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Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland
Disneyland Resort
Groundbreaking July 16, 1954
Opened July 17, 1955
Lands *Main Street, U.S.A.
Attractions 62
Restaurants 25
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As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be complete.
―Walt Disney

Disneyland Park, formerly just Disneyland, is the original Disney theme park and the inspiration for the other "Magic Kingdom" parks around the world. The larger of the two parks at the Disneyland Resort, Disneyland was designed and built under the supervision of Walt Disney. Groundbreaking began on July 16, 1954, and the park opened on July 17, 1955. The original park opened with five themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. The park would get its first new land in 1966 with the addition of New Orleans Square, its second with Bear Country in 1972, later to be renamed Critter Country in 1988, and Mickey's Toontown in 1993. On August 15, 2015 at the D23 EXPO, it was announced the Disneyland would be receiving a band-new fourteen-acre Star Wars-themed land, the largest single land expansion in the resort's history.

History

Disneyland opened on July 17th, 1955. Surprisingly, its opening was a disaster. The temperature was well over 100 degrees Farenheit; women's heels sank into the soft pavement; the park ran out of food for its guests; toilets clogged; there was a gas leak; and many rides broke down. The park's opening day was (and is still by Disney management) referred to as "Black Sunday". Despite the initial setbacks, Walt Disney kept his head high, and the park eventually became a success; it is now the most easily recognized theme park on the planet. Disneyland is divided into eight "themed lands", five of which existed on opening day: Main Street, U.S.A., a land themed after a small town at the turn of the twentieth century; Adventureland, a land themed after the exotic jungles and wonders of the world; Frontierland, a land themed after the Wild West and pioneer spiri;, Fantasyland, a land themed after Walt Disney's classic animated movies and based off of children's bedtime stories, and Tomorrowland, a land themed after the future and space age travel, all opened with the park in 1955. New Orleans Square, a land themed after New Orleans in the nineteenth century, opened next to Frontierland along the banks of the Rivers of America in 1966. Critter Country (previously Bear Country), themed to represent animals in the North American woods, opened next to Frontierland in 1972. Mickey's Toontown, a bustling toon metropolis where Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Minnie Mouse all have their homes, opened above Fantasyland in 1993.

Attendance

Attendance of Disneyland Park (in millions)[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Year 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Attendance 1 4 4.5 4.6 5.1
Year 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Attendance 5 5.3 5.5 5.7 6 6.5 6.7 7.8 9.2 9.1
Year 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Attendance 10 9.3 9.4 9.8 9.5 9.8 9.8 10.9 11 11
Year 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Attendance 11.5 11.3 10.4 9.9 9.8 12 12 13.5 13 14.4
Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Attendance 12.9 11.6 11.6 11.4 10.3 14.1 15 14.2 13.7 13.5
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Attendance 13.9 12.3 12.7 12.7 13.3 14.26 14.73 14.87 14.72 15.9
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Attendance 15.98 16.14 15.96 16.20 16.77

Content

Adventureland


Critter Country

Fantasyland


Frontierland

Main Street, U.S.A.


Mickey's Toontown

New Orleans Square


Tomorrowland

Key

  • E=exhibit/walk-through
  • MG=meet and greet
  • T=transportation
  • TS=theater/stage

Adventureland


Critter Country

Fantasyland


Frontierland

Main Street, U.S.A.


Mickey's Toontown

New Orleans Square


Tomorrowland

Key

  • MHP=Mickey's Halloween Party
  • R=rare
  • S=seasonal
Each label only applies to the respective character in the location they are under. For instance, Mulan only comes out in Fantasyland for Mickey's Halloween Party, but she makes common eppearances on Main Street, U.S.A. throughout the year.

Park map


Notes and references

External Links

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