For the annual Christmas Parade, Don DeFore was often called upon to be the Master of Ceremonies for Frontierland. Pic #1 shows him high atop the roof of Frontierland, looking down upon the festivities...including the scary floats pictured here:
Here are photos of both of Don’s Holiday Festival Certificates, 1957 & 1960. The watercolor for 1960 makes it a true work of art.
One year, Walt called Don frantically from the Main Street entrance just before the parade was to begin. His grandchildren had not yet arrived, and Walt could not ride in the carriage without kids. Walt asked Don to send two of his children to the front gate immediately. Ron & Dawn were the lucky DeFore children who got to play Walt’s grandkids, and most of the guests probably didn’t even know the difference.
See more vintage and current Disneyland photos at my website.
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