The Shah of Iran and Walt Disney ride the Matterhorn

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“Here is the Shah of Iran and his pretty empress in the front seat. And Walt Disney and the pretty hostess in the back.”

The Shah of Iran and his wife the Shahbanou visited Walt Disneyland in Anaheim, California on their  state visit to America. Even in 1962, demonstrators stalked the royal couple.

“They were everywhere, a couple of meters from us sometimes, to the point that my husband had to speak up to be heard. From morning to night they didn’t stop screaming, and they were right beneath the windows of our hotel,” Farah Pahlavi wrote in her 2003 memoirs.

Walt Disney gave them a guided tour of his amusement park, where they rode the Matterhorn bobsled and Disney presented the Shahbanou with an enormous stuffed Goofy.

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