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  • [Question] Disneyland's Original Sponors?

    I am trying to find a listing of the Disneyland Park's original sponsors. I think there were about 30 or so of them (i.e., Kodak, Nestle....). If anyone can point me in the the direction where I can find such a list or send it to me it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

    There were 33 original lessees. (33? Why does that number seem familiar???)

    Atlantic Richfield
    Bank of America
    Bell Telephone
    C&H Sugar
    Carnation
    Coke
    Douglas Aircraft
    Kodak
    Fritos
    GE
    Global Van Lines
    Goodyear
    Hallmark
    Hills Brothers Coffee
    INA
    Lincoln Savings & Loan
    Monsanto
    Pendelton
    Pepsi
    Ken-L-Rations
    Aunt Jemima's
    Santa Fe
    Spice Islands
    Sunkist
    Sunsweet
    Swift
    Timex
    United Airlines
    Upjohn
    Chicken of the Sea
    Welch's
    Wurlitzer
    Western Printing and Litho
    Last edited by Steve DeGaetano; 11-19-2009, 06:00 AM.

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    • #3
      Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

      How many of those are still left? Coke and Carnation I'm fairly sure of, but I don't know about the rest.

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        Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

        Sadly Western Printing and Litho (the publisher of Golden Books for kids and Golden Guides for adults) is no longer, having been sold and divided and absorbed into other companies. I wonder which other ones on the list are also out of business now.

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          Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

          Kodak is still there sponsoring HISTA, the Photo Spots, and I think their name is still on the photo shop where you get the PhotoPass pictures.
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            Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

            I should amend my posting to say that these are the 33 sponsors circa 1967. There were others in 1955.

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              Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

              Any thoughts on where to find original (1955) Disneyland sponsors??

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                Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

                Maybe it doesn't count as a sponsor per se, but it's likely that no individual company forked out more up front dough than the American Broadcasting Corporation TV network. It's well known they even owned a hung of the park for its first few years. While they had no visible presence at the park that I am aware of, the park was certainly a visible presence on the network (as anyone my age or older can attest to).
                After having changed hands a couple of times, ABC itself was acquired by Disney from the Capital Cities corporation in 1995.
                First Visit at the age of 12, July 17, 1968.
                First Ride, The Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad.
                BRING BACK THE PEOPLE MOVER!

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                  Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

                  Coke and Pepsi??

                  rofl! Walt Disney must of been one hell of a sweet talker to bag those 2 together.

                  one hundred and one

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                    Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

                    Originally posted by LarrySubs View Post
                    Any thoughts on where to find original (1955) Disneyland sponsors??
                    By Sponsors I think you mean "Lessees." Let's start a list here, all known to have been there in 1955:

                    Richfield
                    Bank of America
                    Carnation
                    Coke
                    TWA
                    Kodak
                    Fritos
                    Monsanto
                    Pendelton
                    Pepsi
                    Aunt Jemima's
                    Santa Fe
                    Swift
                    Timex
                    Upjohn
                    Chicken of the Sea
                    Western Printing and Litho
                    Hollywood Maxwell Intimate Apparel
                    Town Square Realty
                    Kaiser Aluminum
                    Ruggles China & Glass Shop
                    Grandma’s Baby Shop
                    Sunny View Farms Jellies & Jams
                    Blue Bird Shoes for Children
                    Ellen’s Gift Shop
                    Gibson Greeting Cards
                    Jewelry Store, Random Parts Inc
                    Wonderland Music
                    Wurlitzer
                    Maxwell House Coffee
                    Bekins
                    Dutch Boy Paints
                    Puffin Bakery

                    (Hmmm...This list comes to 33 too. Coincidence?)
                    Last edited by Steve DeGaetano; 11-19-2009, 02:16 PM.

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                      Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

                      What about American Motors? Didn't they sponsor Circarama in 1955?

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                        Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

                        So ironic that ABC once owned a significant interest in Disneyland, but now Disney owns ABC...

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                          Re: Disneyland's Original Sponors?

                          Originally posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
                          Hollywood Maxwell Intimate Apparel

                          Ahhh yes, The New Centuruy Woman: The Wizard of Bras...
                          First Visit at the age of 12, July 17, 1968.
                          First Ride, The Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad.
                          BRING BACK THE PEOPLE MOVER!

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