cost $17 million to build, on 160 acres of land, formerly orange groves, in Anaheim,
25 miles south east of Los Angeles.
venture would become one of the company's most profitable ventures, and redefine
leisure destinations for ever more.
1955, the first day it was open, was by special invite only. Unfortunately thousands
of these invites had been counterfeited and many many more visitors were allowed
into the park than were anticipated: the food ran out, the asphalt on Main Street
was still wet (a visitor's high heel got stuck) and the Mark Twain Steamboat almost
capsized with too many passengers...
withstanding these teething troubles, the park was so successful that it led to
the creation of other sites around the world:
Walt Disney World opened in Florida on October 1, 1971.
Tokyo, opened in 1983.
Paris, opened in 1992.