The very first episode of “Cartoons to Castles” dives into the events surrounding the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955. Jessica and Melanie share the sweet, shocking, and hilarious stories from their research, covering everything from Walt & Lillian Disney’s 30th anniversary party in Frontierland (just days before the park opened), to the rough live opening day broadcast of “Dateline: Disneyland.”
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