On 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.
"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
"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
"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
Fun Fact: Boy,
Girl, Car would become better known to audiences as The
Love Bug. The 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."
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.
"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
"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
"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 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
"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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