Reagan, Ronald

Reagan, Ronald (1911-2004) Long before he became president of the United States, Reagan, a friend of Walt Disney, served as one of the emcees for the television show on the opening day of Disneyland, July 17, 1955. As president, he attended a second Inaugural Celebration at America Gardens at Epcot on May 27, 1985. This was due to extremely cold weather having canceled many of the originally planned events in Washington, D.C., in January. In 1990, he returned to Disneyland, with his co-emcees Art Linkletter and Bob Cummings, for its 35th anniversary. Disney exhibits were mounted at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, in 2001 and 2012.