Disneyland, the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney, opened on a Sunday in 1955. Construction lasted for exactly one year, and cost only $17 million to complete.
Walt Disney said, "It all started from a daddy with two daughters, wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them too."
The opening was only intended for about 11,000 invited guests and press, though a total of 28,000 attended due to a rush of counterfeit tickets.
Disneyland has changed a great deal over the past 60 years, but many of the attractions that were operating on opening day are still there, today, albeit renovated or slightly tweaked.
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