Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Julie Reihm: Modeling the Model

For Disneyland's 10th Anniversary, Walt recruited Julie Reihm as his sidekick for a January 1965 episode of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." Here, Walt tells the dark-haired Disneyland Ambassador (the very first one) about the Plaza Inn Restaurant, which was in the process of being remodeled from its original incarnation, The Red Wagon Inn.

The master storyteller also showed off his upcoming projects including it's a small world, New Orleans Square (visible in the above photo in the painting behind Reihm), Pirates of the Caribbean…

and the Haunted Mansion.

Below, Imagineer John Hench, the one in charge of the Red Wagon Inn remodel, takes a gander at the same model with Walt.

Reihm came back to the Plaza Inn to cut the cake for the Tencennial Press Party on July 18, 1965:

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K. Martinez said...

"You go up the waterfall?".

Always loved the Plaza Inn Model photo with John Hench and Walt Disney.

TokyoMagic! said...

"A skeleton ghost!!!"