Walt Disney anthology television series

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The Wonderful World of Disney
Wwod open.jpg
Opening title
Genre Comedy
Drama
Musical
Animation
Variety
Presented by Walt Disney (1954–1966)
Michael Eisner (1986–1997)
Opening theme "When You Wish upon a Star"
"The Wonderful World of Color" (1961-1969)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 53
No. of episodes 1,224
Production
Running time 156–180 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1954–61, 1986-88, 1997-2008)
NBC (1961-81, 1988-90)
CBS (1981–83)
Disney Junior (2012–present)
Disney Channel (1983-1997)
Picture format 480i (SD), 720p (HD)
Audio format Mono
5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
Original run October 27, 1954 (1954-10-27) – September 24, 1983 (first run)
February 2, 1986 – August 26, 1990 (second run)
September 28, 1997 – December 24, 2008 (third run)
March 23, 2012 – present (fourth run)

Walt Disney Productions (later The Walt Disney Company) has produced an anthology television series under several different titles since 1954:

  • Disneyland (1954–1958)
  • Walt Disney Presents (1958–1961)
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (first era) (1969-1979)
  • Disney's Wonderful World (1979–1981)
  • Walt Disney (1981–1983)
    • The Disney Sunday Movie in summer, name is Disney Summer Classics (1986–1988)
    • The Wonderful World of Disney (third era) (1994–2009)
  • The Magical World of Disney (1988–1997)
  • The Magical World of Disney Junior (2012–present)

The original version of the series premiered on ABC, Wednesday night, October 27, 1954. The same basic show has since appeared on several networks, with its latest revival debuting in 2012 on Disney Junior.[1] The show is the second longest showing prime-time program on American television, behind its rival, Hallmark Hall of Fame (see List of longest-running U.S. primetime television series). However, Hallmark Hall of Fame was a weekly program only during its first five seasons, while Disney remained a weekly program for more than forty years.

Contents

Overview[edit]

Originally hosted by Walt Disney himself, the Disney series presented animated cartoons and other material (some original, some pre-existing) from the studio library. For many years, the show also featured one-hour edits of such then-recent Disney films as Alice in Wonderland, and in other cases, telecasts of complete Disney films split into two or more one-hour episodes.[2] Occasionally, a more educational segment, such as The Story of the Animated Drawing, would be featured.[3]

Disneyland[edit]

Although it was believed that Walt Disney was the very first significant film producer to venture into television, there were two established independent film producers that successfully ventured into television production, like Hal Roach and Jerry Fairbanks, before Disney. Disney wanted to produce a television show to finance the building of the Disneyland amusement park. After being turned down by both CBS and NBC, Disney eventually signed a deal with ABC (which had merged with United Paramount Theaters in 1953) on March 29, 1954.

The show spawned the Davy Crockett craze of 1955 with the three-episode series (not shown in consecutive weeks) about the historical American frontiersman, starring Fess Parker in the title role. Millions of dollars of merchandise were sold relating to the title character, and the theme song, "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", was a hit record that year. Three historically based hour-long shows aired in late 1954/early 1955, and were followed up by two dramatized installments the following year. The TV episodes were edited into two theatrical films later on.

On July 17, 1955, the opening of Disneyland was covered on a live television special, Dateline: Disneyland,[2] which is not technically considered to be part of the series. It was hosted by Walt along with Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan, and featured various other guests.[4]

Walt Disney Presents (1958–1961)[edit]

In the fall of 1958, the series was re-titled Walt Disney Presents, and moved to Friday nights, but by 1960, it switched to Sunday nights, where it would remain for twenty-one years.

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color[edit]

Although the basic format remained the same, the series moved to NBC on September 24, 1961 to take advantage of that network's ability to broadcast in color.[2] In addition, Walt Disney's relationship with ABC had soured as the network resisted selling its stake in the theme park before doing so in 1960.[5] In a display of foresight, Disney had filmed many of the earlier shows in color, so they were able to be repeated on NBC, and since all but three of Disney's feature-length films were also made in color, they could now also be telecast in that format. (The three Disney black-and-white films were The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber, all family comedies starring Fred MacMurray.)

To emphasize the new feature, the series was re-dubbed "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color", which premiered in September 1961,[6] and retained that moniker until 1969. The first NBC episode even dealt with the principles of color, as explained by a new character named Ludwig Von Drake (voiced by Paul Frees), a bumbling professor with a thick German accent, and uncle of Donald Duck. Von Drake was the first Disney character created specifically for television.

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color title sequence

Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, twelve years after the anthology series premiered. While the broadcast three days after his death had a memorial tribute from NBC news anchor Chet Huntley with film and TV star Dick Van Dyke,[7] the intros Walt already filmed before his death continued to air for the rest of the season. After that, the studio decided that Walt's persona as host was such a key part of the show's appeal to viewers that the host segment was dropped.

The Wonderful World of Disney[edit]

The series, retitled, '"The Wonderful World of Disney"', in September 1969, continued to get solid ratings, often in the Top 20, until the mid-1970s.

In 1976, Disney showed its hit 1961 film The Parent Trap on television for the first time, as a two-and-a-half-hour special. This was a major step in broadcasting for the studio, which had never shown one of its more popular films on television in a time slot longer than an hour (although they had shown their films Now You See Him, Now You Don't and Napoleon and Samantha respectively in a two-hour format in 1975).[8] They also began showing some of their multi-episode television programs, such as the 1963 Sammy The Way-Out Seal, as televised feature films on the anthology series. A slightly edited version of the Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea made its television debut as a two-hour special on NBC in October 1976.[8] Several more Disney films, some of them not especially successful (such as Superdad, an outright flop) were also shown in two-hour formats on the program that year. But the multi-episode format for feature films was not discontinued; as late as 1981, films such as Pollyanna were still being shown on the Disney program in several installments a week apart.[8]

During the early 1970s, the show began to concentrate less and less on animated cartoons and dramatic or comedy films and began to place an emphasis on nature-oriented programs such as the True-Life Adventures.[8]

The show's continued ratings success in the post-Walt era came to an end in the 1975/76 season. At this time, Walt Disney Productions was facing a decline in fortunes due to falling box-office revenues, while NBC as a whole was slipping in the ratings as well. The show became even more dependent on airings of live-action theatrical features, its True-Life Adventures, reruns of older episodes, and cartoon compilations. Nothing from the Disney animated features canon aired except Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo. However, in an era when cable TV was in its infancy and VCRs did not exist, this was the only way to see Disney material that was not re-released to theaters. Additionally, in 1975, when CBS regained the broadcast rights to MGM's film The Wizard of Oz, it was scheduled opposite Disney, as it had been between 1960 and 1968. At that time, telecasts of that film were highly rated annual events which largely attracted the same family audience as the Disney series. From 1968 to 1975, when NBC owned the rights to Oz, (which it had bought from CBS in 1967) it usually pre-empted Disney to show it. However, the show's stiffest weekly competition came from CBS's newsmagazine 60 Minutes.

In 1975, an amendment to the Prime Time Access Rule gave the Sunday 7:00 p.m. ET slot back to the networks, allowing NBC to move Disney back a half-hour. It also allowed CBS to schedule 60 Minutes at 7:00 p.m. ET starting December 7; before this, 60 Minutes had been telecast at 6:00 p.m. ET and did not begin its seasons until after the NFL football season ended. Disney fell out of the Top 30 while 60 Minutes saw its ratings rise greatly.

