Wednesday 21 March 2018

Disneyland then and now...

Check out video footage of Walt Disney's original resort from 60 years ago and today. The difference is striking... but that warm, fuzzy feeling remains the same.

LOS ANGELES, CA: The entrance to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA: The entrance to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
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When Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, it blew the minds of families all over the US. Today, it would barely count as a 'land' within a Disney Parks. Take a trip down memory lane...

The first Disneyland - and the only one designed under the supervision of Walt Disney himself - opened on July 17, 1955. Check out this gloriously nostalgic footage from the very first year of its existence.

Almost 60 years later, of course, it's less a park than a phenomenon.

Walt Disney’s original theme park is today divided into eight colourfully themed lands - Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.

Here's a look at what's happening this summer, with Southern California reporter Audra Stafford introducing upgrades to Big Thunder Mountain, a look at Anna, Elsa, and Olaf in Fantasyland (hey, it was only a matter of time), and much more...

Disney parks are of course a global force today, welcoming over 100 million guests a year in locations including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and, as of next year, Shanghai. The original may not be the best, but it's still got something special.

Here's Walt's original dedication:

"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."

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