On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. It's estimated that just under 45,000 people make their way to Disney's land of enchantment every single day! That's not the only fun fact we know about Disneyland—here are five more interesting tidbits you probably didn't know...
Future-President Ronald Reagan Hosted a Live Telecast of the Park's Opening. Sure, he would later become the President of the United States, but when Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, Ronald Reagan was just an unemployed actor looking for his next gig in Hollywood. Disney found him and brought him on to host the live telecast of the park's opening. Tickets cost just $1, and there was only 18 attractions compared to the 52 today and $99 price tag. Other notable former Disneyland employees include Steve Martin, who was a magician at the park, and Michelle Pfieffer, who played Alice in Wonderland.
Walt Disney Had an Apartment in the Park. According to sources within the park, Walt Disney himself kept a small, private apartment above the fire station on Main Street in the park. The apartment is still maintained and a light shining from the window is said to symbolize Disney's presence at the park. Walt and his wife aren't the only residents of Disneyland, though—the park is also home to over 200 feral cats that help keep rodents and pests down to a minimum within the park walls.
The Park Has Closed Only Three Times in Its 63-year-long History. Forget Christmas or Thanksgiving—you'll find Disneyland in full-swing on both days (that's the beauty of a Southern California theme park). In fact, there have only been three days in the park's history where the gates have been closed and the rides shut down. The first was on November 25, 1963, the day of President John F. Kennedy's funeral and a national day of mourning as proclaimed by President Johnson. The second was January 17, 1994, the day of the Northridge earthquake that shook the San Fernando Valley (the park suffered no damage). And the third was on September 11, 2001. Though the attacks happened before the park's opening, the gates remained closed for the entirety of that day.
There's an Exclusive Club Hidden Within the Park. In 1967, Disney was looking for a way to entertain high-profile park guests, so he opened a members-only restaurant and lounge above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Dubbed "Club 33," the restaurant is the only place in the park that serves alcohol. Memberships cost $25,000 in start-up fees plus an additional $10,000 per year in maintenance. According to sources, Tom Hanks and Elton John are among the club's exclusive members.
If You Hear "Code V," Keep an Eye Out...For Vomit. "Code V" is the term used among the park's 23,000 employees for when someone has a few too many churros before getting on the teacups ride. Needless to say, if you hear someone yell out "Code V in progress!" keep an eye out for any flying leftovers coming your way.