Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Walt & His Hippos
It's not difficult to see the happiness that Walt is feeling as his dream becomes a reality. Here he is cavorting with the mechanical hippos that will be an integral part to the Jungle River Cruise in Adventureland. From the publicity blurb:
NAME: WALT DISNEY AND FRIENDS
PROGRAM: DISNEYLAND NO. 38 "FANTASYLAND - A Further Report on Disneyland and A Tribute to Mickey Mouse."
TIME: WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1955; 7:30-8:30 PM (NYT)
Walt Disney turns on his famous charm in an attempt to befriend a pair of half-completed life-sized mechanically animated hippos, who live in Adventureland, part of the Disneyland Park under construction in Anaheim, Calif.
A previously posted shot of the hippos being put into place:
Today, the hippos still charm guests every day at Disneyland:
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