Disneyland opened its doors on July 17, 1955 under the vision of Walt Disney. He dedicated the park with these famous words:
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.
— Walter E. Disney
It has been the most popular theme park in history with more than 650 million visitors since opening. Eight enchanted lands, Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, New Orleands Square, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown, each convey a universe to celebrate the human spirit.
With more than 50 rides, attractions and exhibitions, there is always something exiting to see and do. Disneyland has earned the nickname, 'The Happiest Place on Earth' and most would agree. Here's to another 61 years.