This is basically a post I wrote in another thread, but I wanted to make a seperate thread to let folks know they REAL anniversary....
Yes, I know a lot of you have heard this before, but for the new folks who don't know the history of the park...
Here is OFFICIAL Disney material showing the date is clearly July 18th...
A Pin sold in 2005 with this on the bottom
1st Day ticket, July 18, 1955
And a printed card came with a pin with this question...
What individual bought Disneyland's first general admission ticket for its public opening on July 18, 1955?
And the OFFICIAL publication of the park, The Disneyland News from July 1955
More than 50,000 visitors were attracted to Disneyland on Monday, July 18, when the Park officially opened its gates to the general public.
Disney did celebrate the 18th for about 10 years, even holding ceremonies and opening rides on that date. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opened at the Opera House for Disneyland's 10th Anniversary on July 18th, 1965. Splash Mountain also opened on July 18th in 1989.
Then someone in marketing decided to make it the 17th.....
Sorry, but I don't care if folks want to CHANGE history, it is clear that the park opened to the public on the 18th.
Heck, why did the special tickets for the 17th say "International Media Preview"??
When is the official DCA opening day, the first preview in January, or the first day it opened to the general public on February 8th, 2001?
IMHO, a Preview is not an official opening.