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  For Immediate Release:   THE DAY DISNEYLAND WAS INVADED BY YIPPIES IS PART OF THE STORY AT THE UPCOMING DISNEYLAND AUCTION AT VAN EATON GALLERIES   Over 200 Photographs and Over 2,000 Feet of Never-Before-Seen Film Documenting Event Included in Sale   Los Angeles, California – (June 5, 2017) – Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation and Disneyana auction galleries, has announced an extraordinary collection of photographs and never-before-seen film from August 6, 1970. On that day, Disneyland was taken over by “Yippies”, an extension of the anti-Vietnam movement known for their political activism. The Yippie invasion of Disneyland consisted of drug use, altercations, chanting, and inappropriate behavior that caused Disneyland to close during operating hours for the first time in the park’s 15-year history.   The invasion was billed as the “Yippie Pow Wow” and leaders of the group handed out flyers throughout the area to promote the event. The list of activities that were planned for the day included a “Black Panther Hot Breakfast,” a “liberation of Minnie Mouse from her male oppressors in Fantasyland,” a “Self-Defense Collective at the Frontierland Shooting Gallery”, and a “3pm Barbecue of Porky Pig.” Humorously, Porky Pig is not a Disney-owned character.   As a precaution, Disney had the Orange County Police Department on hand to protect the regular park guests and employees. These officers showed up at the park dressed in full riot gear, and could be seen patrolling Main Street as well as other areas of the park. The event turned what was normally the “happiest place on Earth” into a spectacle that frightened many of the approximately 25,000 regular guests that were at the park that day.   The Yippies smoked marijuana throughout the park, climbed the mast of the Captain Hook’s pirate ship, and even hoisted a Viet Cong flag on Tom Sawyer Island. The group paraded down Main Street singing the Mickey Mouse March, and raised flags with marijuana leaf imagery throughout Main Street.               Disney responded by closing the park and police officials had to search section by section to remove all of the Yippies. Images of riot police in formation on Main Street and arrests being made inside the park are some of the rare images that can be found in this collection. As a result of the Yippie invasion, Disneyland implemented a new dress code which barred long-haired men as well as anyone who they felt embodied the “hippie” lifestyle. The dress code is no longer in place but the day of the Yippie invasion remains as one of the most unusual days in Disneyland history.   “This film and photo archive is an amazing part of Disneyland history”, says Van Eaton Galleries owner Mike Van Eaton. “The images in this archive are so unlike anything that we ever see of Disneyland. This archive embodies the clash of cultures that was a major part of our American history”.   Van Eaton Galleries will offer over 200 black and white photos as well as 2000 feet of 16mm film from the day the Yippies invaded Disneyland. The film, and many of the photos, were previously unavailable for public viewing, and will be offered during the “Walt Disney’s Disneyland” auction to take place at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California on June 25, 2017. Nearly 1,000 exceptional Disney artifacts will be offered during the auction in addition to the collection of these photos and film. Highlights of the auction include the original Disneyland map created by Walt Disney and Herb Ryman that secured the initial funding for Disneyland in 1953 (Estimate: $700,000-$900,000), an original ride vehicle from “Autopia” (Estimate: $18,000-$20,000), an original model of Michael Jackson from the “Captain EO” attraction (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), an original bench used in Fantasyland (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and much more.           DISNEYLAND AUCTION AND EXHIBITION LOCATION   Van Eaton Galleries                                                                                                          13613 Ventura Blvd   Sherman Oaks, California 91423   (818) 788-2357   PUBLIC EXHIBITION will open June 2, 2017                                     ABOUT VAN EATON GALLERIES   Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world’s leading original animation art and collectibles galleries. The gallery is located in Sherman Oaks, California and specializes in unique original animation artwork as well as Disney and Disneyland memorabilia. Established in 1994, the gallery offers distinct collections from the world of animation and special exhibits and events for collectors, fans and guests from around the globe. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.  Van Eaton Galleries has exhibited such collections as The Story of Disneyland, Collecting Disney, and The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, and has offered animation artwork from studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Hanna-Barbera, Don Bluth and many others. For more information, please visit www.vegalleries.com.       Numerous hi-res images are available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for images.       PRESS CONTACT Caroline Galloway   (440) 591-3807   This email address is being protected from spambots. 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