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    More proof that Disneyland opened on July 18th, 1955

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...Pr4_PcY_BID_W0

    Check the upper right corner.....
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    I don't see what you see, all I know is my dad was there on the 17th

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    Let me quote...


    "A New Concept In Family Entertainment...DISNEYLAND...160 Acres Of Happiness Opens Monday, July 18, 1955 "
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    Of course! It opened to the PUBLIC on the 18th. There was an official, invitation-only, limited guests opening on the 17th. The park opened at 2:00 on the 17th and opening ceremonies were at 4:00 or 4:30 (can't remember which now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrigoon
    I don't see what you see, all I know is my dad was there on the 17th
    On the 17th, invited guests, media, and gate crashers were there. It was sort of like May 4th of this year. Perhaps your dad worked for one of the companies that Walt gave tickets to. You couldn't buy tickets til the 18th.
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    While I still view the 17th as opening day....Darkbeer does have a point. Even DL is preparing to sell one of their infamous "Limited Edition Jumbo Pins." It's a replica of the opening day ticket and is dated 7/18/55.
    WALT'S DISNEYLAND DEDICATION SPEECH! - To all who come to this happy place, welcome! Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth can savour 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 become a source of joy, and inspiration to all the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcon10t
    On the 17th, invited guests, media, and gate crashers were there. It was sort of like May 4th of this year. Perhaps your dad worked for one of the companies that Walt gave tickets to. You couldn't buy tickets til the 18th.
    My dad was 13. My grandmother (a newspaper editor) brought him.

    Anyway, 17th was when they premiered the park to the world, on tv and all. So it's still the date the park "opened".

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    so was the official 50th Celebration kickoff on May 4th or May 5th??

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    Talk about beating a dead horse..................

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    Well now that's gonna be 2 official days that I haven't been able to go to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by superphred
    so was the official 50th Celebration kickoff on May 4th or May 5th??
    I'd say May 5th, that's when Julie Andrews offlicialy pronounced the beginning of the Happiest Homecoming.

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    Walt's Dedication Speech was done on July 17th.

    The ribbon cutting/bottle smashing ceremonies were done on the 17th.

    All the formalities were done on the 17th.

    In my opinion, just because it opened to the public on the 18th doesn't warrant the 18th to be Disneylands Official Anniversary. The 17th will always stand out as the historical day that even though there were those that couldn't attend they huddled around the television to get their first glimpses of the park in operation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superphred
    so was the official 50th Celebration kickoff on May 4th or May 5th??
    May 4th was the pre-party. A preview of the Celebration for VIP's and Media.

    May 5th was the actual start, it included a complete ceremony and releasing of the doves and all.

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    and that cool Tower of Tequila kicking off Cinco de Mayo...

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    and there were so many gate crashers, as many as there were invited guests, that - like it or not - Disneyland was substantially opened to the public on July 17th.

    They may not have opened for business, but they opened.

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