A couple days ago I wrote about Disneyland Dream, the incredible 1956 home movie of Disneyland made by Robbins Barstow. Well, the story continues.
Word of the movie has made the rounds and it turns out that I’m not the only that was impressed. In fact, according to a Hartford Courant article, Robbins was recently contacted by a former Disneyland employee who you made have heard of: Steve Martin.
“At age eleven I worked at Disneyland. I sold guidebooks at the park from 1956 to about 1958. I am as positive as one can be that I appear about 20:20 into your film, low in the frame, dressed in a top hat, vest, and striped pink shirt, moving from left to right, holding a guidebook out for sale.”
Looking at the video evidence I guess we’ll have to take Martin at his word. In fact, Martin has a longtime and regular association with the parks. He is currently seen everyday on Main Street USA just steps away from where he stood in 1956. He appears with Donald Duck in a funny and informative filmed attraction called “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years.”
We’re going back to Disneyland in mid-February. You can bet I’ll be sure to check out Steve Martin’s old stomping grounds and laugh at his antics with the duck.