When Walt Disney's two daughters were young, Sundays were daddy/daughter days. It was during one of these afternoons, while Walt was sitting alone on a park bench, watching his girls ride the merry-go-round for the umpteenth time, that it occurred to him - there should be a place where parents and kids can have fun together.
It was the beginning of a revolutionary idea. Disneyland opened in July of 1955 and has done nothing less than change the world.
Now, more than 60 years and 650+ million Guests later, Disneyland remains one of the most popular destinations in the world, attracting visitors from every corner of the globe. Walt Disney famously said that Disneyland would “never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world.” The iconic Park has proven that to be true, always adding new adventures while retaining its nostalgic heritage.
At the turn of the new century, the Disneyland Resort added Disney California Adventure Theme Park, and now features three themed Resort hotels, and Downtown Disney, an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment promenade. Located in the heart of Southern California, where the forecast nearly always calls for a 100% chance of awesome, the Disneyland Resort is a fantastic vacation destination year-round. Historic beaches to the west, San Diego to the south, Los Angeles to the north, and Walt's foot- and finger-prints all over Disneyland make this a truly unique and special vacation destination.