Let’s Celebrate Disneyland’s Birthday!
Let’s celebrate Disneyland’s 67th birthday today!
The stories from opening day on July 17, 1955, are legend.
Construction began on July 16, 1954 – so only one year and a day before park opening.
Opening day was wild
On opening day, the finishing touches were still being put onto the park.
It was a sweltering, 100-degree day, and the asphalt on some of the walkways grew soft. Ladies found they were sinking as they walked in their high heels.
The local plumbers went on strike just before park opening, so Walt had to choose between bathrooms and drinking fountains in the park. He opted for toilets.
Around 11,000 people were invited to take in the festivities on opening day.
Over 30,000 showed up! Many people came with counterfeit tickets.
Other people climbed over barriers to enter the park.
Cast members who were present on opening day called it “wild” and “Black Sunday.”
Disneyland Park had five lands and 18 attractions on opening day.
Walt’s dedication of Disneyland
Walt dedicated Disneyland with an iconic speech.
Did you know that his speech is what you can hear being typed on a telegraph in Morse code by the train stations at Disneyland.
To all who come to this happy place, welcome.
Disneyland is your land.
Here, age relieves fond memories of the past.
And here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.
Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America.
With the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
Disneyland’s birthday in 2022
Today, the Disneyland Resort is a must-visit destination for children (and adults!) around the world.
On this 67th birthday of Disneyland, cast members welcomed guest into the park by lining Main Street, U.S.A.
The scene as we walked into #Disneyland on the park’s 67th anniversary. The cheers are still happening! What a wonderfully happy atmosphere. #Disneyland67 pic.twitter.com/ZPcwdJJxKV
— Laura G (@LaurasMiscMovie) July 17, 2022
Celebrate Disneyland’s birthday
Lots of folks are celebrating Disneyland’s 67th birthday with tributes on Twitter.
OoOooh! #Disneyland Resort opened on this day in 1955! 🎨: Mel Matthews pic.twitter.com/miHPrFMUry
— Pixar (@Pixar) July 17, 2022
Here's to celebrating 67 years of magic at @Disneyland! Celebrate with Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection – #Disneyland, featuring more than 50 songs from the park! ✨🎢 🎶 https://t.co/PyO9VNgZta pic.twitter.com/ls6KuiB15P
— Disney Music (@DisneyMusic) July 17, 2022
Happy birthday Disneyland! 67 years of magic! #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/lp3LBcK0Ow
— DisneyGoofballs (@DisneyGoofballs) July 17, 2022
#Disneyland opened on this day in 1955! We've enjoyed 67 years of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy. What do you love most about the original Disney Park?
Get this exclusive pin and more in our 2022 D23 Gold Member Collector set: https://t.co/UagKQclEjv pic.twitter.com/vvG7zIV5ha
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) July 17, 2022
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