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                            Backstage Disneyland : A Personal History
	Recommended Citation
COVER PAGE
	CoverPage
CHAPTER TITLES
	000_1
	000_2
TITLE PAGE
	000_3
SUMMARY
	001
PART ONE
	ONE: I MEET WALT DISNEY
		002
		003
		004
	TWO: A HANDSHAKE DEAL
		005
	THREE: SPRINGTIME IN BURBANK
		006
		007
		008
	FOUR: THE CAST OF CHARACTERS: STUDIO DAYS
		009
		010
		011
		012
		013
	FIVE: THE HYBRIDIZED ORGANIZATION
		014
		015
	SIX: WALT DISNEY'S DREAM
		016
		017
		018
	SEVEN: MY EDUCATION BEGINS FOR A NEW LIFE
		019
		020
		021
		022
	EIGHT: HI HO, HI HO, IT'S TO THE SITE WE GO
		023
	NINE: WE MOVE TO "THE WHITE HOUSE"
		024
		025
	TEN: A BEACH HEAD IN A BATTLEGROUND
		026
	ELEVEN: CAST OF CHARACTERS AT "THE SITE"...AS THEY CAME ON STAGE
		027
		028
		029
		030
		031
	TWELVE: "YOU'LL CREATE HAPPINESS"
		032
		033
		034
	THIRTEEN: FROM HAPPINESS TO HIGHWAYS
		035
		036
	FOURTEEN: HOORAY FOR THE HOMEFOLKS
		037
		038
		039
	FIFTEEN: A PRESSURE RELEASE WITH THE PELTZER HOUSE
		040
	SIXTEEN: DEADLINE DAYS
		041
		042
		043
		044
		045
		046
		047
	SEVENTEEN: 'TWAS THE DAY BEFORE OPENING
		048
		049
	EIGHTEEN: THE PREVIEW AND GRAND OPENING
		050
		051
		052
		053
	NINETEEN: FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON THE OPENING
		054
		055
	TWENTY: EARLY LEARNING YEARS
		056
		057
	TWENTY-ONE: OPENING CAST OF CHARACTERS
		058
		059
		060
		061
		062
		063
		064
PART TWO
	064_2
	TWENTY-TWO: FROM THEORETICAL PEAK TO REALITY
		065
		066
		067
		068
		069
		070
		071
		072
		073
	TWENTY-THREE: FROM MULE PACKS TO COMPUTERS
		074
		075
		076
		077
		078
		079
	TWENTY-FOUR: YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OFF THE FARM, BUT...
		080
		081
		082
		082_2
		083
	TWENTY-FIVE: THE WINTER OLYMPICS OF 1962
		084
		085
	TWENTY-SIX: NEW DIRECTIONS
		086
		087
		088
		089
	TWENT-SEVEN: PROFESSIONALIZING A UNIQUE SHOW
		090
		091
		092
		093
		094
		095
		096
	TWENTY-EIGHT: CORPORATE SURVIVAL
		097
		098
		099
	TWENTY-NINE: THE NEW YORK EXPERIENCE
		100
		101
		102
	THIRTY: THE MAGIC KINGDOM MOVES EAST
		103
		104
		105
	THIRTY-ONE: THE DAY THAT WALT DIED...
		106
		107
PART THREE
	107_2
	THIRTY-TWO: A BACKSTAGE TOUR OF DISNEYLAND
		108
		109
		110
		111
		112
		113
		114
		115
		116
		117
		118
		119
	THIRTY-THREE: A VERY SPECIAL ON-STAGE TOUR
		120
		121
		122
		123
		124
		125
		126
		127
		128
	THIRTY-FOUR: THE WRAP UP...FOR 25 YEARS
		129
	THIRTY-FIVE: JOIN US IN A "CLUB 55" MEETING
		130
		131
		132
		133
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But in those early days, I remember having to justify
my activities for training ... recreation ... publications •..
foreman training ... and a few other activities.

At that time we had a very extensive "Pony Farm" with
not only the horses for our horse drawn vehicles, but
mules for the mule pack adventure and horses to carry
our stage coaches.

