Theme park wayback machine: Admission tickets from Disneyland's opening day

April 18, 2012, 9:58 AM · Last week, we set the wayback machine to 1990 for the preview of Universal Studios Florida. This week, let's head back an additional 35 years for the debut of an even more popular theme park.


Of course, to get into Disneyland on July 17, 1955, you'll need one of these:

Press preview ticket to Disneyland

And since Walt's new park is located way out in the country - amid the orange groves of Anaheim, you'll need to place to park once you get there.

Press parking pass to Disneyland's opening day

Remember, this isn't just a preview day for you - it's a preview for the millions of television viewers who will be watching around the country. Disneyland's making this preview day into a live television show.

And thanks to the wonders of YouTube, you can watch it right here, right now. Say good-bye to the next hour and 13 minutes of your day:

I love this show not just for the views of the barren "Anaheim" beyond the berm, or the nearly treeless park. Don't miss the delicious commentary, such as: "There's Tomorrowland - the time is 1986 and the place is the city of the future, where a trip to the moon is an everyday thing."

Speaking of 1986, I wonder what that broadcast host on Main Street will be doing then….

Hey, if you missed the preview day, no worries. Just get there early the next day for the public opening. But you won't be able to get there early enough to buy the very first Disneyland ticket. That's already been sold - to Roy O. Disney, Walt's brother and the chairman of Walt Disney Productions.

Disneyland ticket number one

I'd like to offer our thanks to Dave Smith and the Walt Disney Archives for allowing me in to look at and photograph these pieces of Disney history.

Robert Niles and Dave Smith

If you have some fun and interesting items of theme park memorabilia (old maps, tickets, photos, etc.), let me know and we'll feature them on Theme Park Insider's home page.

Replies (9)

April 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM · I would love to own that 000001 ticket….
April 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM · I think that Walt Disney would roll over in his grave if he could see how much Disneyland has gotten out of control with their prices! The season passes have gotten ridiculous, and the fact that a season pass for a 4 yr old is the same as an adults is insane! He wanted Disneyland to be affordable for families so children could dream and imagine in the happiest place on earth. They have gotten completely money hungry and continue to raise prices almost every year :(
April 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM · I love historical pictures! Thanks for the journey!
April 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM · I would love to see some old photos of SeaWorld Orlando.
April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM · I actually have some old ride tickets laying around somewhere. I will try and locate them and send you a picture.
April 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM · Robert: Thanks for the video. Watched the entire show & absolutely enjoyed it. Lots of big stars and nostagia galore. Two comments I especially appreciated...The chaplain at the dedication ceremony, "Walt Disney has dreamed Disney into being"...and Walt himself, "When you wish upon a star your dreams come true".....We leave for Disney World & Universal in eight days. We'll be spending 24 days in heaven on earth.
April 19, 2012 at 2:34 AM · Gee, thanks Robert. I started watching the opening of Disneyland video you posted and the next thing I knew I was late for work! Really, it was great to watch. Thanks for posting it.
April 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM · Great article!!
April 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM · love the old ticket me my mom dad sister brother and cousings went from 71 to 75 i remenber there was this kid kicking a mickey and we told the kid to stop or we were going to get secerty cant spell and the guy inside the outfit talk to us and told how his work day went they only stay outside for a halfhour at a time love to talk to him the next day me and my cousing were with our older sister and wanted to go on on this one ride and they didnt just about that time the 7 dwafts went by and saw us all mad and started danceing with us all we stared laughting and danceing we alway new that was mickey from the day before well the rest of the day went real good from then on love to dance with wjth the 7 dwafts sorry for some mis spell words thanks u guys

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