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Spring 1968
Vol. 3, No. 2
March, April, May 1968
16 Pages

Disney News Spring 1968On the Cover
The Mark Twain riverboat cruises past springtime flowers on the Rivers of America at Disneyland.
     Fun Fact: What's wrong with this picture?  The riverboat dock is on the wrong side and the Mark Twain is pointing in the wrong direction.  The photo negative was reversed when the cover image was printed.

Inside Highlights
"With Spring Comes Music, Entertainment at Park" (Inside Cover)

The week leading up to Easter offers special entertainment and extended hours at Disneyland.  The Spring Fling Party will include nightly performances by Bill Elliott and his Orchestra, The Young Men From New Orleans and The Royal Tahitians.  On Easter Sunday, the park will host an Easter parade with antique automobiles and 200 people dressed in turn-of-the-century finery.

"1968 Ambassador Carries Park's Spirit World-Wide" (Page 2)
Twenty-year old Sally Sherbin is Disneyland's 1968 Ambassador to the world.  Originally from New York City, she grew up in California and eventually enrolled at UCLA where she was a Bruin Belle and freshman cheerleader.  She started at Disneyland as a hostess at Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and later became a tour guide before moving to the Carousel of Progress as a VIP hostess.

"Park Moon Voyage Product of Space-Age Technology" (Page 5)
Disneyland's new McDonnell Douglas Flight to the Moon is inspired by the "space-minded world of today."  Guests tour Mission Control before boarding their spaceship and launching in the heavens.  They feel the pull of gravity and then partial weightlessness on their journey, circling the moon and surviving a meteor bombardment before returning safely to Earth.

"Extensive Location Filming Highlights Disney TV Season" (Page 8)
Film makers traveled the globe to shoot episodes for the 1968 season of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.  The art heist caper Escapade in Florence was filmed on location in Italy, The Legend of Two Gypsy Dogs was shot in Hungary, Jungle Cat takes place in the jungles of South America, and Ten Who Dared is set up and down the banks of the Colorado River.
     Fun Fact:  Jungle Cat and Ten Who Dared were both released theatrically in 1960.  Jungle Cat was Disney's last feature-length True-Life Adventure film.

"Many New Films Highlight 1968/69 Disney Production" (Page 9)
Scheduled for new and continuing release in 1968 are The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band, Blackbeard's Ghost, Never a Dull Moment and The Jungle Book.  Also in production are Boy, Car, Girl, the story of a racing Volkswagen with a personality all its own, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, a new visit to the 100-Acre Wood, and The Year of the Horse, a comedy about a young Madison Avenue executive who comes up with a wild advertising scheme.
     Fun Fact:  Boy, Girl, Car would become better known to audiences as The Love BugThe Year of the Horse would reach theaters in 1970 as The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit.  Both would star Disney movie regular Dean Jones.

"The Happiest Cleaners Work in Magic Kingdom" (Page 13)
A reprint of a Los Angeles Times article, written by Ruben Salazar.  Excerpts:

"About midnight, a transformation takes place in Disneyland which few are privileged to see.  A magical hush takes over the park, in vivid contrast to the joy which echoes through Disneyland before closing time."

"For a few minutes after closing time, Disneyland comes to a complete halt.  Then the place starts coming to life again as the Mr. Cleans start invading this lighted fairyland like ants on a picnic cake."

     Not-So-Fun Fact:  Salazar was a respected journalist and an outspoken advocate for L.A.'s Mexican community.  In August 1970, as he was covering the National Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam War, he was killed when he was shot in the head at close range with a tear gas projectile.  Although Salazar's death was ruled a homicide, the police officer who fired the projectile was never charged.  In 2008, the U.S. Postal Service honored Salazar with a commemorative stamp.

Other Articles
"Photographers Find Magic Kingdom Picture Perfect"
- The Kodak Camera Shop on Main Street provides supplies and assistance to "shutterbugs and professional photographers alike."  Kodak also marks "Picture Spots" throughout Disneyland from where guests can take the most scenic shots.
"Smiles Created by Wacky Characters at Disneyland" - Walt Disney once said that "the smile on a child's face" was his favorite creation.  At Disneyland, costumed characters like Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White deliver smiles to thousands of guests daily.
"Walt Disney's Living Legacy: From Garage to Orange Grove to a World of Entertainment" - Even with Walt's passing in 1966, the company he began with his brother Roy in the early 1920s continues to grow and thrive, building on "imagination, dreams and new ideas."  The company's current Florida project is still undeveloped swampland, but will soon be "a vast world of entertainment, recreation, modern living and industrial enterprise."
"Jungle Book Album May Be Biggest Disney Record Yet"
- The motion picture soundtrack for The Jungle Book sold 80,000 units in fall 1967, even before the movie opened in theaters.
"Surveys Help Make Park Enjoyable For Guests" - A staff of 25 Disneyland tour guides conduct marketing surveys in the park six times a year, gauging guests' feelings about "every element of the Disney 'show.'"
Mamie and Dwight D. Eisenhower"Everyone Receives VIP Treatment at Disneyland" - Both "commoners and kings" enjoy the time they spend at Disneyland.  Among the park's more high-profile guests were former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, King Mohammed V of Morocco and actress Betty Hutton.
"Disneyland's Private Parties" - Groups and organizations from San Bernardino County Employees to General Dynamics to the U.S. Navy hold after-hours private parties during the fall, winter and spring.
"The Enchanted Tike Room: Birds and Flowers Sing in One of Walt Disney's Greatest Achievements" - Walt's first Audio-Animatronics show stars over 225 talking and singing birds, flowers and tiki gods.
"Frontier Arcade Features Authentic Western Specialties" - The Frontier Arcade in Disneyland's Frontierland includes a collection of Old West firearms, a Mexican village with south-of-the-border items for sale and a print shop where guests can purchase their own personalized "Wanted" posters.
"Disneyland a World of Entertainment All Year Long" - Whatever your musical tastes are, you're bound to find what you like at Disneyland.  Musical styles range from the authentic jazz of the Strawhatters to the four-part barber shop harmonies of the Dapper Dans to the Dixieland sound of the Royal Street Bachelors.
Rivers of America"Rivers of America Re-creates Western Days" - Canoes, keelboats, a classic Southern sternwheeler and a three-masted sailing vessel navigate Disneyland's Rivers of America.  Across the river bank, guests young and old can explore the caves, bridges and Western fort of Tom Sawyer's Island.
"Nigerian Student is Most Experienced Jungle Guide" - Akinola James Owosekun, a Nigerian exchange student attending Cal State Fullerton, feels right at home as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise Adventure.
"Lessees Help Make Park Great Showplace of Today" - Forty five corporate sponsors/lessees contribute to the success of Disneyland.  Among them are the Eastman Kodak Company, which operates the camera shop on Main Street, and Bank of America, which run a bank branch in the park and sponsors It's a Small World.
"Through the Disney Lens" - The Magic Kingdom Club's "Family of the Month" spotlight is on Lt. and Mrs. R. B. Baker and their two sons.  They were treated to a free weekend at Disneyland that included tickets, hotel accommodations and meals.

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