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Disneyland History

Disneyland sprang from the fertile imagination of Walt Disney. The creator of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck often took his family to zoos, carnivals and amusement parks in Southern California in the 1950s. The visits were a treasured family tradition, but Disney noticed that, while they had plenty of activities for children, there was little for the adults. He felt that family entertainment should be for all ages. With blockbuster movies including Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Fantasia and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs already in his portfolio, Disney was able to bring his ideas to life when Disneyland opened in 1955 just outside of Los Angeles in Anaheim, California. The attraction that opened with 160 acres and half-finished rides has now become a sprawling 510-acre resort with two distinct parks, three hotels and an entertainment district, Downtown Disney. According to many surveys, Disney's dream has become the most popular family resort destination in the country.