Walt Disney gives us a look at the sights and sounds at Disneyland in the year 1966 in “Disneyland Around the Seasons;” an episode of “The Wonderful World of Color.” This documentary style episode gives us a look at the new additions to the New Orleans Square section of the park in that year; It’s a Small World and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln; as well as the holiday traditions like the Fantasy on Parade and the Candlelight Processional. This is also notable for being the first episode of “The Wonderful World of Color” to air after Walt Disney’s death.
It a fun piece of nostalgia to the early days of Disneyland Park. While many of the attractions that were at Disneyland in 1965 may be gone, you get some nice glimpses of them in this episode of the Walt Disney’s classic TV show. Disneyland is always growing and always changing, just like the rest of the Disney parks that have been built since then. Sometimes, it’s nice to see its early days. It might have been small then compared to today, but there’s a childlike innocence that comes with Disney parks that makes this look back a lot of fun.
Despite this being a fun look back 50 years later, it’s not without its flaws. The “It’s a Small World” song has a reputation for being annoying; so much so that Disney has even made fun of it in its movies, most notably in “The Lion King.” It has earned that reputation fairly because that is a very annoying song that played for far too long in the episode. While it was absolutely necessary for the song to be in this episode due to the feature on the ride, they could’ve dropped out of it sooner.
On top of that, the Fantasy on Parade segment is way too long. It’s important to see parts of the parade, but the entire parade didn’t need to be show here. While I’m an advocate for Disney adding its parades and fireworks shows to Disney+, I think they should be part of their own segments. I know that wasn’t an option for Walt back in the 1960s, so I’m not going to criticize it too much, but it’s something that can be improved upon now, so we don’t need an entire parade in a TV episode now.
Overall, this was a lot of fun to watch. I hope it gives a sense of nostalgia for those old enough to remember the early days of Disneyland. For those like me, that aren’t old enough to remember then I hope it’s enjoyable for you too.
Ranking: 3.5 stars out of 5
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