Walt Disney anthology television series

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Walt Disney anthology television series
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Opening title for The Wonderful World of Disney used from 2002 to 2007.
Also known as
  • Disneyland (1954–1959)
  • Walt Disney Presents (1959–1961)
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (1969–1979, 1983–1988 and 1991–present)
  • Disney's Wonderful World (1979–1981)
  • Walt Disney (1981–1983)
    • The Disney Sunday Movie (1986–1988)
  • The Magical World of Disney (1988–2002)
Genre Anthology series
Created by Walt Disney
Presented by Walt Disney (1954–1966)
Michael Eisner (1986–2002)
Narrated by Dick Wesson (1954–1979)
Mark Elliot (1979–1988)
Danny Dark (1988–1991)
Opening theme "When You Wish Upon a Star" (1954–1961 and 1969–present; various instrumental adaptations)
"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
Camera setup Multi-camera (hosted segments)
Running time 156–180 minutes
Distributor Walt Disney Productions (1954–1983)
Walt Disney Domestic Television Distribution (1983–1985)
Buena Vista Television (1985–2007)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (2007–present)
Release
Original network ABC (1954–1961, 1986–1988 and 1997–present)
NBC (1961–1981 and 1988–1991)
CBS (1981–1986, 1991–1997)
Disney Channel (1983–2002)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original release October 27, 1954 (1954-10-27) – present

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

  • Disneyland (1954–1959)
  • Walt Disney Presents (1959–1961)
  • 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 Wonderful World of Disney (second era; 1983–1988)
  • The Disney Sunday Movie (1986–1988; titled Disney Summer Classics during the summer months)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (third era; 1991–present)
  • The Magical World of Disney (1988–2002)

The original version of the series premiered on ABC on Wednesday, October 27, 1954. The same basic series has since appeared on several networks. The show is the second longest running prime-time program on American television, behind rival film anthology, the Hallmark Hall of Fame. However, Hallmark Hall of Fame aired as a weekly program during its first five seasons before becoming a bi-monthly program, while Disney remained a weekly program for more than 40 years.

Contents

Overview[edit]

Originally hosted by Walt Disney himself, the original format of the Disney anthology series consisted of a balance of theatrical animated cartoons, live-action features, and other informational material (some original, some pre-existing) from the studio's library. For many years, the show also featured edited one-hour versions of such then-recent Disney films as Alice in Wonderland, and in other cases, telecasts of complete Disney films that were split into two or more one-hour episodes.[1] 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 1977's Kit Carson and the Mountain Man (with Christopher Connelly as Kit Carson, Robert Reed as John C. Fremont, and Gregg Palmer as mountain man Jim Bridger).

Occasionally, a more educational-based segment would be featured (such as The Story of the Animated Drawing), including nature and animal programs similar to the True-Life Adventures that were released in theatres, as well as various dramatic installments which were either structured as single-part, two-part, and sometimes, multi-part editions. .[2] Much of the original informational excerpts were to create awareness for Disneyland. In spite of essentially serving as advertisements for the park, entertainment value was emphasized as well to make the shows palatable. Some of the program's informational content was formatted to promote upcoming feature film releases by the studio (such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Darby O'Gill and the Little People), with some programs focusing on the art and technology of animation itself.

Disneyland (1954–1959)[edit]

Although Walt Disney was the first major film producer to venture into television, there were two established independent film producers that successfully ventured into television production before Disney, Hal Roach and Jerry Fairbanks. Disney wanted to produce a television program in order to finance the development 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 contained teasers for Walt's park, as well as episodes representing life in one of the park's main sections: Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Frontierland, with the opening titles used from its inception until the show's move to NBC in 1961, showing the entrance to Disneyland itself, as well as the four aforementioned lands, which were then identified as the main feature of that evening's program.

