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The Disneyland TV Show Debuted 60 Years Ago Today

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Sixty years ago today, on October 27, 1954, the Disneyland TV show debuted on ABC. The show actually existed before the theme park opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955 and was in effect an advertisement for the park. But oh, what a glorious advertisement it was.


Kids got a peek at the developments at Disneyland and, of course, were not so subtly sold on the idea that Disneyland was the place where all your dreams could come true.

Below, we have a segment from one of my favorite Disneyland TV episodes, Magic Highway USA. It aired on May 14, 1958 and was directed by Disney legend Ward Kimball. If you haven't seen it, the gorgeous animation and general retro-future awesomeness is well worth your time.


Also, on a somewhat related note, don't miss the tale of Karal Ann Marling, who won a free trip to Disneyland when she was a kid in the 1950s. It's absolutely unbelievable.

Image: Screenshot from the 1962 episode, "Disneyland After Dark" at which point the show as re-titled Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

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There is so many things in that video that make no sense whatsoever. Building railways that go to each farm to pick up 1 wagon who then separates and follows another track that gies directly in the supermarket and transforms into a display would be prohibitavely expensive.

Farmers rarely grow more than 2-4 crops overall so that wagon/display would be filled with only tomatoes or only lettuce and so on. It would be wastful to use a wagon as a grocery display as wagons are use to carry produce in bulk which is not very presentable.

I'm always dumbfounded by many retro futurist habit of trying to change or 'improve' things that don't need to change and work fine the way they are but they completely overlook the things that need change like gender equality.

Lafind I find it amazing that they could sincerely believe that hover ambulances would service color indicated heated super highways with freaking elevators to go up mountains but no one really envisioned one of the most ubiquitous technology today, the mobile phone.

PS: why would there be elevating pathways to bring workers to their floors yet no mention of elevators which were already a well established a perfectly good upgradable technology. It's fine for the car going over a mountain (imagine the traffic) but it's not good enough for people.