The Unofficial Disneyland 1955 Companion: The Anecdotal Story Of The Birth Of The Happiest Place On Earth
Publish Date: 2016-06-25
Author: Jim Korkis
A Year in the Life of Disneyland
And what a year! In 1955, Walt Disney's dream of a theme park, the first of its kind in the world, came true. Disney historian Jim Korkis' entertaining tale of an American pop culture icon is power-packed with details, and the most thorough account of Disneyland's early days ever published.
As Walt Disney once said: it takes people to make the dream a reality . Korkis never loses sight of the many people who built Disneyland, from famous Imagineers to obscure ticket takers. From their stories he crafts the epic adventure of how Walt conjured magic from an orange grove, with all the politics and the pixie dust, and the thrill of doing what no one had ever done before.
Just a few of the highlights from Disneyland 1955:
The many little-known inspirations for Disneyland
First-person narratives from Disneyland cast members who were there on opening day
How politics and corporate wheeling and dealing were instrumental in getting Disneyland off the ground
The story of the short-lived (and little missed) Mickey Mouse Club Circus
Comprehensive almanacs of Main Street and the four lands in the park, as they existed in 1955