‘Walt Disney’ PBS Documentary Preview Trailer Released

By Vince Matthews

Disneyland is celebrating its 60th this year. The park was the brainchild of Walt Disney and has become the “Happiest Place on Earth” to millions around the globe.

“To all who come to this happy place, welcome.” Walt Disney at Disneyland on opening day: July 17, 1955. (Image: The Walt Disney Company)

Disneyland first opened on July 17, 1955, and now takes in around 44,000 guests a day. It’s been copied the world over, with sister parks (like Tokyo Disneyland), in Orlando (Magic Kingdom), Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Still, Disneyland remains the only Disney park that Walt ever walked in.

Opening day for Disneyland was a disaster, but thanks to Walt Disney’s vision, the park became not only a success but helped him build a much larger empire that now includes Pixar Studios, Marvel and Star Wars…not to mention the Muppets and, of course, we can’t forget that it all started with a mouse…

PBS’s “American Experience” documentary series plans to take us on a documentary filmmaking journey and give us a behind-the-scenes look into Walt Disney’s life this fall with a four-hour, two-night film about the man. Here’s a sneak peek:

Getting a Start with Moviemaking
Walt Disney started his career making movies. Disney is also a great inspiration for moviemakers looking for an introduction to filmmaking. Walt proved you could do the impossible; you just need to put your mind to it…

Students in Digital Media’s filmmaking programs learn professional filmmaking techniques from real filmmakers and learn how to tell their story using the medium of film. Who knows? The next Walt Disney could be making his first film at DMA this summer.