NOW OPEN ~ CHICKEN PLANTATION RESTAURANT
Sponsored by Swift Meats, it is considered the best restaurant in the park and its specialty was the delicious fried chicken for under $2.00 a meal. It was eventually removed to build the Haunted Mansion.


​​​NOW OPEN ~ DAVY CROCKETT’S ARCADE
Here's a chance for young pioneer's to hunt for big game like Davy Crockett himself. This attraction is still open, although it has been renamed several times.


NOW OPEN ~ FRONTIERLAND TRADING POST
This Frontierland shop sells western gifts and souvenirs.


NOW OPEN ~ GOLDEN HORSESHOE REVUE
The first of four original opening day attractions in Frontierland, this Wild West stage show starring Wally Boag, Judy Marsh and Don Novis begins performing doing 5 to 10 shows daily in Frontierland’s Golden Horseshoe Saloon. This is one of Walt's favorite shows.


​​NOW OPEN ~ MARK TWAIN STEAMBOAT
The second of four original opening day attractions in Frontierland. Board this Mississippi river boat as it tours the Rivers of America. On July 13, 1955, Walt and Lillian celebrated their 30th anniversary. Originally, this attraction used a separate free ticket. It was the first paddle-wheeler built since the turn of the century.  This attraction is still open.


​NOW OPEN  ~ MULE PACK
This is the third of four original opening day attractions in Frontierland. Ride live pack mules through Frontierland's Nature's Wonderland.


NOW OPEN ~ PEPSI-COLA’S GOLDEN HORSESHOE SALOON
This is the location of the Original Revue Show. This salon type restaurant originally utilized table service and a wild west show to drawn guests to this free attraction. Although admission was free, food was provided at a cost. It now features bar service for burgers, hot dogs and chili. It was originally sponsored by Pepsi-Cola.


NOW OPEN ~ SANTA FE & DISNEYLAND RAILROAD - FRONTIERLAND STATION
This location is an extension of Main Street. Walt Disney’s passion for railroads is brought to life through the Disneyland Railroad system that encircles the perimeter of the park.


NOW OPEN ~ STAGE COACH
The fourth of four original opening day attractions in Frontierland, these real horse driven stagecoaches travel the trails of Frontierland and Nature's Wonderland.



NOW OPEN ~ BANK OF AMERICA EXHIBIT
This is a full service bank provided by the Bank of America was used for guest convenience and an exhibit showing banking over the decades. Guests could also open a real Bank of America checking or savings account at this location. It is also known as Bank of Main Street and many castmembers used this service over the years.


NOW OPEN ~ BEKIN'S LOCKER SERVICE
Bekin's Moving Company operated a locker service for park guests to store jackets, baby items or food. It was located in Town Square near the Opera House. 


NOW OPEN ~ BLUE BIRD CHILDRENS SHOES
A children's shoe store sponsored by Gallen-Kamp Shoes.


NOW OPEN ~ CAMERA CENTER
A full service camera, video and photo shop for guests, this shop would eventually be sponsored by GAF, Polaroid and Kodak. This is also called the Main Street Photo Supply.


NOW OPEN ~ CARNATION ICE CREAM PARLOR
The antique wooden and marble soda fountain is the focal point of this old fashioned ice cream parlor. It will later become a bakery and patio restaurant and be moved next door to the Candy Palace.


NOW OPEN ~ CITY HALL
Originally home to the Disneyland Publicity Department, it is later used for Guest Relations and information. This building is still open.


NOW OPEN ~ COCA-COLA REFRESHMENT CORNER
Also known as Coke Corner, this food stand is sponsored by Coca-Cola since its 1955 opening. This snack and drink shop featured one of the park's dearest traditions, rag time piano player, Rod Miller, as well as many other piano players. This food/entertainment venue is still open daily.


NOW OPEN ~ CORSETS & TORSOLETTES EXHIBIT
This exhibit is opened inside the Hollywood Maxwell Intimate Apparel Shop on Main Street USA showing intimate ladies under apparel.


​​NOW OPEN ~ THE EMPORIUM
As Disneyland's largest store, it is located on Main Street USA and features every kind of Disney merchandise available. Its windows feature tableau of the company's most recent movies and is popular among guests as a last minute souvenir location at the close of the operating day. This merchandise location is still open.


NOW OPEN ~ FINE TOBACCO SHOP
This venue sells tobacco, cigarettes, cigars and other smoking merchandise. 


​​​NOW OPEN ~ FIRE DEPARTMENT
Located next to City Hall, this exhibit features a replica of a turn of the century fire department with fire wagon and fire fighting memorabilia. Walt's private apartment was located directly above this exhibit. This location is still open.


