The Time a Soviet Premier Was Banned From Disneyland

Nikita Khrushchev during his visit on September 16, 1959 to the Agricultural Research Service Center in Beltsville, Maryland. US Department of Agriculture / National Archives and Records Administration / Public Domain

At the height of the Cold War a series of debates in a model kitchen in Moscow (true story!) led Nikita Khrushchev to visit the US on a whirlwind publicity tour. The Soviet leader hobnobbed with politicians, celebrities and business tycoons, soaking up all that America had to offer, often with a few choice remarks along the way. However, there was one place he wasn't allowed to enter: Disneyland. Join Ben and Noel as they take a closer look at Khrushchev's doomed quest to meet America's most famous mouse.