For March 18th… On This Day in Disney History!
On this day in Disney History… On This Day in 1955, a groundbreaking ceremony takes place at 11:15am in Anaheim, California for the Disneyland Hotel. Among the guests in attendance are Roy O. Disney (Walt’s brother), C.V. Wood (Disneyland’s Vice-President and General Manager), Anaheim Mayor, Charles Pierson, and members of the Wrather Family (owners of the Disneyland Hotel). ALSO On This Day in 1967, Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens in New Orleans Square. The debut kicks off with great excitement as a group of marauding sea-dogs, led by Wally Boag, first “Shanghai” the sailing ship Columbia before bursting through the new attractions doors with a battering ram. All the figures in the attraction are designed by Imagineer, Marc Davis. And the lavishly detailed sets are by artist and color stylist, Claude Coats. It is the largest audio-animatronic project to date and the last attraction Walt Disney himself supervised.