NOW OPEN ~ GIBSON GREETING CARD SHOP
Located on Main Street USA, this venue sold special occasion cards, envelopes, stationary and stamps. It was sponsored by the Gibson Card Company.


NOW OPEN ~ GRANDMA’S BABY SHOP
This venue opens on Main Street USA. It sells baby clothing and merchandise. 


NOW OPEN ~ HOLLYWOOD MAXWELL’S INTIMATE APPAREL SHOP
This ladies under apparel shop is opened on Main Street USA featuring the sale of bras and other intimate apparel items. Skilled staff will custom fit guests for the best fit and latest creations.


​​NOW OPEN ~ HORSE DRAWN FIRE WAGON
This is the Original Main Street vehicles that make up the third original attractions on Main Street. Opened on Main Street USA and providing transportation for guests to the hub at the end of Main Street,  this vehicle was retired and is currently housed in the Fire Station on Main Street Town Square.


​​NOW OPEN ~ HORSE DRAWN STREET CARS
This is the Original Main Street vehicles that make up the third original attractions on Main Street. These horse-drawn street cars begin service transporting guests from Town Square to the "hub" in front of the Castle. This attraction is still open.


​​NOW OPEN ~ HORSE DRAWN SURREY RIDE
This is the Original Main Street vehicles that make up the third original attractions on Main Street. This horse-drawn Main Street vehicle takes guests to the hub at the end of Main Street.


​​NOW OPEN ~ MAIN STREET CINEMA
This is the first of three original attractions on Main Street USA. This open floor cinema originally showed changing old Black & white films including Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Gloria Swanson, Vilma Banky, the Keystone Kops, Lillian Gish, Lionel Barrymore, Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle, as well as Mickey Mouse's "Steamboat Willie" short. In the mid-1970's, the films were changed to Mickey Mouse shorts in black and white shown continually in six different screens. This attraction is still open.


​NOW OPEN ~ MAIN STREET ARCADE
This is another name for the Penny Arcade on Main Street which is still opened. 


​​NOW OPEN ~ MAIN STREET PHOTO SUPPLY
It is also called the Camera Center. It later moved to Carefree Corner.  This venue is still open and is currently run by the Disney Company.


​NOW OPEN ~ MAIN STREET SHOOTING GALLERY
This shooting Gallery opens on Main Street where the Penny Arcade. Try your hand at being a crack shot!


​​NOW OPEN ~ MARKET HOUSE
Sponsored by Swift Meats, this shop features candy, food stuffs and kitchenware. It is modeled after a turn of the century general store complete with checker board and pot-bellied stove.


​​NOW OPEN ~ PENNY ARCADE
This is another name for the Main Street Arcade. This is an old fashioned penny arcade featuring antique arcade equipment including muto-scopes and Cail-o-scopes. This attraction is still open.​


NOW OPEN ~ PLAZA PAVILION
This is a buffeteria style restaurant that backs up to the Tahitian Terrace Restaurant in Adventureland. It served as the processing center for Annual Passholders and is now the Jolly Holiday Bakery.


​​NOW OPEN ~ RED WAGON INN
This is a restaurant in the hub area that was sponsored by Swift Meats Company. It later became the Plaza Inn.


NOW OPEN ~ REFRESHMENT CORNER
Also known as Coke Corner, this food service location offers counter service hot dogs, drinks and snacks on Main Street USA. This location is still open.


NOW OPEN ~ SANTA FE & DISNEYLAND RAILROAD at MAIN STREET STATION
This is the 3rd of three original attractions on Main Street. These 3/8 scale train cars were built because of Walt Disney’s train passion. This railroad is brought to the park through the Disneyland Railroad system that encircles the perimeter of the park. This attraction is still open.


NOW OPEN ~ RUGGLES CHINA & GLASS SHOP
Opened by Phil Papel, this gift shop opens selling crystal, china and glass souvenirs shop on Main Street.


NOW OPEN ~ SANTA FE & DISNEYLAND ENGINE - C.K. HOLLIDAY
The C.K. Holliday Locomotive #1 opens and begins daily service throughout the park. Named after a Santa Fe Railroad pioneer, it was built from scratch at the Disney Studio. It is named after Cyrus K. Holliday, the founder of the Atchison & Topeka Railroad.


​​NOW OPEN ~ SANTA FE & DISNEYLAND ENGINE - E.P. RIPLEY
The E.P. Ripley Locomotive #2 opens and begins daily service throughout the park. Named after Edward Payson Ripley, a Santa Fe Railroad pioneer, he was president of the newly reorganized Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fee Railroad. The locomotive was built from scratch at the Disney Studios.


