As many of you are aware today, July 17th, 2015 marks 60 years since Disneyland first opened in 1955. A lot has changed since then, both inside and outside the Park. The following video is a recording of the live broadcast that aired during the hot July day Disneyland opened. It features Walt Disney's famous Disneyland speech, a prayer said for the park as well as plenty of footage of each land.
While Disneyland is known for maintaining a certain magic, make-believe-like feeling today, the opening day was an absolute nightmare. Due to a plumber strike, Disneyland had to choose between having functional bathrooms on day one or functional drinking fountains. They chose to go with the bathrooms which led to many to believe Disney was just trying to make a quick buck off soda sales.
Additionally, many of the attractions broke down and there was plenty that went wrong with the live ABC broadcast. It's kind of a small miracle that Disneyland recovered after such a horrendous opening day, but recover it did and it has been the source of joy and inspiration Walt Disney had hoped it would be to millions of people.
Please enjoy the video...also keep an eye out for a very young Ronald Regan doing some top-notch reporting.