Walt Disney wanted a place where children, together with their parents, can enjoy and have fun. The vision of his dreamland became reality when Disneyland opened its doors to the public.
Originally, Disneyland was to be constructed on an 8-acre land next to the Burbank studios. Walt Disney planned to have the park opened to provide his employees and their families a chance to have fun and relax. However, World War II was taking place and all the plans were put on hold. In 1953, a research institute surveyed a 100-acre land just outside of Los Angeles. Looking for the right location was of utmost importance. Finally, they settled for a 160-acre land in Anaheim, California.
The construction of Disneyland started on July 21, 1954 – a year before the park was to open. Walt Disney wanted a park with mountains and waterfalls, elephants, railways and rockets. This was no easy feat. He consulted movie studio personnel in order to come up with the structures that he wanted to build. Together they came up with 5 different sections for the amusement park – Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.
Walt Disney was hands-on with the construction of his dreamland. He worked closely with the team in order to overcome obstacles that arose. After all the hard work, Disneyland was finally taking shape. The park finally opened on July 1955. To this day, Disneyland still offers fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Here are some photos of the construction of Disneyland:
Information for this article was taken from Just Disney.