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Jul 26, 2013 9:34 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning and TGIF! This day in Disney history, July 26th, 1955: LOOK magazine features Walt Disney and actor Fess Parker, dressed as Davy Crockett, on the cover.

The cover promises stories about Walt, Davy and Disneyland. Oh, and the truth about the Salk polio vaccine, and a new diet, as if the subjects seemed to go together?

I particularly enjoyed reading the eight page article about Walt, which starts on page 29 written by Arthur Gordon. He talks about Walts passion for Disneyland; his endless optimism, family life, stories from his upbringing, the development of Oswald, Mortimer, Mickey & even how he met Lillian….

"When Walt's position in Kansas City became desperate, he borrowed a camera, went around taking pictures of babies until he had a little cash. Then he bought a ticket to Los Angeles to join Roy, who was trying to make a living selling vacuum cleaners. With $500 of borrowed capital, the brothers rented the back end of a real-estate office for $5 a month and started turning out a series of shorts for a distributor in New York.

 They hired two girls to help them, at $15 a week. one of the girls, Lillian Bounds, found this pittance so small that sometimes she did not even bother to cash her paycheck. This endeared her greatly to Roy, who was handling such finances as there were. He kept urging Walt to use his charm to persuade the lady to cash even fewer checks. Walt was willing-and in the process fell in love with Lilly and married her."

How cute is THAT?!

Another favorite excerpt? Sure, twist my arm….This was after Walt and Roy had just shown Steam Boat Willie to it's first audience (Their wives), while they blew whistles, horns and banged tin cans behind them.

"How was that? "How was what?" said the wives, who, knowing their husbands were crazy anyway, had thought it best to disregard the noise.
 Despite callous reception, Walt got a mortgage on his house, talked Roy into mortgaging his house too and raised enjoy money for synchronization. All told, Steamboat Willie cost the terrifying sum of $1,200; even Walt's cherished Moon roadster had to be converted to cash. But this was the turning point. Almost overnight, the man-made mouse became an international celebrity. From then on, Disney was a mouse-made man. Even today, out of all his creations, Mickey is closest to Walt's heart. When he wants to hour someone signally, he sends them a "mouse car", a statuette of Mickey the is Disney's equivalent of an Academy Award."

To read the the rest of the article about Walt:


Page 36 is where you'll read about Davy Crockett. Fess Parker really seemed like a neat man. In my opinion, a real American Icon!

Davy Crockett captivated millions of young viewers. His portrayal of the character had them hooked on frontier adventure, coonskin caps and Indian wars. There was somewhat of a "Davy-mania" happening this year which translated into Davy merchandise such as; clothes, books games and toys flying off the shelves. 5,000 coonskin caps sold daily!

To read the section about Davy:

To read the whole magazine and see a fabulous collection of vintage adds:


Did you or do you own a coonskin cap? What did you think of those adds? HA! My, how things have changed!

Thanks as always for reading! Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

