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500 Anaheim Children To Help Introduce Disneyland On TV

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Source: Independent Press Telegram

Dateline: July 13, 1955

Posted: October 9, 2015

Five hundred children from Anaheim Sunday Schools will play a big role in the ABC television -Show which will introduce Disneyland Park to a national TV audience Sunday. The lucky youngsters will enjoy a preview of Sleeping Beauty's Castle and the rides of Walt Disney's new magic kingdom. They will arrive at the park in 14 buses each of which will be under direction of a clown leader and two ...

He Spent 21 Million Dollars Just For Fun

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Source: Independent Press Telegram

Dateline: October 27, 1957

Posted: October 20, 2015

Last week the 9,474,254th visitor walked through the gates of Disneyland since they were opened July 18, 1955. And just for fun-that these visitors might have the time of their lives - $21 millions have been spent on the fabulous playground at Anaheim by its creator, Walt Disney. That's not all. Says Disney: "Disneyland never will be completed. . . . It will continue to grow, to add new ...

This Is How Disneyland Looked In 1955

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: July 11, 2016

Posted: July 24, 2016

When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, there were sections of it that were not done. A reporter noticed all the construction still ongoing and asked Walt Disney if Disneyland would ever be finished. Disney replied in what has become an oft quoted quote: "Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world." Disney was true to his word - Disneyland has never been ...

This Is How Disneyland Changed From 1956 To 1959

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: July 14, 2016

Posted: July 24, 2016

The day after Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, many newspapers had a field day with the myriad of problems the park had, such as gas leaks, failing plumbing and a lack of drinking fountains. Some called it Walt's Folly and more. But that didn't seem to matter to the public because when the park opened its gates the next day, there was a long line of people waiting to get in - and the lines never ...

Disneyland And Imagineering Part 13

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Source: MickeyMousePark.com

Dateline: July 14, 2017

Posted: July 14, 2017

Disneyland, the idea, came from the mind of Walt Disney, but Disneyland, the theme park, was a collaborative effort. It took a great many men and women to create it. Since all men are created equal, everyone who contributed should be credited. I've known about C.V. Wood for many years, and although he was not an Imagineer, he was a land developer who made significant contributions in terms of sales and ...

24 Surprising Things About Disneyland We Did Not Know But Should

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Source: thetravel.com

Dateline: December 2, 2018

Posted: December 13, 2018

Disneyland is said to be the "Happiest Place on Earth." For one day (or several depending on your trip schedule) people of all ages from toddlers to seniors can have fun, let loose and become a kid again. It's a place filled with magic, music, your favourite characters and rides to fit whatever you're in the mood for. It opened its doors on July 17, 1955, and was the masterpiece of Walt Disney's ...

Disneyland's Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Resturant

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Source: E Ticket

Dateline: March 1, 2000

Posted: April 1, 2000

Walt Disney's first Fantasyland was designed to give the impression that Sleeping Beauty Castle (with its rockwork turrets and extended walls of stone) was the single permanent structure in the area. Fantasyland's rides and concessions were arranged in the castle courtyard as if part of a traveling fair or medieval tournament. Peter Pan and the other dark rides (housed within the castle walls) had entrance ...

Disneyland Turning 50

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Source: Knight-Ridder

Dateline: September 26, 2004

Posted: September 26, 2004

Here's the deal with Disneyland. The two women ahead of me in line were Elizabeth and Lexi, twins fromWinnetka, Ill. Elizabeth is a communications and political science major at the University of Southern California. Lexi is a philosophy major atYale. They knew the words to ''We Can Fly,'' a song from Walt Disney's ''PeterPan.'' It's the song the chorus sings when Wendy, John and Michael,powered by ...

Still Magic In The Kingdom

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Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Dateline: June 6, 2004

Posted: June 6, 2004

Disneyland is a place where a grown man looks perfectly normal wearing Mickey Mouse ears and where a little girl can feel like a princess. The first true theme park also is a melting pot where an Indian woman in traditional dress poses for a photo in front of the Small World ride featuring children from around the world and where instructions to ride the Winnie the Pooh attraction are given in ...


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Source: McCalls

Dateline: January 1, 1955

Posted: January 1, 1997

This July, Walt Disney will realize a lifelong dream, when the fabulous wonderland he is raising out of the dust of a 160-acre tract in the heart of California's orange-growing country opens to the public. The 5 million young at heart who are expected to visit it annually will know it as Disneyland-"a place where you can leave Today, with its cares and worries, behind and enter a world of Yesterday, ...

