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Disneyland Anniversary 2015 – Disney Theme Parks Infographic

Disneyland Anniversary 2015 – Celebrate Disneyland Diamond Anniversary on July 17th

July 17th is coming up and on this day the world will celebrate the Disneyland Diamond Anniversary. The first of the Walt Disney Theme Parks was opened on this day in California sixty years ago and build under direct supervision of Walter Disney himself. California Resort was the first in the row of the world’s successful list of Disney Theme Parks.

Over the years, the Disney Resorts have been listed among the world’s most popular attraction parks and turned into multi billion industry. Let’s take a look at the history of the Walt Disney Theme Parks in our Disney Anniversary 2015 Infographic, where we have tried to describe the most important facts about all Disney Theme Parks.

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Disneyland Diamond Anniversary – How It All Started for Disney World Theme Parks

Fans always asked Disney, whether it was possible to visit the Walt Disney Studios. Soon it became clear, that the working  movie studio was not much fun for simple visitors and a concept was born of creating a fun site near the Burbank studios, where fans might take a recreation tour. Those thoughts matured in time and grew into an idea to create an amusement park with castle and boats and other rides. The initial concept was called the Mickey Mouse Park.

Its very interesting to note, that Disney actually met with many setbacks on his first opening day. Initially, only press and some chosen guests were supposed to attend, but the public has managed to buy some counterfeit tickets and more than 28 thousand people attended, which presented a lot of difficulties for the maintenance of the park, Because of a regional plumbers’ strike, Disney had to choose whether he would have working toilets or drinking fountains on the first day. The choice in favor of plumbing was done, leaving many people thirsty. Pepsi wa able to generate a big income and angered guests thought it was some kind of a plot to sell more soda. Till his death Disney referred to this day as his “Black Sunday”.

Walt Disney lacked the sufficient funds to open the theme park he wished. As part of the plan to raise money he decided to create a live broadcast show of the opening and air it on ABS, which sponsored the opening. Much later, in the 1990s, the  Walt Disney Corporation bought out ABC.

Disneyland Park, Originally Disneyland – First Disney Theme Park

Take a look at the list of most important facts we have gathered about the First Disney Park for the Disneyland Anniversary 2015.

  • Opened on July 17, 1955.
  • Built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
  • Disney Purchased  the 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953.
  • Cost  $17 million to build.
  • Cost ticket $1 for adults plus extra 10 – 25 cents for every individual attraction.
  • 28,000 people were present for the opening, but only half were actually invited, the rest bought false tickets.
  • On the next day, July 18th, crowds gathered in line as early as 2:00 A. M.
  • Now has 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion every year.
  • 650 million guests attended Park since it opened.
  • 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort
  • Attendance of Disneyland Park (in millions) annually and entry price approx guest/ per day- 1955 – 1 mln visitors, who spend on average $5 on entrance fees and in 2014- 16 mln visitors, who spend approximately $96 on entrance fees.
  • Due to its 60th anniversary, Disneyland Park introduced the Paint The Night parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks show, and Sleeping Beauty Castle is decorated in diamonds with  large “60” numbers.

Walt Disney World Resort – Second Disney Theme Park, Build in Florida

Disney decided to build the second theme park across Mississippi river, after he realized, that only a small fraction of Americans from that side of the river visit his resort, although most of the American population resides there.

  • In 1965, work began on second Disney theme park and resort near Orlando, Florida
  • Walt Disney World was opened in Disney’s honor on October 1, 1971
  • Attendance now is over 52 million annually
  • Property covers 27,258 acres (11,031 ha)
  • Employs more than 70,000 cast members, spending more than $1.7 billion on salary
  • Spends more than $300 million every year on maintenance
  • Attendance of the Theme Lands in 2014:
    • Magic Kingdom – 19,332,000
    • Epcot – 11,454,000
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 10,312,000
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 10,402,000

Disneyland Paris – One Of the Most Successful of All Disney Theme Parks

Disneyland Paris has made its official grand opening in Marne-la-Vallee.

Brief history of Disneyland Paris location, that lead it to becoming one of the most commercially successful Disney World Theme Parks,:

  • Generated more than $700 million in profits since opening in 1992
  • Made $85.7 million in 2013
  • Overall more then  €50 billion of added value to the French economy has been generated
  • 250 million visitors since 1992
  • Disney has 39.8% stake in Euro Disney
  • Vast majority of the attractions are based on Disney’s intellectual property.
  • Euro Disney has to pay Disney “10% of gross revenues (net of taxes) from rides, admissions and related fees  5% of gross revenues (net of taxes) from merchandise, food and beverage sales

Tokyo Disney Resort – the Most Expensive of the Walt Disney Theme Parks

On April 15, 1983, the first Disney Park opened outside the US. Brief overview of the main facts of the Tokyo Disney:

  • Located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just east of Tokyo
  • Costs now approx $56 for one-day ticket
  • In 2014, Tokyo Disneyland hosted 17.4 million visitors
  • Cost $1.3 bln to build
  • $804 million profit in 2013
  • Located on 115 acres (465,000 m2)
  • Includes Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea and Ikspiari (Disney Shopping)
  • Only Disney park not owned even partially by Walt Disney Company (it’s licensed)

Place of Hong Kong Disneyland in the List of Disney Theme Parks

On September 12th, 2005 a Disneyland was opened in Hong Kong, followed by these  facts for this addition to the Disney Theme Park Locations:

  • Idea concept created in 1999
  • Disney invested$316 million for a 43% equity stake in the project
    Located at Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island
  • Covers 1.3 square kilometres (320 acres) of the island.
  • One of the main ballrooms is 888 square meters in size, as eight is a fortunate number in Chinese culture
  • Instead of expected 5.6 million visitors in its first year, only about 5.2 million guests entered the park in 2005
  • Now there are up to 8.92 million visitors annually
  • Since the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, the theme park has hosted over 25 million guests
  • 2014 – net profit of $42.3 million in 2014, with 7.5 million visitors
  • In 2015 it was reported the second park as part of Phase II was hoped to be completed by 2020.

Shanghai Disney Resort- The Latest Addition to Disney Theme Park Locations

On November 4, 2009 official announcement was made that Disney will construct a park in Shanghai

  • Is supposed to open in Spring 2016
  • (US$3.7 billion) for the new theme park and an additional US$0.7 billion for other parts of resort
  • 43% of the resort will be owned by The Walt Disney Company and the remaining 57% will be owned by the Shanghai Shendi Group
  • Cover 963 acres in Pudong, Shanghai

Fun Facts About Walt Disney Theme Parks and Disney Theme Park Locations

  • 1928 – Short Cartoon “Steamboat Willy”, was created by Disney with character “Mickey Mouse,”that became a national success. Disney voiced Mickey in this first ever animated movie with sound.
  • Disney created feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)-  a great commercial success, that took three years to complete.
  • 11 parks around the world provided nearly a third of Walt Disney Studio $45 billion revenue and 20.7% of its $10.7 billion operating profit. 132.5 million overall guests attracted in 2013.
  • All but one of the ten most-visited parks worldwide are run by Disney with the exception being Universal Studios Japan which had 10.1 million guests in 2014.
  • The real money is made on gift shops and merchandise and food and beverage which have low fixed costs and can be sold for a huge premium as the guests are a captive audience.
  • Walt Disney holds the record for most individual Oscar wins (22) and nominations (59).
  • Disney produced propaganda films for the U.S. government during World War II.
  • In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev requested to visit Disneyland. Because those were the times of the Cold War and because of security reasons, he was not permitted to visit Disneyland.



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