This weekend, cast members from The All New Mickey Mouse Club are reunited in Orlando to celebrate 30 years of making magic. The weekend started off with a pre-parade cavalcade at the Magic Kingdom. The 30th Anniversary Celebration reunion continues with events at Epcot and… Read More »Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Alumni celebrated
It’s the 30th anniversary of the ‘All New’ Mickey Mouse Club and cast and fans are gathering at the Walt Disney World resort and MegaCon in Orlando for #MMC30. On May 18 and 19 Mouseketeers will reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend with their fans. Together… Read More »Mouseketeer Reunion coming to Orlando at Megacon
To Disney fans Annette Funicello represents a time when the company was at its most pure. As a 12-year old she was discovered by Walt Disney and cast as one of the original Mouseketeers. She earned her way into the collective hearts of America every day as part of the Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she had a successful recording career and enjoyed many film and tv roles. She was one of America’s real sweethearts.
Annette has dealt with complications related to Multiple Sclerosis for decades. My only opportunity to meet her came during the Farewell Season of the Main Street Electrical Parade. She was already in a wheelchair by then and was bundled up against the cold, but she still positively glowed when she smiled.
I was in the section next to her and watched her throughout the parade. Cast members had obviously been told she was in the audience that night. As they each came by and paid tribute to her, she smiled or waved back at them all. Read More »Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and Beach Party Sweetheart, Dead at Age 70
Mark Hickson of the fabulous Disney By Mark blog has a long and ranging interview with one of Walt Disney’s original Mouseketeer’s Lonnie Burr. In it the two reminisce over celebrities they both know, time spent with the Sherman Brothers and brag a bit over… Read More »Reminiscing with Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr
Mouseketeer and actress Annette Funicello has been hospitalized due to smoke inhalation after an early-morning fire at her Encino, CA home. 68 year old Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1980s and has been rumored to be in poor health recently. Also… Read More »Annette Funicello in hospital after fire nearly destroys her home