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How Much Did Disneyland Cost When It Opened Compared With Today?

1955 Disneyland Attractions And Ticket Levels

Below is a list of all the attractions Disneyland had in 1955, though not all existed on opening day (July 17, 1955), as well as the ticket required to ride each:

Disneyland Attraction Grouped By ‘Land’

1955 ‘Lands’1955 Disneyland AttractionsTicket-Level
Main Street, USA  
 Fire WagonA
 Main Street ArcadeFree
 Main Street CinemaA
 Main Street Shooting GalleryB
 Santa Fe & Disneyland RailroadC
 Street CarsA
 SurreysA
Adventureland  
 Jungle CruiseC
Frontierland  
 Conestoga WagonB
 Davy Crockett Frontier MuseumFree
 Freight TrainB
 Golden Horseshoe RevueFree
 Indian VillageFree
 Mark Twain RiverboatC
 Mike Fink Keel BoatsC
 Mule PackC
 Stagecoach RideC
Fantasyland  
 Canal Boats Of The WorldB
 Casey Jr. Circus TrainB
 Dumbo Flying ElephantsB
 King Arthur CarrouselA
 Mad Tea PartyB
 Mickey Mouse Club Circus$.50 Extra
 Mickey Mouse Club TheaterB
 Mr. Toad’s Wild RideC
 Peter Pan FlightC
 Snow White’s AdventuresC
Tomorrowland  
 AutopiaC
 Circarama, USAC
 Dutch Boy Paints Color GalleryFree
 Kaiser’s Hall of Aluminum FameFree
 Monsanto Hall Of ChemistryFree
 Rocket To The MoonC
 Space Station X-1A
 Thimble Drome Flight CircleFree
 Tomorrowland BoatsB
 20,000 Leagues Under The SeaA
 The World Beneath UsFree

Disneyland Attractions Grouped By Ticket-Level

Ticket-LevelAttraction
Free 
 Davy Crockett Frontier Museum
 Dutch Boy Paints Color Gallery
 Golden Horseshoe Revue
 Indian Village
 Kaiser’s Hall of Aluminum Fame
 Main Street Arcade
 Monsanto Hall Of Chemistry
 A 
 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
 Fire Wagon
 King Arthur Carrousel
 Main Street Cinema
 Space Station X-1
 Street Cars
 Surreys
B 
 Canal Boats Of The World
 Casey Jr. Circus Train
 Conestoga Wagons
 Dumbo Flying Elephants
 Freight Train
 Mad Tea Party
 Main Street Shooting Gallery
 Mickey Mouse Club Theater
 Tomorrowland Boats
C 
 Autopia
 Circarama, USA
 Jungle Cruise
 Mark Twain Riverboat
 Mike Fink Keel Boats
 Mule Pack
 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
 Peter Pan Flight
 Rocket To The Moon
 Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad
 Snow White’s Adventures
 Stagecoach Ride
$.50 Extra 
 Mickey Mouse Club Circus

By Alex Blasingame

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8 replies on “How Much Did Disneyland Cost When It Opened Compared With Today?”

Very interesting article!

If I could go to Disneyland and visit 38 attractions in one day (let alone 60!), it would be a miracle. We rush in the morning to try to get fast passes, and are lucky if we can get two before they are filled for the day. We then prepare to stand in line for most of the day, and feel fortunate if we get to 8 attractions (no, walking through sleeping beauty’s castle doesn’t count!)
At the price of $69 for 38 attractions, that gives $1.80 per attraction (2018 prices).
If we’re able to get to 8 attractions, at about $100 (one-day, one-park passes), we’re up to $12.50 per attraction. Add on $18 for parking, and with no souvenirs or food (we bring food from home), it’s $14.75 per attraction. What a value! 🙁

Hello! I’m trying to cite your article, but can’t find the publisher/sponsors used for this. Would you mind helping me out? Loved this article btw!

I really enjoyed your insight and breakdown between then & now… There is one issue I have with it is that since this park does cater to really little ones, it would be nice to have a pay as you go option as well. And in this day in age, there would be no tickets. Prepaid tickets would be on the card you have to swipe anyway before going on the attraction. Last couple of times we did 10 attractions total in our family. Extremely expensive. Moreover, there is no way anyone can experience even 30 attractions in any given day with all the lines etc…I think Walt Disney is turning in his grave!!!

Thanks for the comment, Ivy.

The pay-as-you-go idea certainly has merit. I know there have been times where my family has only gone a few rides in a single trip, but this was more due to having a small kid than long lines.

Your comparison to current ticket prices isn’t really valid as you didn’t take into account the change in attractions. There are new attractions and more of them now. If you create a list of all of the attractions currently in the park and use the same A-E scale (D & E from 1959 of course), and run the math then you get a 1 day value of $11.05 (no $1 admission, just purely rides). After inflation, that works out to $98.26, just 72 cents shy of the actual 1 day 1 park ticket price.

Thanks for the comment, Adam. The comparison I did in this article is from 1955 looking forward. The numbers you have are from today looking back and they look great, but are outside the scope of what I was looking to do. If you’d like to write up an article from the perspective you used, I’d be happy to publish it.

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