Long before Walt Disney World was even a thought. When Magic Kingdoms in Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai never even entered the minds of the suits behind the Walt Disney Company, back when it was run by folks with a heart to please and delight guests above just turning a profit, the one and only original Disneyland debuted this day in 1955.
The rending above by artist and Imagineer Herb Ryman was made at the request of Walt Disney himself. The park turned out even better than the art representing it.
Showing off his labor of love.
The place was loved by Walt much like an inventor was attached to its creation, like God to Man, like it should be husband to wife: adored, celebrated, and nurtured. Each of the original lands at opening day have changed and matured with much grace.
Walt takes a walk during construction.
Main Street U.S.A. still charms; Fantasyland still takes you to your childhood stories, Tomorrowland (sometimes) makes you dream of the future. Far off realms are still waiting to be explored in Adventureland, and Frontierland still embraces its unique American heritage.
Thank you Walt, for taking this step of faith- and making the world a delightful one for children of all ages!
(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)