Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle Dedication Ceremony

On this day, in 1957 Shirley Temple with Walt Disney, held the dedication ceremony for Sleeping Beauty Castle Diorama.  This was actually the ceremony to open the walk through portion of the castle.  Walt personally invited Shirley to be a part of the ceremony. In attendance for the ceremony, Shirley brought her husband Charles Black and their children, Lori, Linda and Charles.

Walt and Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple Disneyland Dedication



Having never been in a Disney film herself, Shirley has a unique place in the heart of Disney fans.  She was included an animated caricature cameo in the Donald Duck short, “The Autograph Hound,” as well as her service as a member of the Disney board of directors in the mid-1970s.

Autograph Hound

At the height of her phenomenal film career, Shirley presented Walt Disney with a special Academy Award (including seven miniature statuettes) for “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs” in acknowledgment of the “significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.”

Walt Oscar Shirley

Here is the dialogue between Shirley Temple and Walt Disney at the Oscar presentation

Shirley: “I’m sure all the boys and girls in the whole world are going to be very happy when they find out the daddy of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ Mickey Mouse, Ferdinand and all the others is going to get this beautiful statue. Isn’t bright and shiny! Aren’t you proud of it, Mr. Disney?”

Walt: “I’m so proud I think I’ll bust. You know I think that Mickey Mouse, Ferdinand, Snow White and all the dwarfs are going to be very proud that you presented it.”

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