Disneyland Opened today back in 1955


Today we celebrate the 65th anniversary of Disneyland! Disneyland Resort opened to the public on July 17, 1955. Even though the theme park is temporarily closed, we honor the special anniversary!

Walt Disney’s vision of a place where family members of all ages could have fun together. Drawing on his own vivid imagination, as well as those of his talented colleagues, Walt created a magical place that has been beloved since opening day.

A star-studded television special broadcasted the inaugural day to the world. Did you know 18 attractions were available to thrill guests on opening day? Several of these Disney attractions still exist today! The Disneyland Railroad, Jungle Cruise, King Arthur Carrousel, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride are all opening day attractions still existing today.

You can watch a clip of the TV broadcast below.

Over the years, the park has evolved, with the first major expansion in 1959, which included three new state-of-the-art attractions (including the world’s first tubular steel roller coaster). Other notable expansions included 1966 with New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown in 1993, and most recently, the successful opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019. Today, the Disneyland Resort encompasses two theme parks, three resort hotels and the Downtown Disney District.

We hope you enjoy celebrating the 65th anniversary!

Photo Credit: Disney

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Kevin Koszola
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