Vintage Videos: Opening Day at Disneyland, 1955

The house the mouse—that's Mickey to you and me—built opened on July 17, 1955. Happy birthday, Disneyland!

The Anaheim playground for children of all ages as envisioned by the now-legendary Walt Disney enjoyed much fanfare for its debut. The theme park had a big two-day opening event, with day one (Dedication Day) being for invited guests and the media only, and open to the public the following day, July 18.

Here's some footage from Disneyland's opening:

From a visit a few days after the big opening, this footage was taken on 8mm: