Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but was not always
the tourist attraction it is now. Originally to be set on
8 acres for family and friends, Walt Disney grew a vision of
something much grander. He broke ground on the park in
1954, 160 acres of perhaps the greatest theme park ever.
Walt Disney had a personal hand in every aspect of the park, and
kept involved to make sure his vision was properly conveyed.
When he was finished, the total cost to build the park was
estimated to be around $17 million. Opening day at the
park was near disastrous. It was over 100 degrees that
day, and the parking lot had been paved the night before.
In the high heat, it became sticky, trapping high heels and
causing a general mess. In addition, there was a gas leak
inside the park, causing parts of the park to be closed, vendors
ran out of food, and many of the parks water fountains stopped
Despite this opening day disaster, Disneyland grew and turned
into the icon it is today. Despite the many years between
today and the original opening day, and despite the many
changes, the park is essentially the same design as when it
opened. With multiple theme areas, each concentrating on
one particular aspect, the attractions seem to be timeless.
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