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Walt Disney Treasures - Disneyland USA (1955)

Louis Armstrong , Bobby Rydell , Hamilton Luske , John Rich  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Louis Armstrong, Bobby Rydell, Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Monette Moore
  • Directors: Hamilton Luske, John Rich, Stu Phelps, Wilfred Jackson, William Beaudine
  • Writers: Larry Clemmons, Milton Raison
  • Producers: Sherman Marks
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KARE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Treasures - Disneyland USA" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Only 150,000 sets issued
  • Disc One
  • The Disneyland Story
  • Dateline Disneyland
  • Disk Two
  • Disneyland After Dark
  • Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Show
  • "The Magic Kingdom and the Magic of Television" with Leonard Maltin
  • Still Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A special presentation of four Disneyland television specials - The Disneyland Story, Dateline Disneyland, Operation Disneyland, Disneyland After Dark - plus The Disneyland 10th Anniversary Show, all originally broadcast between 1955 and 1970, and hosted by Walt Disney himself. Also includes additional archival footage of Disneyland's opening day and other rare materials. Introduction by Leonard Maltin.

To finance Disneyland he wanted to build, Walt Disney turned to the new medium of television. As host Leonard Maltin notes on this two- disc set of televised specials for the amusement park, Disney used the series to promote it, "and no one seemed to mind." ABC agreed to invest in return for a weekly one-hour program. The "Disneyland" TV show premiered on October 27, 1954: "Disneyland Story" introduced the park and its various lands, which would be the subject of future programs. The opening-day special, "Dateline Disneyland" (July 17, 1955), attracted an estimated audience of 90 million--virtually every television household in America. Hosted by Art Linkletter, Robert Cummings, and Ronald Reagan, the live broadcast includes such unplanned moments as Linkletter searching frantically for a microphone in Fantasyland. The Tenth Anniversary show (January 3, 1965) features cameos of Mary Blair and Marc Davis, two celebrated animation artists. Home movie footage of Walt pacing off distances at the barren site in Anaheim is intercut with peeks at forthcoming attractions. "Disneyland After Dark" (April 15, 1962) offers performances by Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Bobby Rydell, Louis Armstrong, and a prepubescent quartet of Osmond Brothers. A must-have set for Disneyland buffs, Disney collectors, and nostalgic baby boomers. --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Die-Hard Disney Fans Only February 6, 2002
Walt Disney was a visionary when it came to entertainment. This 2 DVD collection showcases one such example, his theme park Disneyland, as it was portrayed on TV during his lifetime.
This set contains four programs. The first is the first ever episode of the TV show Disneyland. It introduces the park and future episodes of the show. At the end, it includes several Mickey Mouse cartoons, including "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Lonesome Ghosts."
The second program is the opening day live broadcast. I enjoyed finally getting to see it. Technical problems aside, it's quite fun.
The second disc contains "Disneyland after Dark," an episode of the TV show that includes some great shots of the place at night, but is mainly a show of people performing at various places in the park.
The last program is the 10th Anniversary show. This one was most interesting because it featured the planning stages of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the "Haunted Mansion," as well as a look at how the park had changed over its initial 10 years.
This is a collection a Disney die-hard, like me, will enjoy. It's got some great behind the scenes info and Disney history to keep us satisfied. However, the average consumer will probably not enjoy it as much. Frankly, I probably won't watch it as much as some others from this series. Still, for its historic significance and fun for the Disney fan, I rate it 4 stars.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - wrong content December 29, 2004
By DVD Fan
Great idea but wrong shows selected for the collection.

I recently discovered some of the shows that highlight the Disneyland park in Southern California while watching the old "Wonderful World of Disney" series on the Disney Channel. They were shown several times, so I recorded them on VHS tapes.

I bought this set thinking the programs I loved so much were included. I was wrong.

So you know what I am talking about, there were three shows in particular that should be, but are not, in this DVD set:

(1) Disneyland USA - I think dated 1956 and is pre-Wonderful World of Disney television show. This featurette was in COLOR and provides a tour of the original Disneyland park after it opened. It includes each of the "lands" and is nothing but park, park, park. It even has an extended piece on the Adventureland water ride. This program was more like a travel log feature that may have been shown in theaters (probably with a Disney movie).

(2) Day at Disneyland - from the Wonderful World of Disney television show and shown in BLACK and WHITE. This show started in the studio with Walt and Tinkerbell and moves to a tent in the parking lot from a Disney company picnic. It seems to have re-used footage from the Disneyland USA featurette and covered each "land" quite extensively.

(3) Pirates of the Carribbean - from the Wonderful World of Disney television show and shown in COLOR. This incredible show provides a design view of the ride, the actual building of the sets and mannequins and then film of the press opening with a full run through of the ride (like you were really in the little boat with the first riders).

