It was a hot July day with temperatures soaring to over 100 degrees, when Disneyland opened on July 17 1955. Today 59 years later Disneyland celebrated it's birthday with 59 characters, in the 'town square' below the railroad station.
The park envisioned by Walt Disney, whose design was supervised by him, and whose opening day ceremonies had many problems, made worse by the high temperatures and predictions that the park built on an old orange groove would not survive a year, is today celebrating its's 59th year of welcoming the world to the "happiest place on earth".
I arrived in Los Angeles in July 1956 and the first place I wanted to visit was Disneyland, which was barely a year old at that time. Over the years it became the place to spend a few hours allowing the kids to frolic and enjoy the fantasy. In those years it was much smaller than it is today, where a dollar would give admittance to the park and for a few bucks you could get a book with tickets to the various attractions.
As the years went by the Park was improved, extended, and added to. Now there are two park attractions, Disneyland and the California Adventure Park, 62 attractions instead of the original 18, most of which are still part of the Park, some of which are - Mark Twain Riverboat, Mr Toad's Wild Ride, Snow White's Adventures, and Pirates of the Caribbean which opened in 1967.
Along with the size of the park admission to Disneyland has also grown, now it will cost $96. for anyone over the age of 10 to visit the "happiest place on earth" for one day. When Visiting for more than one day it is possible to purchase a package that reduces the costs, and when combined with packages that include hotel stays at the Disneyland Resorts it makes a very affordable way to visit.
For it's 60th anniversary Disney is planning a special celebration however details will be released later according to John McClintock with Disneyland Resort Public Relations.