I went to Disneyland.com and clicked where it says; "Take a sneak peek at what's in store for Disney's biggest bash ever!" to see the Quicktime video "50th Sizzle".
They've used most of Walt's opening day speech in the 60 second video. Toward the end, I feel my skin crawl as I hear something I've never heard Walt Disney say: "...Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals and the Dreams that have created America..."
They've digitally altered and edited Walt Disney's dedication of Disneyland!
I've just completed this letter and I'm mailing it on Monday morning;
January 23, 2005
Chief Executive Officer
Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Dear Mr Eisner,
On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney unveiled his dream and before the largest television audience ever, dedicated his magical park to “the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America.”
I just viewed the video “50th Sizzle” on the Disneyland website and wanted to let you know that I am shocked, appalled and offended that Walt Disney’s words have been digitally altered and a part of that speech that I’m sure he put a great deal of thought into "...the hard facts that have created America..." was removed. I feel that this is tremendously disrespectful to the memory and the legacy of Walt Disney and especially insensitive at a time when our country is at war.
I am disappointed that the Disney company would be so calloused as to digitally alter a classic piece of Americana. What Genius decided that they knew better than Walt Disney what to say in that speech?
Am I just a nut, or does this seem somewhat heinous to anyone else?