1960’s and 1970’s Culture Archives
KICKED OUT of DISNEYLAND – TWICE!
1968 and 1971
July 17, 1955 was the official opening of Disneyland, and today July 17, 2015 marks Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary! 00individual celebrates with True Tales from the Golden Age of Disneyland.
Through his devotion and love of everything Disney, Disneyland became much more than the “Happiest Place On Earth” for him, it was a place of self-realization, a place that “shows” you what you need to see – far beyond Fantasyland or Tomorrowland.
It was a place where the reality of truly knowing oneself and being open to enlightenment and personal growth could be realized – a place for epiphanies.
There are signposts, some subtle and some blaring in regard to self-realization and pivotal moments of life-changing realizations that occur in everyone’s life at some point. No matter how big or how small these signs are, if allowed to be seen and accepted, they can create a beneficial end product of clarity – enough to literally change one’s viewpoint – or reinforce it.
00individual grew up in Southern California near LAX and was a Disney / Mickey Mouse Club fan and his parents knew it – so at four years old when Disneyland opened in 1955, he was there!
Visits to Disneyland for birthdays became a ritual and throughout the years there were always other opportunities to go; corporation-only nights, date nights, holiday specials and just for no reason other than to have some local So. Cal. fun.
As a true Walter Elias Disney fan, 00individual held a reverence for the Park, and everything in it.
On one dark night in 1968 00individual found himself on his way to a Disneyland “night” with three guys that he sometimes peripherally hung out with – they were jocks and other guys who took school seriously.
The evening started-out fun and we went on a few rides – and then things got weird.
It started on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and ended with blood on the tracks in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ride.
A couple of these immature males thought it would be cute to grab and break or distort anything within their reach – until karma stepped in.
When wood or plastic was in fact iron or steel, flesh was cut and blood flowed.
The Emergency Room was at the Castle-end of Main Street and around the corner toward Tomorrowland.
It was a weird experience for almost nothing was said; futile explanations of broken glass just reinforced the solemn non-confrontational mood of the Nurse and the Security that arrived. A cut hand from a broken glass at one of the restaurants would be reported immediately – they knew what happened – this obviously wasn’t the first time for random acts of mindless vandalism within the rides.
A Tram/Golf Cart was waiting for us and Security motioned for us to get aboard. After driving through a gate we suddenly went down a ramp and were under Disneyland riding along brightly-lit beige corridors and then up a ramp and out in the Disneyland Parking Lot.
They motioned for us to get off and then the two Security in the Tram/Golf Cart disappeared back down the very well-disguised ramp without a word.
Today we would have been held at gunpoint and arrested for suspected terrorism.
And there you have it; “guilty by association” – 00individual has experienced it as a kid in the school yard, as a teen at Disneyland, later on the job, and then throughout life. But what was worse was that 00individual felt sincere disgrace by his association and involvement with these immature malicious clowns – and even though not physically responsible, he was morally responsible and yet said nothing.
Apparently 00individual needed to see blatant immaturity and disrespect for someone else’s creative contribution which made this simple scene so reprehensible – it was like watching man-boys trying to mock and destroy their childhood by having power over props – in rides – at Disneyland.
That was enough for 00individual, he stuck with his mature, responsible Doper friends thereafter and left the Jocks and such to themselves.
Weeks later, just to verify 00individual’s self-realization status, while working at the local Marie Callendar’s restaurant, those same guys drove by hangin’ their Bare Asses out the car’s window, yellin’ and whoopin’. 00individual just laughed to himself, as unknown to them and in their own way they were waving 00individual goodbye.
On August 6, 1970, Yippies and Hippies historically took over Tom Sawyers Island, smoked pot and marched down Main Street mocking the parade – newly-trained riot police came in, and for the first time since the Kennedy assassination the park closed early.
A month or so later, 00individual, good friends Marzenus and Agent Tomas, the Stone sisters, and a few others went to Disneyland for a day of fun.
Marzenus and 00individual both had on their new personally tie-dyed psychedelic t-shirts.
Once inside and after a while of having some fun, Marzenus and 00individual were approached by Security and asked to leave due to wearing tie-dye t-shirts. There was no option of buying a Mickey Mouse t-shirt, we were already branded – just another “guilt by association” situation from the recent Tom Sawyer Island Yippie/Hippie takeover. We were Hippies, therefore undesirables and potential troublemakers and were escorted out of the park.
00individual initially took strong issue about our lawful individual rights – but in Disneyland you are in another country and it’s their rules – and policy allows this type of discrimination on private property. And once again we found ourselves in the Disneyland Parking Lot.
Whereas, Epiphany #1 dealt with self-realization of growth and awareness, and leaving immature and childish “friends” behind (but not a child-like spirit) Epiphany #2 reinforced the understanding of the negative power of “guilt by association” – but now from a purely prejudiced viewpoint that showed the reality of where innocent expression of an individual can be seen as a threat.
The total irony and hypocrisy was that within months every major department store stocked mass-produced Hippie-inspired tie-dye t-shirts, shorts, pants and whatever else they could sell – it was now acceptable as there was money to be made off of the Counter Culture’s style.
Within the year Disneyland stores sold tie-dye Mickey Mouse t-shirts.
Synchronistic Disneyland Parking Lot Tie-In:
Sometime in ’68 on one of the Date Night events at Disneyland 00individual was under the impression that tickets could be purchased the night of the event, but that was not so. His other friends had already purchased in advance, so 00individual and his girlfriend, Gloria, had no choice but to spend the evening having some expanded and creative sex sessions in the car’s back seat in the Disneyland Parking Lot.
Interesting how once upon a time the Disneyland Parking Lot (which is now Disney California Adventure Park) was a mystical karmic place in each of these incidents where epiphanies and positive life changes were realized, and an evening of hot sex was enjoyed.
Click on the Mickey Mouse Club logo Epiphany #1 for black and white intro to
the Mickey Mouse Club and on Epiphany #2 for the color intro of same!
About a decade and a half later in the mid-’80s 00individual, working freelance, designed a generic ’80s Alien head and sculpted it for the Quick-Draw Coin-Op for the arcades at the entrance to Space Mountain at Disneyland.
All alone in a warehouse when sculpting the head, 00individual forgot that the whole alien body was standing behind him and as he moved to get something he could feel the presence of a looming person behind him, he whipped around and it totally freaked him out.
After he forgot about it and was deep into sculpting, he turned slightly and it happened again!
Not opting for a third scare, 00individual moved the headless alien across the floor and far away. Whew.
As a last minute request by the vendors, 00individual very quickly created an ink on paper design for the Quick-Draw Base. It was laid under plexiglas, bolted and driven out to Disneyland.
00individual’s Disneyland Karma was restored and he lived Happily Ever After!
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