/ Monday, March 5th, 2012

by Liz Driscoll

Happy March everyone!   We are nearing the end of this wonderful piece of Disney history.  We continue to enjoy your thoughtful feedback–keep it coming!  And stay tuned for an announcement about our NEXT book club selection.  You WON’T want to miss the fun we have in store!

Zorro at Disneyland

Pg. 298 How would you feel about Walt Disney World “special appearance days”? We have in park meet and greet, but what about the live characters from Disney channel?

Pg. 302 When Guy Williams says, “…type casting buys a lot of groceries” do you think he regretted his role?  Even a little?

Tom Sawyer Island

Pg. 305 Do you think Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland should have changed to Pirate’s Lair? Why or why not?

Pg. 305 Will you look at Tom Sawyer Island at WDW differently knowing that Walt personally designed the DL version? Do you feel you are seeing it through Walt’s eyes?

Pg. 305 How might it have changed the park to have the Mickey Mouse Club presented from inside the park?  In your opinion, should a show be presented from the park?

Epcot Fountain

Pg. 317 The Fountain of Nations, The Fountain of World Friendship, The CommuniCore Fountain, Innoventions Fountain… what do you call the fountain?

Pg. 318 Did you link the “International Ceremony of the Waters” to the dedication of it’s a small world?

Pg. 319 What do you think Card Walker meant when he said, “Well, we’ve done it.” to Lillian Disney?

Captain EO

Pg. 325 Were you surprised at Michael Jackson’s affection/obsession with Walt Disney?

Pg. 326 Do you think Disney could have done a successful dark ride with Michael Jackson as the main character?

Pg. 332 Were you surprised at how many struggles there were to make Captain EO given how over budget it had gone?

Mickey Mouse Revue

Pg. 341 Once again, Walt foreshadows an attraction that Imagineers bring to fruition after Walt’s untimely passing.  Do you think that these are homages to Walt, or genuinely good ideas?

Pg. 344 Bill Justice said that, “… we seemed to be getting away from our heritage” and “What we needed was a reminder of what Walt had accomplished.”  Do you think refocus was necessary and, if so, do you believe it was achieved with the Mickey Mouse Revue?

Pg. 346 As the first attraction removed from the Magic Kingdom, do you believe that the primary reason for sending the Mickey Mouse Revue to Tokyo Disneyland was the time… or the money?


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 Week 6”

  1. Hi All,
    I really enjoyed Jim’s book, even highlighting and bookmarking some of the sections! I especially appreciated the information on pages 280-281 regarding Walt seeking sponsorships for the One Nation Under God exhibit for the NY World’s Fair. This inspired me as I seek sponsorships for my positive local news program here in Houston every day. The Disney brothers have been a source of inspiration and encouragment more than anyone else in my project – Christina Maxwell, Executive Producer for Positively Houston News

  2. erin says:

    1. Even though I’m not a regular Disney channel viewer (except for Phineas and Ferb of course) I think special appearance days with live Disney characters/actors from Disney channel would be a huge attendance draw.
    2. Character actors are very aware of what parts they can and cannot play. Not everyone can portray the ingénue or hero.
    3. I love the idea of the Pirate’s Lair!! I understand there are a lot of Disney fans who are in favor of the classics, but Walt’s visions for his parks were to keep evolving. The Pirate’s Lair sounds like so much fun.
    4. I don’t think I would see Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer’s Island any differently because it has changed dramatically from Walt’s original version. I associate the island, now Pirate’s Lair, more with the Imagineers than with Walt Disney.
    5. I don’t know if it would be a good idea to have a show presented in the park. I can only imagine the actual filming of the show to be a logistical nightmare, possibly infringing on the Guests and overall show of the theme park.
    6. The Fountain of Nations. Is one title more correct that the other?
    7. Yes, I did!!
    8. Finally built a version of EPCOT.
    9. I’ve heard of his passion for Disney before. I guess I never thought of it as anything “different” since I’ve been very passionate about Disney (the man and the company) since a very young age.
    10. I really don’t know. I guess I always like Captain EO since to me Michael Jackson was an entertainer (singer/dancer). But then again, I was very young when I first saw Captain EO – so my first impression of thinking it was great has always stuck with me!
    11. I was shocked not only by how far over budget Captain EO went but also all the struggles!! I’m also surprised they were able to piece together a film. What I found most interesting was Captain EO was meant to be a real film opposed to a long music video which I always thought it was.
    **Do you think Disney ever made back the money spent on Captain EO?
    12. I think they are genuinely good ideas. The fact that they originated with Walt Disney is icing on the cake.