First-Ever Disneyland Customer Also got a Lifetime Pass in 1955 and He Used it Each Year

The first person to ever buy a ticket and enter Disneyland is a Dave MacPherson. He was a 22-year-old college student from Long Beach, California and it was July 17th, 1955. Before him, there were few celebrities that entered the park. As Disneyland’s opening festivities were televised on that day, young Dave was struck with an idea. Disneyland first opened to the general public the next day (18th July), so Dave immediately turned off the TV and rode his motorbike 10 miles to Anaheim. It was 2 a.m. and he was the first to start a line at the ticket booth. A few hours later he was the first customer of the legendary amusement park created by Walt Disney that cost 17 million US dollars. As the first customer, Dave also got a lifetime pass and he never missed a year since then to enjoy his privileges. Dave shared: “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 and is made like a credit card and says on the front “VIP MAIN ENTRANCE PASS.” The reverse side has my name and says: Admit Passholder and 3 Guests.”

This is good ol’ Dave MacPherson – the first-ever Disneyland costumer

He was the first to start the line at the ticket booth at 2 a.m. on 18th of July, 1955

As a reward, he received a lifetime pass to any Disney park for him and 3 guests

He always brings his wife Wanda and friends Martha and Joe Ortiz

People treat him as a celebrity and ask to take a photo with him

Walt Disney himself forged his original idea to reality to create an amusement Park at cost of 17 million US dollars

All photo credits: Disneyland -via [boredpanda]