On July 17, 1955, the world became a bit more magical…
Walt Disney smiles as he stands in front of the Sleeping Beauty’s castle at the grand opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1955.
Planted flowers forming design of Mickey Mouse’s face, with the Disneyland train in background.
A full parking lot on the opening day of Disneyland as several cars try desperately to find a parking space.
Children run as fast as they can to enter Disneyland on Opening Day.
Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Park attendees enjoy the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ attraction at Disneyland.
Cups and saucers filled with children in the Fantasyland section of the park.
Walt Disney, with a toy gun in hand, halts a stagecoach filled with smiling youngsters in the Frontier Land realm of Disneyland.
Animatronic pirates of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ride are being adjusted before guests arrive for the attraction.
An animatronic drunken pirate menaces tourists in a flat-bottomed boat in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ride.
A father and daughter riding the ‘Mr Toad Wild Ride’ attraction.
Actress Adelle August plays with the Esmeralda fortune reader.
A Disneyland vendor offers a drink to an aluminum clad spaceman as actress Debbie Reynolds looks on.
A quartet of showgirls in costumes have a drink between performances.
Children wait to take off on Disneyland’s ‘Autopia’ attraction.
Park attendees take a spin in go-carts on a track at Disneyland.
People stop of a rest in Tomorrowland’s ‘Space Port’.
A crowded riverboat heads downstream at the Disneyland amusement park.
An animatronic giraffe peers down at children on Disneyland’s ‘Jungle Cruise’.
Actress Kathleen Case poses with a monkey while fans and children look on.
The Disneyland opening day parade is met with crowded streets and smiles.
Walt Disney waves to the crowds with California Governor Goodwin Knight.
Walt Disney stands with a brass band and attendees to dedicate his park on opening day.
Park attendees crowd Disneyland’s streets as the opening day parade passes.
Costumed characters from the films “Alice In Wonderland” and “Dumbo” parade down the main street.
Walt Disney, seemingly in deep thought, sits alone on a bench in his Disneyland amusement park.