Consequently, "Davy Crockett" and other pioneers of the Old West, and American history in general appeared in "Frontier Land". Similarly, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea might be the focus of an evening spent in "Adventure Land", although a documentary on the film could also be possibly presented as a topic for such episodes, including clips from the actual film. Topics for "Fantasy Land" would include either 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); excerpts from a True-Life Adventure documentary may also be included (for example, one on the life and works of beavers and their dam-building) or those using stroboscopic stop-action photography (such as investigating what really happened when a rain-drop fell in a puddle, 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 also as a topic for a "Fantasy Land"-set telecast. In one episode, four different artists were given the task of drawing the same tree, with each artist using his own preferred ways of drawing and imagining a tree;[citation needed] this led to cartoon examples of differently animated trees, as in some of the early Silly Symphonies shorts, 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. Other episodes were segments from Disney films such as (Seal Island and Alice in Wonderland), or cartoons of Donald Duck and other Disney standbys.

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

On July 17, 1955, the opening of Disneyland was covered on a live television special, Dateline: Disneyland,[1] 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.[3]

Walt Disney Presents (1959–1961)[edit]

In 1959, the series was retitled Walt Disney Presents, and moved to a Friday night timeslot; but by 1960, it switched to Sunday nights, where it would remain for 21 years.

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969)[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 programming in color.[1] 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.[4] In a display of foresight, Disney had filmed many of the earlier shows in color, allowing them to easily be repeated on NBC; since all but three of Disney's feature-length films were also made in color (the three black-and-white exceptions were The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber, all family comedies starring Fred MacMurray), they could now also be telecast in that format.

To emphasize the new feature, the series was retitled Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color when NBC began airing it,[5] retaining that moniker until 1969, by which point the Big Three networks were all broadcasting in color. 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, who was the 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 that aired three days after his death featured a memorial tribute from Huntley-Brinkley Report anchor Chet Huntley with film and television star Dick Van Dyke,[6] the intros that Walt already filmed prior to his death continued to air for the remainder 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 (1969–1979)[edit]

The series was retitled The Wonderful World of Disney in September 1969, as the previous title was no longer needed due to the aforementioned developments in color broadcasting. It continued to gain solid ratings, often ranking 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 2½-hour special. This marked 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 it had shown Now You See Him, Now You Don't and Napoleon and Samantha respectively in a two-hour format in 1975).[7] Walt Disney Productions also began running some of its multi-episode television programs, such as 1962's Sammy The Way-Out Seal, as televised feature films on the anthology series. A slightly edited version of the 1954 Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea made its television debut as a two-hour special on NBC in October 1976.[7] Several other Disney films, some of them not especially successful (such as Superdad, which was an outright flop in its initial theatrical release) were also aired on the program in the form of two-hour broadcasts that year. However, the multi-episode format for feature films had not been discontinued; as late as 1981, films such as Pollyanna were still being shown on the Disney program in several installments running a week apart.[7]

During the early 1970s, the show began to increasingly concentrate 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).[7]

The show's continued ratings success in the post-Walt era came to an end during 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 also slipping in the ratings. The anthology series 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, with the exceptions of Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo. Additionally, in 1975, when CBS regained the broadcast rights to the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 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 held the television rights to Oz (which it had acquired 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. Eastern Time slot back to the networks, allowing NBC to move Disney back by a half-hour. It also allowed CBS to schedule 60 Minutes at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time starting on December 7; prior to this, 60 Minutes had aired at 6:00 p.m. Eastern 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 significantly.

Disney's Wonderful World (1979–1981)[edit]

In September 1979, the studio agreed to the network's request for changes to the program. The show shortened its title to Disney's Wonderful World, and updated the opening sequence with a computer-generated logo and disco-flavored theme song, but largely kept the same format. The problems for the show continued, as a result of the ratings strength of 60 Minutes; compounded by low ratings, increasingly less original material, and frequent[citation needed] pre-emptions (primarily due to sporting events such as NFL game telecasts), NBC cancelled Disney in 1981.

Walt Disney (1981–1983)[edit]

Following NBC's announcement that it would drop the anthology series, CBS picked up the program and began airing it on Saturdays at 8:00pm Eastern Time, In September 1981. Despite more elaborate credit sequence and another title change, to simply Walt Disney, the series' format remained unchanged. It lasted two years on CBS, its end coinciding with the launch of the studio's cable television network, The Disney Channel. While ratings were a factor, the final decision to end the show came from Walt Disney Productions' then-CEO E. Cardon Walker, who felt that having both the show and the new channel active would result in cannibalization of viewership.[8]

The Wonderful World of Disney (1983–1988)[edit]

This version of The Wonderful World of Disney debuted in October 1983. It aired on CBS until January 1986, but continued on The Disney Channel until September 1988.

