Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2005 8:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff
To build his dream theme park in Anaheim a half-century ago, Walt Disney borrowed against his life insurance policy and cashed in property, including a vacation home in Palm Springs, to pay the $17-million construction bill. When the Anaheim theme park opened July 17, 1955 — with cranky Southern Californians fanning themselves on a sweltering hot day — toilets clogged, the food ran out and women's high heels sunk into wet asphalt. Disney officials still call it "Black Sunday."
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I have to say, I loved Disneyland. I know many people hate on it, but I had a blast, it was more than I could have dreamed it. If Walt Disney World is 'better', I'm really happy come Oct.
There was no:
Pirates of the Caribbean
....and a whole lot more. The haters of California Adventure may have some legitimate gripes but I suspect those same people would have hated on Disneyland because it was, literally, half the park it is today.
Remember this was a brand-new idea. People didn't know what to expect. Also, it was a LOT larger than his original idea of a small park with a choo-choo, merry-go-round, and statues of Mickey and friends.
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