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Transcript on Disneyland opening


ABC News Transcripts
GOOD MORNING AMERICA (07:00 AM ET)
May 5, 2005 Thursday
DISNEYLAND BEHIND THE MAGIC

CHARLES GIBSON, ABC NEWS

I've been looking at some great facts about Disneyland. They get two million calls every year. The largest number of calls? To Mickey Mouse, of course. He doesn't talk, though. Lets go out to Robin Roberts who's in Town Square in Disneyland. Robin?

ROBIN ROBERTS, ABC NEWS

(Off Camera) Good little tidbit there, Charlie. Thank you very much. I'm here at Disneyland. And talking to the people here, they all have like their favorite memory. And it's amazing. It's like, it's like going back in time here. It's also like frozen in time. If you've been here at Disneyland, you know that this is the location of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln." Well, President Lincoln is going to take the next 18 months off and in its place is "Disneyland, The First 50 Magical Years." Now, it is a movie that goes from the very beginning of Disneyland to today. And one of its stars, I think it will be surprising to you, somebody who used to work here at Disneyland, former cast member Steve Martin.

STEVE MARTIN, ACTOR-WRITER

I was probably 15 when this picture was taken. And this was from the Fantasyland Magic Shop. And that's the little outfit not that they asked me to wear, but that I wanted to wear. So, it was a lot of fun working there. It was my first experience in show business.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) Today, Steve Martin stars with Donald Duck in a new movie and exhibit called, "Disneyland, The First 50 Magical Years," unearthing a treasure chest of Walt Disney's dreams. Models, sketches, clay sculptures before they became cartoon characters on public display for the first time.

WALT DISNEY, FOUNDER OF DISNEYLAND

For all who come to this happy place, welcome.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) In 1955, Disneyland was unveiled to America in a live TV broadcast.

RONALD REAGAN, HOST

And this is Frontier Land.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) The hosts included actor Ronald Reagan and TV personality Art Linkletter.

ART LINKLETTER, HOST

Frank Sinatra. Hello, Franko. Who's driving? Frankie, Jr.?

FRANK SINATRA, SINGER

My son, yes.

ART LINKLETTER, 92 YEARS OLD

It was so exciting. Before we opened, the painters were painting trees green because the trees had died, they hadn't been watered properly. And there wasn't enough food. And it was a hot day and there were, visitors were getting stuck on, the asphalt was soft.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) But after half a century and half a billion visitors, Sleeping Beauty Castle still stands, the symbol of Disneyland and theme parks around the world. Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, and this September, Hong Kong.

MICHAEL EISNER, DISNEY CEO

It's bringing the Disney culture and a little bit of the American culture to one billion people.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) Shanghai is reportedly being considered, too.

BOB IGER, DISNEY PRESIDENT/CEO-ELECT

China, in general, is growing by leaps and bounds. So, it's possible one day there will be a Disneyland there and we're spending time analyzing it.

JAY RASULO,

PRESIDENT, DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS

Although people know the Disney characters and know the Disney name in China, they don't really know the stories that go along with those characters. They know Pooh, but they don't know he lives in the 100 Acre Woods. So, we really have been working hard to help educate that market on Disney stories.

ART LINKLETTER

Exploring the future and the unknown ...

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) Just as stars turned out for opening day in 1955, Hollywood returned to Anaheim yesterday to celebrate Disneyland's 50th.

JULIE ANDREWS, HONORARY DISNEYLAND AMBASSADOR

If you think about it, it's going to be around for a very, very, very long time, hopefully, for generations to come. And I'm very happy to be part of it.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Off Camera) And a little bit later here at Disneyland, we're going to take you to Walt Disney's apartment. He had an apartment here, a very exclusive look.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Voice Over) Not many people have been inside.

ROBIN ROBERTS

(Off Camera) But when we come back, we're gonna go "Around the Watercooler" here at Disneyland. So, come on back to "Good Morning America." Want to go? Let's go -okay. Okay, who's going?

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