Take A Trip Back In Time With These Vintage Disneyland Pics From 1955

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Producer and animator Walt Disney smiles as he stands in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at the 1955 Disneyland Grand Opening.

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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.

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Visitors ride the Mad Hatter Tea Party in Fantasy Land on July 17, 1955.
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A view of the Tomorrowland Boats ride (renamed Phantom Boats) at Disneyland in July 1955. The attraction existed from the moment the park was opened until 1956.
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Dancers in costumes sit at a street table in Disneyland, July 1955.
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Guests enjoy the “Autopia” attraction.
 
 

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Visitors ride Mr. Toad’s Wildlife Ride at Disneyland on July 17, 1955.
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Crowds of people watch part of the Tomorrowland parade marking the opening of Disneyland amusement park on July 17, 1955.
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Children run to Disneyland on Opening Day, July 17, 1955.
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Recreation of the border desert at Disneyland on July 17, 1955.
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Original caption: “Eddie Fisher (left) hosted the opening of Disneyland. In the photo on the left, Eddie Fisher gives Don McDonald a drink in an astronaut’s suit, and Debbie Reynolds laughs as she watches. “
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Dumbo and other Disney characters appear at the Main Street Parade, USA, at the opening of Disneyland on July 17, 1955.
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Park visitors rest under umbrellas near the TWA rocket at Disneyland in July 1955.
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Children’s Salon “Golden Horseshoe” at Disneyland July 17, 1955.
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Disneyland’s full car park, opening day, July 17, 1955.
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People rest at the Tomorrowland space port on July 17, 1955.
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Mickey Mouse rides in a train locomotive (with Walt Disney on his left), July 18, 1955.
Tourists end up in Frontierland, a “re-creation of the Old West,” at Disneyland, approx. 1955 g.
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Disneyland Opening Parade, July 17, 1955.
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Crowded river ship by Mark Twain
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A bird’s eye view of the opening day of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.
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A little girl laughs excitedly while riding a carousel at Disneyland in July 1955.
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Parade participants and costumed Disney characters prepare for the grand opening of Disneyland, which is televised on July 17, 1955.
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A flock of “wild animals” locked up at Disneyland in July 1955.
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