Theme park built by Walt Disney in Anaheim, Calif. An interactive, family-oriented fantasy environmentDisney's response to typical amusement parks, which entertained children but not their parentsDisneyland opened in 1955 and soon became a mecca for tourists from around the world and one of the most popular amusement parks in the United States. Its architecture is a blend of futurism and nostalgic 19th-century reproductions. Sections devoted to specific themes include Mickey's Toontown, a colourful world modeled on cartoon animation; Frontierland, featuring the Mark Twain Riverboat; and Tomorrowland, an optimistic vision of the future.
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