The original version of the Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland March 18, 1967. It was the last attraction whose construction was envisioned and personally overseen by Walt, who died three months before it opened.
During construction Walt learned that one of the construction workers happened to be from the bayou area of Louisiana, where the beginning of the ride takes place. Walt called the man over and asked him to walk through the ride with him. As they walked, Walt asked about the man’s opinion, if it was realistic to the bayou country, and did it remind him of home.
The man said it was missing something, fireflies! There needed to be fireflies in the swamp. A a few days later, the bayou was lit up with several little electric fireflies.
Walt demanded nothing less than the best when pursuing his dreams. Whatever project he was working on, he wanted it to be a quality one.
Thank you uncle Walt for your dedication and example. Disney IS the gold standard.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".