Karen Smeath

Published: December 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I think Walt set a dangerous precedent though...I feel many parks/expansions/attractions open before they should. I know they are losing lots of money by waiting until something is working well and thoroughly tested but still. What is a few weeks? Ok...millions of dollars are on the line and they need that revenue to repay the loans, etc. But still...Walt could have just as easily laid the groundwork for theme park excellence. You know...like...I will open no wine before it's time...still childlike enthusiasm is a cornerstone in this business.
Paul Moreau

Published: December 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

This would make a very interesting movie.

Published: December 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

What an amazing article. This is one I will share. These are the reasons I come to your website everyday and encourage others to do so as well. You guys rock!
Ed Newman

Published: December 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Thanks for this great article !! I was aware of the circumstances that occurred opening day, but did not know most of the story behind Walt's vision and construction of the park. Really enjoyed portions of the ABC broadcast.

Makes one wonder... What if the overloaded riverboat tipped over on that maiden voyage ? How would that first day of Disneyland have been remembered ? Would that have been a black mark that could have doomed Disneyland to early failure ?

Mark Fairleigh

Published: December 5, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Great article! It really is an amazing story and would make a fascinating movie. About the plumbers strike and the bathroom vs fountains conundrum...I read elsewhere that Disney was quoted as saying that the guests could always buy Pepsis but he couldn't have them urinating on the paths! Hehe...that's good-ole midwestern practicality! :)

I think to say he set a dangerous precedent isn't fair...if Disney hadn't taken such a leap...with warts and all...we wouldn't be having this discussion at all. He invented the high-end theme-park. Thank you, Walt!