On July 17th, 1955, Disneyland first opened its doors to excited theme park goers who want to experience what it is like to be in “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
It has been 67 years and the California theme park has gone through many changes since the park’s opening. What began as Walt Disney’s dream when Disneyland opened in Anaheim in 1955 has continued to evolve with imagination and innovation.
The July 17th, 1955 opening was telecast by ABC, anchored by actors Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan, who were all friends and associates of Walt Disney.
Many of the rides and attractions you can enjoy now were not available 67 years ago. For example, both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure are newer park concepts.
However, you can still find a few opening day attractions such as the Mad Tea Party, Mark Twain Riverboat, Jungle Cruise, Main Street Cinema, and Disneyland Railroad, among others!
We went to Disneyland ourselves today to celebrate the special anniversary. You can see some photos below of the special character cavalcade they brought out for Disneyland’s birthday!
The popularity of Disneyland through the past 67 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in an atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, Disneyland has welcomed millions of families, friends, dignitaries, heads of state and celebrities from all over the world who have continued to find it a special place to visit.
Don’t forget to check out the nighttime spectaculars at Disneyland Resort if you’re going there this summer! While “World of Color” and “Fantasmic!” will continue their regular schedules, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” and “Disneyland Forever Fireworks” will be ending their limited-time runs on Sept. 1, 2022.
Until then, you can continue to catch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular and the 50th anniversary celebration of the”Main Street Electrical Parade” nightly. Don’t miss your chance to come and experience these two beloved nighttime spectaculars while they are still running at Disneyland park!