​NOW OPEN ~ THE BANDSTAND
This open air gazebo opens in the “hub” on Main Street USA to be used as a place where the Marching Band can perform concerts, as well as guest bands and artists. Because it blocked the view of the castle, it was moved before opening day to a place between the entrances to Frontierland and Fantasyland. It was later moved further back into Frontierland.


​​NOW OPEN ~ UPJOHN PHARMACY APOTHECARY EXHIBIT
This turn of the century drugstore displays various pharmaceutical exhibits and free vitamins for guests. It became the New Century Clock Shop later.


​CLOSED - NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC~ WALT’S APARTMENT
Located on Main Street USA above the Fire House, this apartment was built as an actual residence for use by the Disney Family when visiting the park. This apartment was decorated by Emile Kuri in the Victorian style especially for Mrs. Lillian Disney. From here Walt could watch his beloved trains as they pulled into and out of the Main Street Station and keep on eye on his park.


NOW OPEN ~ WURLITZER MUSIC HALL
This shop features demonstrations of Wurlitzer organs and sells musical supplies.


Originally built into five themed lands, Disneyland included the following lands and attractions:


1955 Disneyland ~ Let the Dream Begin

Sunday, July 17, 1955: The Grand Opening Day of Disneyland:
This pre-opening was planned for the press and special invited guests to see the park for the first time. 
Six thousand media, friends and dignitaries were joined by 22,000 uninvited guests many of whom had counterfeit tickets. Despite plumbing issues, water shortages and very hot freshly poured asphalt, the park seemed a success.

The grand opening included an OPENING DAY PARADE starting on Main Street USA and 
a series of FILMED DEDICATIONS in each of the new lands. 
All of this is filmed to be shown on ABC-TV for a show entitled DATELINE: DISNEYLAND filmed live at Disneyland 
starring Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney himself. 
This special featured the media grand opening of Walt’s dream, Disneyland.


Walt started with this dedication of his new park ~
“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 the entire world.”

Walt Disney’s Dedication Speech on July 17, 1955 

This is the complete ABC-TV broadcast of Opening Day on the 17th of July...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuzrZET-3Ew
This broadcast lasts 1 hour and 13 minutes. Video courtesy of Marcio Disney.


NOW OPEN ~ ADVENTURELAND CANTINA
It serves various exotic juices. Part of the original Adventureland, this facility was a counter service location. It was located in Adventureland across from the entrance to Indiana Jones where Bengal BBQ now stands. It stood next to the now closed Adventureland Shooting Gallery.


NOW OPEN ~ ADVENTURELAND BAZAAR
This is a shop selling rarities from the world's jungles and souvenirs themed to the Adventureland area. The Bazaar is located as  the first shop on the right as you enter Adventureland across from the Tiki Room exit. This attraction is still open in Adventureland. This building has housed various shops inside including the Curio Hut, Here & There Imports, the Lee Brothers Chinese Imports, India Magic Carpet Shop, Far East Imports, the Island Trade Store, Guatemalan Weavers and the Hawaiian Shop.


NOW OPEN ~ JUNGLE CRUISE 
This is the only major attraction that is in Adventureland on Opening Day. Cruise through the Jungle Rivers of the world, including Asia, Africa and South America, as you observe wild animals, plants and sites. Originally planned for real animals, audio-animatronic animals were used instead due to the unreliability of real animals. Designed by Harper Goff and landscaped by Bill Evans, this attraction was the most publicized in the early years of the park. It is located next to the Swiss Family Tree house. This attraction best known for its comedic skipper commentary and is still open and mostly unchanged in its spiel. Original boats include the Amazon Belle, Congo Queen, Ganges Gal, Irrawaddi Woman, Mekong Maiden and Swanee Lady.


NOW OPEN ~ MAGNOLIA PARK
A small park area with green grass, winding paths and a gazebo/ bandstand for guests to rest, this park was located where the Jungle cruise elephant pool now stands. It stood on the far western  edge of Adventureland between the Rivers of America [on the north], Jungle Cruise [on the south] and Indian Village [to the northwest]. This area eventually became Swiss Family Treehouse and New Orleans Square.





















































 



 







                                                 



 























 






































































































































































 















 



 



 












 





 











                                                     



 



 





 

















































 


























 



 



 



 












 


 




































































































































































































































































































































The History of Disneyland Timeline


Opening Day (VIP and Media Preview)~ July 17, 1955 thru December 31, 1955


NOW OPEN~ ADVENTURELAND 

Originally  referred to as True-Life Adventureland, this land encouraged guests to seek out adventure worldwide. Its theme was based on the True Life Adventure series that Disney Studios made from 1949 to 1960.


