Disneyland is an American theme park in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated with a press preview on July 17, 1955, and opened to the general public July 18, 1955. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. As of 2005, the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state. In 1998, the theme park was re-branded “Disneyland Park” to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex. In 2007, more than 14,800,000 people visited the park making it the second most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
The dedication to all Disney magic kingdom-style parks begins with the phrase “To all who come to this happy place, welcome …” with the exception of Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. The dedication there begins “Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney …”