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The asphalt that had been poured just the night before was so soft that ladies' high-heeled shoes sank in. A gas leak in Fantasyland caused Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland to close for the afternoon.
Parents were throwing children over the shoulders of crowds to get in line for rides such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
Despite the problems on the opening day, Disneyland was clearly an enormous success.
It attracted visitors worldwide in unprecedented volume.
Walt's fascination for trains was also encouraged by another studio animator, Ollie Johnston.
He decided to use television to get the ideas into people's homes, and so he created a show named Disneyland which was broadcast on the fledgling American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network.
The Mark Twain Riverboat was overloaded, leading to the establishment of a maximum capacity of 300.