We're all being inundated with Walt's famous opening day speech... "Those who come to this happy place, welcome..."
As I was lamenting my bad luck to not being able to make it to Disneyland, I did the next best thing. I started watching the old 'Dateline Disneyland'. And it was very educational to see and hear all of the opening day speakers.
It makes me sad to see how far we've come as a country that we can no longer display the type of spiritualism and patriotism that was displayed on Opening Day 1955 without being labeled as some sort of extremists...
So I didn't go. Did anyone say a prayer today?
And for your education, here are the other two opening day speakers and their speeches:
Reverend Glenn D. Puder
I have known Walt Disney for many years. And have long been aware of the spiritual motivation in the heart of this man who has dreamed Disneyland into being. Let us join with him then, in dedicating these wonder filled acres to those things dear to his heart and ours, to understanding and goodwill between men, laughter for children, memories for the mature and aspirations for young people everywhere. And beyond the creed that would divide us, let us unite in the silent prayer that this every worthy envdvour may propser at God's hand. Let us bow in prayer ... Amen.
Honorable Goodwin Knight, Governor California
Today is a wonderful day and all America is proud as we open Disneyland. This is a wonderous community with all the charm of the old world and all of the progress and ingenuity of the new world. Yes, this is a wonderful place for children and grownups alike. There are replicas of every town and city in America, stores, libraries, schools, just like your home town.
All built by American labor and American capital. Under the belief that this is a God fearing and a God loving country. And as we dedicate this flag now, we do it with the knowledge that we are of the fortunate ones to be Americans and that we extend to everyone everywhere, Americanism, brotherhood, and peace on earth, goodwill to men.