View attachment 17995 When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. The original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination with two renowned Disney parks, nearly 100 attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. In the spring of 2015, the resort will launch a dazzling year long Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic. â€œItâ€™s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next yearâ€™s Diamond Celebration,â€ said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. â€œWeâ€™re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.â€ Disney have invited the generations of families and friends who have visited the resort to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. Readers of the DisneyParksBlog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015. Guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades â€“ 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. Disneyland transformed the amusement industry with an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a â€œtheme parkâ€ where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. In the nearly six decades since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has continued to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Waltâ€™s promise that â€œDisneyland will never be completed â€¦ as long as there is imagination left in the world.â€ The success of Disneyland Resort also has resulted in immense growth for the city of Anaheim, Calif. The resortâ€™s workforce of 26,000 cast members makes it the largest single-site employer in Orange County. The Disney resort entertainment experience has expanded worldwide and is enjoyed by guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland. The Shanghai Disney Resort is set to open in mainland China in 2015.