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Welcome to Inventing Disneyland

This will introduce the new website Inventing Disneyland, where we will discuss the creative team that invented the original Disneyland in 1955. Welcome!


Although Walt had dreamed of a park since the 1930s, Disneyland was first described in a memo from Walt Disney to artist Richmond Irwin "Dick" Kelsey in August 1948, and plans were made for a Tivoli-sized park in Burbank and a traveling show of Disneyana, but the concerted effort that invented what the world knows as Disneyland began in May 1953. The park was, in many ways, still being invented after opening July 17, 1955.

"After the third or fourth day, the appeal factors never really changed after that," the park's original general manager, C. V. Wood, Jr., told me. How to deal with celebrity visitors, the ABCs of tickets, and seasonal events all had yet to be worked out. I think the "inventing" period only ended when C. V. Wood resigned in January 1956.

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