Walt Disney’s Disneyland, the TV show (1954)

The TV show Disneyland, known by various titles since its introduction in 1954 (and currently entitled The Wonderful World of Disney) was Walt Disney’s first foray into the weekly television show format. (The Disneyland theme park  opened the following year.)

Hosted by Walt himself in its first incarnation, the show featured cartoons and other material from the Disney library, in addition to Disney movies edited down to one hour or broken out over two one-hour episodes. First running on ABC, the show was quite the Nielsen success, ranking 6th and 4th in its first two seasons on the air, drawing over 12 million viewers.

Together with the TV Guide cover touting the show’s debut, here’s a video of the intro from the original Disneyland, and some clips of the show. – AJW

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Disneyland TV show opening credits


 

Disneyland (the TV series), also known as…

Other titles for this same show: Walt Disney Presents (1958-1961), Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969), The Wonderful World of Disney (1969–1979), Disney’s Wonderful World (1979–1981), Walt Disney (1981–1983), The Disney Sunday Movie (1986–1988), The Magical World of Disney (1988–1996), and then once again The Wonderful World of Disney (1997–2008, 2012–present)

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