Friday, February 15, 2013
Arriving, August 13, 1960
I really love this first photo, full of color and energy and capturing some of the excitement that was felt when first arriving at Disneyland. These folks have already purchased their ticket books and are heading toward the turnstiles; looks like they picked a perfect day to go! Here are some fun facts, courtesy of Jason's Disneyland Almanac: August 13 was a Saturday; the park was open from 9 AM until 1 AM; this was a "Date Nite" day (special two-admission ticket books were sold that admitted couples in the evening); attendance was 35,622; temperatures... a high of 83º, a low of 61º.
Just East of the entrance you would have seen this lovely expanse of flowers; you were still basically in the parking lot, but Walt's desire to make Disneyland a special place is already evident.