Happy Birthday Disneyland. You’ve grown from a collection of Orange and citrus tree groves in 1954 to a brand new art form – the theme park – in 1955. Now you’re an entire destination resort still breaking ground in themed entertainment and hospitality and you don’t look to be slowing down one bit.
Disneyland has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of America and the world for 64 years. This year it opened its largest expansion ever – the land of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – and the future holds new Marvel attractions at Disney California Adventure and the addition of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in ToonTown.
“To all who come to this happy place — welcome — Disneyland is your land. Here age relives 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 opening day dedication.
Disneyland Resort Fun Facts:
- Mickey and friends’ “ears” are the most popular Disneyland Resort souvenirs of all time, with more than 90 million “ears” sold since 1955.
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened May 31, is the largest single-themed land expansion ever at a Disney Park.
- 1964’s Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was the first regular use of audio-animatronics in a theme park attraction.
- The Matterhorn Bobsleds – which celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 14 – was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1959. It set the standard for modern-day roller-coaster design.
- Disneyland Park created the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. It opened June 14, 1959, and the attraction also celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.
- Cast members work in many cool jobs at the Disneyland Resort, including candy makers, scuba divers who maintain the water-related attractions, and resort enhancement specialists who work year-round to prepare for the seasonal transformations for Halloween and Holidays.
- More than 32 different languages are spoken among Disneyland Resort cast members.
A big thank you to all the cast members and imagineers who work while we play. Us fans may not always show it, but we appreciate you. Here’s to another 64 years for Walt’s park.