1965- Disneyland’s Tencennial

As part of a series of 60 blog posts by 60 bloggers counting down to the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland on July 17, 2015, I am writing about 1965.

1965 marked the 10th anniversary of Disneyland – Disneyland’s Tencennial.   On January 3, 1965, Uncle Walt gave TV viewers a sneak peek into the upcoming plans for his park on the “Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary” show on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.  If you haven’t seen the show, I’ve attached a You Tube link.  It’s a real treat watching Walt bring Miss Disneyland Tencennial, Julie Reihm, through his new attractions for the park with the legendary Imagineers.  Highlights include:

  • Mary Blair designing the facade of It’s a Small World
  • The Plaza Inn
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Museum of the Weird
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
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Above, Walt and WED Imagineer John Hench in front of the Carnation Plaza model. Below, Walt in front of It’s a Small World facade during its construction. Photo credit: http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com

On June 9, 1965 construction began on “It’s a Small World” facade.  “It’s a Small World” was still running at the New York World’s Fair and wouldn’t be unveiled at Disneyland until May 28, 1966.  However, as seen in the Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary show, Mary Blair was hard at work designing the famous building and nighttime lighting techniques.

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On July 18, 1965, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln premiered at the Main Street Opera House.  This attraction debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in the State of Illinois Pavilion and ran for the entirety of both of the Fair’s 6-month seasons.  During the second season of the World’s Fair, a duplicate version of the show opened here at Disneyland.  

Photo credit:  WDWInfo

Photo credit: WDWInfo

In 1965, the Plaza Inn also opens.  The Plaza Inn is located on the east side of the Central Hub.  It is a period restaurant 1880-1890’s and is decorated in authentic antiques and crystal chandeliers.  Walt Disney was very proud of this restaurant – see Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary show.  I hear the chicken is excellent so going to put it on my to-do list for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.

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On December 18, 1965, Fantasy on Parade Christmas Parade premiers on Main Street USA and runs yearly at Christmas until 1975.


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One Comment on “1965- Disneyland’s Tencennial

  1. This is such a sentimental year for me Kim- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was the first NY World’s Fair attraction I visited and my first stop when finally vacationing in Disneyland in 1982. (And last month!) It has truly stood the test of time and is another testament to the genius of Walt Disney. Thank you so much for taking us (me) back Kimberly!!

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