One of the first things I was exposed to when we got our new console T.V., was The Mickey Mouse Club. I thought it would be just cartoon, but was surprised to find that there were children about my age, all with loads of singing and dancing talent, all ready to entertain me. I soon fell in love with some of the favorites: Annette, Sharon, Doreen, Darleen, Johnny and Mike. What a great way for a kid to spend an hour after school.
During this time, Walt Disney made major motion pictures and I wanted to see them all. I cried through Old Yeller along with everyone else, and loved Big Red, another great dog story. By far, my favorites had Hayley Mills as the star. It started with Pollyanna and then The Parent Trap. I just couldn't get enough of that one. I have a copy and watch it over and over. Hayley also did one called In Search Of The Castaways which I loved. That was more of an adventure.
Right after I graduated from High School, my family took a trip to New York City. We saw the World's Fair for 1965. There was a very cute exhibit called It's A Small World. You rode around in a little boat and saw animated dolls of all different countries. Here is a scene from Africa. There was a catchy tune, "It's a Small World After All," which is one of those things that gets stuck in your head. When we came out of the ride, no one was in line, so they let us have a free ride.
In l970, I was privileged to go to California with a friend. We visited Disneyland and I got to meet Doc in the other picture. We took the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride and then ate at the Blue Lagoon restaurant next door. I had the most fabulous sandwich, the Monte Cristo. Yum. We went on another tour of Small World out there, too.
I have had two trips to Disneyworld in Florida, one when my children were young and a recent one where we got to visit Epcot.
I am thankful for the quality of entertainment that Walt Disney has shown over the years. He has enriched my life in many ways. Everything is so wholesome. I love that. Now there is a new Mickey Mouse Club on T.V., this time it is cartoons, and my grandson loves it. It's still good quality and I even enjoy it. So, thanks Walt Disney, thanks for all the joy. My childhood wouldn't have been quite same without you.