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Disneyland’s First Customer Has Been Using His Lifetime Ticket Yearly Since 1955

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Fans of Disneyland know how overwhelming and remarkable the theme parks are. All their beloved characters, world cuisines, exciting rides, and fun treats of this magical kingdom in one enormous playground.

Disney’s first customer to enter the park in 1955 and receive and lifetime complimentary ticket, was Dave MacPherson.

It all started with Disneyland in Anaheim, California. MacPherson was only 22 years old studying at Long Beach State College. He was so excited that he got there bright and early, which gave him the number one spot in the line on its opening day.

Ever since that first day, he’s been back every year. He still enters with the same lifetime pass he bought back when he was twenty-two years old.

Dave MacPherson a 22-year-old college student back in July 1955 when he became the first Disneyland customer.

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First, in line at 2 am on the opening day.

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It’s was no lucky coincidence. Dave MacPherson, the Scotsman, was observing Disneyland’s opening festivities on television. He marveled at the celebrity figures enjoying the park when a thought struck him. Why not be the first person who wasn’t a celebrity or relative of Walt’s to enter the park.

MacPherson got on his motorbike and made a 10-mile trip to the park to be first in line at 2 am.

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MacPherson has no idea what has happened to his admission ticket. However, he did preserve a copy of the complimentary card that came with it.

Photo Credit: This Day in Disney History
Photo Credit: This Day in Disney History

MacPherson takes his wife Wanda and a couple of friends Disneyland.

Photo Credit: This Day in Disney History

He usually takes wife Wanda, as well as their good friends Martha & Joe Ortiz. Strangely though, Joe was also in Disneyland back in 1955 on July 18th, yet the two men didn’t get to meet. They were brought together by shared mutual interests later in life.

Photo Credit: This Day in Disney History

There are six Disneylands around the world, California, Florida, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Each Disney resort has one Disneyland or “castle park”, and four resorts have other parks as well. Disney World near Orlando, Florida, is the largest.

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