Summary:In this section Walt's dream of Disneyland becomes a reality. It starts with the creation of the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea the Studios first live-action movie. It was immensely successful and very expensive film to make. It posed many challenges including the building of a realistic giant squid. He made Lady and the Tramp in this period as well. Walt really started to put his ideas into action for Disneyland in December of 1952 when he created WED Enterprises which was a personal corporation for Walt's endeavors outside the film industry. To get money for the park Walt used television and created shows like, Zorro, Davy Crockett, and the Mickey Mouse Club. Bu this first was the Disneyland Story, staring Walt telling the audience what Disneyland would be like. Another challenge that Walt faced was where to put Disneyland; he decided on an orange grove in Anaheim, California because of its cooler temperature and easy access. He started excavating land in August of 1954 only eleven months before it was scheduled to open. During this time he was also working on a documentary on how 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was created; this film aired on television and earned an Emmy for the best show of the year.
Lady and the Tramp
Opening of Disneyland
Review:This section was particularly interesting for me because of the creativity that went into the making of Disneyland. Being Disneyland obsessed long before this book it was amazing to see how much though and effort was created to make the perfect place for children and families. Walt would stop at nothing to see his vision become a reality. He pushed his engineers to new heights and imagined what couldn't be dreamed about. Everything his was for the people and it was very interesting for me being on all of the rides depicted and knowing that Walt personally rode them to make sure they were perfect. It was wonderful to read about a place that I love so much in it's first steps of creation. I have long been a Disney lover but now I truly have an appreciation the amazing accomplishments he made.
First Map of Disneyland
1955 Disneyland Overview