annette funicello

Annette singing at Disneyland

Disney Legend Annette Funicello sings and dances in the 1962 “Disneyland After Dark” episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Personally cast by Walt in 1955 as one of the original Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club TV series, Annette became one of Disney’s biggest and most beloved stars.

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Mickey Mouse Club

Join the Jamboree: A Brief History of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club

By Courtney Potter “Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E!” Mickey Mouse Club, Disney’s legendary television series, has delighted children (and adults!) around the world since it first premiered on ABC in 1955—just a few months after Walt Disney’s biggest project to date, Disneyland park, opened to the …

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Walt and Lillian Disney dancing at Carnation Plaza Gardens

Did You Know? Swinging Stories from Disneyland’s Carnation Plaza Gardens

By Greg Ehrbar Aglow with idyllic charm suggesting the “Shipoopi” bandstand in The Music Man, Carnation Plaza Gardens brought a variety of joyous entertainment to Disneyland park beginning in 1956. We asked Tim O’Day about the beloved location, since he was a Stage Manager there as a young Cast Member, as well as a PR …

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Walt Disney Records 60th anniversary

Top 10 Pivotal Platters from 60 Years of Walt Disney Records

By Greg Ehrbar As Walt Disney Records celebrates its 60th anniversary, there are literally hundreds (or thousands!) of Disney sounds that could easily fill dozens of Top Ten lists. Rather than a “best of” or “all-time favorite” list, these are great albums selected for their impact on popular culture, the entertainment industry, and The Walt …

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Walt Disney Archives Exhibit Celebrates Disneyland

The Disneyland Diamond Celebration calls for something truly dazzling, and the extraordinary D23 EXPO exhibit of artifacts from Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom—from an Autopia car to the Abominable Snowman—is exactly that. Displayed across 12,000 square feet of the D23 EXPO show floor, “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” is the largest display the Walt Disney …

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photo of Annette Funicello sharing a telephone call with a friend

Those Who Knew Annette Best

In celebration of naming The Walt Disney Studios’ Soundstage 1 as the “Annette Funicello Stage,” author and friend Lorraine Santoli talks with those who knew the beloved Disney Legend best.

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Young Annette Funicello

To Annette, with Love

D23 dips into the Disney twenty-three magazine archives for this touching story on Annette Funicello’s relationship with her devoted husband, Glen.

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