Thursday, May 14, 2009
Opening Day at Disneyland, July 17, 1955
These 2 kids, Michael Schwartner and Christine Vess Watkins, seem to have no idea how cool it was to be the first children through the turnstiles on opening day...and to be greeted by none other than Walt himself! Note the Smoke Tree Ranch tie that he is wearing.
In shot #2 you have a birds-eye view of the opening ceremonies held in Town Square. I have also included a closeup of the area where Walt and the others were standing.
This photo gives you a much better look at Walt & Co.; Mrs. Goodwin J. Knight and her husband, the Governor of California, are on the left. I am sure somebody out there can identify the guy standing next to Walt.
My previously posted color shot of the ceremonies and a closeup of Walt (blocked by a lamppost) and others:
Walt, sans tie, is giving his famous opening day speech:
See more vintage & current Disneyland Opening Day photos at my regular website.