Disneyland's Opening Day in 1955 was a Disaster

Posted on October 10, 2010

This is fascinating report from Wired about the opening day of Disneyland on July 17, 1955. The opening was an absolute disaster. It was called Black Sunday by Disney insiders. The chaos included rides that didn't work and a gas leak in Fantasyland. It was also scorching. It was 100 degrees in Anaheim for the opening day of Disneyland. Another problem was that someone had counterfeited Disneyland tickets and an extra 10,000 to 15,000 people showed up that Disney wasn't expecting. Take a look:





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