What an amazing day today is, because DISNEYLAND IS FINALLY REOPENING!!!! Starting today, California residents with a valid park ticket and a park pass reservation can return to Disneyland, wearing masks, following social distance measures and sanitization protocols, and at a limited capacity, following more than a year of closure due to COVID-19.
In honor of this, let’s look at a brief history of The Happiest Place on Earth! Opening July 17, 1955, in just one year, Disneyland had welcomed 5 million people! IN THE 1950s!!!! That is insane!
It was originally called “Mickey Mouse Park,” then “Disneylandia,” before finally becoming “Disneyland,” and it cost $17 million dollars on 160-acres of orange and walnut trees. Opening Day was absolutely horrific, and has been called “Black Sunday,” so let’s not talk about that. Let’s focus on the good. Clearly, that’s what Walt Disney did!
Disneyland opened with 13 attractions: Disneyland Railroad, Mad Tea Party, Autopia, Storybook Land Canal Boats, King Arthur Carroussel, Casey Jr Circus Train, Jungle Cruise, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Main St Cinema, The Golden Horseshoe, and Mark Twain Riverboat. In 1956, they added the Matterhorn; 1963 The Enchanted Tiki Room; 1966 it’s a small world; and then so much more! By 2017, more than 708 MILLION PEOPLE had visited Disneyland.
Walt Disney designed Disneyland so that it continually evolved and changed. While MANY things have, indeed, changed, Disneyland still remains “the place where Walt walked,” and that reason alone brings people to tears. There is no possible way to compare Disneyland to Walt Disney World, even though people constantly try to do it. They are simply two completely different, amazing places of imagination and innovation. But there is something absolutely magical about walking down Main St USA at Disneyland that cannot be replicated in Florida: Walt Disney walked down that street.
So welcome back, Disneyland. We missed you so much!