Disney's Wonderful World[edit]

In September 1979, the studio agreed to the network's request for changes. The show shortened its name to "Disney's Wonderful World", updated the opening sequence with a computer-generated logo and disco-flavored theme song, but kept the format largely the same. After comparing the ratings strength of 60 Minutes to the continuing problems of this show; low ratings, less and less original material, and frequent[citation needed] pre-emptions, NBC cancelled Disney in 1981.

Walt Disney[edit]

CBS picked up the program in the fall of 1981 and moved it to Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Despite more elaborate credits and yet another title—now simply, Walt Disney—the format remained unchanged. It lasted two years there, its end coinciding with the birth of The Disney Channel on cable TV. While ratings were a factor, the final decision to end the show came from then-company CEO E. Cardon Walker, who felt that having both the show and the new channel active would cannibalize each other.[9]

The Disney Sunday Movie[edit]

After the studio underwent a change in management, Disney sought to bring back some sort of programming to broadcast television. Their efforts led to the premiere of The Disney Sunday Movie, which launched February 2, 1986 on ABC. Many names were considered as presenter, including Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Cary Grant, Tom Hanks, [9] Walter Cronkite, Roy E. Disney (who closely resembled his uncle), and even Mickey Mouse.[10] The final decision was to have Michael Eisner, the company's recently hired CEO, present the series. He was not a performer, but after making a test video with his wife Jane and a member of his executive team (which required multiple takes), the studio believed he could do it. He hired Michael Kay, a director of political commercials for then-U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, to help him improve his on-camera performance.[10]

The Disney Sunday Movie initally aired as ABC's leadoff program on Sunday nights, running from 7:00 until 9:00 PM, and offered more original programming and a larger selection of library films than the previous Disney programs had in the last few years of its original run, including another animated canon entry, 1973's Robin Hood.

ABC renewed the series for a full second season, which launched in September 1986, but the ratings were never strong as the established 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote on CBS, both of which Disney was competing with for ratings, remained the leaders on Sundays. The Disney Sunday Movie was brought back for a third season in 1987, but was cut back to one hour from two. The move did not help the ratings and the network decided not to renew Disney's contract for a fourth season.

The Magical World of Disney[edit]

NBC, the former longtime home of Disney programming, decided to renew its association with the company and brought The Magical World of Disney to its Sunday lineup in the fall of 1988. Like the last season of The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney was an hour in length and aired at 7:00 pm. Michael Eisner returned as presenter.

After two seasons of the same lackluster ratings, Disney elected to move The Magical World of Disney off of broadcast television and began airing the anthology on Disney Channel starting in the fall of 1990. In 1994, the show's name was changed to The Wonderful World of Disney.

The Wonderful World of Disney[edit]

The series was revived once again on ABC in 1997, one year after Disney purchased ABC. Again called The Wonderful World of Disney, it ran on Sundays until 2003, when it moved to Saturday night; it continued in that time slot until 2008 (airing in the midseason of 2005/06 and the summers of 2007 and 2008). The show aired during the television midseason and/or the summer as an anthology series similar to Hallmark Hall of Fame with features such as the 2005 made-for-TV movie version of Once Upon a Mattress or commercial TV broadcasts of various films. The series finale aired Wednesday 8:00 p.m. ET on December 24, 2008, with a presentation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This incarnation is notable for replacing The ABC Sunday Night Movie when it was cancelled in 1998 but that program initially continued to air alongside TWWOD for the former's final season in 1997-98.

The Magical World of Disney Junior[edit]

On March 23, 2012, the program was revived on the Disney Junior television network and was renamed The Magical World of Disney Junior.[1]

Reruns[edit]

Around the same time as the 1980s ABC and NBC incarnations aired, reruns of older Disney episodes, airing under the Wonderful World of Disney banner, were syndicated to local stations in the United States[11][12] as well as various International markets. In Australia, the show was broadcast on Network Seven, on Saturday Nights at 6:30pm, prior to being ended in 1994 due to the premiere of The Disney Channel on Optus Vision (later Foxtel), and Saturday Disney replacing the show as the Channel's Disney-based program.

Reruns of the shows were a staple of The Disney Channel for several years under the title Walt Disney Presents (which used the same title sequence as the 1980s CBS incarnation), when it was an outlet for vintage Disney cartoons, TV shows and movies, basically serving the same function that the anthology series served in the days before cable. The original opening titles were restored to the episodes in the late 1990s. When the channel purged all vintage material as of September 16, 2002,[13] this show went with it. However, a few select episodes can be found on VHS or DVD (some being exclusive to the Disney Movie Club), with the possibility of more being issued in the future.

Recently, live-action Disney films from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s have been telecast commercial-free, uncut and letterboxed on Turner Classic Movies.

All of the episodes and existing material used in the series through 1996 are listed in the book The Wonderful World of Disney Television, by Bill Cotter (Hyperion Books, 1997 ISBN 0-7868-6359-5.)

Format[edit]

The original format consisted of a balance of theatrical cartoons, live-action features, and informational material. Much of the original informational material was to create awareness for Disneyland. In spite of being essentially ads for the park, entertainment value was emphasized as well to make the shows palatable. Some informational shows were made to promote upcoming studio feature films such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Some programs focused on the art and technology of animation itself.

Later original programs consisted of dramatizations of other historical figures and legends along the lines of the Davy Crockett mini-series. These included a miniseries based on Daniel Boone (not the Fess Parker characterization), Texas John Slaughter, Elfego Baca, Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox", and Kit Carson and the Mountain Man (1977), with Christopher Connelly as Kit Carson, Robert Reed as John C. Fremont, and Gregg Palmer as mountain man Jim Bridger.

Also included were nature and animal programs similar to the True-Life Adventures released in theatres, as well as various dramatic installments which were either one part or two, but sometimes more.

Each week, from its inception until the show went to NBC in 1961, the opening titles showed the entrance to Disneyland itself, as well as the four main sections of Disneyland: Fantasy Land, Frontier Land, Adventure Land, and Tomorrow Land. Then, one of these lands was identified as the main feature of that evening's program. Naturally "Davy Crockett" and other pioneers of the Old West, and American History generally, appeared in "Frontier Land". Similarly, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" might be the focus of an evening spent in "Adventure Land". But it was also possible to present a documentary on "The Making of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" as a topic for "Adventure Land", including only snippets from the actual film. Topics for "Fantasy Land" could include actual cartoons, and animated films, as well as documentaries on "The Making of ...", such as behind-the-scenes presentation of Peggy Lee singing the duet of the wicked Siamese cats in "Lady and the Tramp", or the barbershop quartet of lost dogs in the municipal Dog Pound. This might also include snippets from a "True-Life Adventure" documentary on the life and works of beavers and their dam-building. The use of stroboscopic stop-action photography, such as investigating what really happened when a rain-drop fell in a puddle, might appear, as part of a "Fantasy Land" episode, explaining the techniques of cartoon animation. The multi-plane camera used to create the three-dimensional effects of "Bambi" was another "Fantasy Land" topic. In one episode, four different artists were given the task of drawing the same tree.[citation needed] Each artist used his own preferred ways of drawing, and of imagining a tree.[citation needed] This led to cartoon examples of differently animated trees, as in some of the early "Silly Symphonies", and later full-length animated films. "Tomorrow Land" was an opportunity for the Disney Studio staff to present cutting-edge science and technology, and to predict possible futures, such as futuristic automobiles, and highways.

