Before visiting the originals, experience five of the world's most iconic sites in the Disney Parks.
No matter where you travel or who you meet, you learn something new that changes your perspective in a positive way. Interactions with different cultures in iconic, far-flung places, or even with people of diverse backgrounds in your own city, ultimately teach you more about yourself and the world around you. For many Americans—like myself—our first introduction to foreign lands happens in Disney–“the Happiest Place on Earth"–which offers a fascinating cultural melting pot of people from across the globe.
Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1955, and later welcomed visitors to a larger park resort—Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida—in 1971. He wanted to build a place for adults and children to share in cultural exploration, with a bit of imagination.
“Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone,” Walt Disney said.