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October 6

October 6, 1968 – The Disney Anthology Episode “Pacifically Peeking” Premieres on Television

“You know, a book be like a ship: it can take ye to places you’ve never seen before.”

On October 6, 1968, the episode of the Disney Anthology, entitled “Pacifically Peeking,” premiered on NBC. It was directed by Ward Kimball and Hamilton Luske, with story by Bill Berg, narration by Mel Leven, and featured Paul Frees as the voice of Moby Duck, the author of the titular book. Moby Duck takes viewers on a cruise of the Pacific Ocean, with the episode bringing together animation and education.

January 6

January 6, 1963 – The Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color Episode “Three Tall Tales” Premieres

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“And here is your host, Walt Disney.”

On January 6, 1963, the Disney anthology series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color premiered the episode “Three Tall Tales.” The episode, hosted by Walt Disney and Ludwig von Drake, begins with an introductory monologue about Baron von Munchausen, a character from German folklore about a man who was famous for telling tall tales. The series then presents three tall tales told through Disney animation: Casey at the Bat (released August 15, 1946, as part of the animated feature Make Mine Music), The Saga of Windwagon Smith (released on March 16, 1961), and Paul Bunyan (released August 1, 1958).

April 15

April 15, 1962 – The Disneyland Anthology Episode “Disneyland After Dark” Premieres on Television

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“You are all cordially invited to stay and join the fun in Disneyland, after dark.”

On April 15, 1962, the episode of Disneyland anthology series entitled “Disneyland After Dark” premiered on NBC. The show hadn’t been set in Disneyland for a few years at this point, and to generate interest, Walt and his creative team tried to show viewers what the park was like at nighttime, bringing a few special guests along the way. The episode was popular enough that it was shown as a short subject in theaters overseas. Guest stars include the Osmond Brothers (in their first television appearance), teen idol Bobby Rydell, Mouseketeers Bobby Burgess and Annette Funicello, and jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Johnny St. Cyr. The episode was written by Larry Clemmons, and was directed by Hamilton S. Luske and William Beaudine.

It’s the end of the day at Disneyland, and the monorail heads back to the Disneyland Hotel, where guests are invited to experience Disneyland, after dark. The guests step out at Tomorrowland station, where Walt is waiting at the Magic Kingdom. He explains how sundown is his favorite time of day at the park, as a new type of magic takes over once it gets dark. He explains a few of the events that will be shown that night, when a girl comes by and asks him for an autograph. He obliges, and a few other people come by for his autograph, until he’s bombarded. He tells the audience to head off without him, and he’ll catch up later. The sky darkens, and the park comes alive with lights and excitement. The Dapper Dans sing on Main Street, surrounded by guests. After the Dapper Dans, the audience meets with Walt again, who introduces Annette, Bobby Burgess, and Bobby Rydell, who are in Tomorrowland, dancing, with Annette and Rydell announced to sing for the audience.

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The fireworks show is held at Sleeping Beauty’s castle, mesmerizing the guests

Everyone is asked to turn towards Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, where a fireworks show is being performed with several characters showing up, including the Three Little Pigs, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and of course, Mickey and Minnie. Tinkerbell starts flying over the park from the Matterhorn, and sets off the celebration. Walt is then seen again, still surrounded by autograph seekers, and he points out a Tahitian floor show being performed with several energetic Tahitian dancers, including a fire knife dancer. They then have a performer do the Tahitian Fire Walk, an important ritual that surprises many an audience member. Afterwards, Walt is seen again, surrounded by autograph hounds, and he introduces the jazz performers on the Mark Twain. The original girl that started off the chain of autograph seekers (and who stole Walt’s popcorn) returns, bringing him back his popcorn. He promises to catch up with the audience later, as two children stop to ask him to sign their maps.

The Mark Twain Riverboat stops by, with jazz music playing merrily from inside. She sails down the river, with guests and enjoying the entertainment, while the waiters dance. Louis Armstrong then sings a song for the crowd, before being given his horn to play. Armstrong reminisces with Kid Ory and Johnny St. Cyr before launching into another tune, much to the audience’s delight. Meanwhile, Walt is still signing, this time at the Plaza Gardens, where the place is “jumping” as he puts it. The main girl comes back with several hats for him to sign, but brings him a hat just for him to wear as thanks. At the Plaza Gardens, the Osmond Brothers are brought to the stage to sing for the audience. After their performance, the audience gets up to dance once again. After dancing, they bring out vocalist Tony Perez and they have the audience sing along with him. Walt greets the audience one last time, wishing them goodnight before leaving to get ready for the morning – his other favorite time of day at Disneyland.

