After visiting fairs, zoos and theme parks with his own children, Walt Disney began to envision a place where families could go to enjoy themselves. It was also around this time that Disney began encountering inquisitive children who wanted to know about the homes of their beloved Disney characters. He would often get asked where Cinderella lived or what does Snow White’s room look like. Thus started the creative thinking for a place to bring the Disney theme to life.
Originally planned for 8 acres outside of the Disney Burbank studios so that his employees could take their families to relax, these plans were put on hold due to World War II. During this period Walt Disney worked diligently on his project and it soon became apparent to him that 8 acres was not going to be enough for his dream to become a reality. So he hired the Stanford Research Institute to conduct a search for a 100 acre piece of land that could accommodate his plans.
Faced with a great deal of skepticism and criticism, Walt Disney could not gain any outside financial backing for his project. He had such a belief in his project that he decided to finance it by taking loans against his own life insurance policies. It was in 1954 that a 106 acre orange grove was located. And so construction began on the Disneyland Theme Park.
Finally in 1955, twelve months after construction began, Walt Disney’s dream became a reality. However, due to the problems that they encountered the first day, many thought that the dream would be short lived. Due to a plumbers strike, the restrooms and fountain areas were no working; the area had seen extreme heat waves for an extended length of time; due to the tar in the streets throughout the theme park just the day before, the streets were heating up because of the weather conditions and women were actually losing their shoes to the tar; and all of this was even more compromised because with only six thousand original invitations being mailed out, there were over 28 thousand visitors by noon on the first day. Many of the tickets were counterfeited.
But the numbers of guests did not dwindle. In fact the next day another 28,000 guests arrived and this continued. After just 5 weeks of opening, Disneyland had received over a million guests through their gates.
Promotional Discounts, Coupon Codes, and Deals on Disneyland
Today Disneyland is open three hundred and sixty five days a year with extended hours on holidays and special occasions. There are approximately thirty thousand guests that pass through the theme park’s gates each day.
If you are planning a family vacation to Disneyland or just want to spend the day making memories, there are many different discounts and deals available. For example:
www.disneyland.com allows you to purchase and print your tickets from home for advanced vacation planning. Through this website you can purchase a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 day park hopper package at affordable prices right from your home computer. By purchasing your tickets and printing them online you can save up to $40.00 compared to the purchase price at the gate.
If you have Hilton Hhonor points you can trade them in for Free Disneyland tickets. You can get 1 2-day adult park hopper ticket per every 60,000 points and 1 2-day child park hopper ticket per every 55,000 points
Through December 15, 2010, if you volunteer a day of your time to a qualifying community organization, you can receive a free admission ticket to Disneyland. This program give you and your family the opportunity to spend a day together while giving back to your community. And then the opportunity to spend a day of adventure in the most magical place on Earth. Visit www.disneyparks.disney.go.com for more information on the Give A Day Get A Day program.
If you are an active military member, you can receive up to a 25 percent discount on your hotel stay while visiting Disneyland theme park. You may also qualify for discounted rates at the gate of the park.
If you are a teacher in the Southern California School Districts, you can receive discounted tickets at the gate.