This photo of Disneyland’s Main Street Railroad Station and Floral Mickey was taken by legendary LIFE magazine photographer Loomis Dean in 1955. Note that the population sign says 5,000,000. While the sign has been updated over the years to reflect the number of guests who have visited the park since it opened in 1955, the park did not actually welcome its 5 millionth guest until October of 1956. Since money was stretched thin in the early years, perhaps Walt Disney wanted the initial sign to be able to last a while. When Disneyland celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005, the population was updated to 500,000,000. In 2013, the population was updated to 650,000,000, which it remains at today. There was some speculation the population would be updated in 2020 as part of the 65th anniversary celebration, but the park’s closure due to the pandemic dampened that milestone. By even conservative estimates, more than 750,000,000 guests have now visited Disneyland since it opened. So when will the population be updated next?
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".