Happy Birthday Henson!

The Making of Me in Epcot

Animal Kingdom artwork

My first Disney screen credit

Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean?

Goodbye to legendary choreographer Miriam Nelson

Miriam Nelson, 1919-2018
Miriam Nelson, 1919-2018

I’m sad to post that legendary Hollywood and Disney choreographer Miriam Nelson passed away this morning at the age of 98. Besides her many Hollywood credits, Miriam choreographed so much of the dances for the opening day of Disneyland in 1955. She continued working both in Hollywood and for Disney including the Disney on Parade traveling show and Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue. I recorded an interview with her a few years ago and will do my best to post it really soon! You’ll love hearing her story and I will remain grateful for the times I got to spend with her!

My dear friend James Gray, Miriam Nelson, original Mousketeer Bobby Burgess and his wife Christie, me and Shani
My dear friend James Gray, Miriam Nelson, original Mousketeer Bobby Burgess and his wife Christie, me and Shani

 

Walt Disney Elementary in Marceline, MO

Below is a 1959 newspaper clipping of Walt Disney in front of a rendering of the Walt Disney Elementary School in his boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri, and below that is a photo I took of the still-operating school as it appears today.

Walt Disney points to elementary school named in his honor in Marceline, MO
Walt Disney points to elementary school named in his honor in Marceline, MO
Walt Disney Elementary School in Marceline, Missouri
Walt Disney Elementary School in Marceline, Missouri

Wally Boag (Tiki Room contributor)

For the 55th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room today, I thought I’d post this photo of the first time I met Wally Boag. Besides starring in my favorite Disneyland show “The Golden Horseshoe Revue” for 27 years, Walt Disney had Wally write most of the Tiki Room show. He is still heard as the voice of the show’s emcee bird, Jose, in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.