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thanks Duchess! we listen to the song often but haven't gone back to watch - will have to do this. such a sweet story about Walt and Lilly! and i was curious to see what a "mousecar" looked like - here's a pic: http://goo.gl/7jUJw6 - QueenMiranda  400.7 #542 10:20AM
You, my dear, win the gold star for adding awesome support to the post! Thank you!!!!! β­πŸ‘πŸ˜˜πŸ˜ - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 10:29AM
aww shucks.. 😊 proudest MW achievement ever. thank you for the daily history lessons and awesome info! 😘 - QueenMiranda  400.7 #542 10:38AM
Ever? Awe! You're too cute! Thanks for the love! Hope you have a great weekend! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:49PM
EVER! hope you and your fam have a lovely weekend also! 😘 - QueenMiranda  400.7 #542 11:00PM
🎎Konichiwa! πŸ˜ƒLove this!!! Davey Crocket was a favorite show and we watch it in tvland reruns...even know the whole ballad...✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ - islandgirlrocksjjj  73.2 #4019 9:45AM
You're welcome! Oh good, I had a small fear that no one would be as excited as I was to read this info about his tour. It really is a great song! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 10:36AM
Downloaded the song about a year ago and it always puts a smile on my face remembering the show. - friendlymouse  727.9 #257 9:46AM
So catchy isn't it?! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 10:50AM
I loved the davy crockett movies! I was so bummed when I bought them to watch with mads and she didn't like them. - madsdad  1868.2 #88 9:56AM
Awe! I'm surprised! LilSweet loves em' ! She's been asking for a coonskin cap! We got her her first BB gun last weekend. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ proud mama! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 11:03AM
OMG Davy Crockett is my aunts favorite! She use to sing the song to us all the time lol "Davy Daaaavy Crockett. King of the wild frontier!!" I actually met Fess Parker at his winery in NorCal a while back. He was so nice! Thanks Duchess-very cool info. - missariel33  2115.5 #70 10:06AM
::gasps:: You DID?! Did you get his autograph I hope? - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 3:52PM
I shouldve!! No he was eating lunch-we all were so we just said hello and gave him a little praise and let him be. Looking back, he probably would've obliged. - missariel33  2115.5 #70 6:23PM
How awesome! - MeridaFan  4127.5 #33 7:02PM
Funny I remember singing the theme song all the time when I was a kid, but I don't remember any of the episodes - PrincessDuckie  884.0 #201 10:13AM
Time for a refresher I think! classics! Hope you have a nice weekend doll! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 3:53PM
Likewise :-) - PrincessDuckie  884.0 #201 6:42PM
What a great post- made me laugh, for sure. What a crazy start Walt and Roy had! Fess has such a rugged, all-American good looks. Amazing how many coon hats they sold. Thanks Duchess! - misschurro  6189.2 #18 10:15AM
P.S. it's Friday!???? πŸ˜ŽπŸŒ΄πŸŒΊπŸπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - misschurro  6189.2 #18 10:57AM
A happy Churro makes me happy! Glad to make you laugh! I agree, I really enjoyed reading that story, I found Arthur Gordons' writing to be wildly entertaining! Right?! Dead animal hats, who would of thunk it? - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 3:56PM
oh and yes, it's Friday you lucky duck! Hope you're enjoying the Hawaiian breeze! ((hugs)) - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 3:56PM
Awesome! Can't wait to flip through the old magazine. Love the old ads. May I say I find the 'eat six times a day diet' quite interesting! πŸ˜‚ And here we thought that was a new concept! - MeridaFan  4127.5 #33 10:16AM
Oh GIRL, I think there will be a few adds you have something to say about. ::giggles:: OH, and YES! I'm diggin that eat 6 times a day thing, too bad it's not the food I'd want to eat! Where are the churros????! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 4:04PM
Luv to read articles from back in the day. I have a few originals from Lucille Ball ofcourse 😊 n this is an awesome post. Luv to go back in time n see all the adds n stories. Thank u for the history πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š - iLOVELUCYnDISNEY  940.4 #191 10:43AM
How did I guess?! Teehee, Thanks for the love! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this! Thank YOU for telling me so! ;) - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 4:06PM
Ahh magazines, sigh. - dizneedude  956.0 #189 10:46AM
"sigh" ::scratches head:: Was that a sigh of "I love em" or "I miss em" or????? - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 4:06PM
Love them, even though we still have them, they're not the same. - dizneedude   956.0 #189 4:20PM
Ohhh, yes, I see what you mean. Did you get a load of that bacon add?! πŸ–πŸ˜‹ - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:45PM
Sigh, I do so love bacon. πŸ·πŸ–πŸ½ - dizneedude   956.0 #189 8:49PM
"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee..." Love Davy Crockett! I can still sing the whole song word for word! My brothers and I all had coon skin caps and would never miss an episode :). Thanks Duchess for bringing back these wonderful memoriesπŸ˜‰ - hatgal76  444.7 #476 11:02AM
πŸ˜‚ Great now it's in my head, at least I'm at the gym on the treadmill, not a bad beat actually. Oh cool! Do you still have your caps??? - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:47PM
Lol.. Yes!! We had to replace a few thru the years because in a family of 6(5 brothers) they got a lot of wear and tear😁. Now our kids all have them :) - hatgal76  444.7 #476 8:55PM
Now that's cool! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 9:05PM
My brothers made me buy them coonskin hats when I was a CM... - BombFrogFormerCM  1000.6 #183 11:09AM
Buy them maybe? That was sure nice of you! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:50PM
Thank for the "heads up", I just edited it... I hate auto correct! - BombFrogFormerCM  1000.6 #183 11:13PM
Love this post! Heck..I love all of your history posts! Thanks so much for sharing! - ZipadeeMickey  284.0 #997 11:11AM
😍 Yay! So glad you enjoy these! Thanks for letting me know! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:50PM
Their salary was $15 a week = $780 a year! That's almost the annual passport price today. - Alicewhoareyou  2371.6 #61 11:43AM
Which really want a bad income in those days. I wonder if she came from a well to do family? - MeridaFan  4127.5 #33 3:22PM
*wasn't* - MeridaFan  4127.5 #33 3:22PM
Huh, never thought of it like that! Interesting! And to think she didn't even want the money! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:52PM
Loved it, especially the check-cashing story. Talk about a "meet-cute"!!! - Cyette  6.1 #15151 12:02PM
"Meet-cute" love that term! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 8:53PM
Thanks so much for posting, I had not heard these stories before! Very fun to read and learn. I think my boys would like Davy Crockett, I should show them the movie, thanks! They do have the caps already...from their grandma, a big fan! 😊 - MinnieMousewife  896.8 #198 2:17PM
Oh you're always so supportive sweetie. I can't tell you how much it means to me! I hope you do share the magic that is Davy with the boys! Let me know what they think ok?! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 9:07PM
I will definitely let you know...thanks again! Really appreciate your time sharing this history with us, I truly enjoy every one! My grandpa loved Disney and loved Disney history too, so these are extra special for me. πŸ’— - MinnieMousewife  896.8 #198 9:47PM
Hi DuchessπŸ‘‹ Wow this one must have taken days to research - E-Ticket  1436.8 #114 3:31PM
Hey E! πŸ‘‹ Not too bad actually, only about 4 hours. That last link I mentioned was a killer find! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 9:14PM
Happy Friday Duchess. This is some of your finest work!! Brilliant. :D - RapunzelledColey  135.4 #2929 3:36PM
Well gosh! Thanks so much! Hope you have an amazing weekend! - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 9:15PM
I look forward to your history posts!!! thank you for all your hard work! You are the best!!!!! - Boundin  652.2 #295 8:25PM
Always so sweet! Thank you so much! I'm elated you enjoy them! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6250.0 #17 9:21PM
Check it out, best post of the day! 😊 - dizneedude  956.0 #189 8:43PM
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Easily manage the social side of MouseWait for Disneyland and Disney World with our new mousetopia app for iOS. Post to the DL or WDW side, use your Stickers, and utilize our new MouseWait Messenger. Optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6! See what's new here

Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!

1. jacdanfan

2. secretagentangel


4. leopardditz2000

5. DisneyGrandma

6. Melody_CM

7. debbiev

8. DarthFairy

9. DisLUVney

10. MeridaFan


  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  295.4 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  103.5 #3497 9:06PM
#10 needs a pic bad! - DarthFairy  333.8 #705 12:42PM
@DisLUVney, lol weren't we just talking about this haha - MinnieTinker  567.4 #349 8:58PM
I can't help myself....help me. πŸ˜‚ - DisLUVney  625.9 #313 9:23PM
Wow wow wow!!! - stanvoodoo  26.4 #6176 10:52PM

Use this link (save it as a bookmark to make it easy) before you add things to your Amazon and MouseWait will receive 5% of your purchase! Thank you for your support!

Purchased the Voyageers book through this link so MW benefits twice  - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1859.7 #89 4:48PM
Spent $490 on it the other day - CVDisneyland  406.8 #532 12:40PM
Thank you! - Admin  5:04PM
I buy pretty much everything on Amazon. Nice to know MW can get a little piece of that! - MellyMelBB  82.1 #3850 12:06AM
I will do this next time I'm on Amazon! - DisneyLov3r  38.4 #0 5:02PM

Get 100 Credits for staying at the Hojo Anaheim! Just fill out this form and we'll get the Credits added to your account. When you stay at the Hojo, you help us continue to improve MouseWait. Call their in house reservation number and remember to mention MouseWait--you will love everything about the Hojo!

Credits have been applied to everyone's account as of today! - Admin 11:40AM
I just called them to price out our potential trip in June. Chris was so nice and the MW savings are phenomenal! Still waiting on work vacation approval to reserve the room!  - HNL2SFO  205.4 #1901 1:26PM
What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  147.2 #2724 3:57PM
@@@Admin I booked with get away today and am staying at the HoJo in December.  Does MW still give the 100 credits or do I have to book with the hotel directly? - dsnylvr1975  58.3 #4390 5:02PM
Good morning @@Admin I submitted a stay at Hojo for 7/2/15.Β  I haven't seen the Credits yet.Β  Would you please check the records?Β  I can resubmit the Form if you need me to.Β  As always, thanks for all your wonderful help. - Winnie111286  9253.6 #8 8:02AM

Please help me welcome FreePrints to the MouseWait family: the Official Photo App of MouseWait! FreePrints is the highest rated, most popular photo printing app in the world.

Download FreePrints for free (iOSAndroidWindows PhonePC/Mac version) and get up to 85 4x6 free photos per month--up to 1000 per year (make sure you select MouseWait from the "how did you hear about us" drop down). Their app is intuitive and simple to use, making it easy to print your favorite pics from your phone. There are NO subscriptions or commitments. All you pay is shipping (from $1.99 to $9.99). Thanks for your support!

