History of Disneyland Tips:
History of Disneyland. This place has got an interesting past, as you'd imagine.
There are volumes written about Walt Disney, his studio, and Disneyland. Here you'll find a few highlights.
- Walt Disney was many things including a film producer,
director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur,
entertainer, international icon, philanthropist, and even an ambulance
- Walt's opening day speech:
"To all who come to this happy place;
welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the
past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the
future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard
facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source
of joy and inspiration to all the world."
- Walt Disney received 59 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Oscars, including a record four in one year. He also won 7 Emmy Awards.
- The history of Disneyland's Mickey Mouse:
during a contract negotiation, Walt Disney lost rights to one of his key
characters and created Mickey Mouse to replace it. In 1932, Disney
received an Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!
supporting characters included Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto, who got
their own cartoons in the late 30's.
- Where did the idea for Disneyland come from?
People used to
ask to visit his movie studio, but Walt Disney knew that a movie studio
wasn't as interesting to most people as it sounded.
He decided to
build a site near his Burbank studios for tourists to visit and began
touring amusement parks for ideas.
He created a subsidiary of his company called WED Enterprises to develop
the park over 5 years.
Disneyland was originally to be about 8 acres
big and eventually grew to 160 acres. It cost $17 million dollars to
- It took one year to build Disneyland. Planning took
longer, but the actual construction began on July 21, 1954, just 1 year
before it opened on July 17, 1955. I think that's my favorite History
of Disneyland tidbit.
Walt Disney discussing plans for Disneyland Photo Credit: DisneyDreamer.com
- Walt Disney was 53 when the park opened.
- Opening Day was rough:
- Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland had to close early due to a gas leak.
- A plumbers' strike meant Disney had to choose
between functioning toilets or water fountains. He chose toilets, and
Pepsi was accused of shutting down the water fountains in order to sell
- The asphalt had just been laid the night before opening and was so soft people's heels sank.
- 6,000 invitations to opening day were mailed. But by midday, nearly 30,000 visitors had arrived-- many tickets were counterfeit. As a result, the park was majorly overcrowded.
- It was hot-- some say 101, others say 110 degrees.
- The press was so bad that Walt Disney invited the
press back for a second day. Now Disney calls July 17 "Dedication Day",
and July 18 "Opening Day".
- In 1959, the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev wanted to go to
Disneyland but wasn't allowed to. Apparently the LAPD thought it would
be too risky. Khrushchev was not happy about it.
- Main Street used to have its own functioning post office, bank, and printing press that published an actual newspaper.