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Opening of Disneyland?

Disneyland opened sixty years ago at 2:30 pm on July 17, 1955. At 4:30,¬†there was a live TV broadcast with Walt Disney officially opening the park with this statement,¬†“To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

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To say things didn’t go smoothly would be an understatement. It was an invitation-only event that expected 11,000 attendees. Thanks to counterfeit tickets, there were 28,000 people there. The huge crowd caused a traffic jam (as if that never happens at any of the parks now!), they ran out of food, and a plumbers’ strike meant that Disney had to choose between working toilets and drinking fountains. (He wisely, IMO, chose toilets over water fountains.) Rides broke down and a gas leak in Fantasyland caused it, Adventureland, and Frontierland to be closed for the afternoon.

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Adult admission $1!

The open-to-the-public opening was the next day, Monday July 18, 1955 at 10:00 am. People were already lining up at 2:00 am to visit Main Street USA, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland (which included the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry). Over a million visitors came during the first seven weeks and it has had over 650 million visitors in the last 60 years.

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First Full-Length Animated Disney Movie?

On December 21st, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs graced the Carthay Circle Theatre before being released nationally on February 4th, 1938. During this first release it earned 8 million dollars, taking the record for the highest grossing film with sound at the time. Since then it has been re-released in theaters multiple times until 1990 where it was released on VHS tape* for all to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.

*For those of you unaware, VHS tapes are were what we used before we had your fancy DVDs and Netflix. Back when Blockbusters were everywhere instead of just in our distant memories, and we had to rewind the tape if we wanted to watch it again.

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Snow White also spawned many memorable quotes, such as the phrase “Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Which is actually a misquote, as the real line from the movie is “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” And the very popular trope of ‘poison apples’ seen in a variety of other fantasy stories.

Not only was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney’s first animated movie, but the first animated full length film with color and sound in general, since before it came out animation was usually only used for shorts.

The Disney tale has had other adaptations as well as other entertainment based off of it and other fairy tales, such as Once Upon A Time and Ever After High, these shows being just two of the examples spawned from the Disney versions of the stories.

Snow White also spawned many memorable quotes, such as the phrase “Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Which is actually a misquote, as the real line from the movie is “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” And the very popular trope of ‘poison apples’ seen in a variety of other fantasy stories.

Not only was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney’s first animated movie, but the first animated full length film with color and sound in general, since before it came out animation was usually only used for shorts.