Happy 52nd birthday, Disneyland... and the theme park business
Written by Robert Niles
July 17th is, as most confirmed theme park fans know, Disneyland's birthday. The park opened to the media July 17, 1955, making Tuesday the 52nd birthday of the flagship of the Disney theme park empire. (The park opened to the public the next day, so if you want to celebrate on the 18th, too, by all means, do!)Tweet
Of course, Disneyland's success encouraged many others to build or develop their attractions into theme parks, so the day also ought to be considered the birthday of the modern theme park industry as well.
So slice up some chocolate fudge cake and celebrate the theme park way -- by waiting in your favorite queue. ;-) Grocery stores or the local DMV will do if you can't get to a park, I suppose....
I'll celebrate by offering you the earliest photo I have of me at Disneyland:
That's me in the stroller, sucking down an ice cream, Mickey head balloon in hand.
And here I am a few years later, tricked out in my best Disneyland garb:
I'll leave y'all to guess the years in which these were taken. Please use the comments to share your earliest (Disneyland or not) theme park memory.
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