His ideas then evolved to a small play park with a boat ride and other themed areas.

Over time, Disney's ideas continued to evolve into a concept for a larger enterprise; that enterprise became what is known today as Disneyland.

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Disneyland was partially inspired by Tivoli Gardens, built in 1843 in Copenhagen, Denmark and Children's Fairyland built in 1950 in Oakland, California.

Disney's original modest plans called for the park to be built on eight acres (32,000 m²) next to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California as a place where his employees and families could go to relax.

Walt Disney's original concept was of a permanent family fun park minus the "negative element", which he felt traveling carnivals often attracted.

While on outings with his daughters Dianne and Sharon, Walt realized there were no parks with activities both parents and children could enjoy together.

Construction began on July 18, 1954 and would cost US$17 million to complete. Because of his brother Roy's distrust of the project, and because of financial considerations, Walt Disney was forced to turn to outside financing for his theme park.

For the first five years of its operation, Disneyland was owned by Disneyland, Inc., of which Walt Disney Productions and ABC each owned half.

Walt delighted in giving visitors rides on his miniature train.

(See Michael Broggie, Walt Disney's Railroad Story, 1998.) Early in development, during the early 1950s, it became clear that more area would be needed.

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