Disneyland, which was created by visionary Walt Disney, is one of the most popular amusement parks in the world. Disneyland Park was originally known just as Disneyland when it was first opened on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California. Disneyland Park is nestled on 160-acres of land in Orange County, California. Construction for the park took just one short year and then Disneyland was open to the public. Disneyland was unveiled on its opening day by ABC Television Network who held a special televised event that celebrated its opening.
Walt Disney came up with the concept for Disneyland during the 1930-1940’s. He and his daughters had spent some time visiting parks such as Griffith Park in Los Angeles and he began to vision what his own park would look like. The theme park in his vision was a magical place where families could enjoy quality time and have fun together. The first draft of Disney’s park was done in 1948 and it was referred to as the “Mickey Mouse Park” which Disney originally planned on building on 8-acres of land next to his movie studio located in Burbank, California. The initial design of Mickey Mouse Park had boat rides, a park for the kids, and several other areas that would have a theme. After visiting other parks for inspiration, Disney soon realized that 8-acres would not hold the park he had imagined. That is when he purchased the 160-acres of orange groves in Anaheim.
Disneyland greeted 28,000 visitors on its opening day, with mixed reviews. Traffic was backed up due to its opening, not allowing many celebrities who were invited to the event to make it. Disney had also opted for working toilets rather than drinking fountains due to a union strike by the plumbers. That did not sit well with a lot of visitors on the 101 °F day. A gas leak had left several areas of the park closed as well. However, despite the rocky start, ten years later Disneyland had greeted over 50 million visitors. Since then, it has been full steam ahead for Disneyland Park.