Dateline Disneyland (television)

Dateline Disneyland (television) Opening day live television special for Disneyland; airing on ABC at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday afternoon, July 17, 1955, and being hosted by Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan. Directed by Stuart Phelps and John Rich. Because of the nationwide anticipation of the opening of Disneyland, fostered by Walt himself on his pre-opening reports on television, this special had a huge audience, estimated at 90 million viewers. The show was the largest live production ever attempted, utilizing 24 cameras and a staff of hundreds, and it went off with relatively few miscues.