February 16

February 16, 1964 – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Part II Premieres on Television

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“Mutiny among the Scarecrow’s men is a worse danger than the soldiers are.

On February 16, 1964, the Wonderful World of Color Disney anthology episode premiered with the second part of the three-part dramatic story of The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. It was based on the Christopher Syn stories by Russell Thorndike and William Buchanan. Teleplay was done by Robert Westerby, and it was directed by James Neilson. It stars Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow, George Cole as Mr. Mipps, Michael Hordern as Thomas Bates, Geoffrey Keen as General Pugh, Patrick Wymark as Joseph Ransley, Alan Dobie as Mr. Frank Fragg, Eric Flynn as Lt. Philip Brackenbury, and Sean Scully as John Bates.

After a brief introduction by Walt, the story continues where Part I left off (please see 2013’s February 9th entry for more information). General Pugh is burning houses to the ground looking for the Scarecrow, angering Squire Thomas Banks, as the houses on his land are being burned, with those citizens being terrorized. Pugh strikes a deal with Banks for information: he wants the names of those who couldn’t pay their rent, then inexplicably had the money to pay. Banks gives him the name of one individual, a fellow by the name of Ransley, whom he calls a difficult fellow. Banks arranges to meet with Ransley the next morning, and Ransley arrives to meet Pugh. John intercepts Ransley’s arrival, and once he shows Ransley to the meeting room, he listens in at the door. Pugh questions Ransley, wondering how he was able to pay six months back rent and keep paying rent though his crops are poor and his flock of sheep is dwindling. Pugh accuses Ransley of being a smuggler, but Ransley denies it. Pugh threatens Ransley with jail unless he tells Pugh everything about the Scarecrow and his smuggling ring. To save himself, Ransley offers to find out information that will lead to the Scarecrow’s arrest. Pugh gives him 48 hours, or he will be sent to jail.

John tells Syn about everything he's heard between Pugh and Ransley

John tells Syn about everything he’s heard between Pugh and Ransley

John, having heard all this, rushes off to tell Syn. One traitor, he warns, is enough to get them all hanged. Syn thinks on this, as there is a shipment coming in the next day. Syn does decide that it’s too dangerous for John to ride the next evening, as Pugh is staying at his house, but he is to keep his eyes and ears open for any more information. Syn heads to Ransley’s farm to see how the man is doing, and greets Ransley’s ill mother for a start, and finds that Ransley doesn’t take care of his family. She tells him that she’s grateful to the Scarecrow for saving them, but that Joe, who she knows is one of the Scarecrow’s smugglers, would betray the Scarecrow to save himself. As she and her grandsons are afraid of Ransley, she says they have no choice but to obey him no matter what he decides. She is sent upstairs by Ransley, and Syn talks with Ransley about the Scarecrow. Ransley things that Scarecrow’s men won’t betray him due to fear, but without the fear, they’d gladly betray him. As Syn leaves, he stays in the doorway to hear Ransley’s plans, and secretly follows him and his sons to the Oast house up Knoll Hill. Syn discovers that after Ransley gets his share of the contraband the next night, they’ll take it and leave.

After talking with John and Mipps, Syn decides that the only option is to make an example of Ransley to the other men in his outfit, as mutiny among the men is worse than anything they could imagine. He then pulls John aside to put in place the next part of the plan. Back at the Banks house, Kate Banks talks with Brackenbury, but is soon called away by John, who tells Brackenbury that he overheard a group of smugglers talking about a shipment of brandy coming in, being taken up to the old Oast house on Knoll Hill. John plants the idea in Brackenbury’s head that this is the perfect chance to catch some of the Scarecrow’s men. Brackenbury, who has been dreaming of a chance to prove himself, decides not to tell Pugh and handle this matter himself.

