I thought it was a nice article about people remembering Disneyland as it was.Posted on: Monday, June 6, 2005
Disneyland inspired hope at time of crisis
• Still magical at 50 • If you go ...
By April Orcutt
Special to The Advertiser
Even at 4-years old, I knew something important was happening. My middle-class parents and grandparents spoke in awed tones about the upcoming event as though it would change the world — which, in fact, it did. On July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, Calif., Disneyland opened.
Disneyland opened in 1955, with attractions so realistic that one young visitor thought of the park's Matterhorn as "the real one." Gannett News Service
In the half-century since, the park has had an impact in travel, transportation, entertainment, and politics. This and other theme parks changed the way many people take vacations.
Disneyland created the first daily-operating monorail in the western hemisphere and influenced urban design.
Thanks to Walt Disney's emphasis on quality, according to Michael Schwartner, 57, Disneyland's first visitor, California's standards for hotels and for litter-removal rose.
And, of course, Disney's "Imagineers" developed realistic audio-animatronic people and animals and put details into the "lands" and attractions that remain unrivaled. The mine train of Nature's Wonderland wound through red desert with crazily balancing rocks and saguaro cactus shaped like people. When I finally traveled to the American Southwest in my 20s, my first reaction was "This looks just like Disneyland!"
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