Walt Disney: A man with a plan
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Disneyland: Flashback photos from the early days

American producer, director and animator Walt Disney goes over sketches of Disneyland in 1955.

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Walt Disney and his grandson admire the view from in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in  Anaheim, Calif.

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A guide to Disneyland published in the Los Angeles Times on July 15, 1955, two days before opening day.

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Walt Disney, armed with a toy six-shooter, pretends to hold up a kid-packed stagecoach at Disneyland.

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Mickey Mouse greets visitors at the Magic Kingdom in 1988.

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Guests go for a wild ride in the Mad Tea Party’s giant cups at Disneyland. This opening day attraction, pictured here at its original location, was moved near the Matterhorn in 1983 during construction of the new Fantasyland.

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Walt Disney reviews a model for the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which opened in 1959.

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