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The Longest Little Bar

Arguably the first attraction to open at Disneyland was the theater in Frontierland which opened July 13, 1955 for an invitation-only party. It has been called a saloon, and although it does feature "the longest little bar with the tallest glassful of pop," it's not a very authentic one. Instead of a rustic drinking and cards establishment on the frontier of civilization, this music hall is all gussied up and prettified, with gleaming white woodwork, rich red velvet curtains, and shiny brass footlights.

Legend has it that Harper Goff, who had worked at nearby Warner Bros., stole the design from a set built for Calamity Jane (1953). The Doris Day, Howard Keel film was released in November 1953. Anyone could have been inspired by the flat-floored music hall with a mezzanine overlooking the stage. It is doubtful that Goff stole the plans for the Golden Garter saloon from Warner Bros.

In the first place, Harper Goff had worked for Walt Disney Productions since October 12, 1…