This format remained basically unchanged through the 1980s, though new material was scarce in later years.

When the show was revived in 1986, the format was similar to a movie-of-the-week, with family-oriented TV movies from the studio making up much of the material. Theatrical films were also shown, but with the advent of cable television and home video, they were not as popular. The 1997 revival followed this format as well, with rare exceptions. A miniseries entitled Little House on the Prairie ran for several weeks under the TWWOD banner. Incidentally, this ABC revival included some non-Disney family films under the banner, such as 20th Century Fox's The Sound of Music and Warner Bros.' Harry Potter films, as well as television films such as Princess of Thieves from Granada Productions, and the 2001 remake of Brian's Song from Sony Pictures Television.

Theme music[edit]

The series has numerous theme songs, most frequently using various arrangements of "When You Wish upon a Star" from the film Pinocchio. From 1961 to 1969, an original song was used, "The Wonderful World of Color," written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and composed by Buddy Baker. This song emphasized the use of color with its lyrics. From 1969 to 1979, The Wonderful World of Disney used an orchestral medley of various Disney songs.

Episodes[edit]

Disneyland episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1954-1955)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Disneyland Story October 27, 1954
2 Alice in Wonderland November 3, 1954
3 Prairie / Seal Island November 10, 1954
4 The Donald Duck Story November 17, 1954
5 So Dear to My Heart November 24, 1954
6 A Story of Dogs December 1, 1954
7 Operation Undersea December 8, 1954
8 Davy Crockett: Indian Fighter December 15, 1954
9 A Present for Donald December 22, 1954
10 Beaver Valley / Cameras in Africa December 29, 1954
11 Treasure Island January 5, 1955
12 January 12, 1955
13 Monsters of the Deep January 19, 1955
14 Davy Crockett Goes to Congress January 26, 1955
15 The Wind in the Willows February 2, 1955
16 A Progress Report / Nature's Half Acre February 9, 1955
17 Cavalcade of Songs February 16, 1955
18 Davy Crockett at the Alamo February 23, 1955
19 From Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen March 2, 1955
20 Man in Space March 9, 1955
21 The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland July 13, 1955

Season 2 (1955-1956)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Dumbo September 14, 1955
2 Behind the True-Life Cameras September 21, 1955
3 Jiminy Cricket Presents Bongo September 28, 1955
4 People and Places - Tiburon, Sardinia, Morocco / Icebreakers October 5, 1955
5 The Adventures of Mickey Mouse October 12, 1955
6 The Story of the Silly Symphony October 19, 1955
7 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow October 26, 1955
8 The Story of Robin Hood November 2, 1955
9 November 9, 1955
10 Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race November 16, 1955
11 The Story of the Animated Drawing November 30, 1955
12 The Goofy Success Story December 7, 1955
13 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates December 14, 1955
14 Man and the Moon December 28, 1955
15 When Knighthood Was in Flower January 4, 1956
16 January 11, 1956
17 A Tribute to Joel Chandler Harris January 18, 1956
18 A Day in the Life of Donald Duck February 1, 1956
19 Survival in Nature February 8, 1956
20 Our Unsung Villains February 15, 1956
21 A Trip Thru Adventureland / Water Birds February 29, 1956
22 On Vacation March 7, 1956
23 Stormy the Thoroughbred March 14, 1956
24 The Goofy Sports Show March 21, 1956
25 Where Do the Stories Come From? April 4, 1956
26 Behind the Scenes with Fess Parker May 30, 1956

Season 3 (1956-1957)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Antarctica - Past and Present September 12, 1956
2 The Great Cat Family September 19, 1956
3 Searching for Nature's Mysteries September 26, 1956
4 Rob Roy October 3, 1956
5 October 10, 1956
6 Goofy's Cavalcade of Sports October 17, 1956
7 Behind the Cameras at Lapland / Alaskan Eskimo October 24, 1956
8 The Plausible Impossible October 31, 1956
9 Cameras in Samoa / The Holland Story November 7, 1956
10 Along the Oregon Trail November 14, 1956
11 At Home with Donald Duck November 21, 1956
12 Pluto's Day December 12, 1956
13 Your Host, Donald Duck January 16, 1957
14 Our Friend, the Atom January 23, 1957
15 All About Magic January 30, 1957
16 Tricks of Our Trade February 13, 1957
17 The Crisler Story / Prowlers of the Everglades February 27, 1957
18 Man in Flight March 6, 1957
19 The Adventure Story March 20, 1957
20 Donald's Award March 27, 1957
21 Disneyland, the Park / Pecos Bill April 3, 1957
22 People of the Desert April 10, 1957
23 More About the Silly Symphonies April 17, 1957
24 The Yellowstone Story / Bear Country May 1, 1957
25 The Liberty Story May 29, 1957
26 Antarctica - Operation Deep Freeze June 5, 1957

Season 4 (1957-1958)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Fourth Anniversary Show September 11, 1957
2 Four Fabulous Characters September 18, 1957
3 Adventure in Wildwood Heart September 25, 1957
4 Andy's Initiation October 2, 1957
5 Andy's First Choice October 9, 1957
6 Andy's Love Affair October 16, 1957
7 Duck for Hire October 23, 1957
8 Adventures in Fantasy November 6, 1957
9 To the South Pole for Science November 13, 1957
10 The Best Doggoned Dog in the World November 20, 1957
11 How to Relax November 27, 1957
12 Mars and Beyond December 4, 1957
13 The Horse of the West December 11, 1957
14 Faraway Places - High, Hot and Wet January 1, 1958
15 Saludos Amigos January 8, 1958
16 Donald's Weekend January 15, 1958
17 The Littlest Outlaw January 22, 1958
18 January 29, 1958
19 The Land of Enemies February 26, 1958
20 White Man's Medicine March 5, 1958
21 The Big Council March 12, 1958
22 Magic and Music March 19, 1958
23 An Adventure in the Magic Kingdom April 9, 1958
24 Four Tales of a Mouse April 16, 1958
25 An Adventure in Art April 30, 1958
26 Magic Highway, U.S.A. May 14, 1958

Walt Disney Presents episodes[edit]

Season 5 (1958-1959)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca October 3, 1958
2 The Pigeon That Worked a Miracle October 10, 1958
3 Four Down and Five Lives to Go October 17, 1958
4 Rusty and the Falcon October 24, 1958
5 Texas John Slaughter October 31, 1958
6 His Majesty, King of the Beasts November 7, 1958
7 Ambush at Laredo November 14, 1958
8 Johnny Tremain (Part 1) November 21, 1958
9 Lawman or Gunman November 28, 1958
10 Johnny Tremain (Part 2) December 5, 1958
11 Law and Order, Incorporated December 12, 1958
12 From All of Us to All of You December 19, 1958
13 Killers from Kansas January 9, 1959
14 Noik January 16, 1959
15 Showdown at Sandoval January 23, 1959
16 The Peter Tchaikovsky Story January 30, 1959
17 Attorney at Law February 6, 1959
18 Duck Flies Coop February 13, 1959
19 The Griswold Murder February 20, 1959
20 The Adventures of Chip 'N Dale February 27, 1959
21 The Man from Bitter Creek March 6, 1959
22 Highway to Trouble March 13, 1959
23 The Slaughter Trail March 20, 1959
24 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom March 27, 1959
25 The Wetback Hound April 24, 1959
26 I Captured the King of the Leprechauns May 29, 1959

