One of my earliest memories of Walt Disney was during a Sunday night tradition our family observed during the 1960s. We were all huddled around the TV, watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. At 7:00, Marlin brought the untamed beasts of the earth into our living room once a week, teaching us about how they live in a way which had never been done before.
But the main event didn’t begin until 8:00, just as the popcorn was coming off the stove. When Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color came on, the master story-teller, Walt Disney was welcomed into our home. A youthful sparkle shown in his eyes as he talked to us as if he was a member of the family. Then he would introduce the story for the evening. We would all settle back, waiting with anticipation for the tale to begin.
Walt Disney’s list of achievements is extensive. As a cartoonist, Walt not only developed the Mickey Mouse character as well as all of his friends, he also produced a long list of full-length animated films starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney’s films won a total of 22 Academy Awards.
But of all of Mr. Disney’s accomplishments, his greatest, at least in my mind, was the creation of Disneyland. As you enter Disneyland, you are ushered into the visionary world that Walt Disney created, with the help of his imagineers.
I have been to Disneyland several times. It has changed much over the years. There are always new things to discover and experience, along with many of those attractions fondly remembered from childhood trips. One of the things I have noticed is that it is better to go to the park with someone who is there for the first time. Seeing the wonderment in their eyes brings back the memory of the first time stepping through the gates and entering this extraordinary realm that was created nearly 60 years ago.
I hope you find something here that helps you plan a trip, brings back fond memories of visits to the park or just inspires you in some way.
Let the magic begin!