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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 working. 

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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