Revisiting ‘The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World,’ Disney’s Kitschy and Truly Strange 1970s TV Special
Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2020 by Josh Spiegel
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One of the key parts of the Disney legacy, when it comes to the small screen, is the Mickey Mouse Club. During the nascent years of television, Walt Disney went all-in with his weekly primetime anthology series, but he also produced a five-days-a-week show featuring a group of clean-cut, cherubic kids in which they’d jump around, play, sing songs, and dance, in-between animated segments and serialized stories. The Mickey Mouse Club was an instant hit, vaulting young stars like Annette Funicello to stardom quickly. But because those kids grew up, the show ended just a few years after it started. The vaudeville-esque program went away as Disney’s own priorities shifted from TV to the theme parks.