Disney Documentary Hour: Holiday Time at Disneyland (1962)

By Keith Mahne

Today we return to the Disney Documentary Hour segment here on Disney Avenue with a wonderful little film that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. It’s an episode of the beloved Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color that was originally broadcast by NBC on December 23, 1962 (Season 9, Episode 13 of the Disney Sunday Show). Grab some popcorn and a nice cup of hot chocolate and continue after the page break as we watch the film “Holiday Time at Disneyland”…

This episode features a Holiday tour of Disneyland by the avuncular host of the show. Since the main attraction of the Christmas Season at Disneyland was the parade, it was featured heavily in the television show.

The parade premiered at Disneyland for the Holiday season of 1960 and lasted until 1964, when it then became the “Fantasy On Parade” featuring the marching “wooden” soldiers and those silly reindeer. Unlike today where the Christmas parade will run for upwards of two months, in the early 1960s typically the parade would start about a week before Christmas day.

And now Disney Avenue presents Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color episode “Holiday Time at Disneyland”…Enjoy!


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.

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