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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

1950s Main Street

Today's History Lesson...theme park

It's summertime! That means more time with family and kids since school is out. Time to vacation, time to picnic, time to just simply have fun. What better way to engage in fun activities than visit an amusement or theme park? When you hear someone speak of going to a theme park, many such locations could possibly come to mind - Cedar Point, Epcot, Six Flags (any of many), Sea World, Universal Studios, just to name a few, and of course, the 'biggie' not mentioned which fills today's history pages.  

This Day in History: July 17, 1955

Walt Disney's very first theme park, Disneyland, opened its gates at 
2:30PM on Sunday, July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California.

14 Obscure and Wonderful Things to Notice in this Video, click HERE!

Things you may not know about opening day...

6,000 special invitations (passes) were sent out for opening day since the park was not ready for a public crowd.
The pass was counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people were admitted into Disneyland on opening day.

As a result...

Food and drink ran out.
A women's high-heel shoe got stuck in the wet asphalt of Main Street USA. 
The Mark Twain Steamboat nearly capsized from too many passengers.
Did Disneyland recover?  

Of course, we all know the answer to this question. Disneyland is still going strong with many changes indeed made through the years.

This Top 10 is fully one group's opinion and what they believe. Many of you will not agree. Comment below on what you feel may have been left out that is in YOUR Top Ten! Not sure of all the rides available? Check out the video below! 

Click HERE for another 'opinion'!

Of course, California is NOT the only home of a Disney park! Are you familiar with any of the others?
~Walt Disney World:  October 1, 1971. Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom were later added to Walt Disney World, and it remains Florida's premier tourist attraction. 
~In 1983, Tokyo Disneyland opened in Japan. 
~In 1992 Disneyland Paris--or "EuroDisney"--opened to a mixed reaction in Marne-la-Vallee. 
~The newest Disneyland, in Hong Kong, opened its doors in September 2005.
Which Disney Park never made it past the Disney Drawing Board?


Disney's America!

"Disney's America was a planned theme park that was to have been built by The Walt Disney Company in Haymarket, Virginia in the early 1990s. The park was to have been dedicated to the history of the United States; however, amid opposition from citizen's groups, the project was canceled in 1994." Read MORE...