I love this App. I've used for a while. Easy to use and conveniently shipped to home! - ElectricMayhemMom  1282.8 #132 5:30PM
welcome FREEPRINTS!  Thanks Admin for getting great stuff for us! - snowgrey  6.0 #15409 1:51PM
Just put in my first order.  - torino06  10.2 #10466 1:42PM
Just got my first order. Great photos.  - torino06  10.2 #10466 12:16PM

Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! 

Didn't know there was one. Yay - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  516.0 #391 4:20PM
Iam new to this love reading the post and looking at the pictures   - Disneydollarpam  8.7 #11564 9:01AM
 Always taking care of us... we love u Admin!!!  - calidream1  397.9 #548 7:05PM

DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKETS THROUGH MOUSEWAIT! You get 2% off select tickets if you purchase on this page and use the code MOUSEWAIT at checkout. A percentage of your total purchase comes back to MouseWait, which helps cover our monthly maintenance and development expenses! You will also get 100 Credits if you email us your receipt along with your username! 

Can you get a discount on annual passes too? - DeeDeeMouse  274.9 #1089 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  103.5 #3497 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  3057.1 #43 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - Woodylover  42.9 #4969 12:13AM
Apparently whatever I was trying to buy doesn't apply. Dang - Poisen_Ivy  313.3 #807 12:47PM


1. Winnie111286

2. Melody_CM

3. ShariRenee

4. Coaster

5. sawman911

6. goofygal

7. secretagentangel

8. MeridaFan

9. Tom

10. sjensen68


I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  9897.3 #6 11:30PM
Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  457.9 #454 9:59AM
Winnie shreds! - DarthFairy  333.8 #705 10:53PM
Chee-hoo @Winnie111286 look at you up at #1! Well done!πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ - DarthTinkerbell  683.2 #278 9:28AM

Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the week of Nov 23, 2015
It's going to be packed this week! The Disneyland Resort has doubled fireworks, Fantasmic!, parades, World of Color and more. EXPECT LARGE CROWDS throughout the weekend. Here's a guide that outlines early closures for attractions affected by double fireworks/parades. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the high 80s (approx 80% capacity). Important note when comparing last year's Crowd Index: we've seen larger crowds on average this year due to the 60th Celebration activities. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Nov 23, 2015 6:18PM

We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  587.3 #336 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.6 #7410 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  415.4 #518 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  164.8 #2472 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  248.9 #1342 5:04PM
I'm glad Saturday's are good we are going tomorrow ! - vanessav87  5.4 #17068 3:45PM
6 of us going Sunday 11 6 year have use that annual pass - jmmm  0.4 #79508 12:12PM

Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

1. CobbPR

2. uscdisneyteacher

3. Dave

4. BaseballMickey_CM

5. Duchess_SMK

6. Plumiegirl

7. misschurro

8. Winnie111286

9. Stitch_Legacy

10. pikarich


This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  3633.2 #38 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  3633.2 #38 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  333.8 #705 8:06PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  1376.7 #124 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  2163.6 #69 6:30PM
Still waiting. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  4127.5 #33 12:59PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #66725 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  341.0 #681 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  1032.9 #174 2:20PM

Deadliest Cast Member Season One & Two + VOYAGEERS Multiplaner & Great Storyteller are both available to read on Kindle Unlimited! You can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Kindle Unlimited and read all four books at no charge! Go here to access the books on Amazon. Thanks for your support! 

- MommyandBash  341.0 #681 4:52PM
- MissAmericaSings  401.4 #541 7:58AM
Got them all, and extras! - jacdanfan  10972.2 #3 1:54PM
- MommyandBash  341.0 #681 9:22PM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile

2. Goofytom

3. beentoall

4. mamabeam

5. Dolewhipped

6. yanks22

7. kellybrown342

8. DonaldRox

9. Boundin

10. Moog


Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  πŸ˜ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  250.1 #1325 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  91.0 #3688 11:33AM
πŸ‘‹β€οΈ - Tom  10156.7 #5 11:47AM
Wtg @@DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2385.3 #60 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  91.0 #3688 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2385.3 #60 9:42AM
Wow, just tried it for the first time on Friday. Yikes, I thought I knew a lot but was I wrong!!! 😦 - varela2892  28.1 #5998 10:02PM
Does being on this list get me credits? New here and trying to figure this all out. - teaching76  0.5 #0 1:30PM
You get some credits for playing and winning. - sawman911  2163.6 #69 1:37PM
Playing against an opponent, not solo - misschurro  6189.2 #18 9:09PM

What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  4439.1 #29 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  18.5 #7443 10:32PM
- MaddForMansion  122.5 #3137 2:11PM
*s - Plumiegirl  9813.6 #7 10:15PM

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