The opening of Disneyland in 1955 was nationally televised on ABC, and three of Walt Disney’s friends from Hollywood -- Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan -- were on hand to show viewers a theme park like no other. Not long after that, Frito-Lay founder Elmer Doolin persuaded Disney to let him open Casa de Fritos, a quasi-Mexican restaurant, in Frontierland. Customers got free Fritos, and the snack chips were incorporated into many dishes. When a rep for one of the park’s suppliers noticed stale tortillas in the garbage, he suggested that the cook cut them up and fry them, instead of throwing them away. The result: heavily seasoned chips that became known and loved as Doritos.
"Little golden things" and other snacks: