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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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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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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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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We’re often asked about what the differences between DISNEYLAND and Walt Disney World are. This week, we highlight a few of them.
Theme parks have always been places where people could spontaneously experience things at their own pace and on their own terms. As a matter of fact, Walt Disney loved the more spontaneous nature of DISNEYLAND, encouraging his staff to ensure that guests would have unexpected experiences and surprises. For the most part, this spirit remains at DISNEYLAND, which has tried to balance the needs of guests who want spontaneity with those who want to plan most everything down to the minute.
Walt Disney World, on the other hand, has fully embraced those who want to overplan everything down to the second. Unfortunately, this means that those spontaneous surprises are reduced and guests who don’t want to plan everything out are inconvenienced. Don’t have lunch reservations for the Magic Kingdom theme park made months ago? Too bad, because you literally will find very little to eat within the park. Two overcrowded counter service locations or snack carts are your only choices.
While Walt Disney World partisans fault spontaneous guests for not doing research and planning ahead, guests shouldn’t be forced to decide months in advance where they’d like to eat lunch. Walt Disney World pretty much does this, while DISNEYLAND still strikes a balance.
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