Disneyland Then And Now

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Source: Sacramento Bee

Dateline: May 1, 2005

Posted: May 1, 2005

1955 Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week in summer; closed Mondays the rest of the year. Size: 60 acres, plus 100 acres for parking. Zones: Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Main Street USA 18 attarctions Admission: $1 (including tax) for adults. 50 cents for children. Ride tickets, sold separately, priced from 10 to 35 cents. Employees: About 1,000 ...

All Aboard For Disneyland

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Source: Westways

Dateline: July 1, 1955

Posted: April 13, 2009

Byways, streets and rail lines of yesteryear, rivers of today, super freeways and sky-trails of the future, paths and celestial seas in the ageless realm of make-believe are ready for travel-and all can be traversed in a single day at Disneyland. Tours into four centuries in horse-drawn streetcars, stagecoaches. Mississippi stern-wheelers, old-time trains, cars-of-tomorrow. "flying" pirate galleons ...

California vs. Paris: Casey Jr. Circus Train

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Source: MickeyMousePark.com

Dateline: March 3, 2011

Posted: March 3, 2011

In the sixth of my series comparing the two Disneylands closest to my heart (California and Paris), I shall be looking at the section of the park featuring Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats. When designing the Anaheim park, Walt's original plan for this area of Fantasyland was to build a rollercoaster called Rock Candy Mountain, upon which guests were transported on Casey Jr. style ...

World War II Veteran's Wife Was Disney's Secretary During 1950s

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Source: Desert Sun

Dateline: January 9, 2014

Posted: January 17, 2014

When my colleague Denise Goolsby was interviewing a World War II veteran not long ago, she couldn't wait to tell me that his wife, Dorothy Wrigley, had been Walt Disney's secretary for five years during the 1950s. She was there for the development, building and opening of Disneyland - and so much more. Being able to sit down with her and talk about Walt and the development of Disneyland was like ...

Disneyland In 1955 Rides Now Long Gone Weird Glitches On Opening Day

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Source: Mercury News

Dateline: July 18, 2014

Posted: July 26, 2014

Disneyland was dedicated during a special preview opening day on July 17, 1955. The public opening was July 18. The dedication aired on ABC at 4:30 p.m. July 17. Some details of the opening: Park attendance: 6,000 guests were invited for the special preview opening, but an additional 22,000 showed up with counterfeit tickets, making for a total of 28,000 guests that day. Temperature: 101 ...

Oldest Disneyland Rides From 1955 To Today

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Source: stacker.com

Dateline: May 22, 2021

Posted: July 14, 2024

July 17, 1955: Peter Pan's Flight As one of the oldest rides in Disneyland, it's also one of the most popular, with lines regularly settling in at an hour or more even on less crowded days. Passengers board individual flying ships and lift up into the air to view different scenes from London and Neverland as the vessel hangs from a track above and navigates gentle dips and ...

11 Attractions From Opening Day

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Source: mentalfloss.com

Dateline: July 11, 2021

Posted: July 20, 2021

When Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, it wasn 't an immediate success. The park experienced numerous setbacks, including counterfeit tickets, concession shortages, and malfunctioning rides. But it also featured many rides and attractions that are considered classic parts of the Wonderful World of Disney today. Here are 11 attractions guests got to experience when they visited ...

Story Book Adventures Live Again In Fantasyland

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Source: Disneyland News

Dateline: July 18, 1955

Posted: May 5, 2022

Story-book adventures have long fascinated and excited the imagination of young and old alike. The stories of the escapades of Snow White, Peter Pan, Mr. Toad and a whole host of other unforgettable tales have been read through the years, and passed on from generation to generation. Recognizing this and desiring that the youth of all ages have the opportunity to take part in the same ...

Opening Day Attractions You Can Still Enjoy At Disney

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Source: disneydining.com

Dateline: September 1, 2023

Posted: September 7, 2023

Opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland Park changed the world. Over the past few decades since then, it has undergone multiple changes, including the addition of adjacent hotels, Downtown Disney, and Disney California Adventure Park. But let 's explore the attractions that were there from the very beginning. The Mad Tea Party Although the “teacups” is ride has been ...

I Found Secret Book Reserved For One Guest Per Day

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Source: SFGate

Dateline: September 25, 2023

Posted: October 2, 2023

There are two kinds of Disneyland fans: the ones who ride some rides, have some fun and go home, and the ones who go so often that they 're looking for something more. Some of those people get obsessive about collecting merch or sampling every new food item. Some of those people dig deep into obscure historical tidbits about the park. And some of them push themselves to find unusual, little-known ...

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