Theme Park Thursdays: Babes in DISNEYLAND.

The Main Street Opera House in DISNEYLAND was originally supposed to host a weekly television show that would feature Wally Boag as its host. The show would be a variety show of sorts, filmed at DISNEYLAND and broadcast coast to coast. Budgetary restrictions prevented the studio from being built and a facade was constructed to hide the woodshop that was built behind Main Street to assist with the park’s construction.


By 1961, however, the woodshop was no longer needed and guests were always clamoring for more things to see and do. Walt Disney decided to open up the woodshop, which was little more than a warehouse type building, and move the sets from his film Babes in Toyland to Anaheim, which would add another attraction to the park and promote his latest film. The sets remained until 1963, when the real Opera House began construction. It would provide a permanent home for Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln.


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Theme Park Thursdays: Babes in DISNEYLAND.

The Main Street Opera House in DISNEYLAND was originally supposed to host a weekly television show that would feature Wally Boag as its host. The show would be a variety show of sorts, filmed at DISNEYLAND and broadcast coast to coast. Budgetary restrictions prevented the studio from being built and a facade was constructed to hide the woodshop that was built behind Main Street to assist with the park’s construction.


By 1961, however, the woodshop was no longer needed and guests were always clamoring for more things to see and do. Walt Disney decided to open up the woodshop, which was little more than a warehouse type building, and move the sets from his film Babes in Toyland to Anaheim, which would add another attraction to the park and promote his latest film. The sets remained until 1963, when the real Opera House began construction. It would provide a permanent home for Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln.


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Walt Wednesdays: Mickey By The Years: 1931

In 1931, Walt Disney and his staff were inundated with letters from children writing to Mickey Mouse. How could the studio cultivate and encourage its fan base? Walt Disney decided that setting up a club for Mickey’s biggest fans would keep Mickey Mouse in the public eye and provide special opportunities for local theaters to host marathon showings of Mickey’s shorts. Therefore he established the very first Mickey Mouse Club.

This Mickey Mouse Club would encourage theaters to plan special matinees that would only show Mickey Mouse cartoons, which would have the added advantage of earning more money for Walt Disney Productions.

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Toontown Tuesdays: Mickey By The Years- 1930

By 1930, Mickey Mouse was a sensation, spawning a huge line of merchandise and toys.

Despite the world being in the depths of an economic depression, Mickey Mouse still sold millions of dollars in merchandise, becoming a phenomenon.


Both the Lionel Train Company and the Ingersoll Watch Corporation were saved from bankruptcy by the mighty Mickey Mouse phenomenon. Mickey Mouse was becoming more than just a fad.


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