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Walt Disney Birthday Week: Music Mondays – Walt’s Favorite Song

Walt Disney’s favorite song was Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins. He would often ask the Sherman Brothers to perform it for him at the end of a busy week.

Richard Sherman, on the other hand, always considered There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow to be the song he felt was Mr. Disney’s Unofficial theme song. The song’s upbeat view of the future mirrored Walt Disney’s positive attitude. Mr. Disney saw and understood the problems that the world faced, but he felt that research and technology would eventually find solutions to them.

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Freaky Fridays: Central Soya!?!

When DISNEYLAND first opened the Big Thunder Ranch in 1986, it struggled to find a sponsor for this out of the way spot inside the park. It did eventually find one, however- Central Soya.

What the heck is Central Soya? It was the largest processor of soy beans in the United States at the time, crushing soybeans for industrial and agricultural customers. Its soybeans were used as ingredients in packaged foods and livestock feed. Why it would sponsor something at DISNEYLAND is still an open question. It didn’t sell anything that the average DISNEYLAND guest would be able buy directly from the company.

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Theme Park Thursdays: The Largest Hidden Mickey

The largest Hidden Mickey is extremely hard to see, though millions have probably been through it without even knowing. DISNEYLAND Drive in Anaheim is an access road that runs through the DISNEYLAND Resort’s Hotel District and under Downtown Disney. The lush landscaping and sidewalks were designed to appear like the world famous mouse when viewed from above.

Guests walking along this road to and from the parks and the convention center might wonder why the sidewalk has an odd path, not realizing how it all looks like from above.

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Walt Wednesdays: The Happiest Millionaire

The Happiest Millionaire was a musical that Walt Disney had hoped would repeat his past success with Mary Poppins. Based on a book and featuring a musical score written by the Sherman Brothers, the studio had high hopes for the film.

The film, with none of the fantasy elements that charmed Mary Poppins audiences, underperformed at the box office and isn’t as well known as other Disney films. In fact, it was one of the movies that Disney licensed to an outside video company for a home release. Eventually the company would re-embrace the film. The film should hold a special place in the hearts of  Disney fans; it was the last film produced by Walt Disney himself.

Walt Disney, pictured above with the film’s cast, would not live to see the picture released. While not a major success, the film would launch the career of Lesley Ann Warren, who holds a special fondness for Mr. Disney even today. Look closely at the picture above; the phone booth pictured on the right side of the picture was relocated to DISNEYLAND, though it is not visible to the majority of park guests; it is located inside the exclusive Club 33.

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Toontown Tuesdays: Oliver and Company

Whenever a new Disney Film is released, the company often puts all of its promotional Might behind it, which often means a presence (temporary or not) inside DISNEYLAND. If the movie takes off, the presence might be more permanent. If it doesn’t, the presence might be fleeting. When Oliver and Company was released, it received a presence in the form of a parade float and several walk around characters.

Full costumes were created for Oliver and his friends- Georgette, Tito, Rodger and Rita. Right before Mickey’s Birthday parade, the characters would step out on their own float and dance along to the film’s main song- Why Should I Worry? which ran twice daily. The characters would later slip out into the park to meet and greet their fans. While the movie was modestly successful, it would be outshined by the Disney film released the very next year- The Little Mermaid. While Ariel would get a full-fledged ride of her own in Disney California Adventure, Oliver and friends would be rarely seen in the parks afterwards. In Tokyo, however, Oliver would get resurrected as a very popular meet and greet character.

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Music Mondays: Cut From The Film

1992’s Beauty and the Beast was considered an instant classic upon its release. The film was a throwback to Disney’s golden age of animated musicals and delighted audiences around the world. The film did everything right, becoming the first animated film nominated for Best Picture.
The movie seemed to have began life fully formed, but a lot of hard work went into making it. Not only did its creators have to carefully decide what to include in the film, they also had to decide what to cut. One song cut from the film was Human Again. The song focused on the enchanted household objects and their desire to, of course, become human again. Originally the sequence would have run for 11 Minutes in the film. Disney management, however, felt that the song would be too long and distract from Belle and the Beast. The song was cut and replaced by Something There, which was shorter and concentrated more on the movie’s leads versus the enchanted objects.

A demo version of the song was released in the mid-90’s on a CD box set. Interest in the song resulted in its inclusion in the broadway musical version of Beauty and the Beast. Eventually, the song made its way into a special edition version of the film released on IMAX screens and a DVD re-release.

Human Again

I’ll be cooking again, be good-looking again
With a mademoiselle on each arm

When I’m human again, only human again

Poised and polished and gleaming with charm

I’ll be courting again, chic and sporting again

Which should cause several husbands alarm

I’ll hop down off this shelf, and tout de suite be myself

I can’t wait to be human again

When we’re human again, only human again

When we’re knickknacks and whatnots no more

When we’re human again, good and human again

Oh, cherie, won’t it all be top drawer?

I’ll wear lipstick and rouge, and I won’t be so huge

Why, I’ll easily fit through that door

I’ll exude savoir-faire; I’ll wear gowns; I’ll have hair

It’s my prayer to be human again

When we’re human again, only human again

When the world once more starts making sense

I’ll unwind, for a change (Really? That’d be strange)

Can I help it if I’m t-t-tense?

In a shack by the sea, I’ll sit back sipping tea

Let my early retirement commence

Far from fools made of wax, I’ll get down to brass tacks and relax

When I’m human again

So sweep the dust from the floor

Let’s let some light in the room

I can feel, I can tell someone might break the spell any day now

Shine up the brass on the door

Alert the dust pail and broom

If it all goes as planned our time may be at hand any day now

Open the shutters and let in some air

Put these here and put those over there

Sweep up the years, the sadness and tears, and throw them away

We’ll be human again, only human again

When the girl finally sets us all free

Cheeks a-blooming again, we’re assuming again

We’ll resume our long-lost joie de vivre

We’ll be playing again, holidaying again

And we’re praying it’s ASAP

We will push, we will shove; they will both fall in love

And we’ll finally be human again

We’ll be dancing again, we’ll be twirling again

We’ll be whirling around with such ease

When we’re human again, only human again

We’ll go waltzing those old one-two-threes

We’ll be floating again, we’ll be gliding again

Stepping, striding, as fine as you please

Like a real human does, I’ll be all that I was

On that glorious morn when we’re finally reborn

And we’re all human again!

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