Disneyland & The Cold War

A National Attraction During Attempted Postwar Domination

By Brooke Kjar & Maya Moran

Disneyland's Relevance to the Cold War

On September 15, 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. with his wife. This trip was for a summit meeting with Dwight D. Eisenhower. This, however, wasn't the only priority for the Soviet leader. On September 19th, Khrushchev and his wife took a tour of Twentieth Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Though it seemed to be all fun and games so far, things changed when the president of Twentieth Century Fox, Spyros P. Skouras, was introduced to the Khuschev. Skouras was anticommunist, and stated that Russia would "bury" capitalism. This quickly angered the already short-tempered Soviet. Khrushchev's anger increased when he was then told he would not be able to visit Disneyland due to safety and security reasons. Because of this, Khrushchev and his wife left L.A. the next day.

Connection to Today- Disneyland Then vs. Disneyland Now

Although the main goal of Disneyland, to be the "happiest place on Earth", hasn't altered throughout the years, other aspects of the park have changed since the 1950s. 17 million dollars later, the theme park opened on July 17, 1955. It was built on 160 acres of land, and hosted about 28,154 people opening day. To get into the park, admission cost about one dollar. Today, it is on 510 acres of land, and costs around $95 to enter the park. On average, daily, about 46,000 people visit. These numbers do not include the extra parks that are open now days as well, such as Disney's California Adventure park.
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The Impact on the Decade

Although, there was an ongoing dispute between Russia and the United States, something that would be legendary in the history of America also opened. Disneyland, which opened in 1955, created by Walt Disney, was the first one to think of a theme park where it would be fun for both adults and kids. This was the first of many theme parks to come, and Disney is one of the many people who had and idea that was turned down, but made it work, now Disneyland is worth billions. This changed part of the economy and economic perspective to innovation. Disneyland changed the history and future of America.


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