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.
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:
- KPCC's Bob Garcia, who shared his marching band memories
- Katherine Kastan of Los Angeles, who spoke of personal triumph at the Disney 5K
- Patrick Reidy of Pasadena, who fell out of a canoe
- Tiffany Fox of Encinitas, who at 8 years old dared to (almost) ride Space Mountain
- Lisa Robertson of Burbank, whose son shared a special moment with Peter Pan
To hear their stories, click the blue audio player above.
Some of these voices were found through KPCC's PIN network. Become a source.