First Kids to Enter Castle on Disneyland’s Opening Day

Imagine being one of the first kids to enter castle on Disneyland’s opening day.  Robb Fiscle can say he was.

On July 17, viagra usa 1955, the gates opened to an excited crowd of kids waiting to be the very first to enter the first castle in the very first Disney theme park – Disneyland!  As thousands of people grouped outside Sleeping Beauty Castle, a knight on horseback announced “open the Fantasyland Castle in the name of the children of the world!”  The drawbridge came down and a lucky group of kids rushed in.

Sleeping Beauty, Disneyland's opening day 1955Among those leading the group was Robb Fischle. (He’s the little boy in the checkered shirt in the center of the photo, behind the boy in glasses.)  He tells of how his family would watch “Disneyland” on television every Sunday night to get the latest construction updates.  Also, how they would peek at the actual construction as they drove down Harbor Boulevard.

During Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration, an old video was shared of Disneyland’s opening day and Robb telling his story.  Here’s a look back, at a look back to a magical time long, long ago.

F. G. Mama

About the author…F. G. Mama, Katie McDill, has been in love with Walt Disney World since first entering the gates in 1976. After her two kids went off to college, she moved from Georgia to the backdoor of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. She worked several years at Walt Disney World performing as Fairy Godmother in day parades, the “Best of Disney” castle stage show, and the original Electric Light Parade. For the last ten years, she along with daughter and family, have enjoyed “living the dream” in Celebration (the town that Disney built) just across the bridge from Disney World. During this time she has collaborated with son-in-law Jimmy in several production projects including Orlando Attractions Magazine-The Show, The Mindy Mouse Show and FunaticsTV. Her other career included being a writer, artist/designer, special events creator and coordinator. Now she is enjoying the good life of Anna Maria Island, Celebration, Disney World and, of course, sharing magic at FUNaticsTV!

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