Ransley arrives at the Oast house, unaware of the troops waiting to arrest him

Ransley arrives at the Oast house, unaware of the troops waiting to arrest him

The night of the shipment arrives, and Scarecrow and his men are at their work, with Scarecrow giving out his orders. Ransley soon starts on his betrayal, smiling to himself after the Scarecrow rides off with his right hand man Hellspite. Ransley arrives at Oates house, unaware that Brackenbury and his men are waiting for him. Ransley decides to run for it, but is shot in the shoulder and captured by the king’s men. He is soon taken to court with his sons, and are told that they will not hang them if they confess the name of the Scarecrow. Syn arrives to watch the proceedings, and interrupts with a note that was left at his door: “If the Reverend Dr. Syn speaks for the prisoners on trial, he will answer to the Scarecrow with his own life.” Pugh questions why Syn would receive such a note, and Syn says that he had told Mipps about a point of law concerning this case, which was probably spread by Mipps at the inn. Banks allows the point of law to be heard, and Syn points out that, if the Scarecrow had known about the betrayal, he wouldn’t have wasted twenty kegs of expensive contraband. The kegs are examined and, finding that they contain nothing more than sea water, Ransley and his sons are free to go. Ransley thanks Syn, but Syn warns him that he should get away as far as he can. Pugh then threatens Ransley that he needs to provide proof by that evening, or he will be thrown in jail.

Mipps is sent to watch the prosecutor Fragg, as Syn is suspicious of him. As Fragg enters the inn, a tense silence falls. Mipps starts a conversation with Fragg, telling him that he knows everything about everyone in town and, as a member of the church, is the soul of discretion. Fragg takes the bait, and starts asking Mipps about Ransley. He asks Mipps for a horse that night, with no one knowing about it, and Mipps promises to have it for him at the fork in the sea road. Fragg shows up at Ransley’s and wishes to talk with him, with Mipps and John sneaking in to listen. Fragg offers to help Ransley, so long as Ransley offers to help him. Ransley wants to run, but Fragg offers to help Ransley and give him all the reward money if Ransley gives the names of the men in the Scarecrow’s gang, the signal system, and hiding places for the loot. Ransley, feeling cornered, decides to help Fragg. John and Mipps rush off to tell Syn of this new development. Fragg heads off to talk to Pugh, telling him that he’ll smash the Scarecrow’s gang, although he will need Pugh’s men at standby to protect him. Pugh agrees, but still insults Fragg in the process. Syn knows that Ransley will betray him, and decides to use Ransley as an example once more to those who would not only betray him, but those men who offer blood money for betrayal.

Fragg is ambushed by the Scarecrow's men while waiting for Ransley

Fragg is ambushed by the Scarecrow’s men while waiting for Ransley

Pugh and his men wait at the old monastery, where Fragg asked them to wait, while Fragg waits at the old castle for Ransley. Fragg is ambushed by the Scarecrow and his men, and is captured. Ransley and Fragg are taken to an old barn with the Scarecrow conducting court. Ransley is charged with treachery, with Curlew and Hellspite providing testimony. Ransley’s pockets are emptied, and the list is found, damning Ransley. He is sentenced to hang, and Fragg is forced to watch as the man is hung. Frightened, Fragg flees, and the Scarecrow lets him go. After the men leave, it is revealed that the Scarecrow didn’t really hang Ransley, but tied the rope to a bit of the chair to make Ransley pass out. The Scarecrow tells him that Ransley is dead, and so he must flee and begin a new life, for if his men find that he is alive, they really will kill him. Ransley runs, and Mipps laughs at the ruse they have done. The next morning, a burial service is held for Ransley, and Fragg, on his way back to London, sees the sign stating “Here lies Joseph Ransley, departed this world as the result of an accident, May 17, 1775.” Pugh arrives and tells Syn to leave space in the graveyard for the Scarecrow, and Syn just smiles and tells Pugh to take care of that cold he’s caught.

February 9

February 9, 1964 – Part One of “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” Airs on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color

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“Syn? That’s a strange name for a vicar, Mother.”

On February 9, 1964, the first of the three-part serial “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” aired on the Disney anthology, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The serial was based on Christopher Syn by Russell Thorndike and William Buchanan, and was filmed on location in Romney Marsh and Dymchurch, England. The vicar’s church in the serial is an actual church known as St Clement’s Church in Old Romney, and Disney paid for the restoration of the entire building to make it usable for the filming. Although released in the United States as a series, it was filmed to be a full-length feature that was released as a film in Europe. The teleplay was written by Robert Westerby, and directed by James Neilson. It stars Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow, George Cole as Mr. Mipps, Tony Britton as Simon Bates, Michael Hordern as Thomas Bates, Geoffrey Keen as General Pugh, Kay Walsh as Mrs. Waggett, and Sean Scully as John Bates.