The Disney Sunday Movie (1986–1988)[edit]

After the studio – which was rechristened as The Walt Disney Company in 1986 – 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 debuted on February 2, 1986 on ABC. Many names were considered to serve as presenter for the revived show, including Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Cary Grant, Tom Hanks,[8] Walter Cronkite, Roy E. Disney (who closely resembled his uncle), and even Mickey Mouse.[9] The studio finally decided to have Michael Eisner, the company's recently hired CEO, host the series. Although he was not a performer, after filming a test video with his wife Jane and a member of his executive team (which required multiple takes), studio management believed he could do the hosting job. Eisner hired Michael Kay, a director of political commercials for then-U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, to help him improve his on-camera performance.[9]

The Disney Sunday Movie initially aired as ABC's lead-off program on Sundays, running from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. By this point, the format was similar to a movie-of-the-week, offering more original programming in the form of family-oriented television films from the studio that made up much of the material. A larger selection of theatrical library films than the previous Disney anthology programs had in the last few years of its original run were also shown (including another animated canon entry, 1973's Robin Hood), but with the advent of cable television and home video, these presentations were not as popular.

The program's ratings were never strong as the established 60 Minutes and scripted mystery series Murder, She Wrote on CBS, both of which Disney was competing with for viewers, remained the leading prime time programs on Sunday nights. In 1987, The Disney Sunday Movie was reduced from two hours to one. The move did not help drive ratings, and the network decided not to renew its contract with Disney, and pick up a fourth season of the second iteration of the anthology series.

The Magical World of Disney (1988–2002)[edit]

In the spring of 1988, NBC decided to renew its association with the company after it cut ties to the anthology series eight years earlier; the network brought the series, now named The Magical World of Disney, to serve as the lead-in of its Sunday lineup in September 1988. As the program had done during its last season as The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney ran for one hour, airing at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time; Michael Eisner also returned as its presenter.

After two seasons experiencing the same lackluster ratings as it had accrued during the tail end of its initial NBC run and its subsequent runs on CBS and ABC, Disney elected to move The Magical World of Disney off of broadcast television and began airing the anthology on The Disney Channel – in the same timeslot it had been airing for the past decade – starting in September 1990, expanding back to a two-hour format. Since The Disney Channel operated as a premium channel at the time, films presented on the series were usually presented without commercial interruption. The Magical World of Disney originally aired on the cable channel as a weekly Sunday-only program for its first 5½ years; however in September 1996, as part of the first phase of a programming revamp that culminated in its formal conversion into a commercial-free basic cable channel in April 1997, The Disney Channel expanded the Magical World brand to encompass its Monday through Saturday prime-time film block, maintaining its 7:00 p.m. Eastern time slot.

The Wonderful World of Disney (1991–present)[edit]

The Wonderful World of Disney returned in 1991 on CBS and later moved to ABC in 1997. It led the network's Sunday night lineup, resulting in the displacement of Sunday mainstay America's Funniest Home Videos, which had occupied the 7:00 p.m. Eastern time slot since 1992. This incarnation also replaced The ABC Sunday Night Movie, which initially continued to air alongside Wonderful World during the 1997–98 season, before that program was cancelled. The 1997 revival of the rechristened Wonderful World followed the same format as the Disney Sunday Movie, shifting its format more similarly to the Hallmark Hall of Fame to expand focus on original made-for-TV films (such as the 2005 television adaptation of Once Upon a Mattress), which the series had began to incorporate more of during its second run on NBC, although it continued to feature periodic broadcasts of various theatrical films.

In 2002, a Spanish language version of the program premiered on Telemundo (which, incidentally, was acquired by the English version's former home, NBC, that same year) as El Maravilloso el Mundo de Disney, with more of a focus on Disney theatrical films than the English broadcasts at the time.

