Disneyland Dream

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Disneyland Dream
Directed by Robbins Barstow
Written by Robbins Barstow
Starring Robbins Barstow
Meg Barstow
Mary Barstow
David Barstow
Daniel Barstow
Steve Martin (uncredited)
Narrated by Robbins Barstow
(1995 voice-over)
Edited by Robbins Barstow
BTA Films & Video,
Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA
Release date
Running time
35 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English (1995 voice-over)

Disneyland Dream (1956) is a home movie made by Robbins and Meg Barstow that documents their family's free trip to the newly opened Disneyland. The one-week trip was a prize that they won in a contest sponsored by Scotch tape.[2] The movie was shot with a 16 mm handheld camera.[1] It lasts approximately 30 minutes.[3] An audio track was added to the film in 1995.[1]

The Barstows lived in Wethersfield, Connecticut. They flew to California with TWA and stayed at The Huntington Sheraton hotel in Pasadena. They visited other Southern California locations, including Knott's Berry Farm, Hollywood, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, Will Rogers' home and Catalina Island on their July 1956 trip.

Comedian Steve Martin who worked at Disneyland as a child, appears at about twenty minutes into the film, briefly walking left to right in the lower part of the frame, dressed in top hat, vest, and pink striped shirt.[4]

National Film Registry[edit]

In 2008, Disneyland Dream was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The National Film Registry cited its "fantastical historical snapshots" of early Southern California and the budding importance of the home movies in "American cultural studies as they provide priceless and authentic record of time and place."[5]

Commenting on the selection of Disneyland Dream into the National Film Registry, Robbins Barstow stated: "I think it's because it gives a picture of a representative American middle class family that's functional".[6]


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