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    Rare Photos Of Disneyland Opening Day July 17, 1955 (36 Pics)

    On July 17  1955 a lot of kids were privileged to be the first visitors to the most iconic and most popular theme park – The Disneyland.
    After years of construction and investment of approximately $17 million, on Sunday at 2 p.m the gates were opened and a river of a happy kids galloped in the world of Walt Disney. An exclusive ‘International Press Preview’ event was held, which was open only for invited guests.S tudio workers, construction workers, the press and officials of company sponsors was among the six thousands invitated that had been mailed for the grand opening.
    Here are some rare photos of the opening day.
    Kids on the entrance

    1955 Disneyland opening ceremony
    Art Linkletter, and “Davy Crockett” stars Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen
    Entering Frontierland
    Fess Parker on horseback in Frontierland
    Irene Dunne and Art Linkletter christening the Mark Twain riverboat
    Irene Dunne christening the Mark Twain
    Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
    Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of the Pirate Ship restaurant
    Parade – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs float

    Parking lot
    Pirate Ship Restaurant
    Raising the flag
    Ronald Regan
    Sleeping Beauty’s Castle from the Fantasyland side

    The Finishing parade
    The Opening parade
    Walt Disney and Fess Parker riding horses at the Disneyland opening
    Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse piloting the Mark Twain Riverboat
    Walt Disney at the opening dedication
    Walt Disney on a car
    Walt Disney on the E.P. Ripley .
    Walt Disney on the E.P. Ripley 2
    Walt Disney practicing for the Disneyland opening ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
    Walt Disney rehearsing for the Disneyland Opening Ceremony
    Walt Disney speaks
    Walt Disney with California Governor Goodwin Knight at the Disneyland Opening Ceremony rehearsal

    Walt Disney had an official photo taken with two children, Christine Vess Watkins and Michael Schwartner.

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