It all started with a mouse…or a suitcase and a dream, or a paper route…wait…news butcher…no, Red Cross ambulance driver. Well, it started because Walt persevered!!! Thanks Uncle Walt!
Walt’s uncle Robert was pretty key in the early days. He really helped out Ub and Walt. They were barely able to rub two nickels together. Roy was still selling vacuums. Herb was busy at the post office. It's not clear when Ray started selling insurance. Ruth was still at home with Flora and Elias. Uncle Robert really gave them the lift both with some funds and a little temporary studio.
Walt had a great admiration for Abraham Lincoln ever since he was a small boy. It’s no wonder he chose this stalwart and gentle giant from our past to be featured in the audio-animatronic presentation celebrating America and freedom: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
Did you know this was the first Disney attraction to be running simultaneously on the east and west coast? Between July 18, 1965 and October 17, 1965 the show was running at both Disneyland and the New York World’s Fair.
Walt giving a tour of his studios to a couple camera-toting youngsters. Ken Murray's daughters, Janie and Pam. Footage of their visit to the Walt Disney Studios is featured in the 1963 documentary, "Hollywood Without Make-up".
Scroll to 42:45 to see the Disney studios clip!
Walt Disney is joined by The Mellomen in the lead-in to the Wonderful World of Color series, Gallegher. This series aired in 12 parts from Jan 1965 through Mar 1968. It starred Roger Mobley and Bryan Russell (who both appeared in Emil and the Detectives in 1964).
Walt Disney introducing us to Juan the Tiki Room Barker Bird (Jose’s cousin). Juan’s job was to perch himself outside of the Enchanted Tiki Room and explain to passing guests what they could see inside, and then invite them to see the show!
“Stop walking while I’m squawking! Caramba!!”
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".
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