Disneyland Park
Previously known as Disneyland (1955–1998)
The park's icon, Sleeping Beauty Castle, in 2019
LocationDisneyland Resort,
Coordinates33°49′N 117°55′W / 33.81°N 117.92°W / 33.81; -117.92
OpenedJuly 17, 1955 (1955-07-17)[1]
OwnerDisney Parks, Experiences and Products
(The Walt Disney Company)
Operated byDisneyland Resort
ThemeFairy tales and Disney characters
SloganThe happiest place on earth
Operating seasonYear-round
Websitedisneyland.disney.go.com Edit this at Wikidata

Disneyland is a theme park in Anaheim, California. Opened in 1955, it was the first theme park opened by The Walt Disney Company and the only one designed and constructed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. Disney 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 for the ideas that he had. After hiring the Stanford Research Institute to perform a feasibility study determining an appropriate site for his project, Disney bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953. The park was designed by a creative team hand-picked by Walt from internal and outside talent. They founded WED Enterprises, the precursor to today's Walt Disney Imagineering. 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 its opening, Disneyland has undergone expansions and major renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country in 1972, Mickey's Toontown in 1993, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019.[2] Additionally, Disney California Adventure Park opened in 2001 on the site of Disneyland's original parking lot.

Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with 757 million visits since it opened (as of December 2021).[3] In 2022, the park had approximately 16.9 million visits, making it the second most visited amusement park in the world that year, behind only Magic Kingdom, the very park it inspired.[4] According to a 2005 Disney report, 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (independent contractors or their employees).[5] Disney announced "Project Stardust" in 2019, which included major structural renovations to the park to account for higher attendance numbers.[6]

  1. ^ "Disneyland Celebrates 56 Years on July 17". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Savvas, George (February 7, 2017). "Star Wars-Themed Lands at Disney Parks Set to Open in 2019". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Attendance at the Disneyland theme park (Anaheim, California) from 2009 to 2021". Statista. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  4. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2022 Global Attractions Attendance Report" (PDF). 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  5. ^ "News from the Disney Board — March 04, 2005". The Walt Disney Company. March 4, 2005. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60 Years of 'Sleeping Beauty'". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved April 4, 2019.

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