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Disneyland Opening Day: What You Didn't Know

Happy Anniversary to the Happiest Place on Earth! The Grand Opening of Disneyland was 59 years ago today!! Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 1955

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Although it's widely known that Disneyland's "official" opening day was July 17, 1955...this newpaper clipping from 1955 proclaims the big day as July 18.

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Children run to Sleeping Beauty Castle to be the first to enter Fantasyland on Disneyland Opening Day, 1955.

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The line for Disneyland on opening day.

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Disneyland opening day 1955 - Teacups and Fantasyland. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style

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Disneyland opening day 1955 - Autopia with the Space Bar in the foreground. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style.

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Disneyland, opening day. I've never seen this one, and it's in color too!

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Walt Disney meeting the first young visitors during opening ceremonies at Disneyland, July 17, 1955.

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34 vintage photos of Disneyland that will make you want to be a kid again

Disneyland opening day 1955

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Disneyland opening day 1955 - Storybook Land Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Railroad in Fantasyland. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style

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