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It Was 63 Years Ago Today

Walt Disney welcomes the first two lucky children to Disneyland on opening day, Monday, July 18, 1955 at 10 a.m.
Walt Disney had shown many celebrities, reporters, and friends around his new park, but he must have been especially excited this hot Monday morning. The people waiting outside the turnstiles were the park's first paying customers.

The park wasn't quite ready--a number of attractions that were supposed to be finished were not, quite. The shows that were ready had been previewed at the televised party the day before, but Circarama didn't make it. It would see its first audience in a few minutes, fingers crossed.

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