Disneyland Opens to Massive Crowd
Renowned animator Walt Disney had long dreamed of opening an amusement park to share his bustling creativity with children and adults alike. His dream finally came true on July 17, 1955, with the opening of Disneyland – though the day didn’t go quite as he’d planned.
After a year of construction, and a $17 million investment, invitations went out to 6,000 studio employees, construction workers, sponsors, members of the press, and their families. However, counterfeit passes were made and over 28,000 people showed up, causing major traffic jams.
And that wasn’t the only problem. The larger crowd meant that vendors ran out of food and drinks. Some of the asphalt was still fresh and women’s high-heeled shoes got stuck. Continue reading