Matt, Hudson, North Carolina
A: Larry Groce was a singer and songwriter with a folksy style, who worked on many recordings for Disneyland Records. His first Disney recording, in 1976, was the single “Winnie the Pooh for President.” Some of his albums were Disney’s Christmas Favorites (1979), Disney’s Children’s Favorites (1979), Disney’s Merry Christmas Carols (1980), Pardners (1980), Goin’ Quackers (1980), and The Disney Family Christmas Album (1981). Groce was known for recording each song in one take. He is still living.
A: Yes, the Archives has collected some items from retired and renovated Disneyland attractions, such as ride vehicles, signage, costumes, props, etc. Examples include Oscar, the Audio-Animatronics® small bear from the Country Bear Jamboree, a former bride figure from the Haunted Mansion attic, Slue Foot Sue’s costume and mirror from the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the earliest Lincoln head from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and props from America Sings. The Archives more recently acquired the original Abominable Snowman figure from the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Emma, Glendale, California
A: Unfortunately the film is not currently available. Here is the entry from my Disney A to Z encyclopedia.
Ethan, Jamaica, New York
A: Thurl Ravenscroft is the only one of the Mellomen to be filmed as one of the singing busts in the Haunted Mansion. The other four busts are Verne Rowe, Chuck Schroeder, Jay Meyer, and Bob Ebright. The men who did the singing were the ones that were filmed.
Theresa, San Diego, California
A: The Walt Disney Archives does not have a lot of early photographs of the Disneyland Hotel, because initially it was owned by Jack Wrather, not Disney. Perhaps you can get some help from Don Ballard’s heavily-illustrated books on the history of the hotel.
Jaxon, Salt Lake City, Utah
A: The two riverboats are not the same. The Admiral Joe Fowler at Walt Disney World reached the end of its useful life and was removed from service and dismantled.