Sunday, February 17, 2008

Feb 17: The Sounds of Disneyland

On this day in 1961, the television special The Bell Telephone Hour: The Sounds of America first aired on NBC. (The Bell Telephone Hour was a series that had been running since 1959.)
In this episode, a group of children visited Disneyland and traveled by train through Frontierland, by steamboat to hear Mark Twain tell stories, and walked down Main Street to hear a marching band (the Disneyland Band under the direction of Vesey Walker) and a barbershop quartet (the Dapper Dans).
Rehearsals and filming for the show were held at night and from sunrise to sunset on Mondays and Tuesdays (the times Disneyland was closed to the public) during November 1960. To shoot the program with the park filled with guests would have been short of impossible.

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