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The Rise of American Entertainment

Disneyland Opens

Disneyland officially opened to the public on July 18, 1955 with an entry fee of $1. This brand new amusement park consisted of Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. An amusement park that was great for family vacations, Disneyland attracted 3 million visitors by the next year. It was situated on a 160 acre plot in Anaheim, California, and opened a day early for specially invited visitors. To this day, Disneyland is still very popular and millions of people go there every year for vacation.

Rise of Comedies in the 1950's

The 1950's became a period of rapid expansion and was called the "golden age" of television entertainment. The most common form of television entertainment at this time was comedy. A huge amount of people flocked to see Milton Berle in The Texaco Star Theater. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz starred in the situation comedy, I Love Lucy that became enormously popular in 1951. Many comedies of this period showed the traditional lifestyles during the 1950's while adding a comedic element to keep things interesting. These shows entertained many families across the U.S. and became very popular.