Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Little Late But - Happy Birthday Disneyland

The Disneyland Traveler is a few days late on this. Believe it or not, I have a real job that extends beyond writing about Disney and it sometimes keeps me busy (or wears me down). Anyway, The Disney Lands wishes Disneyland a belated but very Happy Birthday.

Disneyland threw open its gates to an eager public on July 17, 1955. On that day, Walt Disney spoke his now famous opening dedication -

To 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.
-Walt Disney

At 2:30 last Tuesday, a crowd of well wishers and costumed Disney characters gathered around the flagpole at the Main St. town square while the speech by Walt was played over the Disneyland loudspeakers. 57 isn't a milestone year for Disneyland but it certainly could not pass by unnoticed either. It only took a few moments to a remember the very special gift Walt gave to us all those years ago.

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