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16 Rare Photos Reveal The Excitement Of Disneyland’s Opening Day In 1955.

It might be hard to believe, but last July, Disneyland celebrated 60 years in existence. That's 60 years of childhood dreams coming true -- and 60 years of parents' savings accounts going directly to making it happen (even in 1955, parents complained about how expensive the park was to visit). Still, the cost was worth it, because most children look back fondly at their first Disney experience.

But what did the park look like when it first opened? In order to celebrate the park's milestone, TIME shared some images of what Disneyland looked like during its opening celebrations, complete with the iconic Frontierland, Adventureland, and of course, Sleeping Beauty's castle. There were also some major setbacks that we never knew about -- until now. You can see the images from the 1955 park, and more of it's opening day story, below.

Here, you can see Sleeping Beauty's castle, located in Fantasyland, being descended upon by excited children.

Here, you can see Sleeping Beauty's castle, located in Fantasyland, being descended upon by excited children.

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The rides at 1955 Disneyland were not so different from the rides we have at amusement parks today

The rides at 1955 Disneyland were not so different from the rides we have at amusement parks today

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An aerial shot of people riding the infamous teacup ride in 1955.

An aerial shot of people riding the infamous teacup ride in 1955.

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The ride itself is actually called the "Mad Hatter's Tea Party."

The ride itself is actually called the "Mad Hatter's Tea Party."

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The riverboat was also an incredibly popular attraction back in the when. Unfortunately, for as awesome as the attractions were, it took awhile for Disneyland to run smoothly.

The riverboat was also an incredibly popular attraction back in the when. Unfortunately, for as awesome as the attractions were, it took awhile for Disneyland to run smoothly.

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At the time, the $17 million dollar park was the most elaborate amusement park in the world. Despite the fact that it sat on 160 acres, opening day was less than ideal.

At the time, the $17 million dollar park was the most elaborate amusement park in the world. Despite the fact that it sat on 160 acres, opening day was less than ideal.

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