Orange County Police Invade
Date: August 6, 1970*
1. Confrontation on Main Street
News cameraman in middle-ground.
2. Police take Main Street
No Yippies yet
Published Los Angeles Times, Sunday, July 17, 2005, p. B4
|LATimes Caption: "Mickey Meets Yippie: Anaheim police in riot gear line Main Street in August 1970 after 300 Yippies invaded the park, ran roughshod and hoisted the Viet Cong flag on Tom Sawyer Island. Eighteen were arrested, mostly for gate crashing or disturbing the peace.|
3. Near Entry Gate
4. Bridge to Tom Sawyer's Island. Can you find the Hippies/Yippies?
|On this day in 1970 a group of "hippies"
obtained entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim California.
They ran rampant over the park, attempting to claim
"Tom Sawyer's Island" for themselves.
Disneyland, not knowing how to handle this breach of
customary etiquette, called in the Orange County Police
who arrived in full riot gear. The park was closed and
all visitors were asked to depart, leaving Disneyland
empty except for the remaining hippies. This was the
first time the park was closed early. Earlier Disneyland
was infamous for its policy of refusing entry to young
men wearing beards, a common practice in California and
especially in some cities of Orange County. No rain-check
was given to the departing visitors.
The top two photographs were taken on Main Street. The police seized control of Main Street in order to usher the crowds (and presumably to inspect them) out of the park. Behind the central officer in the top photograph a news photographer is hoisting a film camera over his head. The bottom image was taken near the entry gate.
*8.10.2000: Thanks to Scott Michael firstname.lastname@example.org for the exact date of August 6, 1970.
Citations and Links:
As adapted from a note by Stephen J.Morris:
Adapted from a note sent by Jeff R,
Kimi Yoshino and Dave McKibben (Times Staff Writers), "A Park with a Powerful Spell" (on the 50th anniversary of Disneyland). Los Angeles Times (California), Sunday, July 17th, 2005, p. B1, ff. This article publishes photograph number 2, above -- on p. B4.
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