Disneyland: A Place for Family Fun or a Scheme to Make MoneyPaper Rating: Word Count: 606 Approx Pages: 2
We all know that Disneyland is a place for fun in sunny Anaheim, California and
it opened on July 17, 1955 but a lot of what Disneyland deals with is all about money.
No wonder souvenir items are so expensive. Kids beg their parents to go to Disneyland
and then they end up spending a ton load of money. Luckily, I've never been to
Walt Disney felt that he could build an amusement park that parents could have
fun together and that Disneyland was to be a place where "people can experience some of
the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it (Lipsitz 212). He built
Disneyland on what his two daughters wanted by taking them to other amusement parks
and see if they liked that park. Since he built it for his two girls I would say Disneyland
is more of a children's park.
Now a lot of what the park deals with is money. On the day Disneyland opened a
disappointed critic described Disneyland as being "like a giant cash register, clicking and
clanging, as creatures of Disney magic came tumbling down from their lofty places in my
daydreams to peddle and perish their charms with the aggressiveness of so many curbside
barkers (Lipsitz 210). After being just open ten years Disneyland earned $273 million
for the Disney Corporation (Lipsitz 210).
If networks would help finance Disneyland Disney would make a weekly
television series and ABC agreed to invest $500,000 and to guarantee loans up to $4.5
million for Disneyland in return for one-third of the ownership (Lipsitz 214). Later on in
1960 Disney bought back the one-third for $7.5 million (Lipsitz 217) .
Disney also got 32 major corporations to run the concession stands (Lipsitz 215).
Disney did not like to use the television because the television would show everything in