My Disney Time - Week 27: Happy Birthday, Disneyland
Disneyland's 58th birthday celebration is just days away. I thought it would be appropriate to feature a special Disneyland Watch for My Disney Time, Week 27.
Disneyland officially opened on July 17, 1955. I like how this watch features the Disneyland castle. Tinkerbell acts as the second hand so it looks like she is flying around the castle...just like she did in the opening credits for the original ABC show, Wonderful World of Disney. That is the show where people were introduced to Walt Disney and where he would talk about building Disneyland.
This watch is pretty well worn as it was one of my favorites. On the the back of the watch, it simply reads: TINKERBELL. This is another exclusive watch that was made available only to Cast Members. It is not numbered and there is no year on it. I can't remember too many details except that there was a time when different departments would create and make these types of watches available. They were usually offered during the summer and would help that department offset their summer banquet costs. There were usually flyers Backstage advertising these special watches. It was like an underground operation of these Cast Member watches
There are many stories about opening day at Disneyland. All Cast Members at Disneyland go through a day of training which include learning about the rich traditions and heritage that Disneyland was built on. Here is the famous dedication that Walt spoke on opening day:
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.
—Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955, 4:43 pm
If you are ever at the train station in New Orleans Square, you can hear a tap, tap, tapping sound. It happens to be some of those words of Walt Disney's dedication speech in Morse code.
Happy Birthday, Disneyland!