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.
Disneyland began its 4th season on the air with a gala, all-star ""special"", essentially designed to promote all 3 of Disney's network TV series. Pressured by his cartoon creations and the latest crop of Mouseketeers to tell them what's in store for the 1957-58 season, host Walt Disney offers tantalizing glimpses of the new weekly adventure show Zorro, the Disneyland miniseries The Saga of Andy Burnett (with Jerome Courtland in the title role) and the newest installments of such Mickey Mouse Club serials as ""Spin and Marty."" The remainder of the 4th Anniversary Show is an uncut presentation of the ""Peter and the Wolf"" segement from the 1946 animated feature Make Mine Music.
Walt takes us to the Studio Morgue where great ideas stored here are used in future projects. He also talks with Winston Hibler about the making of another True-Life Fantasy feature called Perri.
To teach us about the world of fantasy in animation, inanimate objects come to life and introduce various cartoons.
A show all about ""hero"" dogs. Walt Disney narrates the first segment. Dorothy McGuire gives us a preview of ""Old Yeller"" and the last half of the episode is the 1955 People and Places short Arizona Sheepdog.
The Magic Mirror (voiced by Hans Conried) returns to host this look at one of his favorite subjects: the magic of music, through the usage of scenes of Melody Time and The Pastoral Symphony segment of Fantasia.
Tinker Bell takes us on a tour of Disneyland with her pixie dust.
Walt talks about how art has many different visions.