Monday, September 14, 2009

September 14: Mickey's Revue

On this day in 1980, the Mickey Mouse Revue closed at the Fantasyland Theater in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
An indoor audio-animatronic show, it had first opened with the park back in October 1971. The attraction featured a concert orchestra led by conductor Mickey Mouse. He was surrounded by over 70 characters on stage including Minnie Mouse (playing violin), Goofy (on bass viola), Pluto (striking a cymbal) , Winnie the Pooh (on a kazoo), and Baloo (playing a flute). Songs included "When You Wish Upon A Star, " "So This Is Love," and "Whistle While You Work."
One of the initial attractions conceived by WED Enterprises (today known as Disney Imagineering), the Mickey Mouse Revue was also the first major attraction to leave WDW. The idea for the show actually started with Walt Disney himself years before construction on WDW even started.
The Mickey Mouse Revue was dismantled and shipped to Tokyo Disneyland, where it began running in 1983.

Click HERE for more September 14 Disney history.

No comments: