Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 11: The Nixons at Disneyland

On this day in 1955, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and his family (wife Pat and daughters Tricia & Julie) visited Disneyland for the very first time. Along with the Nixons were brothers of Richard and Pat and their children. 

Nixon was presented with the "Key to City Hall" by C.V. Wood (a member of Walt's staff) and met actor Fess Parker (Disney's Davy Crockett). The Nixons toured Disneyland extensively, and rode such attractions as the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Jungle Cruise, Rocket to the Moon, Autopia, and toured the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit.

"A paradise for children - and for grownups, too. I don't know when I've had so much fun." -Richard Nixon 

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