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Disney Inspirations

Bob Gurr: Disney Inspirations

Bob Gurr is a well-known and my favorite Disney Imagineer. He started his career as an industrial designer out of college, but soon went to work for Disney. His imprint on the company can mainly be seen in the theme parks, where he had a hand in designing many of the rides. Here is Bob’s story, both at his Disney career and beyond it.

Walt Disney's Life

Walt Disney: WWII

WWII was an interesting time for Walt Disney and his company. The war affected the company’s revenues in worldwide box office receipts, and debt was an issue. However, Walt also jumped in to the war effort, using his company to undertake a number of projects for the government. He also became more politically involved. Here is the story.

Walt Disney's Life

Walt Disney: Early Career

Walt Disney is one of the world’s best known and best loved animators. Before he became famous for his work, he was a struggling young artist who discovered animation and became interested in it. Largely self-taught in animation, Walt eventually established the world famous Walt Disney Studios. Here is the story of how he rose to the top.

The Mickey Mouse Club

Tommy Cole: The Mickey Mouse Club #16

Tommy Cole is a former Mouseketeer who was on the show for all three of its original seasons. A singer, musician, and actor, he had to work on his dancing skills, which paid off by getting him promoted to the Red Team halfway through the show’s first season. He later became a makeup artist, a dad, and a husband. This is his story.

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Lynn Ready: The Mickey Mouse Club #15

Lynn Ready was a third season replacement Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club. He was the only cast member whose family was not already living in California when he was hired to be on the show. While he did not get many opportunities to perform on the show, he did get a few notable ones. This is his story.

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Lonnie Burr: The Mickey Mouse Club #14

Lonnie Burr was one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club. With a contract with the Disney Company, Lonnie was on all three seasons of the show. After the show, he went on to have several successful careers, being a performer, author, poet, and choreographer. This is his incredibly fascinating showbiz story.

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Don Agrati: The Mickey Mouse Club #13

Don Agrati was a third season replacement cast member on The Mickey Mouse Club. Unlike other cast members, who stayed with the Disney company after leaving the show (at least for a while), Don immediately jumped into other acting projects, and is best known for an eleven-year stint on the TV show, My Three Sons. This is Don’s unique story.

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Jimmie Dodd: The Mickey Mouse Club #9

James Dodd was the host of The Mickey Mouse Club TV show, and also wrote the show’s famous theme song. The son of a music store owner and a stenographer, he became interested in music at a young age, and pursued a career in both music and acting. This is the story of his life, his career, and how he came to be the host of one of the most famous children’s TV shows of all time.

Walt Disney's Land

The Creation of Main Street USA

Main Street USA is the “opening act” at all Disney parks, being the part of the park guests walk through before going through the castle to the primary part of the parks that includes the rides and shows. It originally appeared at Disneyland in California, and all the other Main Street USA sections or their equivalents are similar to the first one at Disneyland. This is the story of Main Street...

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