Zenimation

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

By Zach Johnson

There’s no shortage of fantastic things to watch this weekend! The fun starts Friday, when the 1967 musical The Happiest Millionaire joins the Disney+ library—the same day the streamer debuts the second season of Zenimation. On Saturday, the second season of The Owl House will debut on Disney Channel. Then, on Sunday, ABC will air a new episode…

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St. Patrick’s Day

9 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Disney+

By Courtney Potter

Éirinn go Brách, friends! It’s time once again to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—when everyone is just a wee bit Irish. The holiday, which was made official in the early part of the 17th century, is named for the patron saint of Ireland and commemorates Irish (and Irish-American) culture.

This year, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations might…

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the happiest millionaire

Tommy Steele Dancing with George the Alligator

Broadway star Tommy Steele dances with George the alligator in Walt Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire (1967) during a reprise of the show-opening “Fortuosity.” The trainer assured Tommy it was safe but even so he put in plenty of practice with the gator, whose real name was Lunkhead.

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Under appreciated Sherman Brothers songs

13 Underrated Sherman Brothers Songs to Enjoy Today!

By Courtney Potter

Music. It’s one of the most memorable components of any Disney movie. From Snow White’s lilting “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” to Moana’s resolute “How Far I’ll Go,” music propels each and every Disney story to the next level—of comedy, of adventure, of romance, and of plain ol’ fun. And no two people have influenced the…

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Bob Mattey and Walt Disney

Bob Mattey: Master of Mechanical Magic

By Becky Cline

Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life.

Shortly after, Bob began working in motion…

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Disney Legend Bill Sullivan

5 Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Bill Sullivan

By Steven Vagnini

As we near the 45th anniversary of “The Vacation Kingdom of the World”—Walt Disney World Resort—D23 pays tribute to one of its many celebrated founders: Disney Legend Bill “Sully” Sullivan. Here are five fascinating facts about Bill’s career at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

1. Tuning in to ABC on a Sunday afternoon changed…

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William (Bill) Sullivan

William Sullivan

On Sunday, July 17, 1955, William “Sully” Sullivan was tuned in to ABC-TV. “I watched the opening ceremonies for Disneyland. The following Saturday I went down and applied for a job. Monday I quit Northrop Aircraft, and Tuesday I reported to work as a ticket-taker at the Jungle Cruise.” Sully was 19 years old.

He progressed from ticket-taker to ride operator…

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