The first Disneyland theme park opened on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim California. It was worth $17 million. Ronald Reagan, who was an actor at the time and not yet president, presided over the activities which took place in what used to be an orange grove. 

The opening day was full of many mishaps, including thousands of fake invitations being distributed! However, the park was still a huge hit and soon earned a reputation as a family friendly, exciting place to have fun and meet the Disney characters that came to life on televisions around the nation.

Before long, the park was worth ten times its initial investment, and was fast becoming a worldwide attraction. Although the original park site has had some ups and downs in attendance over time, Disneyland has improved and expanded and has even added international branches located in Hong King, Paris, and Tokyo. There is even a Shanghai location due to open in spring 2016. In 2001, the sister property California Adventure opened its doors. 

If you have never had a chance to visit Disneyland, you'll be in for a treat!