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Dateline: Disneyland (1955)

A live television special on the opening day of Disneyland.


Milton Raison




Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Linkletter ... Himself - Host
Robert Cummings ... Himself - Host
Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Host
Fess Parker ... Himself
Buddy Ebsen ... Himself
Johnny Green ... Himself
Bonita Granville ... Herself
Danny Thomas ... Himself
Bobby Driscoll ... Himself
Margaret Whiting ... Herself
Barbara Whiting ... Herself
Frank Sinatra ... Himself
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself
Alan Young ... Himself
Jerry Colonna ... Himself


A live television special on the opening day of Disneyland.

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Release Date:

17 July 1955 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Walt Disney: [reading the dedication for Disneyland] "To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past. And here, youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
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Alternate Versions

An appearance by the original Mouseketeers performing "Talent Roundup" has been removed from the DVD version See more »


References Dumbo (1941) See more »


Whistle While You Work
Written by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey
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A Day from my Youth
20 September 2004 | by dkmceSee all my reviews

I distinctly remember watching this broadcast live on July 17, 1955, when I was five years old, and the opening of Disneyland was, to me, the most important event in the world. Seeing it again brings back that long ago day of my childhood so vividly. The flubs and technical mishaps help bring the immediacy of this live telecast back, and seeing the nearly barren Disney park before the trees and bushes had grown or most of the rides installed is great fun. Particularly seeing empty Anaheim in the background where it is now so overdeveloped is amazing. Art Linkletter was hosting this show on his own birthday, but never mentions it. Walt turns out a parade of his Hollywood Republican pals for co-hosting bits, including Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan. In opening Tomorrowland, Cummings says it represents the future world of 1984! If only co-host Reagan had looked at Tomorrowland and said, "Oh look, I'm the President." But no one would have believed it then. Linkletter took the camera and film concessions at the park for 10 years in lieu of payment for hosting, and made many thousands of times as much money as his hosting fee would have. Sadly, the performance by the Mousekateers on this show has been edited out of the DVD release, I assume to avoid having to pay them their royalties, which is a shame as this show was the TV debuts of Annette Funicello and Bobby Burgess, both of whom had long careers ahead of them. An amazing time capsule.

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