Last night I attended Wednesdays with Walt, which is an Annual Pass Perk. Every Wednesday—for a limited time—Annual Passholders will get a chance to step into the Opera House at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. and get a unique glimpse into the creative genius of Walt while enjoying highlights from the Disneyland television series.
Beginning on October 27, 1954, Walt Disney took to the airwaves to share with the world his vision for a new kind of theme park. The Disneyland television series provided audiences of that era with a firsthand account of all things Disney, straight from the fantastical mind of its creator. Walt harnessed the burgeoning medium of TV to delight the world with the themes and lands that Guests would be able to explore when visiting The Happiest Place on Earth. (For more info about the events see here)
Last night they featured, “Disneyland Goes To the World’s Fair”. Which feature Walt showing off exhibits under construction. Some say that part of Walt’s reason for participating in the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65 was to prove to city folks, who made up much of the population back East, that they had the same kind of taste for Disney’s theme park attractions that folks out West had. At this point in time he was already considering building an “East Coast Disneyland.” I believe the biggest draw to his was the way the attractions would provide a test market and technologies he wanted to use in future theme park endeavors.
Disney created four shows for the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Those shows/ attractions were Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (built for the State of Illinois Pavilion), Progressland (built for GE), The Magic Skyway (for the Ford Pavilion), and It’s a Small World (sponsored by the Pepsi Cola Company, with the proceeds to benefit UNICEF). Most of these attractions have become apart of the Disneyland we know today.
The World’s Fair provided a place for Walt to create and entertain. So sit back and relax “Disneyland Goes To the World’s Fair”. Take it away Walt.