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Walt Disney inspecting the Disneyland Castle, under construction; May 1955.

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Disneyland opening day 1955 - Autopia with the Space Bar in the foreground. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style.

Disneyland opening day 1955 - Autopia with the Space Bar in the foreground. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style.

Disneyland 1955, Mark Twain dock on opening day, from the Life Magazine archive. Color corrected by United Style

Disneyland 1955, Mark Twain dock on opening day, from the Life Magazine archive. Color corrected by United Style

Disneyland opening day 1955 - Tomorrowland. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style.

Disneyland opening day 1955 - Tomorrowland. From Life Magazine, photos by Allan Grant and Loomis Dean. Color corrected by United Style.

Disneyland 1955

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July 17, 1955 -- Walt Disney at the opening day of Disneyland

Disneyland's grand opening was actually pretty disastrous

Melting tar, broken plumbing and PDAs...happily ever after.

Creation of Disneyland

Kinds of cars that may need more maintenance and repairs as compared to other vehicles

This series of photographs was taken during the construction of the famous theme park Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The park was opened for business on July 17, 1955.

U.S. Disneyland Opening Day, July 17, 1955; thousands of counterfeit tickets were sold, which produced overwhelming crowds!

U.S. Disneyland Opening Day, July 17, 1955; thousands of counterfeit tickets were sold, which produced overwhelming crowds!

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Opening day at Disneyland – July 17th, 1955. This is a shot taken from the Sleeping Beauty Castle looking down along Main Street.

Amazing LIFE Magazine Pictures of Disneyland on Opening Day ! - Part One : Main Street U.S.A & Fantasyland

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When people did make it inside the gates, they were greeted by these nightmare-inducing Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes.

It was basically the Fyre Festival of 1955.

I doubt that I’ll ever get sick of going to Disneyland, but you do have to go through a whole parking-and-security gamut these days just to get into the park. That certainly wasn’t the case when Disneyland opened in 1955, the year that this photo was taken. From the looks of that circa 1949 Oldsmobile parked out front, you could just drive right up to the Main Gate and drop off your family. I love how he’s parked facing right and the “One Way” sign is facing left.

Disneyland opening day with Oldsmobile parked at entrance, July 17, 1955

I doubt that I’ll ever get sick of going to Disneyland, but you do have to go through a whole parking-and-security gamut these days just to get into the park. That certainly wasn’t the case when Disneyland opened in 1955, the year that this photo was taken. From the looks of that circa 1949 Oldsmobile parked out front, you could just drive right up to the Main Gate and drop off your family. I love how he’s parked facing right and the “One Way” sign is facing left.

Creation of Disneyland

Kinds of cars that may need more maintenance and repairs as compared to other vehicles

This series of photographs was taken during the construction of the famous theme park Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The park was opened for business on July 17, 1955.

Popular attractions: Huge queues watch as children ride in colourful cars round a track flanked with a giant rocket

Rare photos reveal the chaos of Disneyland's opening day in 1955

The opening of Disneyland in California with a gigantic castle and the promise of 160-acres of rides and entertainment, understandably caused quite a stir in 1955.