â€œTo 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.â€
(hear it here)
Yes, that’s right gang. Today was the birthday of Disneyland. On this day in 1955 at 1313 Harbor Blvd in Anaheim, Walt gave the above speech that launched the most successful theme park ever.
I have many fond memories of the park myself. There was America Sings which was a big two-story spinning room that stopped to show a short, musical, animatronic skit. The music was awesome! The Jungle cruise, complete with smart ass boat ‘pilots’ and Tom Sawyer’s Island (yes, the caves do always smell like pee).
Don’t forgot those ‘E’ ticket rides either! The Matterhorn, despite it’s rough ride, is still as awesome toda as it was the first time I rode it. Space Mountain was the darkest, fastest ride in SoCal at the time. I’ve heard the remodel does it justice. And Pirates of the Carribean (yo ho, yo ho a pirates life for me!). I actually had the soundtrack for that on LP way way way back in the day.
Let’s not forgot those rides that are no longer with us. The Inner Space ride was teh worst ever ride, unless you had a hottie make-out partner. The People Mover was slow and tedious but provided a nice break in the middle of the day. And the Smith Robinson Treehouse was just awesome!
Anyway, hope it was a great one! I’m sure Walt would be pleased at how you’ve progressed. Here’s to 50 more!