/ Monday, February 20th, 2012

by Liz Driscoll

Welcome back, everyone!  We hope this wonderful journey through some of the stories of Walt Disney is continuing to inspire and entertain you!  We continue to be honored wth author Jim Korkis’ comments on our discussion questions, so please check back frequently.

Please find the next section’s worth of discussion questions below.  As always, please feel free to comment onsome or all of the questions.  Happy reading!

Secret Origin of The Aristocats

Pg. 173 “The Aristocats” mixed English geese, Southern American dogs, Chinese cats, a Sixties cat and a jazz theme in 1910 Paris.  How would you change the characters and music to fit the Paris setting?

Pg. 174 Should “The Aristocats” have stayed a two part Wonderful World of Color program?  Why or why not?

Pg. 179 How could the cats adoptions, which were cut, have changed or improved on the ending of the film?  Who should have adopted each cat?

So Dear To My Heart

Pg. 186 Reading about Mary Blair’s concept drawings, how would you feel about an art exhibit of Mary Blair’s work?

Have you ever visited the lower level of the Walt Disney World Train Station and looked at the names on the train bulletin? How many locations can you decode?

Pg. 192 Have you ever taken the time to go through “One Man’s Dream” and spend time looking at Granny Kincaid’s cabin?

Toby Tyler
Pg. 203 How would we react to dogs being masked today?

Pg. 204 Have you ever been out to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness to see the Dragon Calliope?  What do you think of the calliope?

Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N.

Pg. 212 Using the new audio-animatronic technology, The Enchanted Tiki Room opened in Disneyland in 1963.  What do you think the reaction the audio-animatronic tiki bird got when the movie opened in 1966?

Blackbeard’s Ghost

Pg. 220 What input, if any, do you think Blackbeard’s reputation had on him getting chosen to be the pirate for the movie?

Pg. 221 When Walt talks about “Winding the Clock” how does it make you look at films differently?

Pg. 221 When Bill Walsh mentions that he “… always stuck a little bit of Walt in the main character”.  Will you look for that bit of Walt?

Pg. 226 How do you feel visiting Pirates of the Caribbean knowing that it was the last attraction Walt supervised?


Liz Driscoll went to Walt Disney World for the first time when she was five years old, though her Disney passion began seven years ago.  She has visited Walt Disney World about twelve times in the past seven years.  In the non-Disney world, she is a teacher who enjoys bringing a little bit of pixie dust in the classroom each day!



2 thoughts on “WDW Radio Disney Book Club: Vault of Walt Discussion Questions, Week 4”

  1. Sherri says:

    1-3. I have to admit, I have never seen the Aristocats. I’ve heard that some people love the movie. I do want to see it. It sounds like the story and characters were not very well put together. I definately think that Walts influence would have made this a better movie.

    4. I would love to see an art exibit of Mary Blair’s work.

    5. I have not paid attention at the bottom of the train station but will next time I go.

    6. Again, I will pay more attention next time I go to these things. I have not seen So Dear to My Heart, but really want to see some of these old movies now. I didn’t realize so many props and sets from these old movies could be found in the parks.

    7. I’m sure there are more animal advocacy groups who monitor animals in movie productions today.

    8. Again, I have not seen the calliope. There are so many treasures in Walt Disney world to see, it’s amazing.

    9. I’m sure people were amazed by the technology of the audio-animatronic bird just like we are amazed by the new audio-animatronics that have come out recently. I’ve read that the audio-anamatronics in the new Little Mermaid ride are amazing. We will be stunned when we see it just like they were back then about the “new” audio-animtronics.

    10. I’m sure Blackbeards reputation had everything to do with him being the pirate in the movie. You need to get people interested in coming to the movie, and you want a character that people are already interested.

    11. Yes, I want to watch these old movies to see how much of Walt is in the Characters and the story.

    12. I always get a little sentimental about Pirates knowing it was Walts last attraction. I know it was something near and dear to Walts hear.

  2. erin says:

    1. I would give the entire film a more romantic Paris theme. When I think of Paris, I think of pastel colors, an air of elegance, and sense of sophistication. Some of that can be seen in the very beginning when the kittens are with their mother in the mansion, but that feeling is quickly lost and replaced with cheap characters.

    2. It’s a difficult question to answer. I believe the movie that was produced would have done better as a two part Wonderful World of Color.

    3. Honestly, if I was child I would question why the kittens could not have stayed together. I probably would have been a little upset about that fact. Why break up a family?

    4. I have been praying for a traveling art exhibit of Mary Blair’s work!! I have been a huge fan of her work for years. I believe there have been exhibits of her work in Japan.

    6. When I first visited “One Man’s Dream” I remember seeing it, but not spending much time looking at Granny Kincaid’s cabin because I did not understand the significance. As I have learned more about the film and importance of the miniature, I have really enjoyed exploring all the intricate details of the cabin.