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All created in the imagination of one man, Disneyland is so huge and popular nowadays that it is virtually impossible to imagine it's humble beginning.
Walt Disney had a simple vision for his park; a place where both adults and children could come and enjoy the magic which we all hold in our minds, brought out into reality.
Originally, Mr. Disney's ideas for the park were to fit onto only 8 acres of land, though as his ideas evolved, it became clear that 8 acres would not be enough. In fact, the park now encompasses an area of 85 acres. Quite an increase in land.
The Disneyland as we know it is now located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California. It's day of official birth to the public was July 17, 1955.
For the opening day, invitations were sent out to selected individuals, six thousand of them to be exact. However, by the afternoon, over 28,000 visitors crowded the $17,000,000 monster of fun. Most ticket holders were in fact holding counterfeit tickets. Naturally, so many decades ago, cunning proof of validity such as holograms were not in use for tickets.
The opening day perhaps did not go quite according to the dreams of Walt Disney, though his creation certainly did come to resemble the dream he held for so long.
The first day of Disneyland landed right slap bang in the middle of a heat wave in California at the time. With so many people, and so much excitement, the heat was surely unbearable. Alas, there was also a plumbing strike to contend with, and thus, many of the fountains were not even up and running.
The dedication from Walt Disney on that disastrous day, fit exactly the dreams of the man who created it, “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. Thank you.”
The park holds five main areas:
1. Main Street USA - which is located right at the entrance to the park which was desired to replicate any main street in USA at the turn of the century.
2. Adventureland - which was designed to be excite that part of our imaginations that dream of exploring far-off exotic places.
3. Frontierland - which was to replicate the pioneer days of along the American Frontier.
4. Tomorrowland - is to project the ideas of how the future world may look. This proved to be difficult for Disney, as he said, “right when we do Tommorrowland, it will be out dated.”
5. Fantasyland - to encompass all the imaginations of a young child; flying, fairies, sleeping beauties and any other adventure one can conjure up with their imagination.
In the past, the payment scheme worked thus; the visitor would pay a flat fee to enter the park, and would then purchase a ticket to each ride he or she wanted to go on within the park.
Things have since changed. Now the visitor need only pay for his or her ticket at the entrance and can go on as many rides as he or she wishes.
Tickets prices range from $53 for a single days ticket to $359 for an annual passport.