In September 2003, The Wonderful World of Disney moved to Saturdays at 8:00pm Eastern time ,with the previous Sunday time slot being ceded to AFV (which moved back to Sundays that season) and drama series in the 8:00 p.m. hour. There were rare exceptions to the program's format during this time; for example, a Little House on the Prairie miniseries ran for several weeks in 2004 under the Wonderful World of Disney banner. For most of its second run on ABC, the program aired throughout the television season, with the exception of the 2005–06 season (when it aired during the midseason only), and in 2007 and 2008 (when it was relegated to the summer months), with a broader array of films occupying the network's Saturday prime time slot at other times, when sports programming did not air.

At this point, the series began to shift focus toward Disney theatrical films, relying less on original television films; however, the series aired two Disney Channel Original Movies (2003's Cadet Kelly and 2008's Camp Rock, currently the only Disney Channel television films to have aired on non-Disney Channel-branded network domestically) during its ABC run. The second ABC revival also included some family-oriented films produced by studios other than Disney under the Wonderful World banner, such as 20th Century Fox's The Sound of Music and Warner Bros.' Harry Potter film series, as well as television films such as Princess of Thieves (from Granada Productions) and the 2001 remake of Brian's Song (from Columbia-TriStar Television, now Sony Pictures Television).

On December 12, 2015, ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney officially returned to its anthology format with a showing of Mary Poppins, hosted by Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke took viewers on a tour through the Disney Archives, as they explore props and costumes from the production of Mary Poppins and discuss the film’s history and context within the Disney legacy.[10] It's next showing will be on February 21, 2016, with the special Disneyland 60, which will honor Disneyland's 60th anniversary.[11]

Reruns[edit]

Around the same time that the 1980s incarnations aired on ABC and NBC, reruns of older episodes of the Disney anthology series, airing under the Wonderful World of Disney banner, were syndicated to broadcast television stations throughout the United States[12][13] as well as in various international markets. In Australia, the program aired on Network Seven on Saturdays at 6:30pm, before it was dropped in 1994 due to Optus Vision (later Foxtel)'s launch of a domestic version of The Disney Channel, with Saturday Disney replacing it as the channel's main block of Disney films.

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, television series and films, 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 1997. Reruns of the anthology series were discontinued when the channel purged all vintage material with the removal of its Vault Disney late-night block on September 16, 2002.[14] However, a few select episodes are available on VHS or DVD (some of which are exclusive to the Disney Movie Club), with the possibility of additional future releases.

Recently, live-action Disney films from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s have aired on Turner Classic Movies, without commercial interruption, and presented uncut and with letterboxing.

All of the episodes and existing material used on the series up to 1996 are listed in the Bill Cotter book The Wonderful World of Disney Television, which was released in 1997 by Hyperion Books (which is owned by The Walt Disney Company).[3]

Films not yet televised[edit]

As of 2010, there are still two classic Disney films that have never been shown on Television at all in their entirety. They are Fantasia and Song of the South. Though it has been re-released to U.S. theatres several times, [15] and the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and Tar Baby segments have been shown on television, Song of the South has never been released on VHS or an authorized DVD in the U.S., due to the company's unease over the portrayal of Uncle Remus, a key black character in the film. No reason has been given for the withholding of Fantasia for telecast. Nearly all of the segments of Fantasia have been shown on television separately on the Disney TV program, notably The Sorcerer's Apprentice, as well as the uncensored Pastoral Symphony, but never the entire film with all its animated segments from start to finish.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs never aired in its entirety until it was telecast on February 14, 2010 on ABC Family, nearly 56 years after the beginning of the first Disney anthology show.

Theme music[edit]

This song helped to emphasize the use of color with its lyrics.

