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One of my favourite places on earth turns 60 today, a place of magic and mystery and wonder that goes far beyond any simple marketing message to bring the world back what we all remember is so important, innocence… Disneyland in Los Angeles opened on the 17th July 2015 and that means today is the park’s 60th Birthday.

On this day, 60 years ago, 28,000 people were to enter the parkland for the price of just one dollar, of the place that has become a critical destination for dreamers of all ages. The stories from the day are rather entertaining to consider. In the Wall Street Journal, it was reported like this:

“The temperature was 101 degrees (hot, even for Southern California) and difficulties with both the plumbing system and the labor unions made it impossible for anyone to get a drink. Only a handful of the rides and attractions were open at all, and most of those were continually breaking down and closing. Even the animals—the horses and mules in the Wild West attractions—refused to cooperate. That walk may have been historic, but it was made even more difficult by all the asphalt—poured only a few hours earlier—that kept sticking to everyone’s shoes.”

Walt Disney is the master of the story, the creator of the dream and the man who, event today has left a legacy of great dreams for all ages.  He died just 11 years after he brought his dream to life in this magical city of his very own that grown into a global empire with Mickey Mouse at its helm.

Tell us about your trips to Disneyland and enjoy the pics of the early days.

The construction of the Disney Castle
Walt Disney presenting his plans for his dream on live television in 1954
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Walt Disney unveils a model of the matterhorn in 1959
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A very rare colour photo of the entrance to Disneyland on the opening day
Shirley Temple and Walt Disney at the opening of the Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough at Disneyland on April 29, 1957
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Children at the opening of the park in 1955
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teacups in colour
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Snow White in colour in 1961


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The tenth birthday of Disneyland

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. My dear Ma in law always wanted to win the big one so that she could take all her grand children to Disney Land! All these years later, that has been my wish,to be able to do the same for my grand children. Oh well, we can always dream 🙂

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    • Don’t stop dreaming that’s what that place is about made of dreams .I was 13 teen when I was dreaming about the place eventually got there with my grandchildren and I’m 64 now.Youll get there.

  2. Last year we went to the U.S. and the family absolutely loved Disneyland. Great for kids and kids at heart.

  3. It is unfortunate for Australia that the best are less than mediocre. As a nation we have failed the call of God the Father and we have rejected the Salvation of His Son (The creative knowledge of Good manifested in the flesh) The Lord Jesus Christ. As a nation we are publicising pornography and publicising things that are done in darkness as normal. Australia as whole is guilty of rejecting our Father God. Repent ye therefore and turn to The Lord Jesus Christ and you / we will be forgiven of all of our sins and our nation will be healed. Learn from the Greek (History) tragedy. They have forgotten the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ and the nation is in disaster.
    Please pray that The Holy Spirit will move through out Australia and that the unity of the bretheren will prevail by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  4. You have written opened 17/7/ 2015 , Yes went there in1993 , just to look , not my cup of tea, Merry go round is my choice

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