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In the early 1950's, Walt Disney sought corporate sponsorship for his Mickey Mouse themed amusement park. Desperate to trump its more established competitors, the American Broadcasting Company or ABC, stepped in as one of Disneyland's primary sponsors. Following a $500,000 investment to subsidize Disneyland's construction, the ABC network received a 35% share of park profits and exclusive programming from Walt Disney Studios.
The sponsorship immediately paid dividends. In 1954 the ABC network began televising Disneyland, a series of hour long specials, which featured old Disney Films, studio documentaries and new Disney Studio features. The extremely popular Davy Crockett debuted on the Disneyland series, when Davy Crockett, the Indian Fighter aired in December 1954. The popularity of Disney programming boosted ABC's ratings, and when Disneyland park opened in July of 1955, ABC aired the special event live.
Walt Disney continued to host Disneyland series, which was renamed Walt Disney Presents in 1958. ABC aired the successful programs until 1961. A dispute over Disneyland profits and the ability to broadcast in color, pushed Walt Disney to move to the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Walt Disney hosted Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, appearing on NBC until his death in 1966.
In 1996 business ties were rekindled, when the Walt Disney Company acquired ABC, Inc.