Freaky Fridays: From Condorman to Iron Man

Condorman starred Barbara Carrera who starred with Bette Davis in Wicked Stepmother. Bette Davis starred in Disney’s The Watcher in the Woods.

Bette Davis was in Death on the Nile with David Niven, who starred in Disney’s Candleshoe.

David Niven starred in No Deposit, No Return with Don Knotts.
Don Knotts lent his voice to the film Chicken Little, as did Garry Marshall.
Garry Marshall starred in the movie Soapdish which also featured Iron Man himself- Robert Downey, Jr.

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Theme Park Thursdays: Cool Down!

Looking for a spot to cool off in DISNEYLAND? Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the longer rides and always has the coolest air conditioning in the parks.

If you’re looking for a quicker cool down, try a gift shop that features sweatshirts and jackets. The park will sometimes keep these locations at much lower temperatures to encourage people to try on the merchandise.

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Toontown Tuesdays: Tummy Trouble

Hollywood originally had low expectations for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Many derided it as another Howard the Duck, a film that fizzled out two years earlier.  The film, however, became a huge hit, taking the box office by storm. Disney and Amblin Entertainment soon rushed to take advantage of the film’s success by putting cartoon shorts into production. The first one was released into theaters one year later before Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Tummy Trouble featured a sick Baby Herman being rushed to the hospital after swallowing a rattle, much to the consternation of the harried Roger Rabbit. It would be the first of a series of shorts.

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Music Mondays: DISNEYLAND Records Release #12: Dixieland at DISNEYLAND

The twelfth release on the DISNEYLAND label was a return to the Magic Kingdom. The Strawhatters were a band who performed Dixieland style jazz from a stage in Frontierland that was located in what is now New Orleans Square. They also frequently played at the Golden Horseshoe. Guests who enjoyed the band’s music could now take home a record allowing them to feel like they were sitting in the middle of DISNEYLAND.

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Six Degrees of Disney: From Eddie Murphy to the Country Bears

Eddie Murphy starred in Disney’s The Haunted Mansion. He also starred in Bowfinger with Steve Martin.

Steve Martin’s very first job was in DISNEYLAND. 
When she was 60 years old, Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her birthday at DISNEYLAND.

Elizabeth Taylor starred in ABC’s General Hospital as Helena Cassadine in a now legendary storyline.
Peter Renaday starred as John Jacks in General Hospital.

Peter Renaday also provided the voice of Henry in The Country Bear Jamboree.


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Six Degrees of Disney: From Danny DeVito to It’s A Small World

Danny DeVito made the Touchstone Picture Ruthless People which co-starred Bette Midler…
Bette Midler starred in the Touchstone Picture Outrageous Fortune with Shelley Long…
Shelley Long gained fame by starring with Ted Danson in the classic series Cheers. Ted Danson starred in the Touchstone blockbuster Three Men and a Baby which featured actress Celeste Holm as his mother…
Celeste Holm starred in All About Eve with Bette Davis, who was in Disney’s Return From Witch Mountain.

Bette Davis had a legendary rivalry with Mommie Dearest herself, Joan Crawford.
And oddly enough, were it not for Joan Crawford and her seat on the PepsiCo board, we might not have ever gotten it’s a small world. It was she who setup the deal that led to Walt Disney building the Pepsi sponsored it’s a small world attraction at the New York World’s Fair.

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Six Degrees of Disney: From Mickey to Yoda

This week we begin a new feature here at The Unofficial Disney Facts Page- Six Degrees of Disney! This feature will settle into Freaky Fridays, but this week, you’ll be seeing it today, tomorrow and Friday.

From Mickey to Yoda

Steamboat Willie, Mickey’s first cartoon, was heavily inspired by the animation style of Max Fleischer, whose main character was called Krazy Kat…
In 1954 Max Fleischer’s son, Richard Fleischer, directed Walt Disney’s 1954 hit film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. When Richard was first approached by Walt Disney, he asked Walt for some extra time to make a decision since he wanted to ask his father about it first. Despite being a longtime competitor of Walt’s, Max enthusiastically gave his permission.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starred Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, who would later star in the first film released under Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner- Tough Guys. (Previously the movies were released by Touchstone Films.)
Tough Guys featured Saturday Night Live alumnus Dana Carvey in one of his first roles. Another Saturday Night Live alumnus Tina Fey would star alongside Miss Piggy in the Disney film Muppets Most Wanted.

Of course, Miss Piggy was originally voiced by Frank Oz, who also provided the voice of Yoda!

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