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Actress Vera Miles, co-star of the Disney Christmas release Follow
Me, Boys! with Fred MacMurray, gets into the holiday spirit.
- After more than a year in development, Disney's Christmas
spectacle "Fantasy on Parade" makes its debut at Disneyland on December
17, 1966 with over 25 show units based on Disney movies
and well-known characters.
- Walt Disney, Greer Garson
and a host of Disneyland characters record television spots
in support of the Marine Corps Reserves annual Toys for Tots
campaign (Walt designed the first poster to promote Toys
for Tots nationally, as well as the original Toys for Tots
logo which is used to this day--Tim).
- In New York City, the newly-formed
National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) presents Walt
with the Showman of the World award for his "sensitivity to the visual delights,"
"total involvement of the family" and "uncompromising wholesomeness of subject matter and
- Following the success of 1966's
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey
Tree, Disney plans to start production on
Winnie the Pooh and the
Heffalumps in January 1967 (Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalumps would be released as
the Pooh and the Blustery Day and win the 1968 Academy Award for
Best Cartoon Short Subject--Tim).
- The legendary actor Edward
G. Robinson, best known for playing the title role in 1931's
Little Caeser, prepares to star opposite Dick Van Dyke in the
gangster comedy A Thrill a Minute. The film will be
released in 1968, retitled Never a Dull Moment.
Walt Disney died at St. Joseph Hospital in
Burbank, California on December 15th, 1966. Since the Winter 1966 issue
of Disney News had long since gone to press and the Spring 1967 issue
would not be published until a distant three months later, no formal
mention of Disney's death ever appeared on the pages of Disney News.
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