With the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure Park only a month behind us, it's time to celebrate the anniversary of Disneyland Park.
Only 6,000 invitations were sent out for the July 17, 1955, opening, yet more than 28,000 Guests stormed the original Magic Kingdom that hot summer day. Working drinking fountains were scare, and ladies high heels sunk into the still-wet asphaly. But it wound up being a day that few would ever forget.
Fifty-seven years later, just as Walt envisioned, Disneyland Park continues to grow. It is now part of a destination resort that includes three hotels, A Downtown Disney District and Disney California Adventure Park, which showcases the new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.
Guests have come to expect exceptional Guest service when they pass beneath the plaque above the tunnel leading to Main Street, U.S.A. that reads: "Here, you leave today and enter the world of yesterday,tomorrow and fastasy."
On July 17,2012 at 2:30 p.m., a celebratory moment will be held to commemorate the 57th anniversary of opening day. An audio recording of Walt Disney's original dedication speech will be heard throughout Disneyland Park, and Mickey Mouse and his pals will gather in Town Square to sing "Happy Birthday."
I was only 3 years old when Disneyland opened.... Dr Lee