Never before offered Disneyland Gold Pass, still housed in its original presentation sleeve!
Original, pristine, and apparently unused 1965 Disneyland Gold Pass, 4 x 2.5, issued to California governor Goodwin J. Knight and his wife, boldly signed on the front in blue ballpoint, “Walt Disney.” Pass is still in its clear plastic sleeve and contained in its original extremely scarce presentation folder. Folder measures 9 x 4 with a clear plastic window on the front which shows the portion of the pass bearing Sleeping Beauty’s castle as well as the date. A pre-printed message and signature of Disney are printed on the inside, and reads, “This year, Disneyland celebrates its Tenth Anniversary with many commemorative events. It will be a year-long birthday party, which we hope you will attend often as our special guests.” Lower portion of the folder bears instructions for the pass holder and a couple ballpoint notations. In very fine condition. Accompanied by the original Disneyland mailing envelope.
From Disneyland’s inception, special guests were honored with a Gold Pass granting them, along with a party of five, full admittance to the park for an entire year. These scarce passes were issued during the Christmas season on a highly limited basis to investors, business partners, heads of state, and personal friends of the Disney family. The family of California Governor Goodwin J. Knight, recipients of this pass, had been supporters of Disneyland since its opening in 1955, where the Governor assisted Walt Disney at the official dedication ceremonies with some 25,000 invited guests. This pristine pass, issued in 1965, marks the ten year anniversary of the park, an event made famous with the “Disneyland 10th Anniversary Show” in which Walt himself gives a brief history and tour of the park, shows plans for upcoming attractions, and takes the viewer to celebrate the Tencennial with all the characters. To see any of these passes is quite rare, but to find one from this landmark year, the penultimate year that Disney himself signed the passes, still in its original sleeve and seemingly never used is simply incredible. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first one ever offered as such. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.