Here is the dedication speech:
"Adventureland - Here is adventure. Here is romance. Here is mystery; tropical rivers silently flowing into the unknown; the unbelievable splendor of exotic flowers; the eerie sound of the jungle ... with eyes that are always watching. This is Adventureland." ~ Walt Disney’s Adventureland Dedication Speech on July 17, 1955

Walt Disney's Dedication of Adventureland     
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dKYiDG7vjU&list=PL90AECD729B88A586


NOW OPEN~ FRONTIERLAND

A  journey into the Old West of the 1800's.

Here is Walt’s dedication speech:
“Frontierland ~ It is here we experience the story of our country’s past… the color, romance and drama of Frontier America, as it developed from wilderness trails, roads, riverboats, railroads and civilization, a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of our hearty pioneers who blazed the trails and made this progress possible.” ~

Walt Disney’s Frontierland Dedication Speech on July 17, 1955

Walt Disney's Dedication of Frontierland     
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k89IAJp2z9U


NOW OPEN~FANTASYLAND

Home of the Disney characters and Sleeping Beauty Castle. The attractions in this area were themed after Disney's most favorite animation characters.

Here is Walt’s dedication speech:
“The Happiest Kingdom of them all! Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land

of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make believe are reborn -- and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland

is dedicated to the young and the young-at-heart -- to those who believe that when you wish upon a star,

your dreams do come true.” ~ Walt Disney’s Fantasyland Dedication Speech on July 17, 1955

Walt Disney's Dedication Speech of Fantasyland     
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iExSdcJYe4


NOW OPEN~ TOMORROWLAND ~

A place to view the future of 1986 and the return of Haley's Comet [in 1986].


Here is Walt’s dedication speech:
"Tomorrowland, a vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man’s achievements, a step into the future with

predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure, and ideals, the atomic age,

the challenge of outer space and the hope for a peaceful and unified world." ~ 

Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland Dedication Speech on July 17, 1955

Walt Disney's dedication of Tomorrowland    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMV_fTDvhJc&list=PL6EB83846E98C8F31


NOW OPEN~ MAIN STREET USA

Based on Walt’s memory of his childhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri.


Here is the dedication speech:
"Main Street U.S.A. Main Street U.S.A. is America at the turn of the century -- the crossroads of an era; the gas lamp and
the electric lamp, the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone's hometown -- the heart line of America." ~
Walt Disney’s Main Street USA Dedication Speech on July 17, 1955
 
Walt Disney's dedication speech of Main Street and Disneyland     
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxPC0-obtBY

Jan's World


Disneyland begins its regular daily operating hours….

NOW OPEN ~ Monday, July 18, 1955
DISNEYLAND OFFICIALLY OPENS IT’S GATES TO THE PUBLIC. Crowds begin forming lines at 2 a.m.


NEWS ITEM - Monday, July 18, 1955
Opening at 10 a.m. exactly, ADMISSION is $1.oo for adults, .75¢ for juniors age 12 thru 17 and .50¢ for children. 

Attractions range from 10c to 35c each. Ticket studs are available throughout the park at ticket booths themed to each land. The first ticket numbered #000001 is given to Roy. O. Disney for his grandchildren’s memory book. 28,000 people visit on the first official day.


Opening Day tickets were more like raffle stubs and the original tickets did not have the A thru D letters printed on them, but were instead sold from ticket booths in each land.


Separate ticket stubs were available for the following attractions: Main Twain Steamboat,  Mr Toads, Skyway, Frontier Transportation [Mule Pack & Stage Coach], Mad Tea Party. Speed Boat, Jungle Cruise, Canal Boats of the World, King Arthur Carrousel, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Adventure, Main Street Vehicles, Santa Fe Disneyland Railroad, and Autopia.


​​NEWS ITEM - Monday, July 18, 1955
Disneyland opens to the public for the first time. Among those in line is DAVE MACPHERSON, a 22 year old Long Beach State college student, who was the first person in line at the Ticket window from 2 am until the window opened in the morning. He purchases the second ticket ever sold #000002. [The first being sold to Roy O. Disney]. This makes him the first person ever to purchase a ticket to Disneyland. In honor of the event, he was rewarded with a lifetime pass to Disneyland.


