Disneyland’s Main Street flagpole is used for many things, including (but not limited to) keeping the flag from dragging on the ground. There is an interesting story about how Disneyland came to possess this particular flagpole, involving a massive traffic accident, several near deaths, incredible strokes of luck, cunning problem solving, and a hair-raising chase over London rooftops, but this paragraph is already a bit too long.
At the base of the flagpole is a brass plaque on which is transcribed, word for word, Walt Disney’s opening-day dedication speech. It is a beautiful speech, bringing a tear to the eye of any sincere lover of humanity that reads it. The speech also, interestingly, does not mention Hitler even once. Walt Disney, like many men of his era, really, really didn’t like Hitler. That is one of several reasons why Disney saw no reason to mention Hitler in his opening remarks, and why to this day there are no depictions of or references to Hitler anywhere at Disneyland.
Coming up next: The view down Main Street