Disneyland Park, the inaugural theme park of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened its gates on July 17, 1955. With Walt Disney at the helm, it was the first theme park to be designed and built under his direct supervision. Originally the sole attraction on the property, it was renamed Disneyland Park in the 1990s to distinguish it from the expanding complex. Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disneyland came from his visits to various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. Initially, he had envisioned a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank, but the site proved to be too small. After enlisting the help of a consultant to find a suitable location, Disney purchased a 160-acre site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began the following year, and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955.