NOW OPEN ~ CLOCK OF THE WORLD
This global clock kept track of the time in many worldwide locations. It was used as the focal point at the entrance to Tomorrowland.


​​NOW OPEN - MONSANTO HALL of CHEMISTRY
This is the first of three original attractions in Tomorrowland. This exhibit is sponsored by the Monsanto Company.


​NOW OPEN - SPACE STATION X-1
This is the second of three original attractions in Tomorrowland. This is a Tomorrowland exhibit showing the earth from space. This attraction included a scenic painting of the earth from space illustrated by Peter Ellenshaw.


NOW OPEN - SPACE BAR
This futurist food stand opens in Tomorrowland serving snacks and drinks.


​​NOW OPEN - TOMORROWLAND AUTOPIA 
This is the third of three original attractions in Tomorrowland. It was presented by Atlantic Richfield Company features miniature gas automobiles that give the young and young at heart a chance to drive the open highways.


NOW OPEN - YACHT BAR
This is a fast food facility in Tomorrowland. It was also called The Yacht Club.

NOW OPEN ~ CANALS BOATS OF THE WORLD

The first of six original opening day attractions in Fantasyland. These open passenger boats take guests through miniature villages from famous Disney stories. It is located near the back of Fantasyland. This attraction is still open. Walt Disney's love for collecting miniatures lead to the development of this attraction based on one he had seen in Holland. In 1955, this attraction had only bare banks of dirt, noisy motorboat engines and a nice view of Casey Jr. Train, but this attraction was later added on to and improved.your paragraph here.


​​​NOW OPEN ~ MICKEY MOUSE CLUB [FANTASYLAND] THEATER
On Opening Day, this theater featured a first time view of the members of the new Mickey Mouse club [which wouldn't air for 2 more months]. Eventually, this theater shows filmed and live shows sometimes starring members of the Mickey Mouse Club. This popular venue featured air-conditioning and 400 comfortable seats. [the perfect place for hot, tired guests]. This was the first or original Fantasyland Theater located in the main area of Fantasyland behind the castle on the west side of Fantasyland.


​​NOW OPEN ~ KING ARTHUR’S CAROUSEL
The second of six original opening day attractions in Fantasyland. Inspired by the Griffith Park Carrousel in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, this carrousel is a reconditioned 1875 Dentzel Carrousel from Toronto, Canada. A seventy-two horse carrousel [all in the jumper position], it is located in the Fantasyland courtyard and decorated with scenes from Sleeping Beauty. This attraction is still open.


​​NOW OPEN ~ MAD HATTER’S MAD TEA PARTY
The third of six original opening day attractions in Fantasyland, take a mad spin in over-sized tea cups from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the movie "Alice in Wonderland". It is located in the center of Fantasyland where King Arthur's Carousel now stands. This attraction is still open, but not in its original place.


​​NOW OPEN ~ MERLIN’S MAGIC SHOP
This shop featured magic tricks, gadgets and supplies. It later became Mickey's Christmas Chalet.


​​NOW OPEN ~ MR. TOAD’S WILD RIDE
The fourth of six original opening day attractions in Fantasyland, this is a wild horseless carriage ride through Toad Hall with Mr. Toad and friends. This attraction is still open.


NOW OPEN ~ PETER PAN’S FLIGHT
The fifth of six original opening day attractions in Fantasyland, these attraction vehicles are suspended from the ceiling as guests are flown high above London and into the magical world of Neverland with Peter Pan. This attraction is still open.


​​NOW OPEN ~ SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE
The focal point of Walt’s Magic Kingdom, it draws guests to the center hub and the gateways to other “themed” lands. The castle drawbridge has only been raised twice ~ on opening day and at the re-opening of the new Fantasyland in 1983. The castle has a "forced perspective" copy of a European castle. This attraction is still open.


​​NOW OPEN ~ SNOW WHITE’S ADVENTURE 
The sixth of six original opening day attractions in Fantasyland. This is a dark attraction through the story of Snow White and her adventures with the Evil Queen and the Seven Dwarfs. This attraction is still open.


​​NOW OPEN ~ STORY BOOK SHOP
This shop selling children's books is sponsored by Western Publishing Company.

PARK HOURS were 10 am to 10 pm every day in the summer, but closed on Mondays in the off season.


NOW OPEN - Monday, July 18, 1955

THE RED WAGON INN becomes the first restaurant at Disneyland to serve a full course sit down meal. [The Plaza Inn is now in its place at the end of Main Street to the east side of the hub]. It officially opened on July17, but started serving full course dinners the next day after the press event.

