When Disneyland opened in 1955 it was met with all sorts of issues. From sticky pavement, 100 degree temperatures, broken rides and almost double the anticipated attendance, the press called the park a complete failure. While I am sure no one today would dream of calling Disneyland a failure, we can learn from a few of the ways they creatively overcame issues.
One issue that I am sure no one before saw as a problem was cash management. Not cash management in the sense that we think of it but literally the managing of all those papers and coins. Cash counting machines would not be invented for three more years and not mainstream for many years there after. This would mean, every penny through $100 bill would have to be counted by hand.
Imagine trying to count money for everything from admission to soda from 30,000 or more people each day. I can't imagine the amount of money that must have passed through each day, had to be added and then deposited into banks so it could go out again to pay bills.
Within the first few days a bookkeeper found a rather simple and genius solution, buckets. He took buckets and placed them at each ticket booth. The cast members were instructed to place money into each bucket, separated by denomination. He would then take each bucket back to the accounting offices, weigh the bucket and then count it. After a few buckets of each denomination he had a very reliable method of counting coins and cash, simply by weighing the buckets.