The “Mouse House” Official Birthday

July 17th, 1955 Disneyland opened its doors to 30,000 special guests a day before the official opening and millions (I’m sure it’s a bigger number) of families have been dragged to the “Mouse House” and local “Apes” (Annual Passholders) have been lost in the park ever since.

Besides the fact that the water fountains didn’t work, the concrete and the paint was still wet, and the park was still trying to finish up for the official opening on the 18th, “D-Land” (as us locals call it) spawned a billion dollar media empire the likes that have never been seen before. Synergy was not yet in the media lexicon as Walt combined his theme park with his studio ambitions. Art Linkletter welcomed the public to the new park and actress Irene Dunne christened the Mark Twain.

Walt welcomed guest to his new park with the following speech:

“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.”

1 Comment so far

  1. Dave Share (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    FYI Disneyland welcomed it’s 2 Billionth (yes with a “B”) guest a couple months ago. It was a 12 year old girl from Colorado. She was given lifetime annual passes for her whole family to ALL of the Disney parks and a special tour of the park.

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