Season 6 (1959-1960)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Moochie of the Little League October 2, 1959
2 October 9, 1959
3 Killers of the High Country October 16, 1959
4 The Birth of the Swamp Fox October 23, 1959
5 Brother Against Brother October 30, 1959
6 Perilous Assignment November 6, 1959
7 Move Along, Mustangers November 13, 1959
8 Mustang Man, Mustang Maid November 20, 1959
9 A Storm Called Maria November 27, 1959
10 The Robber Stallion December 4, 1959
11 Wild Horse Revenge December 11, 1959
12 Range War at Tombstone December 18, 1959
13 Tory Vengeance January 1, 1960
14 Day of Reckoning January 8, 1960
15 Redcoat Strategy January 15, 1960
16 A Case of Treason January 22, 1960
17 Wild Burro of the West January 29, 1960
18 Two Happy Amigos February 5, 1960
19 Desperado from Tombstone February 12, 1960
20 Apache Friendship February 19, 1960
21 Kentucky Gunslick February 26, 1960
22 Geronimo's Revenge March 4, 1960
23 This Is Your Life, Donald Duck March 11, 1960
24 Friendly Enemies at Law March 18, 1960
25 Gus Tomlin is Dead March 25, 1960
26 The Mad Hermit of Chimney Brute April 1, 1960

Season 7 (1960-1961)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Rapids Ahead / Bear Country October 16, 1960
2 El Bandido October 30, 1960
3 Adios El Cuchillo November 6, 1960
4 Donald's Silver Anniversary November 13, 1960
5 Moochie of Pop Warner Football November 20, 1960
6 November 27, 1960
7 The Warrior's Path December 4, 1960
8 And Chase the Buffalo December 11, 1960
9 Escape to Paradise / Water Birds December 18, 1960
10 The Postponed Wedding January 1, 1961
11 A Woman's Courage January 8, 1961
12 Horses for Greene January 15, 1961
13 A Salute to Father January 22, 1961
14 End of the Trail January 29, 1961
15 A Holster Full of Law February 5, 1961
16 Westward Ho the Wagons! February 19, 1961
17 February 26, 1961
18 The Coyote's Lament March 5, 1961
19 The Wilderness Road March 12, 1961
20 The Promised Land March 19, 1961
21 Man in Flight II March 26, 1961
22 Auld Acquaintance April 2, 1961
23 Battle for Survival April 9, 1961
24 Trip to Tucson April 16, 1961
25 Frank Clell's in Town April 23, 1961
26 Flash, the Teenage Otter April 30, 1961
27 Andrew's Raiders May 7, 1961
28 May 14, 1961
29 Wonders of the Water Worlds May 21, 1961
30 Disneyland '61 / Olympic Elk May 28, 1961
31 The Titlemakers / Nature's Half Acre June 11, 1961

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episodes[edit]

Season 8 (1961-1962)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 An Adventure in Color / Donald in Mathmagic Land September 24, 1961
2 The Horsemasters October 1, 1961
3 October 8, 1961
4 Chico, the Mismatched Coyote October 15, 1961
5 The Hunting Instinct October 22, 1961
6 Inside Donald Duck November 5, 1961
7 The Light in the Forest November 12, 1961
8 November 19, 1961
9 Holiday for Henpecked Husbands November 26, 1961
10 A Fire Called Jeremiah December 3, 1961
11 Kids Is Kids December 10, 1961
12 Backstage Party December 17, 1961
13 Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates January 7, 1962
14 January 14, 1962
15 Sancho, the Homing Steer January 21, 1962
16 January 28, 1962
17 Fantasy on Skis February 4, 1962
18 Comancho February 18, 1962
19 February 25, 1962
20 Carnival Time March 4, 1962
21 The Prince and the Pauper March 11, 1962
22 March 18, 1962
23 March 25, 1962
24 Spy in the Sky April 1, 1962
25 Von Drake in Spain April 8, 1962
26 Disneyland After Dark April 15, 1962

Season 9 (1962-1963)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Golden Horseshoe Revue September 23, 1962
2 Escapade in Florence September 30, 1962
3 October 7, 1962
4 The Silver Fox and Sam Davenport October 14, 1962
5 Man Is His Own Worst Enemy October 21, 1962
6 Sammy, the Way-Out Seal October 28, 1962
7 November 4, 1962
8 The Magnificent Rebel November 18, 1962
9 November 25, 1962
10 The Mooncussers December 2, 1962
11 December 9, 1962
12 Hurricane Hannah December 16, 1962
13 Holiday Time at Disneyland December 23, 1962
14 Three Tall Tales January 6, 1963
15 Little Dog Lost January 13, 1963
16 Johnny Shiloh January 20, 1963
17 January 27, 1963
18 Greta, the Misfit Greyhound February 3, 1963
19 Inside Outer Space February 10, 1963
20 Banner in the Sky February 17, 1963
21 February 24, 1963
22 A Square Peg in a Round Hole March 3, 1963
23 The Horse With the Flying Tale March 10, 1963
24 Kidnapped March 17, 1963
25 March 24, 1963

Season 10 (1963-1964)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Horse Without a Head September 29, 1963
2 October 6, 1963
3 Fly With Von Drake October 13, 1963
4 The Wahoo Bobcat October 20, 1963
5 The Waltz King October 27, 1963
6 November 3, 1963
7 The Truth About Mother Goose November 17, 1963
8 Pollyanna December 1, 1963
9 December 8, 1963
10 December 15, 1963
11 From All of Us to All of You #2 December 22, 1963
12 The Ballad of Hector the Stowaway Dog January 5, 1964
13 January 12, 1964
14 Mediterranean Cruise January 19, 1964
15 Bristle Face January 26, 1964
16 February 2, 1964
17 The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh February 9, 1964
18 February 16, 1964
19 February 23, 1964
20 The Legend of Two Gypsy Dogs March 1, 1964
21 For the Love of Willadean March 8, 1964
22 March 15, 1964
23 In Shape With Von Drake March 22, 1964
24 Greyfriars Bobby March 29, 1964
25 April 5, 1964
26 Jungle Cat April 12, 1964
27 Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair May 17, 1964

Season 11 (1964-1965)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon September 20, 1964
2 Nikki, Wild Dog of the North September 27, 1964
3 October 4, 1964
4 A Rag, a Bone, a Box of Junk October 11, 1964
5 The Tenderfoot October 18, 1964
6 October 25, 1964
7 November 1, 1964
8 One Day at Teton Marsh November 8, 1964
9 Ben and Me / Peter and the Wolf November 15, 1964
10 Toby Tyler November 22, 1964
11 November 29, 1964
12 Big Red December 6, 1964
13 December 13, 1964
14 Disneyland's 10th Anniversary January 3, 1965
15 Ida, the Offbeat Eagle January 10, 1965
16 Gallegher January 24, 1965
17 January 31, 1965
18 February 7, 1965
19 An Otter in the Family February 21, 1965
20 Almost Angels February 28, 1965
21 March 7, 1965
22 Kilroy I March 14, 1965
23 Kilroy II March 21, 1965
24 Kilroy III March 28, 1965
25 Kilroy IV April 4, 1965

