The following thread is a continuation of one begun here: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showt...u-81826p9.html
One of the interesting parts of Disney's personal history is the fact that his first experience with theatre was a then-new play, entitled "Peter Pan", by J.M. Barrie.
Originally presented in London in 1904, "Peter Pan" made its way to Middle America just in time to create a seminal moment in Walt Disney's life. And, incorporating an allusion to the show into the Main Street, U.S.A. story would foreshadow Walt Disney's film career in Hollywood, as well as his definitive cinematic production of the story in the 1950's.
Moreover, such an allusion would also foreshadow the four cardinal realms of The Magic Kingdom because Barrie's Never Neverland, filled with everything from pirates and Indians to mermaids and fairies, parallels all that lies across the castle moat and beyond the castle walls at Disneyland.
Steve DeGaetano recently published a memorandum Walt Disney wrote in the early part of Disneyland's development that said he intended for the opera house to present plays like "Peter Pan", but I would be satisfied with a mere mention of the show through a playbill, perhaps, or something similar.