Special Ceremony Commemorates Official 60th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

This morning, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier was joined by Mickey Mouse and special guests at Sleeping Beauty Castle to commemorate the Resort’s official 60th anniversary. On this day in 1955, Walt Disney first welcomed guests to “this happy place,” and today we honored that historic day with a special ceremony.

The ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle also included the tradition of playing the recording of Walt Disney’s July 17, 1955, welcome to the first Disneyland guests. Mickey Mouse and all his friends were in attendance, and Disney Legend and Academy Award-winning composer Richard M. Sherman (“Mary Poppins”) was joined by actress and singer Ashley Brown (star of “Mary Poppins” on Broadway) singing “Feed the Birds” and leading Disneyland park guests in singing “Happy Birthday.”

Take a look back in the video below.

Be sure to check back on Monday, and we’ll have another video showing even more of the fun from this magical day.


  • Thank you to ‘The Disney Parks Blog’ team for all their efforts to keep us informed, enlightened and excited about all the wonderful developments from ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ Disneyland!

  • As a fan of Disneyland for most of my 40-something years, I wish I could have been there! (Did watch half the morning’s ceremony on the park’s Periscope webcast.)

    I have a question. Wasn’t the public opening of Disneyland on July 18, 1955? As I understand it, the opening on July 17 was for the press and VIP and corporate guests, as well as the national television live broadcast. Why not celebrate the park’s birthday on the date the park opened to the everyday people, the public?

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