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How Did Disneyland Begin?

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Disney began to consider a park of some sort near his Burbank studios. He envisioned statues of the Disney characters, a boat ride, and some other themed areas around a park. Originally to be named "Mickey Mouse Park," the ideas took off, inspired by amusement parks in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dearborn, Michigan, and Oakland, California. Disney's park opened on a much grander scale than previously imagined, becoming Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. As the plans for Disneyland grew from an eight acre park for employees and their families to the 160 acres that Disney eventually purchased, new fundraising ideas were needed. Creating a show called Disneyland that was shown on the new television network American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Disney brought the idea right into the living rooms of America. It was a good deal for him, as he promoted his park, and got ABC to help finance it, in exchange for the show. More financial assistance was needed, however, and Disney found additional ... more
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Disney began to consider a park of some sort near his Burbank studios. He envisioned statues of the Disney characters, a boat ride, and some other themed areas around a park. Originally to be named "Mickey Mouse Park," the ideas took off, inspired by amusement parks in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dearborn, Michigan, and Oakland, California. Disney's park opened on a much grander scale than previously imagined, becoming Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. As the plans for Disneyland grew from an eight acre park for employees and their families to the 160 acres that Disney eventually purchased, new fundraising ideas were needed. Creating a show called Disneyland that was shown on the new television network American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Disney brought the idea right into the living rooms of America. It was a good deal for him, as he promoted his park, and got ABC to help finance it, in exchange for the show. More financial assistance was needed, however, and Disney found additional ... more

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