Wally Boag – Disneyland News

Wally Boag, Pat O'Brien and the Disneyland News
Wally Boag, Pat O’Brien and the Disneyland News

Here’s a rarity from my collection. That’s Wally Boag, star of Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue with Hollywood legend Pat O’Brien. At this newsstand in Disneyland, guests could purchase “The Disneyland News” newspapers, and get their name personalized in the headline! By the way, I’ll be posting an interview I did with Wally very soon!

Interview: Marcia Miner Phillips (1967 Disneyland Ambassador to the World)

Marcia hosting an episode of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," at the grand opening the "new Tomorrowland," and with Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie
Marcia hosting an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,” at the grand opening the “new Tomorrowland,” and with Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie

 

Marcia Miner Phillips was a Disneyland tour guide, VIP hostess and the 1967 Disneyland Ambassador to the World.

AUDIO INDEX

2:03 Her start with Disney as a tour guide; memorizing the script; about the tours; a tour for a sight impaired Guest

6:35 Walt Disney; the grand opening of “it’s a small world”

8:43 A finalist for the 1965 Disneyland Ambassador, and that ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle; Walt Disney’s passing; Honorary Ambassador of Orange County

15:08 Re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs press tour

16:50 Her Ambassador year; Working at home without a Disney office

21:06 The opening of Pirates of the Caribbean and getting into photos; Roy O. Disney

23:49 Ambassador description; Walt Disney; Hedda Hopper; Peter Ustinov

27:08 “A day in the life of” the Ambassador; President of Turkey, Cevdet Suney; Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie

Interview: Kathryn Beaumont (Being a child actress and becoming a school teacher; “Alice” in later years)

 

Kathryn Beaumont at the studio school
Kathryn Beaumont at the Disney Studios

Kathryn Beaumont was a child actress at MGM and went on to voice Alice and Wendy in Walt Disney’s animated versions of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” respectively

AUDIO INDEX

:55 Being a child actress; becoming a school teacher

2:35 The students’ awareness of Kathryn’s voice work and a funny related story

4:22 Performing the voice of Alice as an adult; Alice’s voice for Disneyland and Disney park shows

6:30 Remaining involved with Disney

8:00 Appearances for the original release of Alice in Wonderland

 

Walt Disney at Kansas City Art Institute

1963 - Walt Disney at Kansas City Art Institute
1963 – Walt Disney at Kansas City Art Institute

Back in the ’80s when I was working at Disney TV Animation, a wonderful artist gave me a collection of photos including the above. They depict Walt Disney returning to the Kansas City Art Institute in 1963, a school he attended as a child, to receive a Distinguished Alumnus award.

 

1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner in “Inner Space”

1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner gives a tour in "Adventure Thru Inner Space"
1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner gives a tour in “Adventure Thru Inner Space”

In this newspaper clipping, 1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner is seen inside the all-new Adventure Thru Inner Space, giving a tour to John Gillis, vice president of Monsanto Company, the sponsor of the attraction.

I had the chance to talk with Marcia, and I will be posting that conversation very soon!

New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World filled with beautiful details

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom new Fantasyland - DumboI’ve always paid attention and loved the details of the Disney resorts. In fact, with my wife, Shani, and the assistance of the Disney Company, I did two books focusing on the details in Disneyland. The new Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is filled with wonderfully whimsical details and beautiful art. Just look at this photo I took of the Dumbo ride! In addition to Dumbo’s mother and Mr. Stork, can you spot the peanut and the feather?

 

Interview: Kathryn Beaumont (A unique visit with Walt Disney; Live action reference for animators; Tea Party sequence)

Kathryn Beaumont interview
Kathryn Beaumont, performing live action reference for animators

Kathryn Beaumont was a child actress at MGM and went on to voice Alice and Wendy in Walt Disney’s animated versions of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” respectively

AUDIO INDEX

1:00 After recording the voice for the films, Kathryn filmed live action versions of the live action footage of the films for the artists’ reference, the live action reference process including lip syncing the voice

4:08 Filming the “tea party” sequence for Alice in Wonderland with Jerry Colona and Ed Wynn, and scheduling around Kathryn’s schooling

6:08 A unique visit with Walt Disney and some Japanese dignitaries, and Walt’s small train

Interview: Page Cavanaugh

Page CavanaughBorn on this day in 1922, Jazz pianist Page Cavanaugh was the special guest in a concert I went to at the Greek Theater back in the 1980s. They mentioned that he performs at a club in Burbank, and that began a wonderful friendship. Every week I would go see Page, listen to him play and talk with him about music, learning about the great composers and performers of American music.

Page worked with everybody! Frank Sinatra, Chico Marx, Louis Armstrong and on and on. I miss Page and I miss his stories.

I had known Page for awhile before I learned that he provided his musical talents for a Disney cartoon short entitled “The Truth About Mother Goose.”

Page Cavanaugh - The Truth About Mother Goose

This animated short, featured segments explaining the story behind Mother Goose stories. Page and his trio introduced each segment in song. Here’s a clip from the opening of the film:

Although “The Truth About Mother Goose” was the only animated film Page appeared in, he was in a number of other movies including “A Song is Born,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “Romance on the High Seas.” In the latter, he accompanied Doris Day on piano and in voice for the song, “Put ‘Em in a Box.”

The big song “Romance on the High Seas” was “It’s Magic,” written by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. That song was nominated for an Oscar that year.

One of the last times I saw Page, I recorded him singing this parody, “It’s Tragic.”

Page Cavanaugh - Romance on the High Seas

 

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