Season 12 (1965-1966)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Yellowstone Cubs September 19, 1965
2 A Case of Murder September 26, 1965
3 The Big Swindle October 3, 1965
4 The Daily Press vs. City Hall October 10, 1965
5 Flight of the White Stallions October 17, 1965
6 October 24, 1965
7 Minado the Wolverine November 7, 1965
8 The Three Lives of Thomasina November 14, 1965
9 November 21, 1965
10 November 28, 1965
11 Summer Magic December 5, 1965
12 December 12, 1965
13 A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood December 19, 1965
14 Moon Pilot January 16, 1966
15 January 23, 1966
16 Music for Everybody January 30, 1966
17 The Legend of Young Dick Turpin February 13, 1966
18 February 20, 1966
19 Ballerina February 27, 1966
20 March 6, 1966
21 Run, Light Buck, Run March 13, 1966
22 A Tiger Walks March 20, 1966
23 March 27, 1966
24 Concho, the Coyote Who Wasn't April 10, 1966

Season 13 (1966-1967)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Emil and the Detectives September 11, 1966
2 September 18, 1966
3 The Legend of El Blanco September 25, 1966
4 Savage Sam October 2, 1966
5 October 9, 1966
6 The 101 Problems of Hercules October 16, 1966
7 Showdown with the Sundown Kid October 23, 1966
8 Crusading Reporter October 30, 1966
9 A Ranger's Guide to Nature November 13, 1966
10 The Moon-Spinners November 20, 1966
11 November 27, 1966
12 December 4, 1966
13 Joker, the Amiable Ocelot December 11, 1966
14 Disneyland Around the Seasons December 18, 1966
15 Willie and the Yank January 8, 1967
16 January 15, 1967
17 January 22, 1967
18 Tragedy on the Trail January 29, 1967
19 Trial by Terror February 5, 1967
20 The Boy Who Flew with Condors February 19, 1967
21 Atta Girl, Kelly! March 5, 1967
22 March 12, 1967
23 March 19, 1967
24 Man on Wheels March 26, 1967
25 A Salute to Alaska April 2, 1967

Season 14 (1967-1968)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Tattooed Police Horse September 10, 1967
2 The Not So Lonely Lighthouse Keeper September 17, 1967
3 How the West Was Lost September 24, 1967
4 The Fighting Prince of Donegal October 1, 1967
5 October 8, 1967
6 October 15, 1967
7 Run, Appaloosa, Run October 22, 1967
8 One Day at Beetle Rock November 19, 1967
9 The Monkey's Uncle November 26, 1967
10 December 3, 1967
11 A Boy Called Nuthin' December 10, 1967
12 December 17, 1967
13 From All of Us to All of You #3 December 24, 1967
14 Way Down Cellar January 7, 1968
15 January 14, 1968
16 Disneyland: From the Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow January 21, 1968
17 Pablo and the Dancing Chihuahua January 28, 1968
18 February 4, 1968
19 My Family Is a Menagerie February 11, 1968
20 The Young Loner February 25, 1968
21 March 3, 1968
22 Wild Heart March 10, 1968
23 The Ranger of Brownstone March 17, 1968
24 The Mystery of Edward Sims March 31, 1968
25 April 7, 1968
26 Ten Who Dared April 14, 1968
27 Nature's Charter Tours April 21, 1968

Season 15 (1968-1969)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle September 15, 1968
2 Boomerang, Dog of Many Talents September 22, 1968
3 September 29, 1968
4 Pacifically Peeking October 6, 1968
5 Brimstone, the Amish Horse October 27, 1968
6 The Ugly Dachshund November 3, 1968
7 November 10, 1968
8 The Treasure of San Bosco Reef November 24, 1968
9 December 1, 1968
10 The Owl That Didn't Give a Hoot December 15, 1968
11 The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show December 22, 1968
12 Solomon, the Sea Turtle January 5, 1969
13 Those Calloways January 12, 1969
14 January 19, 1969
15 January 26, 1969
16 Pancho, the Fastest Paw in the West February 2, 1969
17 The Secret of Boyne Castle February 9, 1969
18 February 16, 1969
19 February 23, 1969
20 Nature's Better Built Homes March 2, 1969
21 Ride a Northbound Horse March 16, 1969
22 March 23, 1969

The Wonderful World of Disney episodes[edit]

Season 16 (1969-1970)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Wild Geese Calling September 14, 1969
2 My Dog, the Thief September 21, 1969
3 September 28, 1969
4 The Feather Farm October 26, 1969
5 Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar November 2, 1969
6 November 9, 1969
7 Varda, the Peregine Falcon November 16, 1969
8 Secrets of the Pirates' Inn November 23, 1969
9 November 30, 1969
10 Inky the Crow December 7, 1969
11 Babes in Toyland December 21, 1969
12 December 28, 1969
13 Bon Voyage! January 11, 1970
14 January 18, 1970
15 January 25, 1970
16 Smoke February 1, 1970
17 February 8, 1970
18 Menace on the Mountain March 1, 1970
19 March 8, 1970
20 Disneyland Showtime March 22, 1970
21 Nature's Strangest Oddballs March 29, 1970

Season 17 (1970-1971)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Christobalito, the Calypso Colt September 13, 1970
2 The Boy Who Stole the Elephant September 20, 1970
3 September 27, 1970
4 The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City October 18, 1970
5 October 25, 1970
6 Snow Bear November 1, 1970
7 November 8, 1970
8 Monkeys, Go Home! November 15, 1970
9 November 22, 1970
10 Hang Your Hat on the Wind November 29, 1970
11 It's Tough to Be a Bird December 13, 1970
12 From All of Us to All of You #4 December 20, 1970
13 Three Without Fear January 3, 1971
14 January 10, 1971
15 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin January 17, 1971
16 January 24, 1971
17 January 31, 1971
18 Bayou Bay February 7, 1971
19 February 14, 1971
20 Hamad and the Pirates March 7, 1971
21 March 14, 1971

Season 18 (1971-1972)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Charlie Crawfoot and the Coati Mundi September 19, 1971
2 Hacksaw September 26, 1971
3 October 3, 1971
4 The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove October 31, 1971
5 November 7, 1971
6 The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit November 14, 1971
7 November 21, 1971
8 Lefty, the Dingaling Lynx November 28, 1971
9 Disney on Parade December 19, 1971
10 Mountain Born January 9, 1972
11 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band January 23, 1972
12 January 30, 1972
13 Justin Morgan Had a Horse February 6, 1972
14 February 13, 1972
15 The City Fox February 20, 1972
16 Change, Guardian of the Mayan Treasure March 19, 1972
17 Michael O'Hara the Fourth March 26, 1972
18 April 2, 1972
19 Dad, Can I Borrow the Car? April 9, 1972

Season 19 (1972-1973)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes September 17, 1972
2 September 24, 1972
3 The Nashville Coyote October 1, 1972
4 The High Flying Spy October 22, 1972
5 October 29, 1972
6 November 5, 1972
7 Nosey, the Sweetest Skunk in the West November 19, 1972
8 Chandar, the Black Leopard of Ceylon November 26, 1972
9 December 3, 1972
10 Salty, the Hijacked Harbor Seal December 17, 1972
11 The Mystery in Dracula's Castle January 7, 1973
12 January 14, 1973
13 Fifty Happy Years January 21, 1973
14 Rascal February 11, 1973
15 February 18, 1973
16 Chester, Yesterday's Horse March 4, 1973
17 The Little Shepherd Dog of Catalina March 11, 1973
18 The Boy and the Bronc Buster March 18, 1973
19 March 25, 1973
20 Call It Courage April 1, 1973

