Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 11: Mike Douglas

On this day in 1925 Mike Douglas, a singer, entertainer, and TV talk show host, was born in Chicago, Illinois. First singing as a choirboy, in his teens he worked as a singer on a dinner cruise ship on Lake Michigan. After briefly serving in the U.S. Navy, Douglas moved to Los Angeles and began performing on radio and as a vocalist for the big band of Kay Kyser (at the time a popular bandleader and radio personality).
This led to Douglas taking part in Disney's 1950 animated release Cinderella. Although William Phipps supplied the speaking voice for Prince Charming, it was Douglas who provided the character's singing voice.
Take a quick listen to Douglas on "So This is Love."

In 1961 Douglas began a local talk show in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mike Douglas Show became immensely popular and soon was seen coast-to-coast from studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His successful afternoon show went on to make 6,000 telecasts through 1982. Everyone and anyone in show business at some point made an appearance on The Mike Douglas Show including such musical acts as The Beach Boys, Herman's Hermits, Louis Armstrong and Billy Joel and such Hollywood stars as Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart and Paul Newman.

In 1983 Douglas co-hosted the very first broadcast of Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Day Parade. The 90-minute special was actually broadcast live from the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day.

Sadly Mike Douglas passed away on his 81st birthday in 2006.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 9: Of Course, There's Always My Way

On this day in 2009, Disneyland celebrated the 40th anniversary of one of its most popular attractions, The Haunted Mansion. First opening to the public on this day in 1969, the attraction's roots actually go back to even before Disneyland was built.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8: A Little House On A Little Hill

On this day in 1952, the Disney animated short The Little House was released.

Take a little look at it here:

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Friday, August 5, 2011

August 5: Under The Sea Exhibit

On this day in 1955, the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Exhibit opened in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. The walk-through exhibit featured props and set pieces from Disney's 1954 blockbuster release 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Guests could view the exterior of the Nautilus, Professor Aronnax's cabin, the pump room, the chart room, the diving chamber, the wheelhouse and the famous organ (which would later reside in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ballroom). The exhibit remained open until August 28, 1966 (with Disneyland's Submarine Voyage attraction opening in 1959). In 1967 the area that housed The Sea Exhibit was used for Adventure Thru Inner Space, which coincidentally opened on this day in 1967. (The spot is now used for Star Tours).

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