/ Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

by Liz Driscoll

Part Four: The Other Worlds of Disney Stories

Khrushchev and Disneyland

Pg. 355 Would you have allowed Khrushchev to visit Disneyland if you were the decision maker that day?

Pg. 364 Are you surprised that Disneyland had an increase in Soviet visitors after turning Khrushchev away?


A/K/A The Gray Seal

Pg. 367 Have you heard of “The Gray Seal” or the “Jimmie Dale” books?  If so, did you read them and enjoy them?

Pg. 367 Given that Walt was not interested in the Superman or Batman type of characters, what is your opinion of the acquisition of Marvel?


Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air

Pg. 375 Had you heard about the “Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air” before reading it here?  If so, have you heard any of the episodes?  Would you purchase them today if released?

Pg. 377 Given that Walt was looking to promote “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, do you believe doing the radio show was the right project for Disney at that time?  Is there something else you think they could have done to promote the upcoming film?


Golden Oak Ranch

Pg. 389 Before this book, had you heard of the Golden Oak Ranch in California?  If not, are you surprised that Disney owns 315 acres of land for natural filming purposes?

Pg. 391 Walt was told he paid more than three times the value of the gold found there for the Golden Oak Ranch.  Should Walt have put that money into Disneyland?

Pg. 393 Walt wanted to build a residential community at Golden Oak Ranch in California.  How do you think the description of his ideas influenced Golden Oak in Florida?


Disney Goes to Macy’s

Pg. 399 Did you chuckle when you read about the “super secret location of Vermillion, South Dakota” like I did? Did you know that’s where Macy’s balloons are built?

Pg. 402 After not being seen in the parade for about 30 years, Mickey returns in 1970 to promote Walt Disney World.  Why do you think there was such a large gap between appearances in the parade?

Pg. 404 After reading about the balloons Disney has built for the parades, would you like to see them used in the parks?


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!




1 thought on “WDW Radio Disney Book Club: Vault of Walt Week 7”

  1. Sherri says:

    2. I’m not surprised that Disney had more Soviet visitors. I’m sure the kruschev incident caused curiosity about Disney.

    3. I have not heard of the Grey Seal or Jimmie Dale.

    4. I think Walt would have approved of the acquisition of Marvel even though he was not a fan of Batman or Superman himself. i think he would have recognized that the company needed enterianment that appealed to boys.

    5. I had not heard of the Mickey Mouse theatre of the air but would probably purchase them as a Disney geek.

    6. I think the radio project was smart at the time because radio was so popular at the time. It is the equivelant of putting a tv show on now to help promote a disney movie.

    Golden Oak – I had heard the name Golden Oak before this book, but didn’t really know anything about it. I think it was probably a good purchase at the time to have a place to film. I think most movie studios film on location now, so they really don’t need a special ranch to film on.

    Disney goes to Macy’s – I did not know that they made the balloons in SD. I live in Maryland, and I know some of the balloons are made by a company here.

    I would love to see these balloons in Disney World. The balloons are so amazing, they would be a perfect fit in the parks.