Disneyland opened on this date in 1955. There were 6,000 V.I.P.s invited for the July 17 opening, but there were 22,000 gate-crashers with phony tickets on hand as well! The Rivers of America had to be filled twice before opening: the porous surface of the “riverbed” allowed the water to leak out, and had to be coated with clay, so that the water would stay in! High heels made dents in the still-soft asphalt in the park, and the temperatures soared (some of the drinking fountains didn’t work, due to a plumbers’ strike! Apparently it was between the toilets and the drinking fountains, and the toilets won.) There were only 4 lands (Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, and the first 3 closed on that day due to a gas leak in Fantasyland) plus Main Street, and the next day (July 18), when Disneyland opened to the public, folks paid $1 to get in (it is creeping up closer to $100 a day for an adult ticket now!)
But Disneyland endured, and today we want to wish it a Happy Birthday!