In 1955, the world of theme parks changed forever. Disneyland, originally known as Disneyland Park, located in Anaheim, California, opened to the public on July 17, 1955.
According to Disney lore, Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland after he visited numerous amusement parks with his daughters throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1953, he bought a 160-acre site in Anaheim, and construction began on the theme park in 1954.
Since opening, people have visited Disneyland over 726 million times. The amusement park was so successful that Disney went on to open a number of other Disney parks, both in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to Disneyland, there is also Walt Disney World (located in Florida), Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Tokyo Disney Resort.
Although each of the Disney parks is amazing, there’s nothing quite like the original in California. Take a trip through memory lane by looking through these historic photos of Disneyland from opening day!