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My Mom Remembers Her First Trip to Disneyland in 1955, the Year It Opened

Disneyland Guide, 1955

One of the greatest things about my grandparent’s house is that it’s a 20 minute drive from Disneyland. It would probably be less if there weren’t so much built up all around it and stop lights at every corner. Every time we visit my grandparents my mom tells me about how when she was little there was nothing surrounding her house, let alone Disneyland. Just orange groves as far as the eye could see. I have a hard time believing any of it because for as long as I’ve been visiting my grandparents I’ve never seen an orange grove within fifty miles of their house.

My mom was visiting over the weekend and I decided to take the opportunity to talk to her about her experiences with Disneyland. She was four when she first went in 1955, the year Disneyland opened. I was around the same age the first time I went and Addie was two and a half. My mom was there for both of our first visits to the happiest place on earth. It’s always fun to talk to her about what her childhood was like, and if it’s fascinating to me, I can only imagine it’s just as fascinating (or will be someday) to Addie.

Just looking at how the maps have changed since opening, it’s overwhelming. Even I remember a time when ToonTown didn’t exist and what a big deal it was when it finally opened. I’m so thankful I grew up where I did with grandparents where they were so I could have the memories and experiences that I have had with Disneyland.

Admission in 1955? $1 (plus ticket books that enabled you to ride the rides.)

Admission in 2012? $87 for one park for one day. Whew.

Disneyland Guide, 1955

Disneyland Guide, 2012

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Top Image Credit: Imagineering Disney

Bottom Image Credit: Disneyland

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