Season 20 (1973-1974)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Barefoot Executive September 16, 1973
2 September 23, 1973
3 Fire on Kelly Island September 30, 1973
4 Mustang October 7, 1973
5 October 21, 1973
6 King of the Grizzlies October 27, 1973
7 November 4, 1973
8 Run, Cougar, Run November 25, 1973
9 December 2, 1973
10 The Proud Bird from Shanghai December 16, 1973
11 From All of Us to All of You #5 December 23, 1973
12 The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton January 6, 1974
13 January 13, 1974
14 Hogwild January 20, 1974
15 January 27, 1974
16 Carlo, the Sierra Coyote February 3, 1974
17 Ringo, the Refugee Raccoon March 3, 1974
18 Diamonds on Wheels March 10, 1974
19 March 17, 1974
20 March 24, 1974
21 The Magic of Walt Disney World March 31, 1974

Season 21 (1974-1975)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Million Dollar Duck September 15, 1974
2 September 22, 1974
3 Shokee, the Everglades Panther September 29, 1974
4 Return of the Big Cat October 6, 1974
5 October 13, 1974
6 Two Against the Arctic October 20, 1974
7 October 27, 1974
8 Adventure in Satan's Canyon November 3, 1974
9 Runaway on the Rogue River December 1, 1974
10 Stub, the Best Cow Dog in the West December 8, 1974
11 The Sky's the Limit January 19, 1975
12 January 26, 1975
13 The Wild Country February 23, 1975
14 March 2, 1975
15 The Footloose Goose March 9, 1975
16 Deacon, the High Noon Dog March 16, 1975
17 Welcome to the "World" March 23, 1975

Season 22 (1975-1976)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Boy Who Talked to Badgers September 14, 1975
2 September 21, 1975
3 The Outlaw Cats of Colossal Cave September 28, 1975
4 The Secret of the Pond October 5, 1975
5 October 12, 1975
6 Seems There Was This Mouse October 19, 1975
7 Now You See Him, Now You Don't October 26, 1975
8 Napoleon and Samantha November 2, 1975
9 Twister, Bull from the Sky January 4, 1976
10 The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper January 11, 1976
11 January 18, 1976
12 The Bears and I February 1, 1976
13 February 8, 1976
14 Superdad February 15, 1976
15 The Survival of Sam the Pelican February 29, 1976
16 The Flight of the Grey Wolf March 14, 1976
17 March 21, 1976
18 The Parent Trap May 16, 1976
19 Superstar Goofy July 25, 1976

Season 23 (1976-1977)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 One Little Indian September 26, 1976
2 October 3, 1976
3 The Biscuit Eater October 10, 1976
4 October 17, 1976
5 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea October 24, 1976
6 The Secret of Old Glory Mine October 31, 1976
7 The Apple Dumpling Gang November 14, 1976
8 Disney's Greatest Dog Stars November 28, 1976
9 The Golden Dog January 2, 1977
10 Kit Carson and the Mountain Men January 9, 1977
11 January 16, 1977
12 Barry of the Great St. Bernard January 30, 1977
13 February 6, 1977
14 Go West, Young Dog February 20, 1977
15 The Strongest Man in the World February 27, 1977
16 The Ghost of Cypress Swamp March 13, 1977
17 The Track of the African Bongo April 3, 1977
18 April 10, 1977
19 The Castaway Cowboy May 8, 1977
20 Disney's Greatest Villains May 15, 1977
21 Bluegrass Special May 22, 1977

Season 24 (1977-1978)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Gus September 18, 1977
2 Treasure of Matecumbe October 2, 1977
3 Charley and the Angel October 16, 1977
4 The Incredible Journey October 23, 1977
5 Halloween Hall O' Fame October 30, 1977
6 The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World November 20, 1977
7 From All of Us to All of You #6 December 25, 1977
8 Three on the Run January 8, 1978
9 Journey to the Valley of the Emu January 22, 1978
10 The Shaggy Dog January 29, 1978
11 The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance February 5, 1978
12 Race for Survival March 5, 1978
13 Trail of Danger March 12, 1978
14 March 19, 1978
15 Mixed Nuts March 26, 1978
16 Child of Glass May 14, 1978
17 The Young Runaways May 28, 1978
18 A Tail of Two Critters June 4, 1978

Season 25 (1978-1979)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of The Wonderful World of Disney September 17, 1978
2 The Shaggy D.A. September 24, 1978
3 In Search of the Castaways October 1, 1978
4 October 8, 1978
5 The Gnome-Mobile October 29, 1978
6 November 5, 1978
7 The Boatniks November 12, 1978
8 Mickey's 50 November 19, 1978
9 Christmas at Walt Disney World December 10, 1978
10 Donovan's Kid January 7, 1979
11 January 14, 1979
12 Shadow of Fear January 28, 1979
13 February 4, 1979
14 Ride a Wild Pony February 11, 1979
15 February 18, 1979
16 Never a Dull Moment March 4, 1979
17 The Omega Connection March 18, 1979
18 Born to Run March 25, 1979
19 April 1, 1979
20 The Sky Trap May 13, 1979

Disney's Wonderful World episodes[edit]

Season 26 (1979-1980)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Absent-Minded Professor September 9, 1979
2 September 16, 1979
3 The Love Bug September 23, 1979
4 Baseball Fever October 14, 1979
5 Major Effects December 16, 1979
6 From All of Us to All of You #7 December 23, 1979
7 That Darn Cat! January 13, 1980
8 Mickey's Greatest Adventures January 20, 1980
9 Donald's Valentine's Day Salute February 10, 1980
10 Escape to Witch Mountain February 17, 1980
11 The Kids Who Knew Too Much March 9, 1980
12 Son of Flubber March 16, 1980
13 Disney's Oscar Winners April 13, 1980
14 The Sultan and the Rock Star April 20, 1980
15 The Secret of Lost Valley April 27, 1980
16 May 5, 1980
17 Misadventures of Chip 'N Dale July 27, 1980

Season 27 (1980-1981)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Show September 14, 1980
2 Old Yeller November 9, 1980
3 November 16, 1980
4 The Mouseketeer Reunion November 23, 1980
5 The Ghosts of Buxley Hall December 21, 1980
6 January 4, 1981
7 Lefty April 19, 1981
8 Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life April 26, 1981
9 Follow Me, Boys! August 2, 1981
10 August 16, 1981

Walt Disney episodes[edit]

Season 28 (1981-1982)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Love Bug September 26, 1981
2 October 3, 1981
3 Herbie Rides Again October 10, 1981
4 October 17, 1981
5 A Disney Halloween October 24, 1981
6 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark October 31, 1981
7 November 7, 1981
8 A Disney Storybook November 14, 1981
9 November 21, 1981
10 The Cherokee Trail November 28, 1981
11 A Magical Disney Christmas December 5, 1981
12 Walt Disney: One Man's Dream December 12, 1981
13 Man's Hunting Instinct January 2, 1982
14 Tales of the Apple Dumpling Gang January 16, 1982
15 Donald and José, Olé! January 23, 1982
16 The Cat from Outer Space January 30, 1982
17 February 6, 1982
18 A Disney Valentine February 13, 1982
19 Beyond Witch Mountain February 20, 1982
20 The Spaceman and King Arthur February 27, 1982
21 March 6, 1982
22 The Adventures of Polyanna April 10, 1982
23 A Disney Vacation May 1, 1982
24 Pluto and His Friends July 31, 1982

