The story of our all time favourite amusement park started back in 1953 when Walt Disney presented his idea to build the biggest amusement park ever to his previous employee, the illustrator Herb Ryman. In order to be able to build this amazing park, Disney began raising money by means of advertising, helped by his brother Roy.
The park was opened only two years after the initial drawing and was going to be aired by American Broadcasting Company in the 'largest live TV special yet produced'.
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While presenting himself as extremely sociable and friendly to the audience, Walt Disney was quite the demanding and irritable boss when it came to his employees.
However, he was both open to the others' ideas, which totally paid off when improving the park, and a supporter of Jewish people, even though at some point individuals took him for an anti-Semite.
The amusement park opened on 17th of July 1955 and was watched by 90 million of citizens, out of a total of 169 million.
Even if the day went by with quite a few issues, by September the millionth visitor had stepped into the alleys of the park. Nowadays there are 12 parks worldwide, however, the only one that bears the signature of his big creator remains the one in Anaheim.
Mickey’s appearance and personality have noticeably changed during these past 90 years.
The action of the first Mickey cartoon was that of a teenager or young boy. It showed his mischievous side, where Mickey looks for trouble and adventure. He was a happy-go-lucky character and overconfident toward Minnie Mouse.
Mickey was only given more relatable attributes in The Karnival Kid (1929).
Disneyland is more valued than ever for its art. The theme park is also revealing how America interprets the world and itself.
Stepping into Disneyland is like stepping into a fantasy storybook. New Orleans Square has a version of a swashbuckling South, with pirates, ghouls and drooping Spanish moss. Frontierland is a take on the Wild West, with the rush for gold and saloons. Tomorrowland is a vision of a retro-fantastic future, which shows thriving US colonies.
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