Thursday, July 24, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History........July 24, 1966

New Orleans Square Opens

July 24, 1966

On July 24, 1966, New Orleans Square opened at Disneyland. New Orleans Square is a themed land based on 19th-century New Orleans. It was the first new land to be added to Disneyland after the park's opening, at a cost of $18 million and covering roughly three acres. It is exclusive to Disneyland, though a similarly themed area can be found within Tokyo Disneyland's Adventureland.
The name is a bit of a misnomer, since the area does not resemble a square so much as an intricate series of "streets" that weave around shops, restaurants, and the  Pirates of the Caribbean,the home of 999 Happy Haunts, The Haunted Mansion and the exclusive, members only Club 33  New Orleans Square was opened to the public on July 24, 1966 with New Orleans Mayor Victor H. Schiro  participating in the dedication ceremony. Schiro announced Walt Disney had been made an honorary citizen of New Orleans; Disney joked the addition cost as much as the original Louisiana Purchase. Sadly, this was to be Walt Disney's last major public appearance at Disneyland before his death in December 1966. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland’s history.

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