Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Disney bought a 160-acre site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955.
Since opening day Disneyland has only been expanding.
Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and major renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey’s Toontown in 1993. Opened in 2001, Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland’s original parking lot. 1 million when Disneyland first opened in 1955 and 16.77 million in 2014.
From Disneyland’s opening day until 1982, the price of the attractions was in addition to the price of park admission. Guests paid a small admission fee to get into the park, but admission to most of the rides and attractions required guests to purchase tickets, either individually or in a book, that consisted of several coupons, initially labeled “A” through “C”. “A” coupons allowed admission to the smaller rides and attractions such as the vehicles on Main Street, whereas “C” coupons were used for the most common attractions like the Peter Pan ride, or the Tea Cups. As more thrilling rides were introduced, such as the Monorail or the Matterhorn bobsled, “D” and then eventually “E” coupons were introduced. From the thrill ride experience at Disneyland, the colloquial expression “an E-ticket ride” is used to describe any exceptionally thrilling experience.
In 1982, Disney dropped the idea of individual ride tickets to a single admission price with unlimited access to all attractions. The park no longer had to print tickets or ticket books, staff ticket booths, or provide staff to collect tickets or monitor attractions for people sneaking on without tickets. Later, Disney introduced other entry options such as multi-day passes, Annual Passes, and Southern California residents’ discounts.
On February 28, 2016, Disneyland adopted a demand-based pricing system for single-day admission, charging different prices for “value”, “regular”, and “peak” days, based on projected attendance. Approximately 30% of days will be designated as “value”, mainly weekdays when school is in session, 44% will be designated as “regular”, and 26% will be designated as “peak”, mostly during holidays and weekends in July.
Disney organize fashionable gatherings attended by over 20,000 well-dressed guests twice a year at the Disney Resorts in California, Florida, and France. This event is called Dapper Day in celebration to remember the old Disneyland.