Its officially summer (although not technically for three weeks) and we would like to kick off the season with a summery episode where we take a look at something we were inspired to investigate after hearing it on our 50 Magical Years CD collection: Date Night at Disneyland.
This show is both a history of both the Carnation Plaza Gardens and a history of the live music that occupied the area.
The area is was first home to the Disneyland bandstand after it was forced to move as it obstructed the view of the Sleeping Beauty Castle from the hub. It was so popular that a large outdoor dance hall was built in 1956, which stood there untl May of 2012 where it will be replaced by the Princess Fantasy Fair.
Along with nightly dance music, Disneyland decided to capitalize on the sites popularty by creating Date Night at Disneyland. The house band, The Elliott Brothers even released an album recorded at Disneyland.
Disney also released a special ticket book for Date Nighters (via Vintage Disneyland Tickets)
Some ads from 1957 and 1959
This one is interesting
And my favorite,
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Carnation Plaza Gardens photo via Dateline Disneyland