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This Is What Disneyland's Opening Day Looked Like In 1955

Opening day at "The Happiest Place on Earth," presented by Getty Images.

On July 17, 1955, the world became a bit more magical...

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Walt Disney smiles as he stands in front of the Sleeping Beauty's castle at the grand opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1955.

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Planted flowers forming design of Mickey Mouse's face, with the Disneyland train in background.

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A full parking lot on the opening day of Disneyland as several cars try desperately to find a parking space.

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Children run as fast as they can to enter Disneyland on opening day.

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Children running through gate of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

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Park attendees enjoy the "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" attraction at Disneyland.

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Cups and saucers filled with children in the Fantasyland section of the park.

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Walt Disney, with a toy gun in hand, halts a stagecoach filled with smiling youngsters in the Frontierland realm of Disneyland.

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A father and daughter ride the "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" attraction.

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Actor Adelle August plays with the Esmeralda fortune reader.

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Eddie Fisher offers a drink to an aluminum-clad astronaut as actor Debbie Reynolds looks on.

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A quartet of showgirls in costumes have a drink between performances.

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Children wait to take off on Disneyland's "Autopia" attraction.

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Park attendees take a spin in go-karts on a track at Disneyland.

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Parkgoers visit and rest at Tomorrowland's "Spaceport."

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A crowded riverboat heads downstream at Disneyland.

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An animatronic giraffe peers down at children on Disneyland's "Jungle Cruise."

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Actor Kathleen Case poses with a monkey while fans and children look on.

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The Disneyland opening day parade is met with crowded streets and smiles.

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Walt Disney waves to the crowds with former California governor Goodwin Knight.

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Walt Disney stands with a brass band and attendees to dedicate his park on opening day.

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Park attendees crowd Disneyland's streets as the opening day parade passes.

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Costumed characters from the films Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo parade down Main Street, U.S.A.

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Walt Disney sits on a bench at Disneyland.

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