On this day in 1953, artist Herb Ryman received a phone call from Walt Disney that led to the now famous “lost weekend” which produced arguably the most important piece of Disneyland concept art.
On this day in 1953, Disney Imagineer Marvin Davis finalized what’s known as the “hub” layout for Disneyland.
On this day in 1909, Disneyland landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn was born in Los Angeles. Ruth was a pioneer in her field and, as one of the few women involved with the design of the Disneyland, made a significant contribution to the landscape and pedestrian pathway designs of the park in 1955.
On this day in 1953, a final report titled “An Analysis of Location Factors for Disneyland” was delivered to Walt Disney by consultants at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). The analysis in the report lead to the selection of the "Ball Road subdivision" in Anaheim as the preferred location for Disneyland.
On this day in 1954, the Anaheim Gazette reported that the McNeil Construction Company was awarded the contract from the Walt Disney Company to build the “Disneyland Amusement Center.”
On this day in 1928, Harriet Burns - the First Lady of Walt Disney Imagineering - was born in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout her illustrious Disney career, Harriet helped design classic Disneyland attractions, including the Enchanted Tiki Room, Storybook Land, the Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
On this day in 1955, the Casey Jr. Circus Train attraction opened. While Walt Disney hoped the attraction would debut when the park opened on July 17, 1955, it was delayed by two weeks to allow for additional safety measures to be installed.
Happy Birthday Disneyland! 66 years ago today Walt Disney’s first theme park became a reality.
n this day in 1955, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by hosting a party at Disneyland just days before its grand opening.
On this day in 1894, Disney Legend Joe Fowler was born in Lewiston, Maine. The retired Navy Admiral was tapped by Walt Disney to oversee the construction of Disneyland in 1954. In recognition of Joe’s effectiveness and positive outlook, he became affectionately known as “Can-Do Joe.”