The whole complex is actually built in the shape of a star, so you can easily explore it and go to different parts of the park: Adventureland, the land of the Wild West, the land of legends, Tomorrowland, and more.
The number of visitors who arrived here today exceeds 650 million.
The idea of the park was founded by Walt Disney, who was then the owner of one of the most successful film companies in Hollywood. At the time, he visited various theme parks in the 1930's and 1940's. He had the desire to build an amusement park for the whole family, which would provide a sense of a traveling circus, without the negative elements, which would provide both adults and children with pleasure. It was a time when quite a few people visited his studios and were eager to meet the characters who were drawn from the famous films.
So the initial idea was to open the park near the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, so that visitors could be photographed with the statues of characters from movies. After he began to think about the subject in depth, he realized that the space offered to him was too small to implement what he imagined, especially because he expected the demand for the park to be very large.
In 1953 he bought the territories that are here, in Los Angeles and opened it to the general public two years later. The cost of its construction was $17 million for the park's initial phase.
By the way, as expected, the opening day of the park did not register as a spectacular success. Although the event was closed to guests only, many people forged invitations and entered anyway. The lines were long and hard. It was a very hot day, and due to the strike by all the plumbers in the area, the weather-dried faucets could not be repaired. Beyond that, there was still wet tar on the sidewalks, causing some of the visitors to get stuck in them.
The criticism that was published the next day was severe and Disney was forced to make a new opening day in order to allow journalists to enjoy the experience, and correct the harsh criticism.