Delve Into Disney Kaitlynn DiBerardino

Walt's Effect

Have you ever wondered why Walt Disney decided to make a vacation spot in California, that soon grew into seven large amusement parks? What happened during the building process? What happened after the first park opened? The Disney Parks evolved from a tiny theme park, into many different amusement parks all over the world!

Disney's Designs

Why did Walt have the idea of building Disneyland? What did Walt do to design out Disneyland? Walt had a dream to build a place for a family to have fun. The first plan for the park were on 8 acres next to the Burbank studios, where Walt’s workers and relatives could go and relax. But he put those plans on hold because of World War II. With time during the war, he could think of some innovative ideas, and creations for his theme park. He soon decided that 8 acres wouldn’t be enough space. Soon, the Stanford Research Institute managed a survey for 100 acres site, outside of Los Angeles. He wanted space to build rivers, waterfalls, and mountains. The location was a top priority. The land would have to be within the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and accessible by freeway. The plot of land would also have to be affordable. He finally ended with a 160 acre orange grove near the junction of the Santa Ana freeway (I-5) and Harbor Boulevard.

Walt plannig Disneyland

Building Bases

A lot of things happened while Walt Disney and his employees worked to build Disneyland. They had to get rid of many trees on the plot and even had to demolish 15 houses. He needed room to build the rides and everything that was going to be in Disneyland. He wanted unique and different lands. Soon he started to build Fantasy land, the goal was to “make dreams come true” the lyrics from When You Wish Upon A Star. Walt also build Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland, Walt made sure to add every detail into the park’s construction. If Walt Disney didn’t like what his studio designers created, he would do it himself. An example is Tom Sawyer's Island. Walt thought his designers “misunderstood the idea” so Walt brought home the outline and the day after, he had designed it the way it is today.

Construction that happened during the building process.

Walt's Welcome

July 17, 1955, Walt’s dream had come true and Disneyland was ready to open! The staff worked all day to get prepared. The Mark Twain was being transported deck by dec, down the Santa Ana freeway to get to the theme park on time. When everything seemed to come together, Walt was joined with Ronald Reagan, who introduced the crowd of over 28,000 ticket holders to the new park. Originally there was only 6,000 invitations, but most tickets were counterfeit. Walt walked up to the microphone and greeted the visitors and said to them, “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 that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

But during the day of opening, there was a 15 day heatwave that was up to 110 degrees fahrenheit. In addition to that, due to a plumbers strike, only some water fountains were working in the humid weather. After the opening day, the heat wave continued, and almost eliminated the park. But ten years later, 50 million people had entered through the gates.

Opening Day Parade.

World Wide

Since then, many things have improved. Walt decided that only one Disney location wasn’t enough, so he bought some land in Orlando Florida. The Walt Disney Imagineering team chose Florida because the weather is nice all year round, so more people can have fun. The plot was larger than Disneyland, at 450 acres of land. He decided to have 4 parks in Disney World. The first time they said anything about Disney World to the public, was November 16, 1965. Walt described his dreams of building first a unique entertainment and vacation center and soon a way of life found nowhere else in the world. Until his death in December 1966, Walt made these ideas, controlled the planning of an exclusive environmental approaches and laid basic reasons and designs for the new complex. Finally, on October 25, 1971, Disney World opened. Roy, Walt’s brother, made a speech at the Magic Kingdom, which was dedicated to him, and it said “Walt Disney Word is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney… and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney’s dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place.. A Magic KIngdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn, together.”

There are Disney Parks all over the world.


As it moves through the years, Walt Disney World Resorts continues to grow in size and scope far greater than anyone could have dreamed of in 1971 when the new “world” opened with just one park, magic kingdom, and two resort hotels. Today, the resorts are now in California, Florida, Japan, China, Hong Kong, France, and Hawaii. There are more than 700 million guests who visit Disney World in Florida alone. Walt Disney made an impact on our life, and now we see Disney everywhere.

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