Disneyland Celebrates it’s 60th Birthday!

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On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney finally opened the doors to his much anticipated project in Anaheim, Ca! Disneyland was officially open for business! While there have been tons of changes made to the park over the last 60 years, a lot of Walts original designs and decor remain intact to this day. Lets take a stroll down memory lane…..

As pictured in the top image, Disneylands opening was officially announced during a live television broadcast on July 17, 1955.

Originally called the Santa Fe, the Disneyland Railroad was originally built for $240,000 and helped transport park visitors to other areas in the park.

Main Street USA, the main walk way through the center of the park, was inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marcelline, Missouri and in part by Disney Imagineer Harper Goff’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

Here’s a fun fact:  every curb on Main Street is rounded which means there are no “corners”. Disney felt rounded curbs would create a more welcoming environment for kids. He was right!

 

For the 1st year Disneyland was open, Mainstreet was the place to find Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co.— a lingerie shop that sold corsets and other women’s negligee including “Whirlpool bras.”

 

The Main Street Firehouse (located to the right of City Hall) is where you’ll find a secret apartment that Walt built for him and his family. It’s located on the second floor and it’s main purpose was to provide a place for the Disney family to escape the crowds.

Even though the stores on Mainstreet looked finished on the outside, majority of the insides were still under construction during opening day of Disneyland.

Although Sleeping Beauty Castle does boast a working drawbridge, it has only been lowered twice in it’s time. Once on Disneyland’s opening day in 1955 and then one more time in 1983 to reveal the remodeled version of Fantasyland.

To get the perfect and magical sparkle from the sun, Walt had the castle roofs plated with 22-karat gold.

 

Every individual boat on Storybook Land Canal Boats is named after a different female Disney character except for Flower, the male skunk from Bambi.

 

The Matterhorn Bobsleds, one of Fantasyland’s most popular attractions, houses an indoor basketball court. The court was built to help cast members pass time during bad weather.

 

Tomorrowland has been remodeled twice since Disneyland opened in 1955, once in 1967 (left) and once in 1998 (right).

In the front of Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port (pictured above), is the Moonliner from the original Rocket to the Moon attraction.

Opposed to just the typical flowers, various edible fruits and vegetables are growing all over Tomorrowland. You can find mint, kale, artichokes, grapes, corn, beans, bananas, cabbage, strawberries, oranges, and dwarf apples around the park.

 

From 1955 to 1973, Frontierland used to offer mule rides for guests. The attraction would carry guests on mules through a fake frontier.

Walt bought this tree stump from Pike Petrified Forest in Colorado as a 31st wedding anniversary gift for his wife, Lilly. She then donated the stump where it still stands today as a fixture in Frontierland.

 

Pendleton Woolen Mills shop opened with Disneyland in 1955 and was in business for almost 35 years when it closed in April 1990. The store sold western clothing, blankets, hats, ties, gloves, wallets, belts and other dry goods.

Originally, Jungle Cruise was imagined with real wildlife, but imagineers quickly realized animatronic animals would be a better fit for the attraction.

 

Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye is the latest attraction to be added to Adventureland. The ride cost roughly $100 million to make and took seven years to design and build. It opened in 1995.

Truly magical.

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