I just discovered this photo of me in Disneyland from 1975. I haven’t seen it in more than 40 years! That’s Prince John from “Robin Hood” that I’m giving a big hug to – he looks remarkably the same today! Also in that batch of photos I discovered are images from the groundbreaking Disneyland parade America on Parade, as the park was already celebrating America’s bicentennial.
My sister and I are at the entrance to Tomorrowland. Behind us, in what is now the entrance to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, is the CircleVision theater, presenting the 1967 America the Beautiful movie “in the round,” which just happened to lend itself perfectly to the bicentennial celebration.
As you can see, the movie was sponsored by AT&T at that time. Within the movie that was a tour of the United States, one segment visited Hawaii, and was shot from the AT&T ship, Long Lines, which, as it was explained in the movie, was a ship to help expand and improve the worldwide telephone network by laying underseas cable across the Pacific, the Atlantic, and in the Caribbean. At the conclusion of the film, the AT&T commercial jingle, “Reach out and touch someone” would play as the audience exited.
I sure loved that film! For those that are not familiar with CircleVision, it was a 360 degree movie that completely encircled the audience as if you were really standing in whatever location was being shown. What amazing technology America the Beautiful was! This was before video, and this meant having to run nine film projectors simultaneously, and have them on a loop to be able to run continuous shows throughout the day. Disneyland’s original CircleVision movies required 11 cameras, but the updated America the Beautiful used wider film formats which meant less projectors were necessary. Did you know you can still see some more recent CircleVision movies today at Epcot?
Since 2009, the opening music from America the Beautiful can still be heard as part of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction at Disneland, and for me, it brings back such happy memories of the past, just as finding this old photograph did!
I hate politics and I do not feel that my website is a place for it. I am not endorsing any presidential candidate, however, with a political debate looming tonight, I feel a great responsibility to post a video that was created as a public service during World War II. It is not my practice to post copyrighted materials that do not belong to me, but since this was created as a service to Americans in a crucial time, I felt compelled to share this important message.
Disney’s Academy-Award nominated “Reason and Emotion” shows how people, persuaded by their emotions, can throw reason right out the window. Do not make that mistake when voting!
I urge you to watch this video, and tonight during the debate, or at any time before the election that you hear a candidate make a promise that sounds like it will make your life or your country better, don’t follow your emotions based on words that promise to make your life or your country your ideal. Look for the facts. Just because a candidate says something, does not make it fact. Look for proof, research, and question it.
I thank you for taking the time to view Disney’s profoundly important message during this time.
It was on this day in 1971 that Walt Disney World opened to the public. Learning from all the troubles they had at Disneyland’s opening day, it was decided to hold the grand opening festivities until later in the month. When WDW began, the Magic Kingdom was the sole park. There was no Epcot, no Disney’s Hollywood Studios, nor Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As for Resorts, there were no All-Star Resorts, no Grand Floridian, it was the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village. Enjoy this map to explore the World as it was in 1971. (CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW)
Here’s a throwback Thursday to a picture I took on Disneyland’s 40th anniversary. Lady and Tramp and other characters towered over Main Street on July 17, 1995. With the opening of the Indiana Jones Adventure as the newest attraction, the theme of the year was “40 Years of Adventure.”
“Thank you, Mickey, thank you Donald, let’s all give a cheer! The whole world wants to thank you, thank you for 30 happy years!” are the opening lyrics to this 1985 parade celebrating the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. Here’s a couple photos I took back in the day.
I just posted my interview with Jack Gladish. In this conversation, Jack discusses the detailed process of creating Jungle Cruise animals for Disneyland back in the 1960s. CLICK HERE for the interview.
With the official announcement of the beloved Electrical Parade returning to Disneyland, I thought I’d post some fascinating history about it! How was a football game responsible for the parade’s closing fanfare? Whose idea was it to have the park lights dim in perfect synchronization with the parade’s musical introduction?
I just posted my interview with Jay Meyer on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Jay discusses his work as a singer in television and film, including The Jack Benny Program, as well as singing as a statue in the Disney “Haunted Mansion” attractions around the world, and his fourteen years, performing live in Disneyland entertaining audiences with Irish tunes in the historical Golden Horseshoe Revue. CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos