On July 17 1955 a lot of kids were privileged to be the first visitors to the most iconic and most popular theme park – The Disneyland.
After years of construction and investment of approximately $17 million, on Sunday at 2 p.m the gates were opened and a river of a happy kids galloped in the world of Walt Disney. An exclusive ‘International Press Preview’ event was held, which was open only for invited guests.S tudio workers, construction workers, the press and officials of company sponsors was among the six thousands invitated that had been mailed for the grand opening.
Here are some rare photos of the opening day.Kids on the entrance
1955 Disneyland opening ceremony
Art Linkletter, and “Davy Crockett” stars Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen
Fess Parker on horseback in Frontierland
Irene Dunne and Art Linkletter christening the Mark Twain riverboat
Irene Dunne christening the Mark Twain
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of the Pirate Ship restaurant
Parade – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs float
Pirate Ship Restaurant
Raising the flag
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle from the Fantasyland side
The Finishing parade
The Opening parade
Walt Disney and Fess Parker riding horses at the Disneyland opening
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse piloting the Mark Twain Riverboat
Walt Disney at the opening dedication
Walt Disney on a car
Walt Disney on the E.P. Ripley .
Walt Disney on the E.P. Ripley 2
Walt Disney practicing for the Disneyland opening ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Walt Disney rehearsing for the Disneyland Opening Ceremony
Walt Disney speaks
Walt Disney with California Governor Goodwin Knight at the Disneyland Opening Ceremony rehearsal
Walt Disney had an official photo taken with two children, Christine Vess Watkins and Michael Schwartner.