Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1

    • Tom Chaney R.I. P.
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Just somewhere south of dysfunctional
    Posts
    3,225

    1960 Winter Olympic and Disney

    I really don't know what section this belongs in but since it happened in 1960 and only Disneyland existed then so it is here.

    Way back 50 years ago in the opening ceremonies of the winter Olympics in Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe, Ca


    sacbee.comAuthor unearths glory of '60 Squaw Valley Olympics - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

    If Antonucci is an unlikely author, the Olympics he writes about were improbable, too. Many had given Alex Cushing, co-founder of Squaw Valley and the driving force behind the Olympic bid, little chance of landing the Games.
    "At the time there was just a double chairlift, two rope tows, a 50-room lodge, a dirt road and two families who lived here year-round," Antonucci said.

    Even after Squaw Valley was selected in a close vote over Innsbruck, Austria, there were doubts the Games could succeed in a place one Olympic official called nothing more than a "picnic grounds."

    Those uncertainties evaporated with the opening ceremony on Feb. 18, 1960 orchestrated by Walt Disney.

    "It was classic Disney," Antonucci said. "Fireworks, bands, flags shooting up into the air that descended by parachute, the release of a couple thousand white doves and Hollywood celebrities."

    Past opening ceremonies had been more subdued, just the way some officials preferred them. "International Olympic Committee Chancellor Otto Mayer looked down his nose on the planned program and wondered aloud if it would not turn the Olympics into another 'Disneyland,' " Antonucci wrote in his book. "He sniped, 'This hoopla has little to do with the Olympic spirit.' "

    But Disney planted a seed that continues to flower today, more lushly than ever. The opening and closing ceremonies at the 2010 Olympics alone are expected to cost about $40 million, and the Games themselves more than $1.5 billion. By contrast, the entire expense for 1960 Olympics ceremonies included came to just $15 million (or $108 million adjusted for inflation).
    [/QUOTE]
    THIS SPACE FOR SALE OR LEASE





    PRESIDENT OF THE DISNEYLAND LOOP LOVERS ASSOCIATION

  2. #2

    • Bring back the Keelboats!
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Lompoc, CA
    Posts
    2,393

    Re: 1960 Winter Olympic and Disney

    For an interesting bit of trivia, research the flag pole used at the Olympics and the flag pole at the elementary school in Marceline....

    (or read the first part of Chapter 8 of my novel! lol)

    Hidden Mickey - Historical fiction about Walt that mixes action and mystery with time travel and fantasy! Tweens to adults will enjoy these novels. And now, three gamebooks to play in Disneyland, DCA and WDW Magic Kingdom!


    Check out my six action/adventure novels about Walt's lost diary and his epic quest. Visit my blog page!


    Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales!

  3. #3

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Between This World And The Next
    Posts
    601

    Re: 1960 Winter Olympic and Disney

    Another nice tidbit is that the Walt Disney Family Museum has the Olympic torch used in those games on display there. As well as pins given to Disney from the games. Very cool memento for Walt.

  4. #4

    • Hello
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    San Luis Obispo
    Posts
    1,250

    Cool Re: 1960 Winter Olympic and Disney

    That sounds so cool. Too bad I wasn't alive, and neither of my parents were either as a matter of fact...

Similar Threads

  1. August 10, 2007: Disneyland from Above in 1955 and 1960
    By Werner Weiss in forum Yesterland
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 08-16-2007, 10:49 AM
  2. 3 Years till the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
    By Barbossa in forum MiceChat Main Lounge
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-12-2007, 05:07 PM
  3. The Official 2006 Winter Olympic Thread-
    By PanTheMan in forum MiceChat News Archive
    Replies: 274
    Last Post: 03-05-2006, 07:28 PM
  4. Paris & Disney lose big on Olympic Bid
    By MrIncredible in forum Disneyland Paris
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 07-13-2005, 03:39 PM
  5. Knotts Photos - about 1960
    By Tom Chaney in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-12-2005, 10:51 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •