Thursday, August 24, 2017

Watch Disneyland's 10th Anniversary Show in HD (1965)

By Keith Mahne

1965 marked the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, and to celebrate the occasion, Walt gave TV viewers a sneak peek into the upcoming Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions and other new plans for his park on this beloved 10th anniversary show as part of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Join us in today's new article as we travel back to 1965 and join Walt, Disneyland Ambassador Julie Reihm, and his Imagineers as we watch Disneyland's 10th Anniversary Show in spectacular HD quality...

Disneyland's 10th Anniversary Show brought viewers on a tour to see Disneyland's newest attractions. Along with the viewers at home, Walt brought the very first Disneyland Ambassador, Julie Reihm, on the tour with him and introduced us to all the big names from his special team of WED Imagineers...

Rolly Crump

Claude Coats

Blaine Gibson

Marc Davis

John Hench

Harriet Burns

Mary Blair

Disneyland's 10th Anniversary Show also featured some special performances. Tom Mahoney, who started with Disney on the Mickey Mouse Club, choreographed the dance numbers featuring Disney’s newest star, Mary Poppins, as well as a dancing cake and candles. Rikki Lugo, who began her Disney career doing the can can in Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue, assisted Tom with the choreography, and ended up actually becoming part of the show when one candle "went out"...

“They were wearing character heels in those ‘candles’ and doing turns without being able to use their arms. In the very first shot, one dancer, Emmy Lou, got her heel caught in the cobblestone and broke her ankle, and Tom said, ‘Okay, Rikki, there you go!'” and thus, Rikki lit up the screen as one of the dancing candles, dancing to a new Sherman brothers tune with lyrics proclaiming, “Ten years of fantasy, ten years of fun, ten years of growing and you’ve only just begun…”

Children line up to meet the Disney characters during Disneyland's 10th anniversary celebration.

And now friends, image it's the mid-1960s again. The date is January 3, 1965 and you're sitting in front of the television with your family anxiously awaiting the newest episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color...


Disney Avenue proudly presents – in stunning High Def quality – Disneyland's 10th Anniversary Show! Enjoy...

(For your viewing pleasure, be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player at the top, left-hand corner of the page prior to playing the video below if you are on a desktop computer.)


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 every day.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.