ちょうど58年前、1955年のさわやかな夏の日。普通の父親が一人、テーマパークのベンチに手持ち無沙汰に座り、彼の二人の娘が遊んでいる様子や乗り物に対する反応を眺めていた。あまりにも退屈しすぎ、彼は大人と子供が一緒に楽しい午後を過ごせる場所を想像してみた。そのすぐ後、ベンチに座っていた男性―ウォルト・ディズニー―は、自分のテーマパークをオープンした。世界で一番幸せな場所と宣伝して。

トゥーン・タウンの真中にあるミニー・マウスの家を探検するのが楽しくない人がいるだろうか? あるいは、ジャスミン、アリエル、ベルと一緒に写真を撮るのが楽しくない人がいますか? 一日にチュロスを何本も食べることより楽しいことがあるだろうか? しかし、グッズショップやキャラクターを別として、息を飲むほどハラハラするアトラクション抜きのディズニーランドはありえないだろう。

ディズニーランドがオープンした日、ウォルト・ディズニーはこう語っている

この幸せな場所を訪れる全ての人たちへ―ようこそ。ディズニーランドはあなたの国です。ここでは、大人や子供も冒険や未来への希望を満喫できます。ディズニーランドは、発想、夢、そしてアメリカを作った確たる事実に捧げます。ここが喜びの源となり、全世界の創造的刺激になるという期待を込めているのです。

58年が経ち、ディズニーランドは現在でも、全世界で累積入場者数が最も多いアミューズメントパークだ。

この地球上で我々の一番のお気に入りの場所を称賛して、ハフィントンポストはディズニーランドのアトラクションベスト10を選んだ。
以下のスライドショーをクリックして思い出してほしい.
乗っている間はずっと、手、腕、脚、足は常に乗り物から外に出さないように!

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  • Splash Mountain

    On a warm summer day in the middle of July, 1989, Splash Mountain opened to the public. The log-flume style ride cost a whopping $75 million to build and was named "Splash" Mountain in an effort to advertise the movie "Splash," with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. It's one of Disney's most beloved rides, and kids everywhere are at once excited and scared out of their minds to face the imminent drop.

  • Space Mountain

    Opened for the first time in 1977, Space Mountain has become a cornerstone Disneyland attraction. Though the project was initially shelved due to spacial limitations, Bill Watkins, a designer/imagineer, brought back Walt Disney's far-fetched indoor thrill idea after his death. The ride included the world's very first tubular steel track design, which Watkins patented.

  • Matterhorn

    The Matterhorn, opened in 1959, is composed of two intertwining steel coasters. The ride is named after a mountain in the Swiss Alps, and is an ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) landmark because of its unique tubular steel continuous track. It's known for quick speeds and crazy twists, complete with the Abominable Snowman and favorite Disney characters such as Mickey and Goofy scaling the peak.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

    Opened in 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean was the final attraction Walt Disney oversaw before his death three months before the ride debuted. The slow-moving water coaster originally told the story of a band of pirates and is known for making the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" famous. In 2003, the ride was the inspiration for Johnny Depp's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

  • Indiana Jones

    Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye is an enhanced motion vehicle attraction inspired by the "Indiana Jones" films. Riders follow archeologist Dr. Indiana Jones on a daring expedition through a daunting lost temple. The ride premiered in March 1995 and is now one of Disney's most adored destinations.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

    In the heart of Frontierland lies Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, an indoor/outdoor mine train roller coaster. The attraction opened in 1979 and was designed by Bill Watkins and Tony Baxter in an attempt to add to the Western River Expedition -- a western-themed pavilion at Disney parks.

  • Haunted Mansion

    Built in 1969, the Haunted Mansion was one of Walt Disney's first attraction ideas. Riders enter the mansion through a set of creepy gates which lead to a cemetery. Cast who work on the ride are told not to smile in order to further emphasize the spooky atmosphere of the ride.

  • It's A Small World

    It's a Small World was created in 1964 by Disney to test concepts for ride systems. It was then later moved and re-built at Disneyland after the World's Fair closed in 1966. WED productions was given only 11 months time to create and build the ride. It's A Small World is known for its hauntingly beautiful song, "Children of the World." Patrons typically have the song stuck in their head for days after visiting Disneyland.

  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride has been operational since day one of Disneyland's opening in 1955, securing its place as one of Disney's most famed attractions. The ride's story is based on Disney's adaptation of "The Wind In The Willows," a 1949 film. Fun fact: Corey Burton plays the voice of every single character in the whole attraction.

  • Autopia

    The name Autopia merges the words "automobile utopia," which was popularized in academic circles by British architecture critic Reyner Banham to describe LA in his 1971 book "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies." Autopia, along with Mr. Toads Wild Ride, opened with the park in 1955. Cars were originally tested without bumpers or guide rails, which lead to disastrous results. Eventually, after many developments, the cars were deemed fit for passenger use and the ride opened to the public. Now even little kids get the chance to control the road ... watch out!

CORRECTION: A previous version of this slideshow misidentified the Abominable Snowman on the Matterhorn ride as a polar bear and misidentified the year Space Mountain opened. It was opened in 1977, not 1975. Also, the book "The Wind In The Willows," not the film, appeared in 1908.

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