It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, having received more than 800 million people through its doors.
And now the fascinating story of the original Disneyland in California has been revealed in an impressive new book by Taschen, which shows how a dusty area of orange trees an hour south of Los Angeles became in six decades one of the most beloved destinations in the world. world .
The book, called Walt Disney's Disneyland by Chris Nichols, is described as an "abundant visual story" that "is based on the vast historical collections of Disney, private archives, and the golden age of photojournalism & # 39; to tell the story of the park.
The images show Walt's first inspirations and ideas for the park, as well as extraordinary feats of design and engineering, his grand opening and each of his immersive "lands" from Main Street USA to Tomorrowland.
While other images show the beloved signal of the road that welcomed visitors to Disney between 1958 and 1989, as well as children crossing the drawbridge of Cinderella Castle on the day the park was opened in 1955 .
Scroll down to see some of the captivating images of & # 39; a visual history of the megalopolis of the world's magic & # 39; …
Walt Disney described his park on television in 1954 (above) with the help of an air plan. Disneyland then opened to the public on July 17, 1955
The original Disneyland sign on Harbor Boulevard welcomed guests from 1958 to 1989. Its striking colors and shapes made it instantly recognizable to visitors, says Nichols
The drawbridge of the Sleeping Beauty Castle was first unloaded on the opening day of 1955 (above), and only once since the redesigned Fantasyland was inaugurated on May 25, 1983, says Nichols. The castle is located in the center of Disneyland and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world, with spiers that rise to more than 77 feet (about 24 m). But it was not the first concept that Walt Disney had in mind. A palace for Cinderella and a castle for Robin Hood were considered in the planning stages
Fourteen years before real astronauts visited the moon, the Rocket to the Moon and Astro-Jets attractions offered Tomorrowland guests the simulated emotion of blasting into space
Monstro the Whale, from Pinocchio, guards the entrance to the Storybook Land Canal Boats in 1956. His giant eye blinking and his mouth open sometimes surprised the guests posing for photos
Walt Disney joins in 1964 for some of his most beloved characters. Many staged what Walt called "classic stories of the youth of all" that, in Fantasyland, had become reality so that young people of all ages could participate ".
The buildings of Rainbow Ridge mining city were designed by art director and set designer Bill Martin, who recalled that they were the favorites of the Disney family. He said: & # 39; I remember that Walt and Lilly [Walt’s wife] I often walked the roads between those little buildings when they stayed in the park overnight. "Although the attraction has long been gone, the small town can still be seen on the tail of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
One of the original members of the WED model store, Harriet Burns, helped build the Pirates of the Caribbean models so that Walt could study every detail from the point of view of the guests who climb to the final attraction. Although Walt supervised the construction of the attraction, says Nichols, it was not opened until after his death in 1966. Harriet is seen working on the model in 1967.
Walt Disney & # 39; s Disneyland by Chris Nichols is available next month and is published by Taschen