This is what Disneyland’s opening day looked like in 1955



Disneyland is one of the most magical places on earth, full of nostalgia, fantasy and adventure, and it opened its doors to the public for the very first time on July 17 1955.

The park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in California and cost $17 million.

Today the park brings in over 14 million visitors a year and it has achieved some staggering profits.

Walt Disney set about designing the huge amusement park in the early 1950s, with the intention for it to have educational benefits as well as amusement value to entertain adults and their children.


Special invitations were counterfeited which resulted in thousands of uninvited people admitted on opening day.

Food and drink reportedly ran out and the Mark Twain Steamboat nearly capsized from too many passengers.

In 1965 an even bigger Disney theme park came under construction in Orlando Florida. Walt Disney died a year later and it was opened in his honor in 1971. In 1983 Disneyland Tokyo opened in apan, in 1992, Disneyland Paris was opened and the newest Disneyland, in Hong Kong was opened back in 2005.

A full car park on the opening day of Disneyland. Cars desperately try to find an available space.

Children running as fast as they can to be the first to experience the rides.

Walt Disney waves to crowds with California Governor Goodwin Knight.

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