Now-Deceased Anaheim City Manager Explains How Disneyland Became Disneyland: Video

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Chuck Schmidt's recent Staten Island Advance story is about the 50th Anniversary of Tomorrowland DVD that documented the 2009 Disneyland event.

But the more interesting story Schmidt found involved the relationship between former Anaheim City Manager Keith Murdoch and Walt Disney and his theme park.


Murdoch, one of several speakers Ape Pen Publishing enlisted to speak on the DVD, was Anaheim's city manager from 1950-1976, so he was at the center of it all before the park opened in 1955. He died in 2011 at age 92.

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Keith Murdoch on the job
As Schmidt makes clear in "Valuable Disneyland Lessons Available on 50th Anniversary of Tomorrowland DVD," Anaheim wanted Disneyland as much as Disney wanted his theme park there.

"We were looking to improve the economic status of the city by attracting new industries," Murdoch says on the DVD. "We looked at Disney as another industrial opportunity."

But Anaheim had to quietly woo Uncle Walt, who was being wooed by others all over Southern California. After the jump is video of Murdoch telling "How Disneyland Became Disneyland" ...

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