The episode opens with Walt Disney giving the introduction, explaining that Christopher Syn was “a real life Jekyll and Hyde,” as he says. Walt explains that Syn was a respected vicar by day, but fought for justice at night, helping provide for the poor and needy. At night, Syn would disguise himself, earning the nickname “The Scarecrow,” with only his two accomplices ever knowing who he really was.

The Scarecrow surveys his men's work with the smuggling of supplies

The Scarecrow surveys his men’s work with the smuggling of supplies

The serial begins late at night, with Syn’s smugglers quickly loading up the carts under the command of the Scarecrow. A scout stationed in a nearby castle gives the warning that a patrol is moving toward the smugglers on the beach. Confronted, the Scarecrow laughs in the patrol’s faces, and escapes them after a long chase. The Scarecrow and his men enter a barn to hide, and when the patrol arrives, intent on catching them, they find no trace of the smugglers, who have carefully concealed themselves. The three men remove their disguises and make their way back to their respective homes.

The next scene shows a bishop is heading into town with General Pugh, another soldier named Brackenbury, and a weary traveler to whom the bishop has offered a ride. The General warns the bishop about the Scarecrow and his men, and the fact that the town protects them, thanks to their actions. As the bishop’s carriage passes through the town, a cane carved with a secret code is dropped as a sign for the men, to let them know when the next job will be. One of the men is rather frustrated that the Scarecrow is the only one allowed to be armed on these missions, and thinks because the rest of the men don’t know his identity, the Scarecrow doesn’t trust them. The innkeeper, Mother Hathaway, reminds him that without the Scarecrow’s generosity, they would still be as poor as mice. The men agree, and then disperse for the evening.

At the advice of Mother Hathaway, Simon Bates goes to find Dr. Syn, the vicar, for help and sanctuary

At the advice of Mother Hathaway, Simon Bates goes to find Dr. Syn, the vicar, for help and sanctuary

The bishop’s carriage is stopped by a small group of the King’s soldiers, who tell the passengers that they’re looking for an American prisoner who preached treason and was to be hanged in Dover, but escaped. The man the bishop gave a ride to is, in fact, the prisoner, who makes a run for it after stealing General Pugh’s plans to destroy the smugglers. The King’s soldiers give chase, shooting the man in the shoulder, but he hides in the bushes and eludes them. The prisoner makes his way to Mother Hathaway’s inn, and she helps by sending him to someone who can help him: the vicar of Dymchurch, Dr. Syn. She sings Syn’s praises to convince him to go, and the prisoner heads on his way.

Dr. Syn sits in his office with his assistant, Mr. Mipps, who questions Syn’s motives, claiming that since the town doesn’t know he’s the Scarecrow, they don’t thank him for it. Syn is just content that the people can live and support their families with what he can provide, thanks to his smuggling. Suddenly there’s a knock at his door – the prisoner has arrived, telling Syn that Mother Hathaway sent him. The prisoner introduces himself as Simon Bates, explains that he’s been sentenced to death for preaching sedition, and asks for sanctuary. Syn wants to help, but knows that they’ll both be in danger if Bates stays, so he has Mipps take Bates to Mrs. Waggett’s inn. Before he leaves, Bates hands over General Pugh’s papers to Syn, saying that he’s heard about the Scarecrow, and that the papers concern him. Syn takes the papers, and finds that troops are to be dispatched to his area to hunt the Scarecrow through any means necessary.

General Pugh (R) and Squire Banks do not see eye to eye, particularly with Pugh's suggested violent methods

General Pugh (R) and Squire Banks do not see eye to eye, particularly with Pugh’s suggested violent methods

The next day, General Pugh meets with wealthy landowner Thomas Banks and Dr. Syn, with Pugh furious that these crimes keep happening in Dymchurch where Banks is the Justice of the Peace. Banks and Pugh do not get along, and Pugh declares that he will use any means necessary to eradicate the Scarecrow. Just then John Banks, Thomas’s son and Syn’s secret accomplice, appears, asking just what means Pugh intends to use. Pugh then claims that he may even target the women of the town, as the “women will talk when they start to lose their menfolk.” When Pugh mentions that the men of the town will be press-ganged into the armed forces, particularly the Navy, Thomas Banks storms out of the room; John then informs Pugh that his brother was press-ganged into the Navy.