NEW ITEM  - Monday, July 18, 1955

RICHFIELD OIL COMPANY begins sponsorship of the Autopia Attraction in Tomorrowland. The Richfield Oil Company started as a California based company from 1905 to 1966. Their logo was a stylish Eagle on a field of blue and gold.

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, July 18, 1955

The DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND begins its daily routine of marching around Disneyland and stopping to play in several locations under the direction of Vesey Walker. The band usually features 16 instruments and musicians.

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, July 18, 1955

CIRCA-RAMA USA FEATURING "TOUR OF THE WEST" opens in Tomorrowland. Based on the popularity of 1952’s Cinerama using multiple screens, Disney decides to create his own multi-screen presentation in 360 degree circle-vision. Sponsored by American Motors, this “free” film is shown in a circular auditorium featuring scenes from the western United States. It was filmed with 11 cameras mounted in a circle and invented by Disney technicians. It was also the first use of the “pre-show” at Disneyland.

NOW OPEN- Monday, July 18, 1955

CHARACTER FOODS opens in Fantasyland. These two fast food huts featured foods named after Disney characters. Originally located in the courtyard next to the Mickey Mouse Theater but moved to the future pathway leading to Frontierland, the second location was near Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter Shop. [It is also known as Character Foods Facility].

NOW OPEN - July, 1955
DEE FISHER, general manager of the Wurlitzer Store on Main Street USA, begins performing daily organ concerts at 5pm on Main Street from inside his Wurlitzer Shop. He eventually records an album of Disney-themed organ music entitled "Echoes of Disneyland".

NOW OPEN - 
July, 1955

DAVY CROCKETT FRONTIER MUSEUM opens in Frontierland. It features wax statues of Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen in their costumes, as well as a collection of bowie knives. It also sells very popular Davy Crockett coonskin caps, shirts and toy rifles. It is later moved to Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island.  
 
NOW OPEN - 
July, 1955  

The INDIAN VILLAGE opens.  This area between the Rivers of America and Adventureland near the Chicken Plantation Restaurant presents Native Americans demonstrating their culture through shows, dances, ceremonies and a recreated Indian village.

NOW OPEN - 
July, 1955

The TIKI TROPICAL TRADERS opens. This souvenir stand in Adventureland features jungle treasures and rare exotic items. It now mostly sells snacks, drinks, fruits and veggies. It is located near the exit of Jungle Cruise. This merchandise venue is still open. [It is also known as Tropical Imports.]
 

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, July 18, 1955

The TROPICAL CANTINA also known as the Adventureland Cantina, opens in Adventureland. This is a drink location with tropical juices and sodas. It is located in the area across from the tree house and near the entrance to Aunt Jemima Pancake House. This location will eventually house Sunkist, I Presume in June, 1962 and Bengal BBQ in June, 1990.


NOW OPEN - Monday, July 18, 1955

The PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS DRY GOODS STORE opens in Frontierland. This shop features fine Pendleton Wool clothing, flannel shirts and leather goods operated by the Pendleton Company of Oregon.

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, July 18, 1955

The PUFFIN BAKE SHOP & SUNNY VIEW FARMS INC. open side by side on Main Street USA. Located in the future location of the Sunkist Citrus House, this bakery served pastries, rolls and baked goods.

NOW OPEN - 
Friday, July 22, 1955

The CANDY PALACE opens on Main Street next to the Penny Arcade offering a variety of freshly made candies. It features a large front window where the candy makers can be observed. It was also known as Candy Kitchen. Guests have always been drawn to the wonderful smell of candy being made [which Walt had blown into the street to attract customers].

NOW OPEN - Friday, July 22, 1955

The ROCKET TO THE MOON opens in Tomorrowland.  Guests boarded this simulated trip via rocket to the surface of the Moon is sponsored by TWA from 1955 to 1961. It was located to the east back side of Tomorrowland behind the Moonliner.

NOW OPEN - 
Saturday, July 30, 1955

The TOMORROWLAND BOATS opens in Tomorrowland. Motor boat cruise through tame and rapid waters. It was popular with children, who liked to drive the crafts. It is also called Phantom Boats in 1955. It was also called The Motor Boat Cruise.

NOW OPEN - 
Sunday, July 31, 1955

The CASEY JR. CIRCUS TRAIN opens in Fantasyland. This train ride takes you abroad Dumbo's Casey Junior train on a ride through Storybook land. Because of mechanical problems it was not running on opening day, but was opened 2 weeks later. It is located to the left of the Carrousel at the back of Fantasyland. It is still open.

