Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18
  1. #1

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    San Jose
    Posts
    169

    Disneyland Evacuated?!

    So I just heard some cool news -- Wondering if anyone knows anything about this.

    Apparently, somwehere around 1958 (+/- a couple years), a bunch of Hippies overtook Tom Swayer Island. I'm not sure what "took over" means, but at any rate.. they weren't leaving. ;-) So, a bunch of police came in, lined up and down main street, and the park was evactuated.

    Does anyone know any more details about this?
    Ryborg

  2. #2

    • Banned User
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    2,576

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Yeah, I heard about that in Mouse Tales by David Knoeing- I'll look it up for you =].

  3. #3

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    San Jose
    Posts
    169

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Cool. I'd liked to know more about it.
    Ryborg

  4. #4

    • rosy, stunned and amused
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    344

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    yes, it was Aug 6, 1970 - this was on Main Street - and they were Yippies - big difference




    Thank you to the City of Anaheim for the following -

    1970's
    Civil disobedience during the late 1960s and early 70s was prevalent throughout the United States. The City of Anaheim was not spared their share of these disturbances. On August 6, 1970, Disneyland was the unlikely location for an event referred to as "Yippie Day." Towards the summer of 1970, thousands of flyers were being distributed, and advertisements were placed, in the Los Angeles Free Press inviting "Yippies" to attend the First International "Yippie Pow Wow."
    Publicity in the underground newspaper was high and approximately 100,000 leaflets were distributed throughout the nation.
    According to Police investigations, the leaflets were distributed and the event was coordinated from a residence in the 1200 block of West La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. Hippies were encouraged to attend this non-sponsored event "to liberate Minnie Mouse, have free rein of the park and infiltrate Tom Sawyer's Island." Warned that Disneyland would not allow the Yippies admission to the park without a ticket, the coordinators encouraged people to "tear down the walls." The LA Free Press warned its readers to prepare for a confrontation, advising that Anaheim Police Officers were under going riot training and may be heavily armed. With this information, the Anaheim police Department prepared for a major confrontation, working with their strategy for the unauthorized visitation of an anticipated crowd of 20,000 plus Yippies to the Magic Kingdom.
    Officials with the Anaheim Police Department and other Orange County police agencies began training their officers in crowd control. On the morning of August 6, 1970, Anaheim Police and Disneyland personnel were prepared for the Yippie take-over. As the gates opened, 300 Yippies made their entrance into the park. Anaheim Police waited in riot formation behind Main Street while Disneyland administrators and cast members dealt with the small group of unruly hippies. Once inside the park, the Yippies received an unexpected confrontation from regular park guests. Disneyland personnel handled these minor confrontations as hundreds of police officers remained in the back lot. It appeared that Disneyland personnel had things well in hand and the day would remain relatively peaceful. As the day wore on, so did the emotions and tempers of the paying park guests and Yippies. The Yippies assembled on Main Street and tried to gain unity in an attempt to disrupt park activity and cause damage to the park. As security officers attempted to gain order, one of Disneyland's security officers was assaulted. At that point the police were called upon to evict the Yippies from the park. As park guests watched and cheered, hundreds of police officers marched onto Main Street in formation and began their slow and deliberate sweep to clear the unruly crowd.
    Instead of departing, the Yippies broke up and spread throughout the park. Police remained in formation on Main Street as Disneyland personnel cleared the park section by section and declared the park closed for the day.
    Disneyland was officially closed at 7:10 p.m. but police continued to deal with confrontations with Yippies on surrounding park properties, including the Disneyland Hotel. It was not until 11:50 p.m. that they were allowed to leave.

    Aside from the Anaheim Police Department, over 200 additional police officers were utilized as the Orange, Westminster, Fullerton and La Palma Police Departments. Jailers, Cadets and Explorers assisted in booking prisoners and manning the command posts. The California Highway Patrol took charge of traffic surrounding the park, and other local police agencies remained on standby alert. Security in and around the Anaheim Police building was heavy, with armed officers standing guard at all entrances. Each police agency providing assistance incurred their own costs for providing personnel in this mutual aid response. Cost to the Anaheim Police Department alone came to a grand total of $62,930.
    Civil disobedience continued throughout the early 70s. The city of Anaheim was proud of their new Convention Center, which was used for large conventions, special shows and exhibits and concerts. Off-duty officers of the Anaheim Police Department were able to supplement their income by providing necessary security at many of these special events. On November 1,1970, a concert was held on the arena of the Anaheim Convention Center featuring the musical group "Grand Funk Railroad." Crowds attending this concert had grown too large and could not be accommodated inside the arena. Officers on hand had to contend with an angry and hostile group of youths intent on seeing their favorite rock group. Upset at not being able to purchase tickets to this sold out event, the crowd began to smash plate glass windows and doors of the Convention Center. Anaheim's officers found themselves overwhelmed by the multitude of youths.

