It has often been said that children live in a marvelous dream world of their own, but it is not often that that dream world, that wonderful land of fantasy, takes on an actual form and comes to life under the skilled hands of bricklayers and plasterers and electricians.
However, as your JOURNAL Was going to press, on July 18, 1955, a man-made dream world for children of all ages was thrown open for the public in Southern California, and the fabulous Walt Disney chalked up one more tremendous success. We refer to the new giant amusement park known as Disneyland.
Disneyland is located in the city of Anaheim, California, just 22 miles southeast of metropolitan Los Angeles.
Less than a year ago, this greatest of playgrounds was 160 acres of productive orange groves. Now 12 months, $17,000,000 and some 2,000 skilled workers later, Disneyland, a 20-year-old dream of a man who has made many a child’s dream come true, exists. Walt Disney, speaking of his latest creation, describes it as “a fabulous playground—something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, metropolis of the future, a showplace of magic and living facts, but above all a place for people to find happiness and knowledge."