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Winter 1967-68
Vol. 3, No. 1
December 1967, January, February 1968
16 Pages

Disney News Fall 1967On the Cover
Winnie the Pooh and other furry friends prepare to celebrate the holiday season in Disneyland's Fantasy on Parade.

Inside Highlights
"Fantasy on Parade, Highlight of Park's Christmas Season" (Page 1)

For two weeks at the end of December, Disneyland will present Fantasy on Parade featuring "some of the most humorous and colorful Disney characters ever imagined."  Appearing twice daily, the parade will include characters from Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book, as well as toy soldiers and Santa Claus and his "eight silly reindeer."
     Fun Fact:  New character costumes for Fantasy on Parade took more than a year to design and create.

"Sub Statistics:  Park's Undersea Fleet Big Attraction for Curious" (Page 3)
The eight subs of Disneyland's Submarine Voyage fleet are named for fictional and real-life vessels with a rich history.  Ride operators have access to a blue handbook containing a wealth of submarine information to answer guests' questions.  Each ride sub "displaces 47 ton, measures 52 feet from nose to stern, and travels 1.7 miles per hour, driven by a four cylinder diesel-electric engine."
     Fun Fact:  The original Submarine Voyage subs were named Nautilus, Seawolf, Skate, Skipjack, Triton, George Washington, Patrick Henry and Ethan Allen.

"Two Great Honors Awarded to Walt Disney" (Page 6)
Coinciding with Disneyland's 12th birthday, California governor Ronald Reagan declares July 17, 1967 as Walt Disney Appreciation Day.  The United States Congress also unanimously passed a bill to authorize President Lyndon Johnson to present Walt's widow Lillian a gold medal honoring her husband's achievements and service to the nation.
     Fun Fact:  Governor Reagan called Walt Disney "a warm human being who communicated enduring values and the highest ideals to the minds and hearts of people everywhere."

"Disney Talent Inspires 'Jungle Book' Characters" (Page 7)
The characters in Disney's new animated feature are voiced and inspired by their human counterparts.  Phil Harris plays laid back Baloo the bear; Sebastian Cabot is the responsible Bagheera the panther; jazz man Louis Prima swings as King Louie the ape; the suave George Sanders voices the sinister tiger Shere Khan; and Disney film veteran Sterling Holloway is the slithery snake Kaa.
     Fun Fact:  Holloway had a nearly 40-year association with Disney, starting when he provided the voice of the messenger stork in 1941's Dumbo.  His other voice credits include Winnie the Pooh, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Roquefort in The Aristocats.  He was named a Disney Legend in 1991.

Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland"Nature's Wonderland: The Early Western Wilderness Reborn" (Page 11)
The Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland in Frontierland was inspired by the True-Life Adventures documentaries In Beaver Valley, Bear Country, The Living Desert and The Olympic Elk. The ride concludes with a trip through the Rainbow Caverns, "underground chambers, lit only by dazzling ribbons of water cascading down cavern walls and into streams of red, blue, green, yellow and purple."
     Fun Fact:  When told by a noted scientist that the Rainbow Caverns could not maintain their colors without quickly turning grey from exposure to the elements, Walt Disney replied with his now-famous quote, "Well, it's kind of fun to do the impossible."  The colors remained vivid until 1977, when the Mine Train closed to make way for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

"Most Promising Films Ever Highlight 67-68 Disney Film Line-Up" (Page 12)
Disney's Christmas season offering is The Jungle Book.  In limited release to qualify for Oscar consideration are The Happiest Millionaire and Blackbeard's Ghost.  Both will see national release after the first of the year.  Coming in 1968 are Never a Dull Moment with Dick Van Dyke, The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band and the re-release of Swiss Family Robinson
     Fun Fact:  The Happiest Millionaire received a single Academy Award nomination for Costume Design.  It lost to CamelotBlackbeard's Ghost was shut out of the Oscar race.

Other Articles
"Disneyland Attractions Make TV Debut on "World of Color"
- Disneyland--From the Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow premieres on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on December 31.  The program will spotlight the technology and magic behind the creation of Pirates of the Caribbean and the new Tomorrowland.
"World's First Family Premiere Staged for 'The Jungle Book'" - On October 18, Walt Disney Productions held the world premiere of The Jungle Book at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  There were two showings, one for underprivileged children from the Los Angeles area and the other for Hollywood celebrities and their families.
"World's Biggest New Year's Party Held at Disneyland" - Disneyland will hold its annual New Year's Eve party on December 31 starting at 8:00 p.m.  Entertainment will include the Elliott Orchestra and the Firehouse 5 +2.  Tickets are $9.00 in advance, $10.00 day of the event.
"Main Street, U.S.A. Dressed in Bright Colors for Christmas" - It takes a week to get Main Street decked out for the holidays.  The giant fir tree in Town Square alone has 2,000 colored lights and 2,000 ornaments.
"Park's Tour Guides Are Ambassadors of Happiness" - There are nearly 100 tour guides that show guests around Disneyland.  They're the epitome of "dress, personality, poise, beauty and enthusiasm."
"Disneyland's Bass Drum Still Tallest of Them All" - In a fierce competition with various university marching bands, Disneyland claims to have the largest bass drum of all, a ten-footer used during this year's Christmas parade.
"Disneyland Sets Attendance Records" - On August 19, 67,228 guests visited the Happiest Place on Earth, setting a single-day attendance record.  The park also set weekly, monthly and annual records in the wake of Pirates of the Caribbean and the new Tomorrowland opening earlier in the year.
"'Jungle Book' Created by Complex Process" - In the three years it took to produce The Jungle Book, 300 artists and animators created over a million drawings.  The slow process of photographing each frame of film took more than 1,400 hours.
"Disneyland Christmas Shopping: Something for Everyone, Including Those 'Who Hate Everything'" - Guests who visit Disneyland during the holiday season have a wide variety of shops to choose from.
"Disney Artists Revive Art Form for New Orleans Square" - The flowers, birds and butterflies that adorn Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie are painted on glass and mirrors using a reverse painting technique that dates back centuries.
"Topiary Plants Enhance 'Small World' Facade" - Topiary animals are carefully developed, grown and maintained by Disneyland artists and landscapers to make their appearance in from of It's a Small World.
"Transportation is Large Part of Disneyland Show" - Disneyland has a wide range of conveyances, from the vehicles on Main Street to the boats on the Rivers of America to the trains that circle the park to the futuristic Monorails and Rocket Jets of Tomorrowland.
"WED Staff Interprets American Industry in Three Dimensions" - WED Enterprises, Inc. (later Walt Disney Imagineering) works with various corporations like General Electric and Monsanto to create "three dimensional images" of the companies in the form of the attractions they sponsor at Disneyland.
"Company's Organizational Program is Unique in Entertainment Industry" - Since early 1966, 69 men have completed an intense program of business training within the Disney company, learning all aspects of the organization.  By 1971, when Disney World opens, an expected 185 men will have graduated.  No mention is made of any women participating.
"Through the Disney Lens" - Photos of Magic Kingdom Club "Families of the Month" during their visits to Disneyland.

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