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, August 01, 1955

The CONESTOGA WAGONS open in Frontierland. These Conestoga Wagons traveled the same Disney-made trails of the Stage coaches. 

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, August 01, 1955

The Tomorrowland exhibit & film, WORLD BENEATH US opens. 

NOW OPEN - 
Wednesday, August 03, 1955

The 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA EXHIBIT opens in Tomorrowland featuring an exhibit of movie sets and props from the feature Disney film, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. 

NOW OPEN - 
Tuesday, August 09, 1955

AUNT JEMIMA PANCAKE HOUSE opens.  Sponsored by Quaker Oats for many years, this cafeteria style restaurant on the Rivers of America is where the guests are greeted by Aunt Jemima herself. It is also known as Aunt Jemima's Kitchen. 

NOW OPEN - Thursday, August 11, 1955

CASA DE FRITOS opens in Frontierland. This Mexican restaurant features Mexican menu items served in a cantina style venue located where the River Belle Terrace now stands. It is sponsored by the Frito-Lay Co. 

NEWS ITEM - 
Monday, August 15, 1955

The Tomorrowland Boats are renamed PHANTOM BOATS. These individually driven boats cruise through the lagoon in Tomorrowland.

NOW OPEN - 
Tuesday, August 16, 1955

DUMBO’S FLYING ELEPHANTS opens in Fantasyland, as guests soars over Fantasyland. This attraction is still open.

NOW OPEN - 
Saturday, August 27, 1955

MICKEY MOUSE CLUB THEATER opens. This theater venue serves as a location for the original Mouseketeers shows, cartoons, assorted press conferences and company meetings.

NOW OPEN - 
Monday, August 29, 1955

CHICKEN OF THE SEA PIRATE SHIP & RESTAURANT opens. A snack, lunch and light entrée restaurant shaped like Captain Hook's Pirate Ship, it is nestled in its own little harbor near Skull Rock. 

NOW OPEN - 
September, 1955

FLIGHT CIRCLE opens. It was used for exhibiting Model Airplanes and rockets. It was also called Thimble Dome Flight Circle. 

NOW OPEN - 
Sunday, September 4, 1955

HOBBYLAND opens in Tomorrowland. This shop carries hobby supplies.

NEWS ITEM - 
Thursday, September 8, 1955

The ONE MILLIONTH GUEST enters Disneyland only 52 days after opening to the public.

ON THE AIR - 
Wednesday, September 14, 1955

SEASON TWO of “DISNEYLAND” runs weekly until Wednesday, May 30, 1956. It is on ABC-TV hosted by Walt Disney. The theme song was “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

NOW OPEN  - 
Friday, September 16, 1955

CANAL BOATS OF THE WORLD opens and is renamed Storybook Land Canals. This attraction is still open. It is located across from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party [spinning cups].

NOW OPEN - Saturday, October 1, 1955

The ART CORNER opens in Tomorrowland where it was moved to two different locations. This is a shop and art exhibit of animation and art supplies located in the area now occupied by the Tomorrowland Terrace serving area. It moved temporarily to Fantasyland near the current Village Haus location. 

NEWS ITEM - 
1955

DEE FISHER who plays the organ at the Wurlitizer Shop on Main Street records and releases an album on Diseyland Records entitled “ECHOES OF DISNEYLAND”. Songs on the album include Second Star to the Right, Little April Shower, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Blue Shadow On the Trail, Bella Notte, La la Lu, Some Day My Prince Will Come, When You Wish Upon a Star, Two Silhouettes, Lavender Blue, One Song and  Alice In Wonderland.

CLOSED - 
October, 1955 

The DAVY CROCKETT FRONTIER MUSEUM becomes the first exhibit to close in Frontierland, so that a smaller version of the museum can be moved to Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island. This location will become the Davy Crockett Arcade.

 
NEWS ITEM - 
Thursday, October 5, 1955

The DISNEYLAND HOTEL officially opens with 104 rooms. It is the first major hotel to be built in the Anaheim area. It is designated as the "Official Hotel of the Magic Kingdom." The first hotel guests to stay there are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arnone of Inglewood.

NEWS ITEM - 
Tuesday, October 11, 1955

A-B-C TICKET BOOKS begin to be sold throughout the park. Handling seperate ticket stubs became to cumbersome for guests and castmembers, so soon after Walt saw the need to ticket packages  that included admission and a set number of attraction coupons, Disneyland started selling the A "DAY AT DISNEYLAND" ticket packages which included admission, and 8 A, B and C attraction coupons. The new tickets are now printed by Globe Ticket Company of Philadelphia. These ticket books sell for $2.50 for adults, $2.00 for juniors 12-17 and $1.50 for children age 3 -11.

