59 years ago today at 2:30 pm, Walt Disney opened the gates of his first theme park. Disneyland’s opening day was actually a disaster (2 Autopia cars crashed, the new asphalt wasn’t completely dry and half of the rides broke down), but visitors loved the park despite these pitfalls.
Hunny and I visited Disneyland a few years ago and fell in love. While it is a lot smaller than Disney World, it is just as magical, maybe even more. There’s a sense of community there. On any given day in Disneyland, you can see a number of social clubs walking down Main Street. As Disney World annual pass holders, we visit the parks a lot, but Disneyland AP holders visit the parks on a monthly, sometimes weekly basis, which leads to cast member and other pass holder recognition.
The three main Disneyland hotels are all within walking distance of the park – this was one of my favorite things about visiting other than the food. Oh and speaking of food……I dream about the Three Cheese Monte Cristo from Cafe Orleans every night. It was just that amazing. Disney World has some of the best food in the world, but they are missing this sandwich! And while I’m on the subject if things Disney World is missing, The Indian Jones ride in Disneyland is one if my favorite rides ever. We can’t wait to head back to Disneyland in 2016 with CJ!
“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, 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.”
-Walter E. Disney July 17, 1955
Happy Birthday, Disneyland!