10 Best Disneyland Gifs from Opening Day in 1955

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10 Best Disneyland Gifs from Opening Day in 1955.

Several thousand people – many dressed in ’50s garb – gathered in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle to hear a replay of Walt Disney’s Disneyland dedication speech from the park’s opening day. Ron Miller, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Co., and Walt Disney’s son-in-law, made a rare appearance on Friday at Disneyland for the theme park’s 60th anniverary celebration.After spending $17 million on the park, hiring 2,500 laborers to quickly meet construction deadlines and twenty years of dreaming, Walt Disney’s Disneyland in Anaheim, California was made a reality. To celebrate the birthday of the “the Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland Resort’s official Twitter page shared rare photos, gifs and videos from the theme park, in addition to “live-tweeting” events from the opening day as though they were happening today.

About 22,000 people—officials, educational leaders, and actors—were invited to the iconic theme park’s opening day in 1955, according to Bob Thomas, an Associated Press reporter and the author of a Walt Disney biography. “Disney is a great stickler for detail…The 72 horses on the $102,000 King Arthur’s carousel were rebuilt so they would appear to be leaping instead of merely galloping,” Thomas wrote in 1955, on the day before the park’s opening. Richard Sherman, who wrote many early Disney movie standards with his brother, Robert, performed “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Poppins” with Broadway star Ashley Brown. He worked for Disney for more than 50 years, singing and voicing roles in almost two dozen Disney movies, including a mouse in “Cinderella” (1950) and a dog in “Lady & the Tramp” (1955). “Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future,” Walt Disney says on opening day. “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America.”

Many of the attractions cost around 25 to 35 cents for adults and 10 to 25 cents for children. “If you are a glutton and try everything, it could cost you $8.70 for yourself and $5.15 for each tot,” Thomas wrote. He had co-producer credits on “Son of Flubber,” “Summer Magic,” and “That Darn Cat!” In a political executive power play, Miller was ousted a year after his term by Roy E. Those above the age of 10 will pay $99 for a one day pass, while children ages three to nine cost $93—with an additional $40 fee if your family wants to experience the two parks that now make up Disneyland. Colglazier also announced as part of the anniversary, the park will be awarding thousands of dollars in grants to local charity organizations over the next 17 months.

Disney’s Million Dollar Dazzle campaign surprised the Girl Scouts of Orange County with a $60,000 grant at the celebration. “We’re going around Orange County giving to charitable organizations who do great work so they can continue doing bigger and better things,” Colglazier said before the official announcement. Disney’s original $17 million, 160-acre park is now a family vacation destination with Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, three hotels and an entertainment and shopping district.

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