Welcome one and all to this, the 4th Anniversary of DF'82! Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read my little blog, and an even bigger thanks for all your contributions. Limited Edition 4th Anniversary Pins are available from the gift shop. Now, let's enter our 5th year...
It's the middle of the week, so let's take some time to again look at one of my favourite Disneyland books, Little Known Facts About Well-Known Places.
As we all know, Disneyland is the original Disney Theme Park, and after less than eight weeks of operation, it had its one-millionth guest! Not too bad for a theme park in Anaheim.
As per page 185/6:
The original site Walt had his eye on was the six-acre tract across from his studios in Burbank, California (currently the location of the hat-shaped Walt Disney Feature Animation Building), but as his team came up with more and more ideas, his Mickey Mouse Park evolved into Disneylandia (ultimately, just Disneyland), and the location shifted south to an orange grove in Anaheim, California.
Anaheim, which in the early 1950s was predicted to become the population center of Southern California, was selected from among more than seventy proposed sites for Disneyland. Beach towns were the most suggested, but Walt believed it would be impossible for his park to compete against the ocean.