Dedication: To all who come to this happy place: Welcome! 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.
Dedication read by Walt Disney – July 17, 1955
Location: Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth,” is located approximately 27 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Its hometown is Anaheim, California.
Size: The magic lands and public areas of Disneyland occupy 85 acres. Guest parking for approximately 10,000 vehicles is available in the Mickey & Friends parking structure, which opened June 27, 2000. At that time, it was the largest parking structure in North America.
Lands: The magic of Disneyland comes to life in eight themed lands:
MAIN STREET, U.S.A.
Here contemporary life gives way to the quaint and reassuring charms of turn-of-the-century America. It is the essence of hometown life that greeted the dawn of the 20th century.
This realm of exploration is a collage of the world’s far-off places and uncharted regions. Would-be explorers can discover the tropical magic of Polynesia (Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room), the wilds of Africa (Tarzan’s Treehouse), the exotic rivers of the world (Jungle Cruise) and the steamy jungles of India (Indiana Jones Adventure).
A robust panorama of America’s pioneer past, from the bustling riverfronts of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers of the late 1700s (Columbia Sailing Ship, Mark Twain Riverboat, Tom Sawyer Island) to the dusty southwest deserts of the 1880s (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Golden Horseshoe Stage).
NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
The Paris of the American frontier, the Crescent City as it was over 150 years ago. Within its sheltered courtyards and winding streets, elegance and charm mingle comfortably with Dixieland jazz, restless spirits (Haunted Mansion) and marauding buccaneers (Pirates of the Caribbean).
Things are “mighty satisfactual” in this shady glen, nestled in a lazy corner of the backwoods. Guests visiting this bend of the river can find their very own “Laughing Place” (Splash Mountain) as they witness the “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” antics of Brer Fox and Brer Bear as they try to outwit wily Brer Rabbit. Also residing in this land are Pooh and his many friends in the Hundred Acre Wood (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh).
Enchanted tales of childhood adapted from classic Disney animated films come to life in this timeless realm of imagination. Within this magical Old World setting, guests can fly to Never Land (Peter Pan’s Flight), see an elephant fly (Dumbo the Flying Elephant), navigate an out-of-control motorcar (Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride) or attend a mad tea party (Alice in Wonderland).
Bursting with color and frenetic energy, this “town” is a 1930s Disney cartoon come to wacky life. From the bustle of downtown (Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin) to the charm of its residential neighborhood (Mickey’s House, Donald’s Boat, Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse), this civic hub is a slice of “reel” life.
This intriguing realm of imagination, discovery and wonder features a landscape of whirling spaceships (Astro Orbiter), zooming rocket vehicles (Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Space Mountain), racing roadsters (Autopia), visions of the future (Innoventions) and a tribute to an iconic Attraction (Captain EO starring Michael Jackson).
Hours: Disneyland is open 365 days a year and offers extended operating hours during holiday periods and summer months. To verify hours, please call (714) 781-4565. The most current information for hours and vacation offers is available at www.disneyland.com.
Attractions: Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions. Today, there are more than 60 adventures and attractions. More than 600 million guests have passed through the gates of Disneyland.
Area Food & Lodging: When Disneyland opened, Anaheim had five hotels and two motels with a total of 87 rooms. There were 34 restaurants in the city. Today, Anaheim boasts approximately 150 hotels and motels with more than 18,000 rooms, and well more than 450 restaurants.
Guests: More than 600 million guests have passed through the gates of Disneyland since Opening Day, July 17, 1955. Over the past 57 years, Disneyland has hosted some of the 20th and 21st century’s most prominent dignitaries, including heads of state (counting seven U.S. presidents), sports figures and celebrities.
Work force: The Disneyland Resort work force includes approximately 25,000 Cast Members.
Talents: More than five hundred types of arts, crafts, professions and skills are contributed by Disneyland Cast Members during operation.
Maintenance: More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to give Disneyland a better-than-new look. There are almost 20 million gallons of water in the ten bodies of water found in Disneyland. There are more than 100,000 light bulbs used, including 11,000 “rim lights” outlining the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A. Disneyland streets are washed and steam-cleaned after closing each day.
Landscaping: More than 800 species of plants from more than 40 nations are represented at the Disneyland Resort, making it one of the most extensive and diverse botanical locales in the western U.S. The landscape panorama includes approximately 17,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs. Each year, about 1 million annuals are planted. The grounds are watered with more than 60,000 drip emitters and sprinkler heads. It takes a 100-person horticulture staff to maintain the many acres of greenery. Trees range in size from one-foot dwarf spruce in Storybook Land to 80-foot high eucalyptus trees. The Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” at the Disneyland Main Entrance is planted up to nine times a year.
Custodial: Disneyland uses 1,000 brooms, 500 dust pans and 3,000 mops a year to keep it clean. Approximately 30 tons of trash are collected during a busy park day. Custodial works collect 12 million pounds of trash each year.
Recycling: Disneyland Resort recycles many items each year, including the following estimated amounts: 4.1 million pounds of cardboard; 1.3 million pounds of green waste; 370,000 pounds of office paper; 361,260 pounds of glass bottles; 274,280 pounds of plastic bottles; and 17,240 pounds of aluminum cans.
Food: In one year guests buy at both parks: An estimated 3 million hamburgers, 2 million hot dogs, 6.5 million orders of french fries, 1.6 million servings of popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9 million gallons of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros.
Costuming: Total Disneyland Resort Operational costume inventory is roughly 800,000 pieces. From initial design to public view, a new costume takes from eight to 12 months to produce. The Operational Costume Division stocks 500,000 yards of material, covering 900 different fabrics. The Resort issues, maintains and cleans costumes for more than 15,000 Cast Members. More than 300 different costumes, comprised of more than 850 different styles of garment pieces, are issued from nine Costume Issue locations across the Resort and Hotels. More than 20,000 garments are exchanged weekly for cleaning during the summer. Approximately 150,000 individual pieces and 300,000 buttons are replaced each year. Costumes are also maintained for more than 650 Audio-Animatronics® figures.
Band: The Disneyland Band has logged more than 3,500 marching miles and more than 90,000 performances since opening day in 1955 and draws from a repertoire of more than 400 musical numbers.
Note: Many of the accumulated numbers on this sheet are estimates for the first 50 years of Disneyland, from 1955 through 2005. For more information, contact Disneyland Public Relations at 714-781-4500.