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This Is How Much Disneyland Has Changed In 60 Years

Happy birthday to the "The Happiest Place On Earth"!

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2. 1957

Main Street USA at Christmas Time in 1957. The town situated at the entrance of the park was modeled after a turn-of-the-20th-century American town, circa 1910.

Walt Disney once said, "For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of their grandfather's youth."


4. 1960

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The Disney Monorail ride at Disneyland, California, circa 1960. The ride opened the year before in 1959 and was the first operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.

6. 1962

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Visitors enjoying the "Flying Saucers" ride at the Tomorrowland portion of the park. The ride was opened in 1961, but in the end was too expensive to operate. It was finally closed in August of 1966.


8. 1965


From 1965 to 1967, Disneyland's Submarine Voyage lagoon housed actual mermaids that swam and frolicked around the submarine lagoon, performing synchronized swimming and underwater stunts for guest. Eventually Disney ended the show after several of the women reported health concerns due to the submarine's diesel fuel and excessive amounts of chlorine in the lagoon.


13. 1970

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Police officers line the street in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle on August 7, 1970, as the huge amusement park was closed for the day because of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. There were 18 arrests.

16. 1977

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In 1977, the iconic space-themed indoor roller coaster ride, Space Mountain, opened it's doors to the public for the first time. Six of the original Mercury astronauts attended the opening–all except Gus Grissom who was killed in a fire aboard Apollo 1, ten years earlier.


20. 1986


Participants in "Hands Across America" at Disneyland on May 24th, 1986. For fifteen minutes, about 6.5 million people held hands in a human chain across the continental United States.

21. 1987

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Michael Eisner, who was the the Disney chairman in 1987, and Star Wars creator George Lucas use a light saber to cut the ribbon to open the new Star Tours attraction at Disneyland.


23. 1993


A magazine cover from 1992 advertises the 1993 opening of "Mickey's Toontown" at Disneyland, a cartoon style town where guests can visit the characters in their actual homes.

27. 1999

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Members of the United States Women World Cup soccer team ride with Minnie Mouse during a parade down honoring the winners of the 1999 Women's World Cup

29. 2003


Actress Keira Knightley gets her hand kissed by Mickey Mouse while attending a screening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," at Disneyland.

30. 2004

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Actress Anne Hathaway poses for photographers with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as she arrives for the premiere of "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," at Disneyland.

31. 2005

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse wave during the "Happiest Homecoming On Earth," an 18-month commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the very first Disney theme park.

33. 2010

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Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and his wife Danielle go for a ride on the classic ride, "Dumbo the Flying Elephant". Jonas, on a break from touring, planned the Disneyland visit as a surprise for Danielle.

38. 2015

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Disneyland celebrates its 60th anniversary with a preview of its three new nighttime spectaculars, "Disneyland Forever", "Paint The Night" and "World of Color - Celebrate"



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