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    Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    I recently ran across a copy of the Disneyland press release from the first anniversary of the opening of the park. Please read the press release (I think you'll enjoy it) and my comments.

    I also included some 1956 photos that Yesterland readers kindly sent to me.


    Please discuss it here
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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Werner,
    I've been a big fan of your articles on Miceage but I've not posted before now. Your articles really bring me back. I'm not old enough to have been there during the Disneyland opening. But, as a native Los Angelino, my parents took me to Disneyland so many times during my youth that it's made that much of a deep impression of the nostalgia factor from reading your articles. Time and time again, I see things that I thought I was the ONLY one who ever noticed. It's great to see that I truly wasn't the only one. Reading about Disneyland's opening year really showed how much of a gamble Walt Disney put towards his dream of a theme park. And it is this standard that no one anywhere else in the world has ever been able to duplicate outside of the Disney "World" of theme parks. Thank you for your insightful and nostalgic trips to the past. It warms my heart to know that I'm not the only one in the world to feel the same way!

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Do you see what I see?



    Is Monstro spouting off????????

    Now THAT is really a detail that should be added back!

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    So $18 for admission, parking, rides AND souvenirs? You could barely afford to park your car with that kind of money today. The dollar is getting to be pretty worthless nowadays and people are spending so much on costs of living and not having access to credit that you'd think Disney wouldn't be able to charge 10 times more nowadays. But the fact of the matter is foreigners' currency is still worth something, especially compared to our dollar, and they can *easily* afford high prices here. I mean, even Canadians can get more than their money's worth here.

    Essentially, Disney has kicked out the average American guest and replaced them with international tourists and SoCal locals. When you factor in the costs of travel, lodging, food and transportation, an American family from thousands of miles away would be paying thousands of dollars for just a few days entertainment. Time to get reacquainted with the National Parks system in this country again.

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Great Stuff. Wow did they sound proud! Hey, half of the "new" attractions for 1956 are still there! Thanks for all your hard work Werner, I love "Yesterland"!

    http://vintagedisneylandtickets.blogspot.com/

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    $2.37? I wonder what the average expenditure is today.

    When attractions were original

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Quote Originally Posted by Aladdin View Post
    Do you see what I see?



    Is Monstro spouting off????????

    Now THAT is really a detail that should be added back!
    I was thinking the same thing. They should totally make that happen again.

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Originally Posted by Aladdin
    Do you see what I see?



    Is Monstro spouting off????????

    Now THAT is really a detail that should be added back!

    I was thinking the same thing. They should totally make that happen again.
    He DOES. They never removed that.
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    ...then clearly, you've never worked a day in attractions.

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Quote Originally Posted by Schucanfly View Post
    He DOES. They never removed that.
    It was broken for a while, wasn't it?

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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Here's where I have to wonder a bit about Disney propaganda. If I remember correctly the 50th anniversery movie states that Disney paid back the loan to build the park in just a few months. But if less than 4 million visitors spent two dollars and change the gross is less than the seventeen million dollars it cost to build the park. What am I missing?
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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Quote Originally Posted by mousechild View Post
    Here's where I have to wonder a bit about Disney propaganda. If I remember correctly the 50th anniversery movie states that Disney paid back the loan to build the park in just a few months. But if less than 4 million visitors spent two dollars and change the gross is less than the seventeen million dollars it cost to build the park. What am I missing?
    Walt Disney didn't borrow the full $17 million to build Disneyland. Yes, there were bank loans, but there were also investors.

    Disneyland was built by Disneyland, Inc., whose investors included Walt Disney Productions, ABC-Paramount, Walt Disney himself, and, I think, at least one other company. It gets even more complicated with other companies that Walt Disney set up—WED Enterprises and later Retlaw Enterprises, through which Walt Disney personally owned the Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad and the Disneyland Alweg Monorail. And there were lessees who invested in restaurants and retail space.

    Walt Disney Productions bought bought Disneyland in 1960.

    However, beyond that, I wouldn't trust Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years, the 50th anniversery movie, to be 100% factual.
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    Re: Nov. 23, 2007: “Disneyland One Year Old”

    Quote Originally Posted by Werner Weiss View Post

    However, beyond that, I wouldn't trust Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years, the 50th anniversery movie, to be 100% factual.
    Thanks for the reply.

    I had heard the 'paid of the park in x months of opening' before but always in some Disney 'propaganda' piece. I have seen very little written by Disney 'insiders' that is very different from the Disney Company PR primer. Which IMHO makes it difficult to ever know the veracity what happens behind the scenes. There seems to be a 'Walt' cult that makes it near impossible to really know much about him or the process of creating the park.
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