This Is What Disneyland’s Opening Day Looked Like In 1955



On July 17, 1955, the world became a bit more magical…

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Walt Disney smiles as he stands in front of the Sleeping Beauty’s castle at the grand opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1955.

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Planted flowers forming design of Mickey Mouse’s face, with the Disneyland train in background.

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A full parking lot on the opening day of Disneyland as several cars try desperately to find a parking space.

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Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

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Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

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Park attendees enjoy the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ attraction at Disneyland.

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Cups and saucers filled with children in the Fantasy land section of the park.

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Walt Disney, with a toy gun in hand, halts a stagecoach filled with smiling youngsters in the Frontier Land realm of Disneyland.

Mr Toad Wild Ride
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A father and daughter riding the ‘Mr Toad Wild Ride’ attraction.

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Actress Adelle August plays with the Esmeralda fortune reader.

Eddie Fisher
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Eddie Fisher offers a drink to an aluminum clad spaceman as actress Debbie Reynolds looks on.

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A quartet of showgirls in costumes have a drink between performances.

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Children wait to take off on Disneyland’s ‘Autopia’ attraction.

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Park attendees take a spin in go-carts on a track at Disneyland.

Tomorrowland’s ‘Space Port
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People stop of a rest in Tomorrowland’s ‘Space Port’.

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A crowded riverboat heads downstream at the Disneyland amusement park.

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An animatronic giraffe peers down at children on Disneyland’s ‘Jungle Cruise’.

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Actress Kathleen Case poses with a monkey while fans and children look on.

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The Disneyland opening day parade is met with crowded streets and smiles.

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Walt Disney waves to the crowds with California Governor Goodwin Knight.

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Walt Disney stands with a brass band and attendees to dedicate his park on opening day.

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Park attendees crowd Disneyland’s streets as the opening day parade passes.

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Costumed characters from the films “Alice In Wonderland” and “Dumbo” parade down the main street.

walt disneyWalt Disney, seemingly in deep thought, sits alone on a bench in his Disneyland amusement park.

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