They say that little things in life make you the happiest. On the long list of simple pleasures, clearly, we include amusement parks – a place where you go to distance from reality and join in the fantasy world. Seeing your favorite characters, snapping pictures together, those for sure are guaranteed to bring in major crowds. Amusement parks should be on everyone’s bucket list, especially Disneyland. It is one place you have to go before you “kick the bucket,” at least once, to remember that life doesn’t always suck.
So you can imagine how Dave MacPherson must have felt when he became the first Disneyland costumer ever in 1955, later to be rewarded with lifetime passes. A dream, right?!
The 22-year-old made Disney history when he became the first one to step in in the legendary amusement park in 1955, when it first opened to public. MacPherson at that time was a student at Long Beach State College where he also worked for the college newspaper.
It was on July 17, 1955 when Disneyland debuted to invited guests and Macpherson was watching the festivities on TV, that he decided to be the first regular person to enter through the front door.
The Scotsman took his bike and made a ten-mile trek from Long Beach to Anaheim, where he started a line at the nearest ticket booth, at two AM on opening day. He waited for a few hours before buying the first ticket sold to the common public.
The 22-year-old was the first person to enter the park, after Disney’s family members and other celebrities. While MacPherson doesn’t know what happened to his admission ticket for which he paid one dollar, he kept this copy of the complimentary card that came with the ticket.
MacPherson made the most of his reward and has been coming back every year since, together with his wife, Wanda, and some of his friends.
Each January I eagerly await the arrival of the next installment of the pass which is then good for another year at any Disney park, and I have received these annual passes since 1955. At the beginning it was just a paper or cardboard pass and for years it was silver. In recent years it has been red in color and is made like a credit card and says on the front “VIP MAIN ENTRANCE PASS.”
MacPherson also revealed that many people across the world have approached him asking for autographs or pictures.
Needless to say, he is Disney’s biggest fan!