A new exciting way to get close to your family and friends!

Hannah Reinhardt & Shannon Faust

THE STORY: How It All Began

Walt Disney was sitting at the park, watching his daughters playing on a carousel. He got to thinking of why adult and kids can't play together, creating the idea of Disneyland. He wanted a new, clean, pretty park where families could have fun together, versus the dirty, sleazy Coney Island-like parks.

World War 2 pushed his plans back farther since Disney Studios was taken over to help the war effort.

The Happiest Place on Earth!


6,000 invitations to the Grand Opening had been mailed to studio workers, construction workers, the press and officials of company sponsors.

How Was Disneyland Financed?

With the original price of $16,000,000, it wasn't easy for Walt Disney to come up with the money. He had to use money from his films he produced (i.e. Snow White), and he had another idea. He made a deal with ABC family, which Disney now owns, to create a show over the making of Disneyland. ABC Family happily agreed, since it fit with the happy family shows of the 1950s. It was built on 160 acres of orange trees.
1. What factors in American society led to the creation and/or rise in popularity of this invention?

Television was really important in the 1950s, especially family orientated tv. Walt Disney had created a television show with ABC, as mentioned in another article on here, which exposed the theme park to viewers at home. It's made it a great vacation destination. Also, Disney's company was slowly growing, becoming more and more popular, especially after the production of Snow White, the first full-length color cartoon movie.

Intro to the Original 1950s "Disneyland" TV Show!!!
2. How did this invention change American society? (Use examples of life before and after this invention.)

It become one of the ultimate vacation destinations, ever. People began to take breaks from their daily grind and go on family vacations. Also, it started a revolution. It started to replace amusement parks that were previously gross and dirty with a different sort of park. Like the ones we have today (think Universal Studios and Six Flags). Other places began to copy this idea and we still have them today.


  • The Matterhorn Bobsled Coaster was built with the first steel tubular coaster in the world in 1959 (that is the same technology we use in coasters today).
  • The Skyway (above, middle) was taken down because a handful of people tried to jump out of it and commit suicide.
3. Why do you feel this invention was a turning point in American life? (Use at least 3 persuasive arguments to prove your opinion.)

It was a family thing. Think of how important family vacations are now. That started then. Family trips became more cherished. Plus, it brought about popularity to the Disney company, which is one of the biggest companies in the world, even now. Things became more focused on families instead of just one age group, which was an idea that was shared all through the 1950s.

Disneyland Park

Sunday, July 17th 1955 at 9pm

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

Anaheim, CA