September 30, 2016

Friday at Disneyland, 1968

No Haunted Mansion or Splash Mountain or Star Tours, not even Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure for that matter, but it couldn't derail the success of the place. "Walt's Park" was the destination of many American families for their summer road trip in 1968. 

Into its second decade, Disneyland had experienced big growth- a New Tomorrowland, It's a Small World, and the epic Pirates of the Caribbean were now open, with the Haunted Mansion soon to debut. The numbers just kept going up. What would come next?

The answer: Very few "E Ticket" attractions, and then eventually, a whole new second theme park in California Adventure in 2001. And the numbers continued. How to fix a wonderful problem? It would mean rerouting the Disneyland Railroad, changing the Rivers of America, and creating a whole new Star Wars Land. Coming your way in 2018/2019. It will almost be a whole new park compared to what was seen in 1968 or on opening day in 1955...

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.) 

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