It was shows like those listed above that really captured what the part must have been like in the beginning. It is really sad that the Anniversary Show and Disneyland at Night episodes were included but these three shows listed above did not.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat for Disneyland Fans December 9, 2001
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Leonard Maltin opens each of the segments with commentary about what you will see.
The first show is the grand-opening of Disneyland in 1955 as seen on live television. Art Linkletter hosts with Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan as co-hosts. This is an exciting glimpse of the first day and fun to see the live action misques. Frank Sinatra with young son driving the autopia car followed by Sammy Davis Jr, Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen do a song and dance number, Art Linkletter's family, and other notables make this an instant trip down memory lane. (The Atomic Energy Pavillion was especially enlightening)There is even the old logo for the ABC network. The only bad part of this special is the sometimes poor quality of the Black & White film.
The Ten Anniversary segment is in color and provides a real treat as you see the concept art and models for Pirates of the Carribbean, Haunted Mansion, etc. If you look closely, you'll see differences between the models and the rides today. Walt Disney hosts and you see The Shah of Iran, Marc Davis, other imagineers, and the 10th Anniversary hostess. The flavor of this period is evident in the clothes and attitudes expressed, plus the comments about the rides.
The Disneyland After Dark special is in sharper color and is highlighted by performances by Louis Armstrong, Annette Funicello, Bobby R., and the elem. school-aged Osmond brothers.
Walt Disney has a few fun scenes signing autographs and introducing various performers. I was amused to see a caption below the fire-walkers show which stated "not to do this at home." It was also a treat to see the faces of the audiences enjoying the shows.
When finished watching both DVD's in this package, I was pleased and hoping for more releases similar to this one.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The star (Disneyland) deserves more screen time September 28, 2004
This is perhaps the most disappointing entry in the otherwise strong Walt Disney Treasures series, mainly because there's so little about Disneyland itself in it. The two discs feature four episodes from the Disney TV series, plus a companion feature so brief (under 9 minutes!) that it's hardly worth inclusion:

"The Disneyland Story" from 1954 shows how the TV series was essentially created to help bankroll construction of the theme park, but the episode features virtually no footage of the park or its construction (which was completed, remarkably, in less than a year). Instead, we see only models, padded with a rare glimpse of "Song of the South" but only in black-and-white. (Elsewhere in the Treasures series, footage originally filmed in color but broadcast in black-and-white is shown on the DVDs in color, but not this time, probably because the Disney Company has long been embarrassed by SOS's racial content--it's never been released in the U.S. on DVD.)

"Dateline Disneyland" features almost 90 minutes of live television coverage from opening day in 1955. It's heavily padded, however, with celebrity sightings, boring dedication speeches, marching bands and staged street performances that do little to highlight the attractions of the park. (How many times does the announcer have to say, "And here's Danny Thomas with his family!" before we get the point? I found myself fast-forwarding through two-thirds of this show.)

With the exception of some priceless color footage of jazz great Louis Armstrong performing on board the Mark Twain, "Disneyland After Dark" features mostly unremarkable stage acts interspersed with precious few scenes of the park lit up at night. All Walt Disney's scenes are filmed with actors on a sound stage--and they look it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVD
I love Walt Disney shows and the parks and love sharing them with my children. This is a great one for them.
Published 2 months ago by Charity Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for the TRUE Disneyland Fan
Item was as described. Good Quality. Fast Shipment.
Published 3 months ago by Paul Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Disney
Is always fun to watch video of Disneyland. ESP old footage. Opening day must have Been amazing! Can't get enough of the older stuff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted!
The only complaint I have is that I was under the impression that the Disney Treasures DVD's came in a tin, but the packaging it came in, is actually perfect for my dvd... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
This is EXACTLY what my wife wanted for Christmas. We are Disney freaks and especially love the stories of how the theme park came to be. Well worth the money.
Published 8 months ago by Movie Lover
As much as some will find this Walt Disney Treasures Disneyland set a disappointment, I found it to be very interesting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat!
For Disney nostolgia fans, this is something you just can't miss, if you're able to find any original copies left. Read more
Published 14 months ago by johnnyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney Was Voice Of Mickey Mouse
In the past, Walt Disney was the voice of Mickey Mouse-but when he and his chief animator, Ub Iwerks first created him, Walt wanted to name this mouse Mortimer... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Caroline Persinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Disneyland news coverage
These are great for any Disney fan- basically four shorts dealing with the ideas, opening and continued expansion of Disneyland. What's not to love?
Published 16 months ago by Fagin
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, But Expensive
Wonderful clips included, all from before 1970!
• Dateline: Disneyland
• 10th Anniversary
• Disneyland After Dark
• Disneyland (1st episode)... Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. N.
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is kurt russell in Disneyland usa?
nope he isnt.
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