Season 29 (1982-1983)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again September 25, 1982
2 October 2, 1982
3 Freaky Friday October 9, 1982
4 October 16, 1982
5 EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration October 23, 1982
6 Disney's Halloween Treat October 30, 1982
7 No Deposit, No Return November 6, 1982
8 November 13, 1982
9 Blackbeard's Ghost November 20, 1982
10 November 27, 1982
11 A Disney Christmas Gift December 4, 1982
12 Winnie the Pooh and Friends December 11, 1982
13 Walt Disney's Mickey and Donald January 1, 1983
14 The World's Greatest Athlete January 4, 1983
15 January 11, 1983
16 Ferdinand the Bull and Mickey January 18, 1983
17 A Valentine from Disney February 8, 1983
18 Mickey and Donald Kidding Around May 3, 1983

The Disney Sunday Movie episodes[edit]

Season 30 (1986)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Help Wanted: Kids February 2, 1986
2 Time Flyer February 9, 1986
3 The Electric Knight February 16, 1986
4 2 1/2 Dads February 16, 1986
5 The Girl Who Spelled Freedom February 23, 1986
6 The Undergrads March 2, 1986
7 The Richest Cat in the World March 9, 1986
8 Disney Goes to the Oscars March 23, 1986
9 I-Man April 6, 1986
10 A Fighting Choice April 13, 1986
11 Mr. Boogedy April 20, 1986
12 Robin Hood April 27, 1986
13 Young Again May 11, 1986
14 The Deacon Street Deer May 18, 1986
15 Fuzzbucket May 18, 1986
16 Casebusters May 25, 1986
17 My Town May 25, 1986
18 Candleshoe June 22, 1986

Season 31 (1986-1987)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Pete's Dragon September 21, 1986
2 Hero in the Family September 28, 1986
3 Little Spies October 5, 1986
4 The B.R.A.T. People October 26, 1986
5 Ask Max November 2, 1986
6 Walt Disney World's 15th Anniversary Celebration November 9, 1986
7 The Leftovers November 16, 1986
8 The Thanksgiving Promise November 23, 1986
9 Sunday Drive November 30, 1986
10 Swiss Family Robinson December 7, 1986
11 The Christmas Star December 14, 1986
12 Tiger Town / Star Tours December 28, 1986
13 Herbie Goes Bananas January 11, 1987
14 Great Moments in Disney Afternoon January 18, 1987
15 Double Switch January 25, 1987
16 You Ruined My Life February 1, 1987
17 The Liberators February 8, 1987
18 The Parent Trap II February 22, 1987
19 Big Foot March 8, 1987
20 Young Harry Houdini March 15, 1987
21 Bedknobs and Broomsticks March 22, 1987
22 Double Agent March 29, 1987
23 Bride of Boogedy April 12, 1987
24 The Devil and Max Devlin April 26, 1987
25 Mary Poppins May 3, 1987
26 The North Avenue Irregulars May 10, 1987
27 Spot Marks the X May 17, 1987
28 Down the Long Hills May 24, 1987
29 Fluppy Dogs August 30, 1987

Season 32 (1987-1988)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Journey of Natty Gann October 4, 1987
2 October 11, 1987
3 The Return of the Shaggy Dog November 1, 1987
4 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too November 15, 1987
5 Student Exchange November 29, 1987
6 December 6, 1987
7 Not Quite Human December 20, 1987
8 December 27, 1987
9 Flight of the Navigator January 3, 1988
10 January 10, 1988
11 Earth Star Voyager January 17, 1988
12 January 24, 1988
13 Rock 'n' Roll Mom February 7, 1988
14 14 Going on 30 March 6, 1988
15 March 13, 1988
16 Splash, Too May 1, 1988
17 May 8, 1988
18 Captain EO Backstage May 15, 1988
19 Justin Case May 15, 1988
20 Meet the Munceys May 22, 1988

Season 33 (1988-1989)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 The Magical World of Disney October 9, 1988
2 Disney's All-American Sports Nuts October 16, 1988
3 Mickey's 60th Birthday November 13, 1988
4 Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder November 20, 1988
5 The Absent-Minded Professor November 27, 1988
6 Mickey's Christmas Carol December 4, 1988
7 Disney's All-Star Comedy Circus December 11, 1988
8 Davy Crockett: A Natural Man December 18, 1988
9 Disney's Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs December 25, 1988
10 An All-New Adventure of Disney's Sport Goofy January 1, 1989
11 Dinosaur... Secret of the Lost Legend January 8, 1989
12 Wild Jack (Part 1) January 15, 1989
13 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore January 29, 1989
14 Save the Dog February 5, 1989
15 Mickey's Happy Valentine Special February 12, 1989
16 Benji the Hunted February 19, 1989
17 The Absent-Minded Professor: Trading Places February 26, 1989
18 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day March 5, 1989
19 Super DuckTales March 26, 1989
20 The Parent Trap III April 9, 1989
21 April 16, 1989
22 The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening April 30, 1989
23 Totally Minnie May 7, 1989
24 Lots of Luck May 28, 1989
25 Davy Crockett: A Letter to Polly June 11, 1989
26 Davy Crockett: Warrior's Farewell June 18, 1989
27 Wild Jack (Part 2) July 9, 1989
28 Wild Jack (Part 3) July 16, 1989
29 Disney's Magic in the Magic Kingdom July 23, 1989

The Magical World of Disney episodes[edit]

Season 34 (1989-1990)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Brand New Life: Above and Beyond Therapy October 1, 1989
2 Brand New Life: I Fought the Law October 15, 1989
3 Brand New Life: Private School October 22, 1989
4 Ernest Goes to Camp October 29, 1989
5 November 5, 1989
6 Polly November 12, 1989
7 The Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon November 19, 1989
8 November 26, 1989
9 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story December 3, 1989
10 December 10, 1989
11 A Muppet Family Christmas December 24, 1989
12 Brand New Life: Children of a Legal Mom January 7, 1990
13 Exile January 14, 1990
14 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree January 21, 1990
15 Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration February 4, 1990
16 A DuckTales Valentine February 11, 1990
17 Can't Buy Me Love March 4, 1990
18 Sky High #1 March 11, 1990
19 The Rescue March 25, 1990
20 Not Quite Human II April 1, 1990
21 Spooner April 22, 1990
22 April 29, 1990
23 The Muppets at Walt Disney World May 6, 1990
24 Brand New Life: The Honeymooners June 24, 1990
25 A Friendship in Vienna July 15, 1990
26 Sky High #2 August 26, 1990

Season 35 (1997-1998)[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 Toy Story September 28, 1997
2 Toothless October 5, 1997
3 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves October 12, 1997
4 Behind the Scenes of Cinderella October 12, 1997
5 Sabrina the Teenage Witch October 19, 1997
6 Tower of Terror October 26, 1997
7 Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella November 2, 1997
8 Angels in the Endzone November 9, 1997
9 Oliver Twist November 16, 1997
10 The Santa Clause November 23, 1997
11 The Love Bug November 30, 1997
12 Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book December 7, 1997
13 Flash December 21, 1997
14 Principal Takes a Holiday January 4, 1998
15 Houseguest January 11, 1998
16 Ruby Bridges January 18, 1998
17 Aladdin and the King of Thieves February 8, 1998
18 Donald Duck's 60th Birthday February 8, 1998
19 The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon February 15, 1998
20 My Date with the President's Daughter February 22, 1998
21 Pocahontas March 1, 1998
22 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure March 8, 1998
23 Mr. Headmistress March 15, 1998
24 Safety Patrol March 29, 1998
25 Tourist Trap April 4, 1998
26 Beverly Hills Family Robinson April 11, 1998
27 Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure April 25, 1998
28 Miracle at Midnight May 17, 1998

