Monday, March 23, 2015

Motion Mondays: Walt and the Shah of Iran

By Keith Mahne

This week's Motion Mondays article features Walt and the Shah of Iran from April, 1962. The Shah of Iran and his wife the Empress visited Disneyland on their state visit to America. Even in 1962, demonstrators stalked the royal couple.They were everywhere, a couple of meters from us sometimes, to the point that my husband had to speak up to be heard. From morning to night they didn’t stop screaming, and they were right beneath the windows of our hotel,” the Empress Farah Pahlavi wrote in her 2003 memoirs. Walt Disney gave them a guided tour of his amusement park, where they rode the Matterhorn bobsled and Disney presented the Empress with an enormous stuffed Goofy. Continue after the page break and take a look...


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.

Keith Mahne and Bob Gurr

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