Disneyland History | Important Dates in Disneyland History (1954-2024)

Last Updated on: February 18th, 2024

 Disneyland History

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Disneyland, the first and original Disney theme park, was opened on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California. The idea for Disneyland was created by Walt Disney and was designed as a place where both children and adults could enjoy themselves and experience the magic of Disney. The park originally consisted of five themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Disneyland was an instant success and quickly became one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over the years, Disneyland has undergone many changes and expansions, but it remains one of the most iconic and beloved theme parks in the world, with millions of visitors each year coming to experience the magic and joy of Disney.

Here is a comprehensive look at the many important moments in Disneyland history. After more than 60 years of operations, there is much to list here and much more to add in the future. I’m hoping there is a nugget or two in here that you may find new and interesting.

Disneyland History

Please note that some of these Disneyland historical dates are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on third party accounts and not official company reports. In other words: This is the best Disneyland history I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.