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1960 opening of Nature's Wonderland at Disneyland

1960 opening of Nature’s Wonderland at Disneyland

June 12, 1960: Walt Disney and his granddaughter Tammy Miller, 3, ride pack mules at opening of Disneyland’s Nature Wonderland.

Staff writer Richard West reported in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:

Some 700 press representatives, their families, and other special guests yesterday took part in the grand opening of Nature’s Wonderland, a new attraction featuring dozens of mechanical, life-like animals at Walt Disney’s Anaheim playground.

They attended an old-fashion picnic where they had a preview of acts to be presented daily at Disneyland throughout the summer by 127 entertainers.

Disney and his three cowboy-hatted grandchildren were official hosts at the all-day ceremonies.

Tammy Miller, 3; her sister Joanna, 4, and their brother Chris, 5, and Disney wielding tiny hatchets cut through a sapling to open the animated beaver set.

The beavers slapped the water with their tails, dived and bobbed to the surface. …

In all, there are 204 animated animals in their natural habitat in Nature’s Wonderland, situated on a seven-acre site in Frontierland. They may be viewed either from the Western Mule Train or from pack mules.

Nature’s Wonderland was built at a cost of $1.8 million. ….

In 1973, Nature’s Wonderland was closed and replaced with Big Thunder Mountain.

This photo was published in the June 13, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

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