Disneyland Park (Anaheim)
Disney theme park
July 17, 1955
The World of Yesterday, Tomorrow,
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Operator The Walt Disney Company
Disneyland is an American theme park in
Anaheim, California, owned and operated by
the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of
The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated
with a press preview on July 17, 1955, and
opened to the general public July 18, 1955.
Disneyland holds the distinction of being the
only theme park to be designed, built,
opened, and operated by Walt Disney.
Currently the park has been visited by
more than 515 million guests since it opened,
including presidents, royalty and other heads
of state. In 1998, the theme park was re-
branded "Disneyland Park" to distinguish it
from the larger Disneyland Resort complex.
In 2007, over 14,800,000 people visited the
park making it the second most visited park
in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at
Walt Disney World.
"To all who come to this happy place
- welcome. Disneyland is your land.
Here age relives fond memories of
the past and here youth may savor
Plaque at the entrance
the challenge and promise of the fu-
ture. Disneyland is dedicated to the
ideals, the dreams, and the hard
facts that have created America ...
with the hope that it will be a source
of joy and inspiration to all the
world. Thank you."
—Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955
The dedication to all Disney magic kingdom-
style parks begins with the phrase "To all
who come to this happy place, welcome ..."
with the exception of Magic Kingdom Park in
Florida. The dedication there begins "Walt
Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy
and life of Walter Elias Disney ..."
Concept and construction
for Disneyland began one
Sunday, when Walt Disney was visiting Grif-
fith Park with his daughters Diane and Shar-
on. While watching his daughters ride the
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round he came up
with the idea of a place where adults and