I thought you’d prefer a treat rather than a trick on this Halloween day! Here are some costumes from 1955, featuring “all the ‘people’ from Disneyland.” It looks like Mickey Mouse holding some birthday cake for some reason, Tramp of Lady and the Tramp fame, and a masked princess? The Lone Ranger’s girlfriend? Maybe it’s one of the “spooky” costumes mentioned in the ad. If you know, let me know! Have a great Halloween, no matter what you dress up as… even if it’s the Lone Ranger’s girlfriend!
Learn about the amazing career of singer Jay Meyer, who you’ve probably seen as one of the singing busts in the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, Walt Disney World or the international Disney parks. I’m working on the audio of my interview with Jay and will post it soon. Be sure to sign up for our weekly Email Updates to be alerted when I post it.
Although the Walt Disney World Resort opened on October 1, 1971, featuring the Magic Kingdom, two hotels, lakes, lagoons, golf courses and a campground, that day was not officially the grand opening. When Disneyland in California opened in 1955, things did not run smoothly, to say the least. There are the legendary stories such as the ladies heels sinking into the melting asphalt, and there are the lesser known stories such as when the future President of Disneyland, Jack Lindquist, waited 45 minutes for his young son to return on the Canal Boats of America that ended up being dragged back by workers in high rubber boots. In 1971, the folks at Disney were not going to take any chances in Florida, so although the new resort would open on the 1st, the official grand opening would occur on October 25th, giving them ample time to work out any kinks. On that day, Roy O. Disney delivered the dedication speech, “Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney… and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney’s dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place… a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together.” While the grand opening festivities occurred later in the month, today is indeed a day of historical significance… the 38th anniversary of that magic day when Walt Disney World Ambassador Debby Dane Browne first led guests into the Magic Kingdom, and the first day the public was able to experience a Disney Resort, as it began its journey to become the premiere destination resort in the world.
I’m so excited about something! Back in 1997 I interviewed Marc and Alice Davis. True Disney royalty! The first film Marc got to animate on was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He went on to design such characters as Tinker Bell and Cruella DeVille, and he designed some of the most iconic scenes in the Disney attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world, and Jungle Cruise! His wife Alice was a costume designer who worked on small world, Pirates and Carousel of Progress.
The first interview I ever did was with Marc and Alice. I never intended for it to be heard by the public. The tape recorder I used was old and bad quality to begin with, and over the years, the quality of the cassette tape deteriorated to the point that it was so hard to hear.
My friend Don Dorsey is an audio whiz and he cleaned up the interview and so can really hear what they’re saying! Alice talks about how she met Walt Disney and got her job working for him, Marc talks about creating Tinker Bell and a hilarious moment he had with Walt on the Jungle Cruise! I’m so excited to have these interviews preserved in my Mouse Clubhouse library, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the future.
Don himself has a very impressive Disney background, working in audio. He even performed the music for many of the floats for Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade. Don was also the creative director of the great Epcot show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, and I’ve got a great interview with Don all about it! I’ll also post another interview with Don in the future, where he discusses his early days with Disney and working with another remarkable Disney Legend, Jack Wagner.
I’m so grateful to Don for his work on my Marc and Alice Davis interview!
I just posted my interview with Connie Swanson Lane on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Connie discusses Walt Disney, and her time as the 1966 Disneyland Ambassador to the World, including the grand opening of it’s a small world. CLICK HERE for the interview
Did you know seven days ago, on October 3, was the 60th anniversary of the debut of the original Mickey Mouse Club? Here’s a rare photo of Walt Disney on the set, conferring with director Sidney Miller (left), and producer Bill Walsh (right). Keep visiting this site for my interviews with original Mouseketeers Bobby Burgess, Cubby O’Brien and Sherry Alberoni. And you can click here to listen to their memories of being at Disneyland on opening day!
In honor of Julie Andrews, who turned 80 two days ago on October 1st, here’s a photo I took of her back in 1991 when she was honored as a Disney Legend and received her Disney Legends Award. Here she is writing her name, before placing her hand prints in cement. She was honored alongside other actors and artists. While not all publicly known, they were no less important in their roles in Disney history.
I remember that day so well. I didn’t get to meet all the recipients of the awards, but my friend, Bob Sherman, who wrote the music for Mary Poppins with his brother, introduced me to her! That was so special to me, and she seemed so nice!
I just posted my interview with Don Dorsey on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Don, who is a discusses a musician, director, producer, and audio engineer for Disney, discusses secrets of the classic Epcot show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, for which he was creative director. CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos
I just posted my interview with Scott Weinger on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Scott, who is probably best known for his role as Steve Hale on the TV series “Full House,” discusses another of his most famous roles, providing the voice of the title character in Disney’s animated feature, “Aladdin.” CLICK HERE for the interview
Heigh ho! I just love this Wheaties ad from 1955, featuring Disney’s Seven Dwarfs. The large box was just 21 cents. It was a special Disneyland “Light Up” package, which featured full color painted artwork of Walt’s Magic Kingdom on the back of the box! Each box had a perforated hole in the front, and small holes in the back artwork. Consumers were instructed to insert a 7 watt light bulb into the front hole. Then they could watch the lights glisten through the small cutouts in the Disneyland scenes.