Monday, January 14, 2008
Yippie “Invasion,” pt. 1
August 6, 1970: It was Yippie Day at Disneyland. Approximately 10,000 flyers were distributed in an attempt to band these Yippies together to make a scene at Disneyland; approximately 100 showed up ( or 200, or maybe 300, depending upon who you talk to).
The caption that accompanied this wire photo was:
HCP080610-8/6/70-ANAHEIM, CALIF: About 300 hippies singing the Mickey Mouse Club song march with the Disneyland Band down the Main Street of the "Magic Kingdom" as part of a "National Yippie Day." Police from several near-by cities were called in and as night fell six had been arrested and the park was being closed.
So much for the Yippies. Disneyland was prepared as was the Anaheim Police Department. Here are some photos from that day; more to come. According to most of the accounts, the Yippies were more of a nuisance than anything else to the 25,000 park guests who WANTED to be there that day. Here they are trying to infiltrate the Disneyland Marching Band while singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme. The Yippie’s shining moment was the “capture” of Tom Sawyer Island. I think I see Spiccoli on top of Castle Rock in this photo. He’s probably still in rehab today.
The caption for this photo:
HCP080701-8/7/70-ANAHEIM, CALIF: Yippies take command of Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland 8/6 forcing the eventual closing of the park. Some 300 long-haired youths invaded the Orange County attraction in celebration of "Yippie Day." 18 youths were arrested during the day and evening.
There were about 18 arrests that resulted from the day’s activity and the park closed 5 hours early. My summation of the day: if you don’t like Disneyland or its philosophies, don’t go. Very simple. Get stoned at home. Most of all, I feel bad for the families who were there who may not have been able to come back on another day. That would stink to have your vacation spoiled like that.
See more vintage Disneyland Yippie photos on my regular website.