed to the unexpectedly ample assemblage and scorching extracurricular temperatures of implicit 100 degrees. Drinking fountains were dry, restaurants ran retired of food, rides were breaking down and a state leak successful Fantasyland caused fractional the parkland to temporarily close. Company insiders would aboriginal refer to opening time arsenic "Black Sunday."

Walt Disney worked hard to reconstruct religion successful the park, inviting the property to instrumentality again erstwhile the problems had been sorted out.

Disneyland has changed a large woody implicit the past six decades, but galore of the attractions that were operating connected opening time are inactive there, today, albeit renovated oregon somewhat tweaked.

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