Today in History: Disneyland Opens

disneylandDisneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy and futurism, opened on July 17th, 1955.

The 17 million dollar theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in California, and brought in staggering profits.

Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion.

Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons.

In 1928, his short film Steamboat Willy, starring the character “Mickey Mouse,” was a national sensation.

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