Fun Fact: Disneyland opened on July 18, 1955. Temperatures soared to over 100 degrees Farenheit that day. The asphalt, which had just been laid hadn't dried completely, and it is said that ladies' high heel shoes sunk into the tar. More than twice the number of invited guests showed up at the park that day due to widespread counterfeiting of the tickets. Rides broke down and food and drink ran out. Other mishaps and malfunctions such as a gas leak near Sleeping Beauty's Castle occured as well.
Autopia was one of the 18 rides that were running on opening day. Back then the ride didn't have a guide rail to keep the cars on track, and by the end of opening day, many of the cars had crashed and become inoperable.
Despite the problems, guests loved the park, and attendance continued to grow. Less than 2 months later, Disneyland welcomed its 1 millionth guest. (information from squidoo.com)
I remember it like yesterday. We went two weeks later. And when the drinks ran out and the water fountains weren't operational, CM's were standing with trays and pitchers of ice water and glasses for the guests. - splashphotoCM
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Thanks for sharing this Splash! - ohhhtoodles 365.2 #379 9:42AM
Yes he is, but please stop calling him Shirley. - PrincessKristin 774.5 #124 4:28PM
Another Fun Fact: The concept for Disneyland began when Walt Disney was visiting Griffith Park in Los Angeles with his daughters Diane and Sharon. While watching them ride the merry-go-round, he came up with the idea of a place where adults and their children could go and have fun together. - ohhhtoodles
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have you visited "the bench" - toph 2397.6 #25 4:18PM
Isnt the park bench that Walt Disney sat on, while he imagined what would become Disneyland, currently on display at Disneyland? I have not personally seen it but I have heard about it. - ohhhtoodles 365.2 #379 4:25PM
Its in the Great Moments With Lincoln building. It's such a surreal feeling seeing that bench. You should see it sometime. - JoeDownTheRabbitHole 395.9 #336 6:40PM