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Spring 1967
Vol. 2, No. 2
March, April, May 1967
16 Pages

Disney News Spring 1967On the Cover
One of the "fairest of the village maids" is up for auction in the soon to debut Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. 

Inside Highlights
"The Pirates are Coming!" (Page 1)

A preview of Pirates of the Caribbean, "the Park's most exciting new attraction opening this season."  The ride will take guests from a Caribbean port, through the "perpetual evening" of the Blue Bayou Lagoon, down two waterfalls into a subterranean grotto.  From there guests will discover why "dead men tell no tales" before floating into the midst of a raging cannon battle between a pirate ship and a city fortress.  Beyond the city walls, pirates ransack the town, dunking a local magistrate in a well to encourage him to reveal where the hidden treasure is; auctioning the local women to the highest buccaneer bidder; and ultimately taking target practice in the town arsenal as fire
closes in.

"DISNEY WORLD:  A Project of Dynamic Imagination" (Page 2)
Walt Disney Productions announced plans for "a major, new Disney family entertainment center" on a 43-square mile mile parcel of land southwest of Orlando, Florida.  The project, which will eventually become Walt Disney World, calls for a theme park complex with adjacent golf, tennis, horseback riding, water sports and themed hotels; a 1,000 acre industrial park; an entrance complex with parking for 11,000 cars; and a "jet airport of the future" with cutting edge baggage handling and passenger loading.  The showpiece, however, will be Walt's dream of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), a "living showcase for Progress Citythe creativity of American Industry" with an initial population of 20,000 people. The Progress City display Disneyland guests would eventually see at the Carousel of Progress in the "new" Tomorrowland would serve as the initial model for EPCOT.
     Fun Fact:  Walt Disney World had its grand opening in October of 1971 with the theme park and entrance complexes much as they were originally designed.  Epcot (no longer in uppercase) would debut in October of 1982 and look decidedly different from Walt's original concept.

"INTRODUCING:  Scrooge McDuck, Newcomer to Cartoon Films" (Page 4)
Donald Duck's uber-rich uncle makes his animated movie debut in the featurette Scrooge McDuck and Money.  In the cartoon, the "imperious, short-tempered and terribly stingy" Scrooge takes his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie on a tour of his money bin and teaches them valuable lessons in finance.  Scrooge made his comic book debut in 1947.
     Fun Fact:  In 2002, Forbes included Scrooge on its "Forbes Fictional Fifteen" list of the richest and most colorful fictional characters in America.  Also on the list was 101 Dalmatians' own Cruella De Vil.

"Disneyland's Indians, A Unique Show at the Park" (Page 6)Indian Village
Fourteen young Indian men and women perform tribal dances in the Indian Village adjacent to Frontierland.  "In their colorful performances, they contribute to a broader understanding of Indian traditions, while at the same time dedicating themselves to preserving the customs and arts of their people."
     Fun Fact:  The Indian Village was closed in 1971 to make way for Bear Country (later Critter Country).

"Frontier Gunfights are Even More Rugged Off the Screen" (Page 7)
Roaming through Frontierland and New Orleans Square at Disneyland, a group of gunmen entertain guests with gunfights, brawls and stunts.  "They have developed 20 different routines, ranging from a saloon side-street brawl to a Jesse James train robbery."

"Bunch of Top Bananas Swing for Very Funny Feature, 'Jungle Book'" (Page 9)
Preview of the upcoming animated release, The Jungle Book, featuring the voice talents of Phil Harris (Baloo), Sebastian Cabot (Bagheera), George Sanders (Shere Khan) and Louis Prima (King Louie). 
     Fun Fact:  Due to "change-of-voice problems," both Bruce Reitherman and David Bailey provided the voice of Mowgli, the man-cub, during production.  Reitherman (the son of the movie's director and Disney "Old Man" Wolfgang Reitherman) got the final screen credit.

"HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE HIGHLIGHT:  Tommy Steele Steps in Time With Alligator George" (Page 11)
The British pop singer and star of the Broadway musical Half a Sixpence costars with Fred MacMurray and Greer Garson in "The Happiest Millionaire."  Steele plays John Lawless, a butler in the house of the eccentric Biddle family of Philadelphia.  Among his song and dance routines, Steele performs with an eight foot alligator named George.  "'You see,' concluded Tommy. 'One doesn't worry about whether an alligator will walk away with the scene.  It's whether he'll walk away with you.'"
     Fun Fact:  In 1968, Steele received a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer-Male only to lose to Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.

Other Articles
"Disneyland Provides a 'Peek' at Summer 1967" -
Easter week activities at Disneyland provide a preview of things to come during the summer.  Among the entertainers scheduled to perform are Martha and the Vandellas, Bill Elliott and the Date Niters, The Young Men from New Orleans and The Royal Tahitians.  Easter Sunday will feature a parade of antique automobiles and the launching of a giant balloon from the Central Plaza.
"Golden Oak Ranch Proves Popular With All of Studioland"
- The Disney-owned 720 acre ranch, about an hour north of Los Angeles, is a popular outdoor locale for television and movie productions.
"Disneyland Chooses New Ambassador" - 22-year old Marcia Miner from Santa Ana, California is named Disneyland's 1967 ambassador.
"DONALD'S SOAP BOX:  An Inspiration for Racing in Sweden" - Kalle Anka, Sweden's Donald Duck magazine, sponsors a nationwide soapbox derby competition.  The winner of the racing final in Stockholm is 14-year old Jan-Erik Astrom.
"In Australia, Disneyland Takes the Cake" - Alison Lambert's Disneyland-themed cake wins a cake decorating competition in Australia. 
"Return of the Mouseketeer: Karen Pendleton Turns Up Pretty as You Please" - Twenty year old Karen reminisces about her days as a Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer from 1955-58.
"Fan Mail Story Stars Ma, Pa and Grandpa, as Well as the Kids" - The Disney fan mail department receives over 1,500 letters a month, praising Disney entertainment.
"QUICK CHANGE: Jan Williams Jumps Into Ustinov's Shoes" - Bearing a resemblance to Blackbeard's Ghost star Peter Ustinov, Jan Williams goes from delivering mail as a Walt Disney Productions traffic boy to becoming Ustinov's photo double and stand-in.  Says Williams, "Working under Peter is more than you could ever hope for in drama school."
"New Cal Arts Plan Provides Practical Industry Experience" - Students at the California Institute of the Arts get on the job training at WED Enterprises and Interpace, learning "how art fares in an industrial setting."
"Studio Tackles Task of Putting Alaska's Centennial on Film" - Honoring the 49th state's centennial, Disney films "A Salute to Alaska," scheduled to air on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in the early spring.
"Disneyland D-Man Served 25 Years Under Eliot Ness" - A profile of Disneyland security officer Joe Irzyk, a former Treasury agent who was one of the original "Untouchables."

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