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  • What TIME did Disneyland open?

    I know this probably isn't the first thread on the subject, but wikipedia said walt read hsi speech at 4:45 pm, but I have also heard 4:23 pm..... does enyone know the exact time Walt read his speech and when they first allowed guest into the park?

    Thanks!


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    Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

    hmmmm good question.
    I would trust wkikepedia (sp?)
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    • #3
      Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

      I thought he read the thing at 2:35pm-ish. I know they did one of the reenactments many years ago at that time for that reason.

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        Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

        Originally posted by Opus1guy View Post
        I thought he read the thing at 2:35pm-ish. I know they did one of the reenactments many years ago at that time for that reason.
        well so far I have seen and heard 4:45, 4:23, 5:30, 2:35, and 4:15


        I am so confused lol

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        • #5
          Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

          Originally posted by Mtsplash View Post
          hmmmm good question.
          I would trust wkikepedia (sp?)
          I wouldn't; Wikipedia says what ever I want it to.
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          • #6
            Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

            Well, I just called the management offices of Walt Disney Imagineering and they dont even have the exact time on record anywhere...

            So I guess we just go by therory, and whatever people say i guess is correct.

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            • #7
              Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

              You want some more confusion?

              This photo shows the clock at what looks like 1:40pm!



              ...but then again it is thought by many to be a photo of the July 18th Official Grand Opening ceremony that was pretty much a repeat of the 17th Press Preview Day (right down to Walt reading the Dedication speech)...only without the TV cameras.

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              • #8
                Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                Originally posted by Opus1guy View Post
                You want some more confusion?

                This photo shows the clock at what looks like 1:40pm!



                ...but then again it is thought by many to be a photo of the July 18th Official Grand Opening ceremony that was pretty much a repeat of the 17th Press Preview Day (right down to Walt reading the Dedication speech)...only without the TV cameras.

                so all of this was done not olny once, but twice?!

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                • #9
                  Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                  Yes. the PREVIEW day was July 17th, and they didn't really want Photographers in the TV shots on the 17th.

                  On July 18th, the day the park opened to the public (aka Opening Day), the photo above was taken...

                  Heck, the 10th Anniversary of the park, and the opening of Great Moments of Mr. Lincoln was on July 18th, 1965.

                  It is clearly a fact that the REAL opening day is July 18th, 1955.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                    Originally posted by Mtsplash View Post
                    I would trust wkikepedia (sp?)
                    I wouldn't. Anyone can edit it.

                    *wikipedia

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                      Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                      Double Post

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                      • #12
                        Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                        Well on July 17, 2005, I believe the screens near the castle broadcasted the opening day speech around 4:45, claiming it was 50 years to the minute since Walt Disney dedicated DL.

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                        • #13
                          Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                          I may have an answer to your question. I'm watching the original TV broadcast from 1955 (see my other thread for links). I see the clock in Town Square at what I believe is 3:40pm (it's very blurry). approximately 8 minutes later (includeing 1 minute for an ad break) Walt reads the dedication. So I make it around 3:48pm.

                          Edit: See below for a revision, it's actually 4:48pm! :blush:
                          Last edited by monotonehell; 07-17-2007, 02:46 PM.
                          Disney FAQ#275: What is DCA?
                          DCA stands for Disney Construction Area. All the Cast Members are themed with hard hats and steel toed boots.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                            Originally posted by Darkbeer View Post
                            Yes. the PREVIEW day was July 17th, and they didn't really want Photographers in the TV shots on the 17th...On July 18th, the day the park opened to the public (aka Opening Day), the photo above was taken...It is clearly a fact that the REAL opening day is July 18th, 1955.
                            In the TV broadcast they refer to the previous day as a "rehearsal". Revisionism only a day later you think?
                            Disney FAQ#275: What is DCA?
                            DCA stands for Disney Construction Area. All the Cast Members are themed with hard hats and steel toed boots.

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                            • #15
                              Re: What TIME did Disneyland open?

                              REVISION!

                              OKAY! It was very blury, soon after Walt's speech and a couple others the clock is much more visible and it's 4:45pm. So what I said above was an hour out!
                              Disney FAQ#275: What is DCA?
                              DCA stands for Disney Construction Area. All the Cast Members are themed with hard hats and steel toed boots.

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