One of Walt Disney’s greatest accomplishments is in the creation of Disneyland. The park, once considered “Disney’s Folly” and expected to fail, has now reached its 60th anniversary. Over the past year, there have been a variety of celebrations inside the park and out. Just this past weekend, a much anticipated commemorative special aired on ABC under the banner of The Wonderful World of Disney. Appropriate, since The Wonderful World of Disney series once had a different name: Walt Disney’s Disneyland.
Of course, over the last six decades more than just the name of Disney’s flagship show has changed. The celebration of Disneyland’s anniversary ended up having more in common with a modern Radio Disney special than the show that first introduced us to the park. So, today, we’re going to go back in time and look at the very first Disneyland special, airing nearly 9 months before the park gates opened. Courtesy of the limited edition Walt Disney Treasures set.