Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Nixon Family & Disneyland, Pt. 3
Today the Nixon family explores Frontierland aboard the Mark Twain, August 11, 1955. I really like this first view of the family, standing on the banks of the Rivers of America. The girls, Tricia and Julie, are in their perfectly starched dresses, patiently anticipating their first voyage on the “floating wedding cake.” Julie remembers Walt fondly: “Walt was such a visionary—mother and father thought so much of him. The west is a land of opportunities. My father had a different view of the world because he was from the west; everything was a possibility. This helped him to open the doors to China and accomplish things that others might not have thought possible. Walt was the same—he was a futurist. He had big thinking, which was characteristic of those in the west during that time.”
Vice President Nixon takes a turn “steering” the Twain while a photographer cautiously navigates the small deck around the wheelhouse.
Julie gets to sound the bell:
A beautiful shot of the Twain rounding the bend with the Nixon family aboard, passing the Chicken Plantation Restaurant.
Nixon waves heartily to the photographers and guests:
Those buckets can still be seen atop the Twain today:
Walt gave the Nixon girls Mickey Mouse hats which they used to put on plays at home; Karen was Julie’s favorite Mouseketeer. Tomorrow, the Nixons get invited to be honored guests at the June 14, 1959 new attraction festivities. See more Nixon family photos at my regular website.