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Walt Disney had a dream of creating a “great, great playground for the children and families of America.”He traveled to Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks located in the middle of Copenhagen, for inspiration.
Unlike other “seedy” amusement parts of the day, Tivoli was a “a clean and orderly park in Copenhagen … with ‘lush flowers, tame rides’ and a festive family atmosphere,” Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer wrote in their book The Idea Hunter: How To Find The Best Ideas And Make Them Happen.
According to radio and TV personality Art Linkletter, who recalled his 1951 trip to Tivoli with Disney in the book, Disney walked through the amusement park scribbling down notes about the seats, gardens, rides, food, and every other detail he noticed.
Disneyland opened in California four years after the trip.
The park is completely gated in, and has three entrances. There's a small admission fee to enter the park, and the rides are pay-as-you-go.
The park is open from mid-April to mid-September. It then re-opens to celebrate Halloween for two weeks in October and then opens again for Christmas in mid-November and stays open through December.
The park features 26 rides during the summer and 29 rides during the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
The Nimb is one of Tivoli Gardens' iconic buildings. Built in 1909, the facade resembles the Taj Mahal.
The ship in Tivoli Lake is a family-friendly restaurant called Pirateriet. The menu is Caribbean-inspired.
After performing in the park, Michael Jackson actually tried to buy it. But he was turned down, according to Frommer's.
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