Travel back in time and celebrate Disneyland’s 64th Birthday


It all started with a mouse

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PHOENIX – The Disneyland Park, aka “The Happiest Place on Earth,” officially opened its doors to guests on July 17, 1955. Though the land brings joy to many families even today, almost nothing went according to plan on opening day.

To celebrate this timeless amusement park’s birthday, here is a comparison of Disneyland in 1955 v.s. today in 2019.

Disneyland, 1955:

  • The amusement park totaled a cost of 17 million dollars when it first opened.
  • Employees of the park called the opening day “Black Sunday” because of the disastrous events that occurred.
  • The opening ceremony was live broadcasted on ABC television called Dateline Disneyland with co-host Ronald Reagan.
  • A ticket into the park for an adult was just $1 – kids cost even less.
  • Tickets for each attraction were sold separately from admission, known later as “E” tickets.
  • 13 of the opening day attractions are still in the park including the Jungle Cruise, Snow White’s Scary Adventure and The Disneyland Railroad.
  • 15,000 guests were invited to the park but over 28,000 arrived due to counterfeit tickets.
  • It is reported cars were backed up for seven miles on the Santa Ana Freeway in California.
  • A corset and bra shop used to reside on Main Street USA called The Intimate Apparel Shop. It reportedly only lasted a year.
  • Women’s heels got stuck due to wet cement.
  • The park officially opened to all of the public on July 18.

Disneyland, 2019:

  • It is reported Disneyland has an estimated 44,000 people come into the park every day.
  • To enter the park today, it would cost $149 for one adult to enter one park. A park hopper ticket for California Adventure is $199 a person. (This is during Disneyland’s peak season, prices vary).
  • Disneyland Park has approximately 34 rides and Disney California Adventure Park has 17.
  • Disney California Adventure Park opened February 8, 2001.
  • Disney just opened their new Star Wars-themed land, Galaxy’s Edge, in May 2019.
  • The park will begin celebrating their holiday season with spooky decor on Sept. 6.
  • There are many shows to see in the park such as Fantasmic!, Disneyland Forever (fireworks show) and Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.
  • The park has a special Disneyland birthday parade with all of your favorite characters, a singing celebration in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, confetti, and more.
  • Walt Disney passed away on December 15, 1966. The Disney Corporation is currently run by CEO Bob Iger.

No matter what, Walt Disney’s magic he created lives on in this park.

Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.

– Walt Disney

There are all kinds of fun activities to celebrate the park’s birthday inside Disneyland. Check some of them out below!

Have you celebrated Disneyland’s birthday inside the park?

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