    At 10:25 p.m., "Code Charlie Checkmate" was activated throughout Orange County requesting aid from other police agencies. Anaheim Police Officers barricaded themselves inside the main entrances behind concrete pillars, holding off the angry crowd by spraying canisters of Mace at them until backups arrived.

    Within a short time help arrived in the form of hundreds of police officers from the cities of Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Laguna Beach, La Palma, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, San Clemente, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin and Westminster Police Departments along with the California Highway Patrol and Orange County Sheriffs Department and Orange County Animal Control. When the riot was over, 382 law enforcement officers had come to help control the crowd. The assistance was overwhelming to even the most experienced officers. A Sheriffs Sergeant told the newspaper media, "I never saw so many officers in my life!"

    In 1970, Chief Michel organized a new team of officers who would be taking a new and innovative approach to law enforcement. A cadre of ten officers and two Sergeants were selected for the Special Enforcement Bureau, a detail which would be the forerunner to what would be later known as the Crime Task Force and Community Services Bureau. The S.E.B. officers were quite versatile in handling almost any type of problems and crimes that were encountered by the Anaheim Police Department. This team could work undercover one day, uniformed assignments the next day, and crime prevention programs in between. Upon disbanding this program five years later, the department organized a full time crime prevention bureau, along with transferring the S.E.B. officers to the Vice/ Narcotics Bureau and the newly developed "night detectives."

    In April of 1970, Chief Michel started a new program for college students interested in careers in law enforcement. The Police Cadet program was organized and implemented, bringing on board a group of potential police officer candidates who would be learning about this career through experience, and providing inexpensive manpower to the police department at the same time.
    "AND CONGRATULATIONS MICECHAT! WE HAVE NOW GONE INTO RELIGION, POLITICS, AND RACISM ON ONE THREAD! HELLS HAT-TRICK!"
    - PanTheMan


    <img src=http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e39/drpicard/01d3ee07.jpg border=0 alt= />

  5. #5

    • Banned User
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    2,576

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    ^Hahaha, I guess I don't have to do it now!

  6. #6

    • Internet.Serious Business
    • Offline

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Perfect Park Acres, the latest in Hover-Burb Communities
    Posts
    4,824

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Princess Picard
    As park guests watched and cheered, hundreds of police officers marched onto Main Street in formation and began their slow and deliberate sweep to clear the unruly crowd.
    Hahahahahahahaha Imagine if that happened now...god those PC people would be out in force saying how dare Disneyland not allow those hippies to disrupt the day and how dare all those paying guests cheer when they were removed.

  7. #7

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    The Moon and New York City.
    Posts
    689

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Oh it would be worse today as they might be more violent,almost like WTO style protests.

    If occured today, but luckily they have better control of situations such as this, and besides Disneyland is private property they could stand up to the PC people, as Disney has some pretty powerful lawyers.

  8. #8

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    342

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    It is important to understand the difference between hippie and Yippie.

    Hippie is a general classification of any young person experiencing the counter culture which promoted an albeit socialist, communal but peaceful lifestyle. It is actually hard to really define a hippie as the term came to be associated with any person under 30 who wore their hair long.

    Yippies on the other hand were a very well organized, revolutionary group that promoted the violent overthrow of the US government and institutions.

    Like Princess Picard said, a very big difference.

  9. #9

    • MiceChat Round-Up Crew
    • Prince Ali
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Agrabah
    Posts
    11,074

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    There was a rather strange day that occurred in Disneyland in more recent history. It occurred in the mid 1990's, on Halloween.

    It started with a radio promo that went bad. A radio station announced
    that ANYONE that came to DL in costume would be admitted into DL for free. The radio station was suppose say that it was limited to a certain number, but the announcers failed to mention the limited number.

    When the rowdy crowds in costumes decended on DL, they were allowed in at no charge, as was mistakenly announced on the radio. (Perhaps to avoid bad press or to avoid an angry mob).

    As the day wore on it became evident to the paying guests that many of these costumed groups were gangs. Regular paying guests felt more
    and more uncomfortable with the goings on in DL, and left the park. The costumed gang members stayed.

    I talked to someone who was with his children and his parents on this day, and said it was a very erie day. His wife, children and parents, left DL midafternoon that day and returned back to the DL hotel, where they were staying. He said in the park a couple more hours, just because he was intrigued by the days' event. He mentioned that DL bring out a lot of people in security outfits (which was not normal in this pre 9-11 world) and even Anaheim police were called in.

    There are probably people on the board here, who were at the park that day. It would be fun to hear of more accounts of that day.

  10. #10

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    342

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Also, I beleive it was after this Yippie incident that Disney started a policy in the early 70s of not allowing men with long hair into the park.

  11. #11

    • Internet.Serious Business
    • Offline

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Perfect Park Acres, the latest in Hover-Burb Communities
    Posts
    4,824

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Yes I've heard similar things to that gang story up above. I believe it was things like that that for a while Disneyland would break up groups of young men in certain dress due to gang fears.

