Disneyland’s Happiest Show on Earth Entertainment Guide (1961)

This fold-out booklet, titled “Disneyland’s ‘Happiest Show on Earth’,” served as a comprehensive guide to the various entertainment offerings throughout the park in the summer of 1961.

The front panel, which sports the guide’s title, tagline (“Just For Fun”), and WDP copyright, unfolds to reveal eight miniature-sized panels displaying a list of the characters, acts, and shows to be experienced around the Magic Kingdom during Disneyland’s seventh summer of operation. Accompanying the schedule are hand-drawn renderings of some of the acts.

Showtime is all the time this Summer at Disneyland!


All the Magic Kingdom is a stage where more than 150 professional entertainers…$1,000,000 worth…are showcased daily, continuing through Labor Day.


Musicians, singers, dancers…even mountain climbers and Indians…and dozens of Walt Disney’s “come to life” cartoon characters add a live and lively sparkle to every corner of Disneyland.


This big Disneyland show starts with the first hour of operation and continues right up to midnight every night (’til 10 p.m. on Sunday).


Disneyland’s “Happiest Show on Earth” is yours to enjoy…FREE…!


(Schedule which follows subject to change without notice)




Shoe Shine Boys: lively patter & soft shoe routines

MAIN STREET DEPOT: continuous (except Thursday)


Keystone Cops: golden saxophones in close harmony

ON THE STREET: 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (except Monday)


Organ Recital: popular-old favorites-classics

WURLITZER MUSIC HALL: 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (daily)


A Pianoman Extraordinaire

COKE CORNER: from 1:15 to 8:30 (except Wednesday)


Dapper Dans: barber shop melodies on a “bicycle-built-for-four”

ON THE STREET: from 2:45 to 8:30 (except Friday)





TOWN SQUARE: 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.






PLAZA GARDENS: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.



TOWN SQUARE: 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.




Swiss Yodeler: authentic Alpine songs and yodels

BASE OF THE MATTERHORN: from 1 to 8:15 on Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sun. and from 1 to 10:30 on Fri. & Sat. (off Wednesday)


Mountain Climbers: spine-tingling assaults of the five difficult ridges

SLOPES OF THE MATTERHORN: approximately once each hour from 10 am. to 6 p.m. (except Friday)


The Court Jester: magic tricks on a unicycle

CASTLE COURTYARD: continuous (except Thursday)


Polka Band: Jolly music with an “um-pa-pa” beat

STROLLING THROUGH: 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (except Monday)


THE DISNEY CHARACTERS (continuous daily)


Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, The Three Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, The Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, Goofy, Pluto, Chip ’n Dale, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, The Crocodile, and…many others




Sheriff and Villain: a roaring Western gun battle

IN FRONT OF THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE: approximately once each hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 3 to 11 (except Monday)


Strawhatters: two-beat Dixie rhythms by the riverside

IN THE GAZEBO: 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (except Monday)


Los Monte Carlos: the traditional melodies of Spanish America

AT EL ZOCALO BANDSTAND: from 1:45 to 9 Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sun. and from 3:15 to 10:30 Tues. & Sat. (off Friday)


Indian Dancers: ceremonial dances of 10 tribes by real Indians

IN THE INDIAN VILLAGE: every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday (Daily)


The Young Men from New Orleans: Dixie Melodies for Dancing or Listening

ON THE DECK OF THE MARK TWAIN: Tuesday thru Friday: 4:45 p.m. to midnight; Saturday: 5:45 to 1 a.m.; Sunday: 2:45 to 10 p.m. (off Tuesday)




Starring: Donald Novis, Betty Taylor, Wally Boag

And featuring: The Golden Horseshoe Girls, The Golden Horseshoe Trio, The Dapper Dans

First Show: 2:00; Second Show: 3:30; Third Show: 5:00; Fourth Show: 6:30; Last Show: 8:00 




The Space Couple: celestial fashions of the future

AT THE MOON ROCKET: continuous (except Wednesday)


The Yachtsmen: a natty vocal-instrumental quartet

AT THE SUBMARINE VOYAGE ENTRANCE: from 11:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday from 3:15 to 10:30 (off Thursday)




Delfin Thursday Trio: romantic melodies of the South Seas

THE PAVILION LANAI: from 3:45 to 11 Mon., Wed. & Thurs. and from 4:45 to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 2:45 to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday (off Tuesday)

The reverse panels are divided between advertisements for the park’s nightly programming and the weekend “Date Nite at Disneyland” events. These special events, held on Friday and Saturday nights, usually in the summer season, ran from 1957 into the 1970s, and in addition to extended hours and access to the attractions, offered couples music and dancing at locations throughout the park.

The Big Night Time Show


starting with the nightly…

“Fantasy in the Sky” brilliant fireworks that burst over Sleeping Beauty Castle every night at 9 p.m.


and dancing ’til midnight to the…

big sounds of The Elliott Brothers Orchestra at the Plaza Gardens on Main Street (except Sunday and Monday)


two-beat Dixie rhythms of The Young Men from New Orleans on the deck of The Mark Twain (except Tuesday)


the romantic island melodies of The Delfin Thursday Trio on the Pavilion Lanai (except Tuesday)



“Frontier Nite” Every Tuesday in Frontierland with square dancing in the Golden Horseshoe and…country & western dancing at the Plantation House


…Don’t Forget DATE NITE


Friday ’til Midnight…and…Saturday ’til 1 a.m. Dancing to Six bands…!


The Arvon Dale Orchestra at the Plantation House in Frontierland

The Young Men from New Orleans on the deck of the Mark Twain in Frontierland

The Pirate Trio (three cute-lasses) at the Pirates’ cove in Fantasyland

The Elliott Brothers Orchestra in the Plaza Gardens on Main Street

The Astronauts at the Space Bar in Tomorrowland

and…The Delfin Thursday Trio in the Pavilion Lanai

This rare entertainment guide from the park’s early years offers a detailed look at the Magic Kingdom’s impressive list of offerings, as well as the successful nighttime programming which so many visitors of that time recall so fondly.


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