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  • Disneyland a National Landmark?

    Ok.. hypothetically here... Do you guys think that Disneyland should be concidered a national landmark? It is the worlds first theme park, it sparked many new inventions, and it is the site of the worlds first steel roller coaster. The requirements to become a national landmark as set by the National Park Service can be found at http://www.cr.nps.gov/nhl/QA.htm#3 . Thoughts?
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    i think it could easily qualify, but some other people (weirdos) out there still only see disneyland as just another amusement park. so you know...
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      I think so. I mean Disneyland is pretty much a name that most everyone worldwide recognizes. It is one of those shining jewels in America.

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      • #4
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        I've heard of Disneyland being referred to as a landmark before in some document. And I certainly think it qualifies.




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        • #5
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          Yes definately.

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            so we all know it qualifies. now whats the next step to make it "official"?
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              It could also be listed with the State of California as a historic site.... Here's the qualifications for that... http://www.ohp.parks.ca.gov/pages/10...d%20points.pdf
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                Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                Originally posted by OogieBoogie
                Ok.. hypothetically here... Do you guys think that Disneyland should be concidered a national landmark? It is the worlds first theme park, it sparked many new inventions, and it is the site of the worlds first steel roller coaster. The requirements to become a national landmark as set by the National Park Service can be found at http://www.cr.nps.gov/nhl/QA.htm#3 . Thoughts?
                I'm not sure it's the world's first theme park. Walter and Cordelia Knott are credited with opening the first attractions at Knotts and calling it an amusement park (themed to the California Gold Rush) as far back as the 1920s. An internet search refers to Knotts in several places as "the first theme park".

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                  Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                  In a word.. yes! But weather a government entity describes it as such, it will always be a WorldWide Landmark!

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                    Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                    What a great question.

                    This might be the reason it won't be named a National Landmark:

                    Ordinarily, cemeteries, birthplaces, graves of historical figures, properties owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes, structures that have been moved from their original locations, reconstructed historic buildings and properties that have achieved significance within the past 50 years are not eligible for designation.
                    However, it might be considered because of this exception:

                    (8) A property achieving national significance within the past 50 years if it is of extraordinary national importance.
                    Arguably, it is of extraordinary national importance--especially to those of us who post here--but how many others would see it that way?

                    If it were my decision, I'd say yes. However, using the criteria of the National Park Service (and realizing they're a bunch of tree-hugging hippies), I don't think it would qualify.
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                      Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                      Lets get Knott's declared a historic landmark first and see what happens! We wouldn't want Disneyland painstakingly restored to opening day condition.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                        Yes, but Disneyland is 51 this July. Will that let it count?...

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                          I definitely think Disneyland should be considered a national landmark, but not an official one. I think a requirement of maintaining Landmark status is preserving the landmark in as original condition as possible, and certainly not adding to it. As much as I know how some would wet their pants at the thought of Disneyland remaining exactly as it is (or was in their childhoods) the park would wither if it was not allowed to grow and change as it has in the past 50 years.


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                            Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                            Originally posted by Frogberto
                            I'm not sure it's the world's first theme park. Walter and Cordelia Knott are credited with opening the first attractions at Knotts and calling it an amusement park (themed to the California Gold Rush) as far back as the 1920s. An internet search refers to Knotts in several places as "the first theme park".
                            also The oldest amusement park of the world (opened 1583) is Bakken, at Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Disneyland a National Landmark?

                              No, mostly because of my political beliefs. I also fear preservation from such a status.

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