Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy Anniversary Disneyland! 59 Never Looked So Good

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” 

“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn - and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” 

Once upon a time, a man by the name of Walt Disney sat at a bench at an amusement park, watching his daughters play. As he sat there he noticed how ragged and filthy the small amusement park was and he watched the reactions of families to different rides. The one thing that rang through over and over was how children's parents had nothing to do. They would be anxious to go home, while their children were still having fun, and playing.
This is where Walt was conjuring, and planning a new type of amusement park; one that would be clean, and would have attractions for parents and children together. The result of this dream-Disneyland.

"What this country really needs is an amusement park that families can take their children to. They've gotten so honky tonk with a lot of questionable characters running around, and they're not to safe. They're not well kept. I want to have a place that's as clean as anything could ever be, and all the people in it [his park] are first-class citizens, and treated like guests."
Years before Disneyland was constructed, Walt was thinking, generating, and creating everything in his mind. He traveled the United States, and visited buildings of Americas most prolific inventors and creators, such as Thomas Edison's Workshop, the Wright Brothers Bicycle shop, and the home of the Dictionary magnate Noah Webster. While visiting these places, he was formulating and dreaming of a "Mickey Mouse Park" with a western village, Main Street, and more, these ideas would eventually form Disneyland.

From the start Walt Disney envisioned all the lands, to every detail. Main Street, U.S.A., the very front of the park, was where Walt wanted to relive the typical turn of the century city Main Street.

"For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of grandfather's youth."

Walt made Main Street U.S.A the entrance to a "weenie," as he called it. 

"What you need is a weenie, which says to people 'come this way.' People won't go down a long corridor unless there's something promising at the end. You have to have something the beckons them to 'walk this way.'"

Adventureland. was planed as an "exotic tropical place" in a "far-off region of the world."

"To create a land that would make this dream reality, we pictured ourselves far from civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa."

Frontierland was designed to relive the pioneer days of the American frontier.
"All of us have a cause to be proud of our country's history, shaped by the pioneering spirit of our forefathers. . .Our adventures are designed to give you the feeling of having lived, even for a short while, during our country's pioneer days."

Fantasyland was created with the goal to "make dreams come true" from the lyrics of "When You Wish Upon a Star." 

"What youngster has not dreamed of flying with Peter Pan over moonlit London, or tumbling into Alice's nonsensical Wonderland? In Fantasyland, these classic stories of everyone's youth have become realities for youngsters-of all ages-to participate in."
Fantasyland would feature a large Sleeping Beauty Castle, and a Fantasy Village.

Tomorrowland was shaped as a look at the "marvels of the future."

"Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. . .The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future."

And thus Disneyland was born-the Happiest Place on Earth-the place where all your dreams come true.

"To make the dreams of Disneyland come true took the combined skills and talents of hundreds of artisans, carpenters, engineers, scientists and craftsmen. The dreams that they built now become your heritage. It is you who will make Disneyland truly a magic kingdom and a happy place for the millions of guests who will visit us now and in the future."

“Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.”

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

Happy 59th Anniversary Disneyland and to Walt Disney, we can only hope that you are looking down and smiling, just as you once did from your apartment on Main Street grinning from ear to ear, a tear rolling down your cheek knowing that dreams can and do come true.

Want to be a part of the Disneyland Diamond Celebration?  Disneyland is looking for the generations of family and friends to share their photos of their favorite Disneyland memories throughout the decades! Some of the photos may even be shared on the Disney Parks Blog and one lucky guest will have the chance to win a trip to the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.  For more information on how to submit your photos go to the Disney Parks Blog.  What memories will you share?   .            

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