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Disneyland 60: Take Two listeners share their favorite memories




FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, Walt Disney sits on a rock in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland on opening day of the amusement theme park in Anaheim, Calif. A year earlier, Disney made his move. He succumbed to the lure of television and arranged to tie in the TV show (he hosted) with a Disneyland park. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, Walt Disney sits on a rock in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland on opening day of the amusement theme park in Anaheim, Calif. A year earlier, Disney made his move. He succumbed to the lure of television and arranged to tie in the TV show (he hosted) with a Disneyland park. (AP Photo)
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On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened a brand new, $17 million amusement park in Anaheim.

As it turns out, that first day at Disneyland was a disaster. According to Variety, counterfeit tickets led to overcrowding, vendors ran out of food, and some of the 18 attractions were still not ready for visitors.

But they worked out the kinks, and the very next day, Walt Disney himself eagerly greeted the park's first visitors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W8iiugY3C0

More than 650 million guests have visited since that day 60 years ago, including more than a few Take Two listeners. Some shared their memories. Thanks to:

To hear their stories, click the blue audio player above.

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