Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Disneyland Opening Day (1955 ABC Broadcast) - 9 stars out of 10

Disneyland Opening Day (1955 ABC Broadcast) - 9 stars out of 10
July 17, 1955

1100th Review

This is one of the most nostalgic things that you will ever watch!  Disneyland’s Opening Day ceremony has something that no other park’s ceremony had: Walt Disney.  Nothing can compare to hearing Walt read the famous dedication:
“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

While many of us have never visited Disneyland, many of the sights and all of the ideals are the same as the ones that we know through the movies and Disney World.  We have become so used to the concept of the theme park because they are such an important part of our society.  As we grew up, a trip to Disney World was a rite of passage for most children but can you imagine what it must have been like to experience Disneyland in 1955?  It was the first of its kind and when people saw this television special, it changed the course of history.  This live broadcast is not flawless, but that’s part of the charm.  The magnitude of Disneyland could not be calculated, and neither could the complexity of filming this spectacle.  Watching this special in modern times is fun as we see what the character costumes used to look like and we even bump into Ronnie Reagan as an actor!  We get to see Tomorrowland, Walt’s vision of the future in the year 1986, 31 years after this broadcast.  While we aren’t wearing spacesuits, it is incredible to see that he accurately predicted the importance of atomic energy and the moon landing.  While many of the rides and characters have changed, this special gives us an insight into Walt’s true intent: that Disneyland would become a place of happiness for children and children-at-heart around the world.  And it has.

[Pictured: Opening the gates to Fantasyland]

Other Park Opening TV Specials:
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World - http://jonnysdailymoviereview.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-grand-opening-of-walt-disney-world.html
EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration - jonnysdailymoviereview.blogspot.com/2014/08/epcot-center-opening-celebration-6.html
The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening - jonnysdailymoviereview.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-disney-mgm-studios-theme-park-grand.html
Disneys Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure - jonnysdailymoviereview.blogspot.com/2014/08/disneys-animal-kingdom-first-adventure.html
Disneys California Adventure TV Special - jonnysdailymoviereview.blogspot.com/2014/08/disneys-california-adventure-tv-special.html

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