Ratings[edit]

Seasonal Nielsen ratings[edit]

Network Season Timeslot TV Season Season Premiere Season Finale Season
Rank
Viewers (m)
ABC 1 Wednesday 7:00 PM ET 1954–1955 October 27, 1954 July 13, 1955 #6 12.00
2 1955–1956 September 14, 1955 May 30, 1956 #4 13.05
3 1956–1957 September 12, 1956 June 5, 1957 #14 12.37
4 1957–1958 September 11, 1957 May 14, 1958
5 Friday 7:00 PM ET 1958–1959 October 3, 1958 May 29, 1959
6 1959–1960 October 2, 1959 April 1, 1960
7 Sunday 7:00 PM ET 1960–1961 October 16, 1960 June 11, 1961
NBC 8 1961–1962 September 24, 1961 April 15, 1962 #23 11.02
9 1962–1963 September 23, 1962 March 24, 1963 #24 11.22
10 1963–1964 September 29, 1963 May 17, 1964 #21 11.87
11 1964–1965 September 20, 1964 April 4, 1965 #11 13.54
12 1965–1966 September 19, 1965 April 10, 1966 #17 12.49
13 1966–1967 September 11, 1966 April 2, 1967 #19 11.85
14 1967–1968 September 10, 1967 April 28, 1968 #25 11.73
15 1968–1969 September 15, 1968 March 23, 1969 #22 12.41
16 1969–1970 September 14, 1969 March 29, 1970 #9 13.81
17 1970–1971 September 13, 1970 March 14, 1971 #14 13.46
18 1971–1972 September 19, 1971 April 9, 1972 #19 13.66
19 1972–1973 September 17, 1972 April 1, 1973 #9 15.23
20 1973–1974 September 16, 1973 March 13, 1974 #13 14.76
21 1974–1975 September 15, 1974 March 23, 1975 #18 15.07
22 1975–1976 September 14, 1975 July 25, 1976
23 1976–1977 September 26, 1976 May 22, 1977
24 1977–1978 September 18, 1977 June 4, 1978
25 1978–1979 September 17, 1978 May 13, 1979
26 1979–1980 September 16, 1979 July 27, 1980
27 1980–1981 September 14, 1980 August 16, 1981
CBS 28 Saturday 7:00 PM ET 1981–1982 September 26, 1981 July 31, 1982
29 1982–1983 September 25, 1982 September 24, 1983
ABC 30 1985–1986 February 2, 1986 June 22, 1986
31 1986–1987 September 21, 1986 August 30, 1987
32 1987–1988 October 4, 1987 May 22, 1988
NBC 33 1988–1989 October 9, 1988 July 23, 1989
34 1989–1990 October 1, 1989 August 26, 1990
ABC 35 Sunday 7:00 PM ET 1997–1998 September 28, 1997 May 18, 1998 #30 13.50[14]
36 1998–1999 September 27, 1998 May 30, 1999 #45 11.90[15]
37 1999–2000 September 26, 1999 May 14, 2000 #29 12.82[16]
38 2000–2001 October 8, 2000 May 31, 2001 #39 12.10[17]
39 2001–2002 September 16, 2001 May 19, 2002 #38 11.20[18]
40 2002–2003 November 3, 2002 July 27, 2003 #53 10.10[19]
41 Saturday 9:00 PM ET 2003–2004 September 27, 2003 May 10, 2004 #99 7.39[20]
42 2004–2005 October 16, 2004 June 17, 2005 #96 6.93[21]
43 2005–2006 November 3, 2005 July 8, 2006 #137 5.30[22]
44 2006–2007 December 16, 2006 August 4, 2007 #208[23] 4.28[24]
45 2007–2008 December 23, 2007 December 24, 2008 #172[25] 4.01[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Won[edit]

  1. Best Individual Program of the Year (Operation Undersea, 1955)
  2. Best Television Film Editing (Lynn Harrison, Grant K. Smith, Operation Undersea, 1955)
  3. Best Action or Adventure Series (1956)
  4. Best Producer – Film Series (Walt Disney, 1956)
  5. Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming (1963)
  6. Outstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment (Walt Disney, 1965)
  7. Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement – Programs (Ron Miller, executive producer, 1971)
  8. Outstanding Main Title Design (1998)

Nominated[edit]

  1. Best Television Film Editing (Chester W. Schaeffer, "Davy Crockett: Indian Fighter", 1955)
  2. Best Single Program of the Year ("Davy Crockett and River Pirates", 1956)
  3. Best Musical Contribution for Television (Oliver Wallace, 1957)
  4. Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming (1962)
  5. Outstanding Program Achievements in the Fields of Variety and Music – Variety (1962)
  6. Outstanding Children's Program (Walt Disney, Ron Miller (Further Adventures of Gallagher, 1966)
  7. Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming – Programs (Ron Miller, executive producer, 1969)
  8. Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming – Programs (Ron Miller, executive producer, 1970)
  9. Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement – General Programming (Ron Miller, producer, 1972)
  10. Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement (Ron Miller, executive producer, 1977)
  11. Outstanding Children's Program (The Art of Disney Animation, 1981) [27]

Home video[edit]

Several home video releases have included episodes of the anthology series.

  • On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends
  • Kids Is Kids
  • The Adventures of Chip 'N' Dale
  • Bambi Platinum Edition
    • Tricks of Our Trade [Excerpt]
  • Peter Pan Special Edition
    • The Peter Pan Story Featurette
  • Peter Pan Platinum Edition
    • The Peter Pan Story Featurette
  • Dumbo 60th Anniversary Edition
    • Walt Disney Introduction
  • Dumbo Big Top Edition
    • Walt Disney Introduction
  • Lady and the Tramp Platinum Edition
    • A Story of Dogs ("making-of" segment)/[Excerpt]
    • A Cavalcade of Songs (excerpt)/[3-Minutes Excerpt]
  • Johnny Tremain
    • The Liberty Story (first half)
    • Johnny Tremain, Part One (excerpt)
    • Johnny Tremain, Part Two (excerpt)
  • Sleeping Beauty Special Edition
    • An Adventure in Art (segment: "Four Artists Paint One Tree")
    • The Peter Tchaikovsky Story (Life of Tchaikovsky segment only)
  • Sleeping Beauty Platinum Edition
    • An Adventure in Art (segment: "Four Artists Paint One Tree")
    • The Peter Tchaikovsky Story (complete episode – two versions)
  • Pollyanna
    • Pollyanna, Part One (introduction)
    • Pollyanna, Part Two (introduction)
    • Pollyanna, Part Three (introduction)

In the 1980s, Walt Disney Home Video released 15 volumes of the anthology series on VHS tape, while many episodes have appeared on DVD from either the Disney Movie Club or the Disney Generations MOD program on Amazon.com.

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