And, we had to pay to haul away all of th~ extensive
manure. I found out that the bill for this was about
$12,000 per year. Fortunately, Fred and Wood had a sense
of humor and I suggested that my activities should
deserve as much money for spreading it as for hauling it
away, and I got the $12,000.

FIRST MONDAY CLOSING

At the time, I handling guest opinion polls,. and had to
check the ef-fectiveness of our advertising campaign
informing the public of our new operating hours. We· had
missed badly on the Mexico - market, and disappointed many
of these important guests by being closed when they
assumed we would be open.

And then, while I was at the Main parking entrance, a couple
drove up in a chauffered limousine. We had, it seems, not
gotten the message into Florence, Italy where they were
from.

Dave Young was with me, and we gave them a special tour
of the park, followed by a lovely lunch. They had a
better time than if the park had been opened. And, years
later when Dave's daughter went to school in Florence,
they entertained her in even greater style.

FANTASY IN THE SKY ••• WOW!

Tommy Walker and a pyrotechnic specialist, Bennie Wells,
came up with the idea for a summer fireworks display.
It was designed to be produced at nine p.m., which would
keep some day people in the park, and bring some night
audience in for the display.

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Some re s~csnts comp_c r 0ed ~~t ~ho isa , b t even more
of them enjoyed watching them every night from their
homes. And, those who didn't want to pay, lined up
in cars to see the display. Today, I still see people
pulling onto the shoulder of the road to watch our
spectacular display.

Dave Young had a tape made to announce the fir eworks
starting at six p.m. He'd say something like, "In
three hours you can enjoy our new, spectacular, Fantasy
in the Sky!" Then there would be small announcements
until the big moment when he'd say ... at nine ... "And now,
FANTASY IN THE SKY!" The tape had little things in it
which were supposed to break up these announcements.

But, tapes cannot always be trusted. On the first day,
at six o'clock, the first announcement came on .•. followed
immediately by all of the segments and ending up with the
final punch line which cued the fireworks. It all
happened at six ... instead of nine ... three hours later.

Walt was there with Dave, after this mishap, and instead
of firing him on the spot, he stood there, right along
with all the guests, exclaiming, "WOW!"

THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE REVUE ... AND WALLY BOAG

Walt Disney personally cast the performers for this show
in Frontier land. A singer ... "the silver voice d . tenor" ...
named Don Navis, knew Walt and was selected by him . . walt
wanted a comic, and Don suggested a person he knew and
had worked with named Wally Boag.

Wally had been doing his act all around the world, but s ome
of his act might ·have been rated "parental guidance" ...
not in the Disney image of. family entertainment. But
when asked by Walt, he immediately said, "I can clean
it up."

Wally was hired on a two week contract, but was an instant
success. Wally was one who became a "true believer" in
Disneyland. On stage, he couldn't be any funnier. But
off stage, he can be serious and introspective. He was
to co-found . many of our employee activities .

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Walt continues ..

HAVEN'T DONE A DAMN TIIING·J\LL NIGHT. THEY'VE BEEN SITTIN'

c · ·.. OVER THERE ... ON DOUBLE TIHE 1 NO DOUBT 1 HUH? AND I THINK THAT ..

UH .. THAT WITH JUST A THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO MY BROTHER. TO

JOE FOWLER ... TO ALL THE BOYS,.THE TOP BOYS AND ALL YOU PEOPLE

DOWN THE LINE, WHO'VE BEEN A PART OF THIS THING .. AS I SAY, tvE' RE

JUST GETTIN' STARTED, YOU KNOW . . THE SHOW GOES ON NEXT YEAR ..

YEAH.

(Applause and ·music)



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Although there are some who today 1 ·are resting on their
laurels ... even though they didn't have any to rest on in
the first place I there. are still enough around who are
dreaming and pushing to make Walt's opening day
prediction alive and true:

"Disneyland will never oe- completed 1 as
long as there is imagination left in the.
world."

So, that's the end of~ history. There will be. others.
Although I'm only paid for being around 20 hours a week,
my boss, Dick Nunis, usually charms me out of an extra
ten hours ... for free. That should make Walt happy.

But, I still get. just as much of a kick as ever· when I
can take a picture of a couple of grownups who want to
be· all together. And .. damn it •.• we DO "create happiness
for other people" .... and I can't think of a better way of-
making a .- living.

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