Today in Disney History

Disneyland:  July 13, 1955  (4 days before the Grand Opening)
Walt & Lillian Disney celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Lillian Disney invites guests to a “Tempus Fugit
Celebration,” at six o’clock in the evening.  As they arrive, the guests transported up Main Street, U.S.A. and into Frontierland via horse-drawn surreys. Once there, everyone boards the Mark Twain riverboat for a premiere cruise around the Rivers of America while sipping mint juleps.  Afterwards guests are invited into the the Golden Horseshoe Saloon for dinner, and the very first (although unofficial) performance of a show called the Golden Horseshoe Revue, created by Wally Boag, the original Pecos Bill.   (This record-breaking stage show will go on to play an amazing 47,250 performances, becoming the longest running stage show in history, when it would close in 1986).
 
 
Disneyland:  July 13, 1957
A petrified tree stump is installed on the banks of the Rivers of America in Frontierland.  This 5-ton, 10-foot high stump, purchased by Walt Disney during a trip to Pike’s Petrified Forest in Colorado, was an anniversary present to his wife Lillian for their 32nd anniversary.  She quickly found just the right place for it, where everyone could enjoy it.

5 thoughts to “Today in Disney History”

  1. I have never seen that petrified tree stump. I’ll have to look for that next time.

  2. Ah, that would explain it. Well, I never claimed to be the sharpest tool in the shed.

  3. I was gonna say Mark, I don’t remember seeing a little push pin anywhere near Southern California on your map…

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