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June 10

June 10, 1958 – The People and Places Featurette Wales is Released to Theaters

On June 10, 1958, the People & Places Featurette Wales was released to theaters. It was the eleventh featurette in the series to be released, and was filmed in CinemaScope. Directed by Geoffrey Foot, the featurette takes a look at the country of Wales, including its rich history and folklore, along with its factories and natural resources.

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March 31

March 31, 1958 – Grand Canyon Diorama is Added in Disneyland

On March 31, 1958, the grand opening ceremony of the Grand Canyon Diorama, the “largest diorama in the world,” was held in Disneyland Park. The diorama was placed along the route of the Disneyland Railroad, and Walt Disney himself was the conductor of the train that passed by the scenes of the Grand Canyon. The soundtrack for the scenery is Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” which accompanies lush scenes of the landscape by scenic artist Delmer Yoakum. The diorama is 306 feet in length, and was restored in 2017 to how it would have appeared in 1958, with some subtle updates to add some “magic.”

March 27

March 27, 1957 – The 25-Millionth Mickey Mouse Watch is Presented in Disneyland

“Walt Disney receives the 25-millionth Mickey Mouse Watch to celebrate its success.”

On March 27, 1957, the Ingersoll-Waterbury Company celebrated a milestone with the 25millionth watch featuring Mickey Mouse having been made. This watch was presented to Walt Disney in a special ceremony in Disneyland. The first Mickey Mouse watch created by the company started with a patent on May 22, 1933, with the first watches being built soon after.

March 21

March 21, 1956 – Men Against the Arctic Wins Academy Award

On March 21, 1956, the 28th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. At this ceremony, Disney’s People and Places documentary featurette won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, winning against MGM’s The Battle of Gettysburg and The Face of Lincoln. This was the second People and Places featurette to win an Academy Award.

March 2

March 2, 1957 – Disneyland Records Runs an Advertisement in Billboard

“Disneyland Records presents 3 exciting new albums”

On March 2, 1957, Disneyland Records ran an advertisement in Billboard magazine. The record label was founded in 1956, and had trouble appealing to adults. This advertisement was part of Disney’s campaign to appeal to adult record buyers, rather than children, and featured records by Fess Parker, Frances Archer and Beverly Gile, and a compilation record called “Echoes of Disneyland.” With the help of record producer Tutti Camarata, Disneyland Records was able to change public perception of its output from kiddy fare to a legitimate player in the record game.

February 2

February 2, 1950 – Mickey and Minnie Mouse Star on Cover of Western Family Magazine

On February 2, 1950, the newest issue of Western Family Magazine was released, featuring a romantic image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing through a giant valentine card. The magazine featured Mickey on the cover several times, including in a Thanksgiving-themed setting back in 1945. This 1950 issue was illustrated by Hank Porter, who came to the Disney Studios in 1936, working as a publicity artist, and is well-known today for his work in creating insignias for military units during World War II.

December 27

December 27, 1954 – Walt Disney Appears on the Cover of Time

“To enchanted worlds on electronic wings.”

On December 27, 1954, Walt Disney appeared on the cover of Time Magazine for the second time (coincidentally, the first time was on December 27, 1937, celebrating the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). The cover was painted by Boris Chaliapin, and the cover story featured Walt’s role in shaping television content with his television series, which had premiered nine weeks earlier. The story also touched on Walt’s upcoming dream in development, which would become Disneyland.