On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time. Walt Disney’s vision for the theme park was to incorporate both education and general amusement factors, to make the experience accessible to children and adults. Special invitations were initially sent out before the park opened, but many of which were unfortunately forged, allowing thousands of uninvited people in on opening day.

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Today, the 17 million dollar park hosts more than 14 million guests every year—including your favorite bands. Fall Out Boy, Paramore, All Time Low and countless others have all spent time with Mickey. 

Have you ever been to Disneyland? What are your favorite memories of the theme park?