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In 1955, Walt Disney opened an entertainment park in Anaheim, California,
near Los Angeles. He called the park Disneyland. He wanted it to be the happiest
place on Earth. It re-created places from Disney movies. It also showed real
places as Disney imagined them. For example, one area looked like a nineteenth-century
century in the American West. Another area looked like the world of the future.
Disneyland had many exciting rides for children of all ages and for adults too.
Disneyland was so successful that Walt Disney developed plans for a second entertainment and educational park. The project was called Walt Disney World. It opened near Orlando, Florida in 1971, five years after Disney died. It was larger than Disneyland and had many more activities.
Today, the Disney Company continues Walt Disney's work and traditions. Michael
Eisner became the company chief in 1984. At the time, the company was not making
successful films. It was depending on the entertainment parks for much of its
Mister Eisner changed that situation. He ordered that old Disney cartoons, programs and films be sold to television stations. He approved the production of programs and movies for adults. He expanded the idea of the Disney parks to Japan and France. Disney parks opened in Tokyo in 1984 and in Paris in 1992.