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Vice President Nixon's 1959 Disneyland visit

Vice President Nixon’s 1959 Disneyland visit

June 14, 1959: In front row aisle seats of reviewing stand at Disneyland, Vice President Richard Nixon, left, listens to Walt Disney explain some features of the parade. More than 150 units marched, including decorated floats entered from foreign countries.

Nixon helped open Matterhorn Mountain, Voyage Beneath the Seven Seas and the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System.

This photo by staff photographer Ben Olender accompanied a story by Charles Hillinger in the June 15, 1959 Los Angeles Times:

Vice-President Nixon, his wife and their two delighted daughters spent a fun-filled exciting day yesterday. They streaked down a towering snow-capped mountain in a bobsled, sailed beneath the sea in an atomic submarine and sped through the air as passengers in a sleek monorail.

The Vice-President and his family led a 150-unit hour-long parade along with Mr. and Mrs. Walt Disney, musician Meredith Willson, Art Linkletter and a host of other celebrities.

The occasion?

A fond desire by a couple of cute blondes–the Nixon girls, Tracia, 13, and Julie, 10–to visit Disney’s land of enchantment.

(Their only previous visit to Disneyland was shortly after it opened four years ago.) …

The Vice-President and his family opened the parade as they bounced along Main St. in a 1908 Oldsmobile.

Following closely were many of the favorite Disney characters – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Davy Crockett, Zorro and all the rest. …

June 14, 1959: From left: Vice President Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon, Patricia Nixon and Julie Nixon enjoy the hourlong parade at Disneyland opening several new attractions. This photo was published in the June 15, 1959, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Ben Olender/Los Angeles Times.

June 14, 1959: Vice President Richard Nixon shakes hands with spaceman and spacegirl during a tour of Disneyland. This photo was published in the June 15, 1959, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA.

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