There is a very special birthday celebrated on July 17th. No, I’m not talking about David Hasselhoff, Donald Sutherland or Phyllis Diller (who all happen to have been born on July 17th). This birthday is actually for a place rather than a person. On July 17th, 1955 the “happiest place on earth” aka Disneyland opened it’s gates. Yes, 58 years ago Walt Disney gave his famous speech saying:
“To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past…and here, youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
And you know, those words have rung true for generations. In honor of Disneyland‘s birthday, we’ve collected 21 fascinating facts about Disneyland, check them all out here:
Photo Source: Walt Disney unless otherwise noted.