As the press gang marches into town, the leader remarks that although Dymchurch is known as good farming country, no man is seen working on his land, even though it’s a Wednesday, a normal workday. They head to the church, where everyone is town is gathered. Mr. Mipps, who has been on the lookout, runs down the watchtower and slips the news to Syn under the pretense of singing the hymn. Syn then begins his sermon, telling the congregation that this mid-week sermon marks the two-day public holiday granted by Banks in honor of the King’s birthday. Just then, one of the Scarecrow’s accomplices runs into the church and throws a note wrapped around a knife at the psalm board. Syn reads the note that has been sent by the Scarecrow, ordering every able-bodied man to leave town immediately and hide in the marshes as the naval press-gang is on its way to take every man they can find. The moment he finishes reading, all of the men flee from the church and run into hiding. When the press gang arrives at the church, they are confused about why there are only women, children, and the elderly in the pews. They harass the members of the church, and when Banks demands that they stop, the leader informs him that they have a free hand with this charge, with orders from Pugh himself, then demands information about the Scarecrow. When Syn reveals that he knows who the leader is – Petty Officer Stubbard – Stubbard smugly informs Syn that he’ll be “dropping anchor” in the town for a while. Syn then sends Mipps to follow the men and keep his eyes on them.

Mr. Mipps, in disguise, pretends that he can help the press-gang capture the Scarecrow

Mr. Mipps, in disguise, pretends that he can help the press-gang capture the Scarecrow

The press gang decides to stay in an inn known as The Silent Woman, run by Mrs. Waggett, who is less than thrilled about their antics. When Stubbard gets fresh with her, she threatens him with a cleaver, and the gang then leaves her alone. As a disguised Mipps drops in and tells Stubbard that there are no able-bodied men in Dymchruch, a young man bursts in frantically, asking Waggett for help as his wife has just gone into labor. The press gang decides to capture the young man and take him. Mrs. Waggett is horrified, but Mipps tells her quietly to leave it to him and to go to the young man’s wife. Mipps pretends that he wants to help the press gang catch the Scarecrow, and lets them know where the Scarecrow will be Thursday. Syn is not thrilled when he finds out about Mipps’ plan to ambush the soldiers, but they still plan to meet Thursday evening, with Syn quickly forming a new plan.

When Thursday night comes, the press gang lies in wait and is surprised and captured by the Scarecrow and his men. The Scarecrow orders the gang blindfolded, and they are taken to a nearby barn, where a young boy is set free to send a letter to General Pugh, while the other men are held captive. Pugh reads the letter and is furious, claiming that if any of the men from the press gang are killed, he’ll hang triple the number of  Dymchurch men. Suddenly, Pugh agrees to make an exchange, but has a plan to catch the Scarecrow. As Scarecrow prepares for the exchange, Mipps appears with Simon Bates, who offered his help after he overheard Mipps’ conversation at the inn. Although initially angry, the Scarecrow decides to accept Bates’ help. As Pugh waits with his men on Smuggler’s Beach, the soldier Brackenbury doesn’t react well to Pugh’s unnecessary violence, ordering that the prisoner be untied. The Scarecrow arrives, with the young man let go, and Pugh’s men ready to attack. Pugh doesn’t know that the Scarecrow’s men are ready to retaliate with smoke bombs, rendering Pugh’s men helpless. When Pugh’s men bring aboard the supposed contraband the Scarecrow was after, they are surprised to see that it is actually the press gang, tied up and placed in barrels. They hear the Scarecrow’s cackle before he rides away.

May 26

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May 26, 1963 – Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color Wins Two Emmys

On May 26, 1963, the 15th Primetime Emmy Awards were presented, hosted by Annette Funicello and Don Knotts. That night, the Disney anthology series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color walked away with two awards: Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction and Scenic Design for Carrol Clark and Marvin Aubrey Davis, and Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Children’s Programming. These would be the 5th and 6th Emmy Awards that the Disney anthology series would receive.