  12. #12

    • Sock Puppet
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    102

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mortgageman
    Also, I beleive it was after this Yippie incident that Disney started a policy in the early 70s of not allowing men with long hair into the park.
    I don't think so. My dad worked in a store at the Disneyland Hotel in the 1960's. He said boys with long hair used to come into the store, buy toy scissors and cut their hair in the bathroom so they could get into the park. My dad said he got pretty sick of cleaning up the hairy mess in the bathroom.

    It's likely the same policy was in effect in 1970, but the Yippies just forced their way in. From the article above, it isn't clear if the Yippies ended up paying admission or not. Back then, the admission fee to get into Disneyland was mimimal, but you had to buy tickets to ride anything.

    I remember visiting Disneyland once in the mid-70's. My uncle was along and he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt that was mostly unbuttoned. A guard at the gate told my uncle he'd have to button up his shirt before entering Disneyland.

    I'm not sure when Disneyland dropped most of their dress codes for guests, but it was likely in the late 70's or early 80's.

  13. #13

    • Sock Puppet
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    102

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mortgageman
    It is important to understand the difference between hippie and Yippie.

    Hippie is a general classification of any young person experiencing the counter culture which promoted an albeit socialist, communal but peaceful lifestyle. It is actually hard to really define a hippie as the term came to be associated with any person under 30 who wore their hair long.

    Yippies on the other hand were a very well organized, revolutionary group that promoted the violent overthrow of the US government and institutions.

    Like Princess Picard said, a very big difference.
    I was a little kid in the early 70's and was deathly afraid of "hippies". While many were legitimately peaceful, harmless commune folks, others were just rebels who consumed a lot of drugs and alcohol and didn't want to work or be drafted. They'd make a real nuisance of themselves and resort to petty theft to buy drugs and booze. I think this is why they were so despised by the general public. Most people didn't have a problem with communal peaceniks, but got pretty upset when they were vomiting and urinating everywhere while living in the local parks. I remember a group of "hippies" walking down my street and one stopped to throw up in my mom's car which was parked by the curb. It was this type of behavior that got people so steamed.

    Much of the 60s' and early 70's era is glamorized these days because a lot of people in the media are part of that generation. They tend to forget the people who overdosed, went insane, or died while living the 60's lifestyle.

    As for the Yippie movement, I don't think they lasted long. They were overtly hostile and anti-American. It's pretty difficult to gain support with those kinds of ideas. I wonder if that's who John Lennon was singing about in "Revolution"? I'm sure some real Beatles fans would know.

  14. #14

    • Vehicle rotating backward
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts
    4,623

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    Fun facts from someone who wasn't there but remembers the news:

    What actually happened really was more like a rowdy meet that got way out of hand (but not really violent) more than anything else. Flyers were handed out for this way in advance and, of course, the flyers told everyone who read it (i.e. Yippies) that there was going to be approximately a bazillion of them there. This was not the case. But Disney saw these flyers and asked for enough security to handle a bazillion angry folks. The result was SWAT Teams and riot gear pulled out for a much smaller group of people.

    The meet came to an end when this massive mob of police walked as a group down Main Street and the Yippies virtually messed their pants and quickly split up and ran off into the crowds of tourists.

    With no real other way to deal with this issue, DL just shut the park down to clear out EVERYONE, Yippie or no, and then reopened later and kept a sharper eye on who they were letting in for the day.

    But all those pictures you see of guys with shields and tear gas and batons, well, that wasn't really necessary. The organizers of the event hyped up the event by saying a ton of people would be there, and Disney took them at their word for it. The result is the pictures that will last for decades.

  15. #15

    • The Useless Prince
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    10,268
    Blog Entries
    2

    Re: Disneyland Evacuated?!

    just Immagine...the modern day version of this could be a "Gay day Takeover"...lol.....imagine all the fun we could have...lol...j/k


    Edit: lets hope i did not offend anyone just trying to lighten up this thread
    Last edited by Hilsbro; 04-09-2006 at 03:36 PM.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Evacuated due to the fires - twice! Anyone else?
    By lady3jane in forum MiceChat Main Lounge
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-17-2008, 09:34 PM
  2. Oxford Evacuated
    By dsnylndmom in forum MiceChat Main Lounge
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-25-2007, 10:51 AM
  3. Has Disneyland Ever Been Evacuated?
    By Disneyland UO Duck in forum Disneyland Resort
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 05-09-2007, 08:24 PM
  4. Ever Been Evacuated from a Hotel?
    By Disneyland Daddy in forum MiceChat Main Lounge
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 04-11-2007, 08:31 AM
  5. Fire at the Super 8 Motel near Disneyland - 360 evacuated
    By Morrigoon in forum Disneyland Resort
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 10-21-2005, 07:57 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
  •