July 18, 1955 is Opening Day for the Disneyland Park in Anaheim but “Opening Day” should be distinct from what Disney Historians refer to as “Dedication Day”, which took place the day before on July 17…a day that is also referred to quietly as “Black Sunday” among Disneyland Old Timers. Dedication day…the big media day to open the amusement park, didn’t go all that well. Dedication Day was an important tie in because the new ABC television network was one of the investors in the park, and they arranged…and would profit from the national coverage. The big media event was invitation only…11 thousand VIP’s were invited. Unfortunately counterfeit tickets were plentiful and well over 28 thousand people showed up, and candidly, the park wasn’t ready even for the legitimate guests. There are the famous stories that women’s heels sunk into the newly laid asphault on Main Street, and that a plumbers strike forced Walt to choose between functioning water fountains and functioning toilets on opening day…and he wisely chose the latter. Gas Leaks reportedly closed Adventureland and Frontier Land. As bad as the opening day publicity might have been, it turned out Disney had no reason to worry. People started lining up at 2 in the morning to get into Disneyland on the morning of the 18th and they’ve been lining up ever since.
Album Notes: Grateful Acknowledgments to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8. Some Musical Motifs Written and Performed by Kevin McLeod, Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks. Some audio may be used under the Fair Use Doctrine.