Walt's hand can be seen in the design of the park. While Walt was alive he was constantly making small and large changes to Disneyland. Walt wanted the park to be a family park where everyone in the family could enjoy all the different attractions. To Walt, Disneyland was like a big toy he could change and improve.Walt's biggest change to Disneyland came in 1959. He opened the Disneyland Monorail (the first in the western hemisphere to cross a street), Matterhorn Bobsleds (the first tubular steel roller coaster), Fantasyland Autopia, and Submarine Voyage. One of Walt's favorite attractions opened in 1963: Enchanted Tiki Room with 225 Audio Animatronics. In early 1966 Walt brought us It's A Small World.
The world mourns as we find out that our "Uncle Walt" has passed away on December 15, 1966. Roy O Disney (Walt's brother) took over as CEO. For a few years after Walt's death the company used the plans that he had created for Disneyland. Using those plans the Haunted Mansion and Pirates Of The Caribbean was completed.
Then in the 1970's Disneyland started changing drastically. Walt was gone, and the new management had to figure out how to keep the park fresh. New attractions in the 70's were very different from Walt's time like Space Mountain: a high-speed roller coaster in the dark, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. As the '70s end Card Walker takes over as CEO. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $10 mark.
The 1980's brought a complete redesign of Fantasyland. The first one since Disneyland opened. Also, in Tomorrowland, Captain EO starring Michael Jackson and Star Tours opens. America Sings closed and the Carousel Building sat empty for 10 years. As the 80's wind down Splash Mountain opens in Critter Country in 1989. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $20 mark.
The 1990's as part of CEO Michael Eisner's Disney Decade, Disneyland received many changes. In 1993, a completely new land was created: Mickey's ToonTown. Mickey's ToonTown opened with 7 attractions. In 1995, the biggest attraction ever built for Disneyland: Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple Of The Forbidden Eye opened in Adventureland. In 1998, a complete redesign of Tomorrowland was done. We lost attractions like Submarine Voyage (the lagoon sat empty for 9 years), Circle-Vision, Rocket Jets, and People Mover. The Carousel Building finally got a new attraction: Innoventions. Circle-Vision, Rocket Jets and People Mover are replaced by the very short-lived Rocket Rods. The Astro Orbitor is added to the entrance of Tomorrowland. Unfortunately the year also brings one of the worst accidents in Disneyland's history on Christmas day involving the Sailing Ship Columbia. Just as the 20th century ends Tarzanís Treehouse replaces Swiss Family Robinsonís Treehouse. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $30 mark.
As the 21st century begins: A combining of Tomorrowland Autopia and Fantasyland Autopia opens in 2000 named as Autopia. In 2001 the parking lot of Disneyland became a whole new park: Disney's California Adventure. In 2003, Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh opens in Critter Country. Toward the end of 2003 another tragic accident happens involving Big Thunder Mountain. A complete redesign of maintenance in the entire park is ordered. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $40 mark.
For Disneyland's 50th birthday in 2005, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters opens in the old Rocket Rods queue in Tomorrowland. Robert Iger takes over as CEO. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $50 mark.
Before the first decade of the 21st century ends: The much anticipated replacement for the old Submarine Voyage, Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage, opened in 2007. The lagoon finally has movement again, a brand new Abraham Lincoln animatronic is installed at The Disneyland Story Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $70 mark.
As the second decade of the 21st century begins, the much anticipated replacement for Star Tours opens in 2011 named Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Art Linkletter, who hosted Disneylandís opening day broadcast, dies at 97 years old. Robert Sherman, dies in London at age 86. Wally Boag, who played Pecos Bill in nearly 40,000 live performances of the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland and was the voice of Jose in The Enchanted Tiki Room., dies at 90 years old. The price of Disneyland tickets cross the $80 mark.
The future? Disneyland is always changing sometimes for the better and sometimes for the well...
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