Take A Trip Back In Time With These Vintage Disneyland Pics From 1955
Disneyland was dedicated to the International Press Preview on Sunday July 17, 1955, which was available to invited guests and the media only. Although the event was attended by 28,000 people, only about half of them were invited, the rest bought fake tickets or even made their way into the park by climbing over the fence. The reporter noticed that construction was still in progress and asked Walt Disney if Disneyland would ever be completed? .. To which Disney replied, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as the world’s imagination lasts. “- which has become an often quoted quote
Traffic on the two-lane Harbor Boulevard was heavy. The famous personalities, who were supposed to appear every two hours, appeared immediately. The temperature was unusually high – 38 ° C (101 ° F), and due to a strike from local plumbers, Disney was given a choice between drinking fountains or working toilets. He chose the latter.
This caused negative publicity as Pepsi sponsored the opening of the park; the disaffected guests thought the broken fountains were a cynical way to sell soda. The asphalt poured that morning was soft enough to sink women’s high-heeled shoes into it. Some parents threw their children over the shoulders of the crowd to ride the rides. Disney and its 1955 executives later called July 17, 1955 “Black Sunday.” After an extremely negative press, Walt Disney invited visitors to a private party to get to know Disneyland properly.
At the time and during the lifetime of Walt and Roy Disney, July 17 was considered just a preview, and July 18 was the official opening day. Since then, relying on memories of the broadcast, the company has adopted July 17 as the official date, which is celebrated annually as Disneyland’s birthday.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse appear on Disneyland’s opening day on July 17, 1955.