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Today Marks the Anniversary of Disneyland’s Opening

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On this day in 1955, the “Happiest Place on Earth” opened its gates.

On July 17th, 1995, Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, California.  Overseen by Walt Disney himself, Disneyland was designed to attract tourists and entertain fans.  Since it’s opening, Disneyland has seen several additions, including New Orleans Square (1966), Bear/Critter Country (1972), Mickey’s Toontown (1993), and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019).  Additionally, Disney’s California Adventure Park was introduced as an adjacent theme park in 2001.

In honor of this iconic and beloved theme park’s anniversary, here are some interesting Disneyland facts.

  1. The plants in Tomorrowland are all edible. The landscaping on the themed island is meant to double as a farm “where humanity makes the most of its resources.”
  2. When Disneyland first opened, there were only 18 attractions. Today, 14 of these original attractions are still around.
  3. Rumor has it that there is a half-court basketball court located at the top of Matterhorn mountain. Employees allegedly head up there to shoot some hoops on their breaks.
  4. Disneyland was built in a year! Walt Disney purchased the land for the park in 1953 and construction began in 1954.  By 1955 the park was open for visitors.
  5. There are over 200 feral cats living in Disneyland Park. These cats are nocturnal, so guests do not see them during the day.  But at night, they roam and keep rodents at bay.
  6. In its history, Disneyland has only closed three times. Once on the national day of mourning for President John F. Kennedy, once for the Northridge earthquake, and once for 9/11.
  7. The Sleeping Beauty Castle has a real functioning drawbridge. It has only been used twice, once for opening day and once for the remodeling of Fantasyland.
  8. A time capsule was buried in Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1995. The contents of the capsule will be revealed during the park’s 80th anniversary on July 17, 2035.
  9. There is a flight restriction on Disneyland Park. Aircraft are forbidden to fly within a three-mile radius of the park.
  10. When Disneyland first opened, admission cost just $3.50.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate the anniversary of Disneyland’s opening. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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