This Disneyland Fan Was The First Customer To Set Foot In The Park

The Park Was Highly Anticipated

Walt Disney stands before a map of Disneyland.
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Walt Disney first conceptualized the idea of his park in the 1930s. It wasn’t until 1953 that he bought a park large enough to showcase his grand ideas. Construction began in 1954, and by July 17, 1955, the park was broadcasted on ABC Television Network.

Fans had been eager to visit the studios, but Disney wanted to provide them with an atmosphere that would transcend the relatively mild experience of walking studio grounds. Influenced by other theme parks, he devised a project that ultimately cost $17 million to build.