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  • 1954-10-26T22:00:00-07:00 on ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 21 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Animation, Children, Family

Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most ambitious producers, was first approached to do television in 1950, when The Coca-Cola Company offered him a one-hour special. The one hour special, "One Hour in Wonderland," aired December 25, 1950 on NBC and garnered 90% of the television viewing audience. A second special, "The Walt Disney Christmas Special," aired December 25, 1951 on CBS. When Walt had drawn up plans for a theme park, known as Disneyland, he found a hard time obtaining funding; critics, including Walt's brother Roy, thought that it was unfeasible and that it would be a fiasco. At the same time, the ABC television network offered him a deal for a television anthology series. Walt wouldn't agree to it unless they put up partial financing for Disneyland (a term that had kept CBS and NBC from signing with him). ABC agreed, and also paid him $50,000 per program, an exorbitant sum for the time. The show, titled Disneyland, premiered on October 27, 1954 and was an immediate success. The program showcased original works from the Disney Studios. Cartoons, documentaries, educational shorts, all were shown to a captive worldwide audience. Variety was the key to its success, as it kept most of what it did fresh, multi-cultural and constantly changing its entertainment.

22 episodes

1x01 The Disneyland Story

  • Series Premiere

    1954-10-26T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Walt Disney introduces the show that will be a Sunday-night tradition for over 40 years, Disneyland. In this episode, he introduces upcoming season previews, plus movies that are to be coming out soon. The second half of the show is all about Mickey Mouse, Disney's first creation.

1x02 MOVIE: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

  • 1954-11-02T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

The 1951 Walt Disney animated film is the basis of this episode.

1x03 Prairie/ Seal Island

  • 1954-11-09T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

James Algar explores the lives of animal habitats as captured on film. The next portion is the 1948 True-Life Disney movie, Seal Island with Winston Hibler narrating about the habitat of the fur seal.

1x04 The Donald Duck Story

  • 1954-11-16T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

It's all about Donald Duck here as his career is highlighted.

1x05 MOVIE: So Dear to My Heart

  • 1954-11-23T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

The 1949 Disney movie is highlighted in this episode. Jeremiah is a young boy who owns a black lamb named Danny the Ram. Jeremiah wants to enter Danny into the spring fair, not out of pride for his pet but for the material gain of winning a ribbon. But alas, the fleece-bearer flees from home, leaving Jeremiah devastated. Jeremiah prays to God asking to be reunited with his runaway ram. In return, he promises to love Danny forever, and forsake any thoughts of using him to win ribbons.

1x06 A Story of Dogs

  • 1954-11-30T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Walt Disney takes us behind the scenes on the making of his new animated feature Lady & the Tramp.

1x07 Operation Undersea

  • 1954-12-07T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

This is a look into the making of the theatrical feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

1x08 Davy Crockett- Indian Fighter

  • 1954-12-14T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

This is the first of five stories of the legendary Davy Crockett. In it, Davy and his friend Georgie Russel go off to fight the hostile Creek Indians.

1x09 A Present for Donald

  • 1954-12-21T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

In this Christmas episode, Donald Duck gets a movie projector and a film reel of a penguin who wants to be free of the frozen climate.

1x10 Beaver Valley/ Cameras in Africa

  • 1954-12-28T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

In teh first part, Walt Disney presents a famous animal photographer named Alfred G. Milotte, who presents clips of his African trip that has stunning stories about the African elephant and the lion. The second part deals with the beaver habitat as displayed in the 1948 True-Life Adventure film, Beaver Valley.

1x11 Treasure Island (1)

  • 1955-01-04T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

1x12 Treasure Island (2)

  • 1955-01-11T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

1x13 Monsters of the Deep

  • 1955-01-18T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Walt Disney takes us into the world of the sea with its many creatures.

1x14 Davy Crockett Goes to Congress

  • 1955-01-25T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

In the Second episode of the Davy Crockett trilogy, Davy, George and their families settle in Tennessee. Davy goes to town to file his claim, and he gets into it with a bully named Big Foot Mason. When Mason is beaten, the judge asks Davy to be the new lawman.

1x15 The Wind in the Willows

  • 1955-02-01T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Kenneth Grahame is the subject of this episode as we take a look at the short film of ""The Wind and the Willows"", as seen in the movie The Reluctant Dragon from 1941.

1x16 A Progress Reoprt/ Nature's Half Acre

  • 1955-02-08T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

The first half of this epsiode is dedicated to the construction of the new Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.

1x17 Cavalcade of Songs

  • 1955-02-15T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Walt Disney shows us the importance of music in motion pictures. We also get a behind the scenes peek at the music made for the forthcoming movie Lady and the Tramp

1x18 Davy Crockett at the Alamo

  • 1955-02-22T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

The final chapter of the Davy Crockett trilogy begins when Davy and George make friends with a cheating gambler named Thimblerig. It is Thimblerig that gets Davy and George to go to Texas to fight the Mexicans at the Alamo, an ill-fated mistake for Davy.

1x19 From Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen

  • 1955-03-01T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

Classic storytelling comes to life with Disney animation.

1x20 Man in Space

  • 1955-03-08T22:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

This Tomorrowland version of Disneyland takes a look at how America is prepared to explore space- the final frontier.

1x21 The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland

  • 1955-07-12T21:00:00-07:00 — 60 mins

The big day of the grand opening of Disneyland is almost here, and Walt Disney is making plans to ensure that the park will be safe and ready for its first guests on July 17, 1955.

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