First Annual Disneyland Pancake Races

The Disneyland Pancake Races featured real housewives, dressed in skirts and aprons, flipping their flapjacks as they raced down Main Street, U.S.A. Disneyland’s version of this English tradition—contestants qualified in several cities throughout the United States—was cooked up as a publicity stunt for the park and served over several days. The winner of these finals would compete in the Nationals. So on this day in 1957, it was “batter up!” for the First Annual Disneyland Pancake Races… and no buttering up to the judges was allowed.