1963 Photo: Walt Disney Celebrates Mexico at Disneyland Park

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

My favorite photos of Walt Disney at Disneyland park show a man thoroughly enjoying the place he created. The photo I’m sharing today is certainly in that category.

In the summer of 1963, a section of Main Street, U.S.A., known as Center Street was home to a “Salute to Mexico,” a celebration of Mexican culture, and Walt Disney was on hand for the opening of this first-of-its kind Disneyland exhibition.

Walt Disney Celebrates Mexico at Disneyland Park in 1963

As you can see, Walt seemed to be having a great time joining in the celebration.

¡Viva Disneyland!


  • This must have been an exciting time, that was also the year that the Enchanted Tiki Room opened.

  • I looooove how happy he looks. It’s nice he had the joy along with I’m sure alot of headaches to bring Disney to the world.

  • Love this picture!

  • I love seeing photos of Walt in Disneyland.

  • I wish Disney would do something like this again rather than just the small Dia de los Muertos display near the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant at Halloween.

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