  • "A" TICKETS included:Main Street Streetcars, Main Street Surreys, Fire Wagons, Main Street Cinema, Satellite View of America, Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-thru, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit, Space Station X-1 and King Arthur Carrousel.
  • "B" TICKETS included: Conestoga Wagons, Freight Trains [Frontierland], Mad Tea Party, Casey Jr Train, Flying Dumbo and Mickey Mouse Theater.
  • "C" TICKETS included: Autopia, Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad, Circarama, Jungle Cruise, Stage Coach, Mule Pack, Peter Pan, Mr. Toad, Snow White and Mark Twain Steamboat.
  • Additional tickets are available for purchase in each land and lines are less because of the main gate  purchases of ticket books.


ON THE AIR - 
Sunday, October, 12, 1955

“DISNEYLAND” Season 2, Episode 5 ~ “THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MOUSE”. Walt looks at Mickey’s Career through a series of cartoons including The Band Concert, and Mickey and the Beanstalk.

CLOSED - 1955

CARNATION ICE CREAM PARLOR is closed, an outside patio is added and it is renamed the CARNATION CAFE. It now has bakery and patio restaurant and has been moved next door to the Candy Palace.

ON THE AIR - 
Sunday, November 16, 1955

“DISNEYLAND” Season 2, Episode 10 ~ “DAVY CROCKETT’S KEELBOAT RACE” airs with the telling of a tall tale about the famous keelboat race between Davy Crockett and Mike Fink, the King of the River.

NOW OPEN - 
Fall, 1955

The THIMBLE DOME FLIGHT CIRCLE opens. It is used for Model Airplanes and rockets to be shot off. It was also called Flight Circle.

NEWS ITEM - Friday, November 11, 1955  

A tent raising ceremony is held for the new MICKEY MOUSE CIRCUS tent which is constructed where the Matterhorn will later stand.

ON THE AIR - Wednesday, November 16, 1955

The “DAVY CROCKETT'S KEELBOAT RACE” [season 2; episode 10] of “DISNEYLAND” airs on TV starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen. This is the fourth of five episodes involving Davy Crockett.

NOW OPEN - Thursday, November 24, 1955

The MICKEY MOUSE CLUB CIRCUS PARADE AND CIRCUS opens on Main Street USA. The first parade featured Fess Parker and Walt Disney as grand marshals. The circus starts on Thanksgiving Day and this is also the kick off of the Christmas season parade which features no Christmas themed items, but circus themed entries instead. Both the parade and circus feature child actors from the Mickey Mouse Club performing circus acts, as well as a cast of professional circus performers and animal entertainers.

ON THE AIR - Sunday, November 30, 1955

DISNEYLAND” Season 2, Episode 11 ~ “THE STORY OF ANIMATED DRAWING” airs telling the story of the history of animation including Gertie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat. The finale is the entire Nutcracker Suite scene from the some to be released “Fantasia”.

NOW OPEN - Thursday, December 01, 1955

The MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE HOUSE opens in Town Square serving coffee and table service meals.

ON THE AIR - Sunday, December 14, 1955

DISNEYLAND” Season 2, Episode 13 ~ “DAVY CROCKETT AND THE RIVER PIRATES” airs featuring Davy and Mike Fink’s war with river pirates by posing as Indians.

NOW OPEN - Sunday, December 25, 1955

The MIKE FINK KEEL BOATS open on the Rivers of America. Based on the fictional Davy Crockett character, Mike Fink, these boats transport guests along the River. 

ON THE AIR - Sunday, December 28, 1955

DISNEYLAND” Season 2, Episode 14 ~ “MAN AND THE MOON” airs telling guests about the Moon’s influence on mankind and the upcoming lunar space launches.

NOW OPEN - December, 1955

The KAISER ALUMINUM HALL OF FAME opens in Tomorrowland. Presented by Kaiser Steel, the Aluminum Hall of Fame was the story of the development of aluminum.

NOW OPEN - Christmas Season, 1955

The FIRST DISNEYLAND CHRISTMAS PARADE is featured twice daily during the holiday season on Main Street USA. This parade has live animals in cages, clowns and the Mouseketeers to launch the start of the Mickey Mouse Club Circus which ran until 1956.


NOW OPEN - Christmas Season, 1955

Twelve DICKENS CAROLERS under the direction of Dr. Charles Hirt perform Christmas songs throughout the park, as guest choirs sing in the grandstand at Magnolia Park near Adventureland. The FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE is placed in the hub by Walt Disney.