Sunday 19th September 1965
Had a great day yesterday. We went to Disneyland which I’m sure you have heard of. It certainly lived up to its reputation and was terrific value for money. We went in at about noon and didn’t leave until gone midnight, and every moment was interesting.
The highlight of the place is the monorail which was the first in America, and travels from the grounds to the Disney Hotel, about two miles away. We went on this and it was a very memorable ride.
Disneyland is like a huge fun fair, but very futuristic and deluxe and different. For instance you can go for a ride in a submarine (just like real ones), go on a rocket to the moon (very effective), ride on a hovercraft (disguised as a flying saucer).
One of the highlights is a jungle ride in a boat. We boarded a boat at a very authentic village pier and set off up the Amazon. It was an almost exact copy of the jungle, and all the animals were electronically controlled, and all through the trip we were snapped at, and chased, by crocs (while the guide fired wildly at them with a gun).
We were drenched when elephants squirted water over us, and charged by a rhino. It was all so authentic you would swear it was all real.
Disney has really mastered the art of animated objects. I think I told you of a show at the World’s Fair where we thought the actors were human – but they turned out to be electronic models.
We saw all the usual shootings and gun fights and, as a plug for a new TV series, saw Zorro on the rooftops fighting ‘bandits’. It’s all great fun and the kids loved it.
The night time was great with loads of free shows and dances. We spent a long time in the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ listening to one of America’s best jazz bands. The atmosphere was terrific.
To be continued – in the next letter, Tony receives massive news from home…