Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!
As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short, but the wishes are no less sincere for it. Happy Birthday Disneyland! Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. As Walt himself said in his opening day speech, "To all who come to his happy place – welcome." (To view a video of the speech, check out this youtube video!) Disneyland is where it all began and for many of us, a visit there is a visit "home."
My first visit was during the 2009 D23 Expo. A life-long Walt Disney World fan, I was slightly skeptical how Disneyland would measure up to "my" park. What I quickly grew to understand is that there is simply no comparison – Disneyland is it's own, unique and incredibly special place. I have returned twice since and will be back in just a few short weeks for the 2013 D23 Expo! I can't wait and am looking forward to exploring more of where it all began.
Happy Birthday, Disneyland!