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Disneyland In The Early Years: Walt Disney’s Vision a Reality


The “Happiest Place on Earth” turned 60 years young this weekend, and the “60 Delightful Years of Disney Celebration” did not disappoint.  With how much Disneyland has become part of our lives, both childhood and adult, it’s hard to believe Disneyland has only been around for 60 years.

This magical theme park, while always happy, has had some significant face lifts to the park over the years, making Walt Disney’s dream more and more of a reality with each year. From the addition of California Adventure in 2001 to its 50th anniversary in 2005, it’s fun to see how much Mickey Mouse’s home has changed over the years.

Take a look at Disneyland in its early time below.

Construction Brainstorming

Walt Disney presented his design of Disneyland on on July 21, 1954.Walt-presents-Disneyland-1954Pre-Opening Disney Photos

Disney opened July 17, 1955.  The first part of the park was built on 160 acres of property in Anaheim, California.



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From the first parade to the dedication of Disney park by Walt, check out a video of Disneyland opening below.

Disneyland in the air in 1956


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Anything Can Happen Day 1956

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Skyway Ride in 1960


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Early Disney Entrance Est. 1960


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All Night Prom at Disneyland 1961


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Mickey’s Birthday Celebration 1968

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1975 The Original Mickey Mouse Club House Cast

Disneyland 1975

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Space Mountain Opening 1975

Space Mountain opened on January 15, 1975. Over 35 years might have gone by, but the ride is still fun as ever.


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Vintage Swiss Family Robinson Tree House

This has been an attraction since 1975.


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America Parade at Magic Kingdom 1976


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Below you can see an HD video of Disneyland’s transitions over time.


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