Last Updated on 2 August 2022

Disneyland is a theme or an amusement park that first opened its doors on July 17, 1955. The first Disneyland was built in Anaheim, California. It is also known by a lot of people as ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. The one in California is the only one which was developed and built under Walt Disney's direct supervision.

After visiting numerous amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s, Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland. He had the idea to develop a tourist attraction near his Burbank studios to entertain fans who came to see him, but he later realized that the suggested location was too small. He then purchased a 160-acre (65 ha) land near Anaheim in 1953 after hiring the Stanford Research Institute to conduct a feasibility study to determine an ideal site for his project. Walt hand-picked a creative team from within and outside the company to develop the park. WED Enterprises, the forerunner to today's Walt Disney Imagineering, was created by them. Construction on the park began in 1954, and it was opened to the public during a special televised press event on May 1, 1955. So the World’s greatest amusement park only took about one year to be complete and today it is almost everybody's dream to visit.

There have been 726 million visitors since its opening therefore Disneyland has the highest cumulative attendance of any theme park in the world (as of December 2018). The park saw roughly 18.6 million visitors in 2018, making it the world's second most visited amusement park, falling behind the Magic Kingdom, the tourist attraction it inspired. According to a Disney estimate that appeared in 2005, the Disneyland Resort supports 65,700 employments, including around 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (independent contractors or their employees). In 2019, Disney unveiled "Project Stardust," which involved extensive structural changes to the park to accommodate increased visitor numbers.

There are six Disneylands around the World. The six places are California, Florida, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong kong. Each Disney resort has one "Castle park" or "Disneyland" and four other resorts has other parks.

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