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Walt Disney--The Man
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Walt's original theme park opened in the summer of 1955 in Anaheim, California to an over crowded, crazy day. It is said Walt conceived of the idea for the park while sitting on a park bench watching his daughters ride a carousel. Walt then envisioned an amusement park where both parents and children to could play, ride and explore together. So one year after purchasing and leveling an Anaheim orange grove, and employing all the movie magic know how possible, Disneyland came to life. Each area of Disneyland celebrated something Walt enjoyed: Main Street U.S.A. hearkened back to the small town U.S.A. Walt grew up in; Tomorrowland embodied Walt's love of innovation and future possibility; Fantasyland brought his animated films to life; Frontierland celebrated the Western Frontier and its many legends; while Adventureland represented jungle exploration.
Walt said,"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
Not only has Disneyland expanded to include lands such as New Orleans Square and ToonTown, but currently there are five Disneyland-style theme parks throughout the world: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Park Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland.
Walt's dedication speech sums it up well, "To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
Note: Disney Park History is still under construction, so considering there are many duplicate attractions from park to park you can find information on individual lands and attractions in the Walt Disney World section of the site. Most of the articles there contain information about Disneyland as well, because this is where it all started.