January 3

January 3, 1965 – Disneyland 10th Anniversary Episode Premieres on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.

 

“Ten years of happiness for fifty million friends.”

In 1965, six months shy of Disneyland’s actual 10th anniversary, Disney released this special, which gave viewers not only a look at new attractions coming to the park – including what had been submitted to the World’s Fair – but also a brief history of the park and a tour of some of the current attractions. The episode was directed by Hamilton S. Luske, with Special Material provided by Bill Berg. The Anniversary Song featured in the show was written by Richard and Robert Sherman. It has been released on DVD twice, first on the Walt Disney Treasures:  Disneyland, USA and later on Walt Disney Treasures: Your Host, Walt Disney.

Walt and Julie discussing It's A Small World with Disney Legend Mary Blair.

The episode opens with Walt and Julie Reihm, who had been named Miss Disneyland Tencennial, in the Imagineering Department. As the two go around the room, they meet Disney Legends Mary Blair, John Hench, Marc Davis, Rolly Crump, Blaine Gibson, and Claude Coats, and learn about the upcoming attractions It’s A Small World, Plaza Inn, The Haunted Mansion and The Museum of the Weird, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The audience gets a glimpse into the processes that go into creating an attraction, beginning with preliminary sketches and moving on to scale models, with special variations for each attraction. For instance, for The Haunted Mansion, Walt explains to Julie, the Imagineers are collecting ghosts from all over the world, adding that “[they’re] making it very attractive to them, hoping they’ll want to come and stay at Disneyland, so [they’re] putting in wall-to-wall cobwebs, and we guarantee them creaky doors and creaky floors.” Suddenly Walt realizes that they have only ten seconds to get to Disneyland, and with the help of Tinkerbell, they arrive just in time for the parade in the Magic Kingdom.

The beginning of The Anniversary Song

“All the characters of the Magic Kingdom are gathering for the tenth anniversary celebration,” Walt narrates, as toy soldiers begin marching down the castle walkway, followed by a host of Disney characters. Mary Poppins, the newest member of the Disney family, makes a surprise visit, and after a quick dance number, she flies away again. “From now on,” Walt declares, “no Disneyland celebration is going to be complete without Mary Poppins.” Singing a song celebrating the Tencennial, a magic dancing cake and candles open the parade down Main Street, which leads off with children from Anaheim schools in their marching bands and dance troupes.

Walt and Julie in front of the aerial view of the park.

The second half of the program is an overview of the previous ten years of the park. “It seems like only yesterday that Disneyland was just an idea and some plans on paper,” Walt reminisces, as he shows the audience an aerial photograph of Disneyland, comparing it with the area when it was just an orange grove and some farm houses. The audience is then taken around Disneyland to the popular attractions that opened between 1955 and 1965, with some little-known facts thrown in to the commentary. Dignitaries and celebrities are seen enjoying attractions at the park, from Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands as a passenger on the Submarine Voyage, to Mary, John, and Hayley Mills exploring the Swiss Family Robinson tree house.

Jose, your host for the Enchanted Tiki Room.

The last two segments offer an in-depth look at the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the traditional Dixieland and Disneyland Celebration on the Big River. The Enchanted Tiki Room segment begins with an explanation of audio-animatronics by the parrot Jose, who narrates as the audience is taken backstage to see all the complicated equipment that powers the entire show, from the electric engineer (or, as Jose puts it, the veterinarian for all the Tiki Room actors) to the relay panel. The audience is then treated to a performance of the birds in the Tiki Room. As we move to the Dixieland and Disneyland Celebration, we see great Dixieland musicians from all over the country perform on boats down the river, including a great performance by the legendary Firehouse Five Plus Two, and ending with a spectacular show on the Mark Twain Riverboat, with cast members and musicians holding sparklers, illuminating the night.

A grand finale for the Dixieland and Disneyland Celebration

This is a fantastic celebratory episode of the show. For those who did not live close to the park, it was a wonderful way to see the popular attractions, and learn secrets of how they were designed. The documentary also does a wonderful job of advertising the park for its 10th Anniversary. The show is, of course, a giant advertisement for the Disney projects, but it is done in a charming way that entices, entertains, and provides some insight into different aspects of the Walt Disney Company. The episode is well worth seeing.