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July 17, 1955:  Disneyland Theme Park Opens in California
On this day in 1955, Disneyland Park opened its gates to 28,000 people, half of whom entered using counterfeit tickets. The day was marked by numerous disasters including: heavy traffic, extremely high temperatures, a shortage of food, and a gas leak. For over a decade, Walt Disney and his executives referred to this day as “Black Sunday,” declaring that the official opening day was the following day, July 18. 
The $17 million theme park in Anaheim, California was the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.
Learn about the early beginnings of the cartoonist who gave the world Mickey Mouse and Disneyland.
Photo: Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Walt Disney’s theme park, Disneyland, July 1955 (Photo by Allan Grant/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 17, 1955:  Disneyland Theme Park Opens in California

On this day in 1955, Disneyland Park opened its gates to 28,000 people, half of whom entered using counterfeit tickets. The day was marked by numerous disasters including: heavy traffic, extremely high temperatures, a shortage of food, and a gas leak. For over a decade, Walt Disney and his executives referred to this day as “Black Sunday,” declaring that the official opening day was the following day, July 18. 

The $17 million theme park in Anaheim, California was the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

Learn about the early beginnings of the cartoonist who gave the world Mickey Mouse and Disneyland.

Photo: Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Walt Disney’s theme park, Disneyland, July 1955 (Photo by Allan Grant/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).

Wednesday Jul 17 @ 03:45pm
Disneyland Magi-Pak ticket book, 1964

Disneyland Magi-Pak ticket book, 1964

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:17pm
Disneyland News Stand Souvenirs, 1957

Disneyland News Stand Souvenirs, 1957

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:15pm
Disneyland Main Street Station with the old attraction posters. 

Disneyland Main Street Station with the old attraction posters. 

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:14pm
Monorail, 1967

Monorail, 1967

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:12pm
Sleeping Beauty Castle model, 1955

Sleeping Beauty Castle model, 1955

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:09pm
Disneyland Hotel, 1965

Disneyland Hotel, 1965

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:08pm
Summer at Disneyland, 1986

Summer at Disneyland, 1986

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:01pm
Small World Character Cavalcade, 1980s

Small World Character Cavalcade, 1980s

Friday Jun 07 @ 07:00pm
Friday Jun 07 @ 06:55pm
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