“Disneyland 1961” delivers everything that I am always hoping for out of a park grand opening tv special. This program provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the park, an explanation of expansion from Walt Disney, and then an extensive look at the rides and attractions throughout the park. It truly feels like a visit to Disneyland is like experiencing your favorite Disney movies and tv shows. It would have been impossible to watch this back in 1961 without getting an immediate and strong desire to pack up and go. A modern viewing captures a classic perception of the world’s first theme park while still creating an intense desire to visit the park. I was particularly taken with the detailed looks at the Matterhorn, train, and submarine voyage. The special is filled with catchy songs about the rides and a fireworks finale! I would love to have some Disney World specials like this one to share with my children before their first visit. Whether you are looking for nostalgia or a historic look at the growth of Disneyland, “Walt Disney Presents: Disneyland 1961” is a must watch!
Watch the special here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgug68QQxls
[Pictured: We can all look up a POV of The Matterhorn on YouTube, but it’s just not the same as this tv special’s high-speed compilation]