New information is continuing to come out about summer at Walt Disney World. So, we’ve updated our calendar of events to help you keep your plans in order. We’ve added a few more items to the list and added specific dates to items.
One of Walt Disney’s greatest accomplishments is in the creation of Disneyland. The park, once considered “Disney’s Folly” and expected to fail, has now reached its 60th anniversary. Over the past year, there have been a variety of celebrations inside the park and out. Just this past weekend, a much anticipated commemorative special aired on ABC under the banner of The Wonderful World of Disney. Appropriate, since The Wonderful World of Disney series once had a different name: Walt Disney’s Disneyland.
Of course, over the last six decades more than just the name of Disney’s flagship show has changed. The celebration of Disneyland’s anniversary ended up having more in common with a modern Radio Disney special than the show that first introduced us to the park. So, today, we’re going to go back in time and look at the very first Disneyland special, airing nearly 9 months before the park gates opened. Courtesy of the limited edition Walt Disney Treasures set.
Like Mickey Mouse himself, the last two characters to make up the Disney Fab Five had to evolve a bit before they found their regular place. Goofy arrived first, but he wasn’t quite Goofy yet. Then Donald Duck graced the screen somewhere else before meeting up with his pal Mickey and beat the mouse to the punch of a milestone while he was at it! Today we’ll check out the arrival of these two and the completion of the eventual Disney Fab Five.
We first meet the character who would be Goofy as an audience member in Mickey’s Revue that annoys other patrons with his very unique laugh. This laugh, of course, will be recognizable to anyone who watched Goofy growing up, be it old shorts or Goof Troop
Stalwart companions are an asset to any great man, or in this case mouse, and Mickey sure has a great cast of them. Two of his earliest companions, Minnie Mouse and Pluto the Dog, helped the main mouse along his earliest adventures and solidified themselves among the Disney Fab Five we continue to see captivating imaginations around the world.
“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney
p style=”text-align:left”> I began this journey through the wonderful world of Disney, I struggled with where I should start. It would be incredibly easy to jump into the instant classics I had grown up with or go straight for the many park attractions. But looking at my MagicBand, the place to start became pretty obvious: Mickey Mouse.
It doesn’t take much of a Google search to discover Steamboat Willie as the debut of the world’s most famous mouse. However, that short was not the first to be produced featuring Mickey Mouse. Nor the second. In fact, Steamboat Willie was the third short produced with Mickey but it was the first to feature synchronized sound and thus find its way into distribution. This was a big goal for Walt Disney and it proved to be a major hit, propelling his new character quickly into the hearts of the public. But while this was the first cartoon to feature sound I discovered it lacked one thing most people recognize as a Mickey Mouse staple and even a Disney staple.