9 Charming Stories from the History of Disney

From the Oh My Disney blog

It’s easy to focus on the whimsical wonders that live inside of our animated films, live action adventures, and Parks worldwide. But did you know that some of the most delightful stories involving Disney actually took place in real life? It’s true. The decades of Disney are filled with these charming anecdotes about couples behind the magic, thoughtful gifts that have turned into history, and so much more.

The dancing in Mary Poppins was choreographed by a married couple named Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood.

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Perhaps the most famous scene they choreographed was the chimney sweep dance. They also worked together on another Walt Disney Studio film called The Happiest Millionaire.

 

Walt and Lillian Disney celebrated their 30th anniversary at Disneyland, days before the park opened.

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And that’s not the only charming Walt and Lillian story related to Disneyland. Walt also named one of the cars on the Disneyland Railroad train after her. Its name is the Lilly Belle.

Walt Disney played Peter Pan in a school production.

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We wish cell phone videos existed so we could see how adorable this must have looked.

In the planning for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, many possible dwarf names were suggested and not used.

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Some of the unused names were Gabby, Jumpy, Sniffy, Lazy, Nifty, and Wheezy.

An image of Mickey Mouse was the first image sent by telegraph wire in the United States, on the New York to Buffalo line.

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We assume the recipients were delighted when Mickey appeared. We’d like to think they exclaimed “Oh, boy,” but we can’t confirm.

To prepare for bringing Oliver and Company to life, footage of NYC was shot 1.5 ft. off the ground to capture a pet’s-eye view.

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We have nothing else to say about this except teehee.

If you’re ever strolling along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you might see a familiar name.

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Winnie the Pooh has a star, as do several other Disney characters including Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, Kermit the Frog, The Muppets, Snow White, and Mickey Mouse.

After the song was written for Mary Poppins, “Feed the Birds” soon became a favorite of Walt Disney.

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In fact, every Friday Richard Sherman would play the song for Walt in his office. Sounds like a downright delight.

In 1933, everyone’s favorite Mouse received approximately 800,000 pieces of fan mail.

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It brings us a special kind of joy to think about Mickey getting so much snail mail. It also makes us want to send more snail mail. Anyone with us?

Which one of these facts is your favorite?

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Scott

Co-Owner / Webmaster / Business Relations / PT Writer As co-owner and co-creator of The Main Street Mouse. Working in a technical support position for 18 years, it was time for a change. As the Webmaster and Project Planner, I spend most of my time researching everything from the latest Disney News, technology advances and of course keeping up on all the Marvel news that comes out. I never considered myself a writer but I’ve come to like blogging and sharing news with all. I feel blessed everyday that I get to spend my days working with my best friend and love of my life while we continue to grow and expand what started as a hobby all those years ago.

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