The happiest place on earth

Sidney Meriwether, Contributor

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    As the end of the school year approaches, eighth graders have to say goodbye to a place that most have known for three years: Sig Rogich Middle School. In order to celebrate their “graduation”, they head off to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, to celebrate all their amazing accomplishments. Disneyland is a household name that many families have come to know and love. But, do you really know the history behind this whimsical theme park?

    It all started with a man by the name of Walt Disney. Walt wanted to create a place where families and people of all ages could go and spend time together. He sprung into action and created a magical kingdom with flying elephants, castles, waterfalls, mountains, and so much more! The construction started July 21, 1954. They had to clear about 150 acres of land, including groves of citrus trees. Walt and his movie studios designed five main lands. The first one he completed was Main Street USA. Walt created this to feel as if you were walking into the past. Next was Adventureland. When creating this, he said he imagined he was in exotics places like Asia and Africa.

    The third land was Frontierland, a place designed to make you feel like you were living in the pioneer days. Fantasyland took adults back to their childhood, and children into their imagination. Last but certainly not least came Tomorrowland, a place to admire marvels of the future. After long hard construction and many difficulties, it was time to open the kingdom! However, opening day was a disaster with the park being over crowded and not enough food, but this didn’t stop Walt!

    Even though Mr. Disney is not with us today, Disneyland is still growing. At the moment, they are building Star Wars Land, a new land to explore and live in your imagination. There is also a new park that was not there at the time of Walt, California Adventure Land. Disneyland will keep on growing and becoming more of the unimaginable to help keep our inner kid alive, and help keep the kids kids. “When you wish upon a star, your dreams will come true.”-Walt Disney