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As the iconic theme park celebrates 60 years of magic, we look back at rare photographs from the very first days of the famous attraction which became a worldwide phenomenon.
Walt Disney unveils his plans for Disneyland to a national television audience during the premiere of the TV show 'Disneyland' on October 27, 1954.
A Disneyland welcome! One of the most iconic buildings in Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty's Castle. Snow White and the seven Dwarfs greet excited visitors at the gates. Picture: Getty
This rare colour photograph was taken on the opening day outside the Main Entrance of Disneyland on July 17, 1955.
The message reads: “To all who come to this happy place – welcome…”
When the drawbridge is finally lowered, hundreds of happy children run through the arched gateway to Sleeping Beauty's Castle into fantasyland on July 17, 1955.
Walt Disney’s personal favourite attraction was alleged to be the Disneyland Railroad, which has reportedly “covered enough track” in 50 years to circle the earth more than 200 times.
The Disneyland Hotel opened across the street from Disneyland in 1955 and was owned by Walt’s friend, Jack Wrather until 1988. The Disneyland Monorail track was expanded in 1961 to transport guests to and from the hotel.
Actor Steve Rowland and actresses Kathleen Case and Adelle August pose as they walk through the park in California. Picture: Getty
Walt Disney reviews a model for the Matterhorn Bobsleds which opened a few years later in 1959 and reaches 147 feet.
Walt Disney bought 160 acres of land, owned by 17 different people in Anaheim in order to build his dream of a place where parents and children could have fun – together. Picture: Getty