Sixty years ago the first "Walt Disney's Disneyland" episode invited eager viewers to learn more about the new theme park under construction and enjoy stories based on its themed "realms" (as Walt initially referred to the lands).
The show was part of a deal that Walt and his brother Roy struck with ABC to help finance Disneyland. In exchange for financial backing, the brothers agreed to produce Disney programming for the network. Walt took this opportunity to not only create wonderful themed stories that he could tie in to the lands being built in the park but also to give viewers a sneak peek of the fun that would await them. True Life adventures, Man in Space, Davy Crockett and The Mickey Mouse Club would provide much of the story background for Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland and Fantasyland, respectively.
"We hope that through our television show that you will join us and take part in the building of Disneyland and that you will find here a place of knowledge and happiness," Walt said in the premiere episode Oct. 27,1954.
The series became "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" in 1961 and continued to change names (and networks) over the 40 years it was on the air. Today, children delight in "The Magical World of Disney Junior," which is inspired by Walt's original program.
as a child, I remember watching "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color"....Dr Lee