  • From 1969 to 1979, "The Wonderful World of Disney" orchestral medleys of various Disney songs from movies and theme parks were used as theme songs.
  • From 1979 to 1981, "Disney's Wonderful World", a disco-styled theme was written to emphasize the new visual changes, even though the format remained the same. The song was written by John Debney and John Klawitter.
  • From 1981 to 1983, "Walt Disney" a short disco arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star", arranged by Frank Gari, served as theme against some elaborate, then-state-of-the-art computer graphics. During the show's three-year hiatus from American television, CBC Television in Canada continued to use this title sequence and theme music for their own versions of the show. The sequence was also used as the opening sequence on international Walt Disney Home Video releases from 1981 to 1987.
  • From 1986 to 1988, a synthesized, pop-rock arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star" with some clapping was the theme. This was used again for the 1989-90 season of The Magical World of Disney and the 1990-97 run on The Disney Channel.
  • In 1988, an orchestral medley of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "When You Wish Upon a Star" was used. This was switched back to the 1986 theme in 1989.
  • From 1990 to 1997, an orchestral medley of "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Part of Your World" (the latter from Disney's at the time recent hit The Little Mermaid) was used for network specials (known as The Wonderful World of Disney on CBS and A Disney Special on other networks). This theme has also been used internationally.
  • From 1997 to 2002, "The Wonderful World of Disney" a newer orchestral arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "A Whole New World" (the latter was used in the movie Aladdin) were used; also used occasionally was the Louis Armstrong hit "What a Wonderful World". It is still used on G-TV and Telemundo. The former has a different intro with elements of the current Walt Disney Pictures logo and scenes shown in picture frames.
  • From 2002 to 2008, "The Wonderful World of Disney" a newer orchestral arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star" with a wordless choir was used.
  • In season 50, a brand-new orchestral arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star" and a brand-new opening title sequence were used on ABC telecasts in the United States.
  • In seasons 51 and 52, another brand-new orchestral arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star" (in actuality, the theme from the current Walt Disney Pictures logo, composed by Mark Mancina) and a brand-new opening title sequence (depicting a montage of the company's work) were shown.

International broadcasts[edit]

In Brazil, The Magical World of Disney aired on Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão (SBT), under the title Cine Disney. The ABC run of the program under The Wonderful World of Disney title originally aired in that country under the title O Maravilhoso Mundo de Disney on the Brazilian version of Disney Channel; the program moved to SBT as Mundo Disney in 2015.

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 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 (first run)[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 The 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 Tale 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 13, 1978
2 September 17, 1978
3 The Shaggy D.A. September 24, 1978
4 In Search of the Castaways October 1, 1978
5 October 8, 1978
6 The Gnome-Mobile October 29, 1978
7 November 5, 1978
8 The Boatniks November 12, 1978
9 Mickey's 50 November 19, 1978
10 Christmas at Walt Disney World December 10, 1978
11 Donovan's Kid January 7, 1979
12 January 14, 1979
13 Shadow of Fear January 28, 1979
14 February 4, 1979
15 Ride a Wild Pony February 11, 1979
16 February 18, 1979
17 Never a Dull Moment March 4, 1979
18 The Omega Connection March 18, 1979
19 Born to Run March 25, 1979
20 April 1, 1979
21 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 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 December 28, 1980
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 A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court 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 Last 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. Patrol 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 IV: 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 (1990-1991)[edit]

Season 36 (1991-1992)[edit]

Season 37 (1992-1993)[edit]

Season 38 (1993-1994)[edit]

Season 39 (1994-1995)[edit]

Season 40 (1995-1996)[edit]

Season 41 (1996-1997)[edit]


The Wonderful World of Disney episodes (second run)[edit]

Season 42 (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

Season 43 (1998–1999)[edit]

Season 44 (1999–2000)[edit]

Season 45 (2000–2001)[edit]

Season 46 (2001–2002)[edit]

Season 47 (2002–2003)[edit]

Season 48 (2003–2004)[edit]

Season 49 (2004–2005)[edit]

Season 50 (2005–2006)[edit]

Season 51 (2006–2007)[edit]

1. Finding Nemo. December 16, 2006 2. The Rookie. March 31, 2007 3. The Pacifier. May 19, 2007 4. Pirates of the caribbean June 16, 2007 5. Finding Nemo June 23, 2007 6. The haunted mansion June 30, 2007 7. Monsters Inc. July 7, 2007 8. Freaky Friday (2003) July 14, 2007 9. The Princess diaries July 21, 2007 10. The Princess diaries 2 July 28, 2007 11. confessions of a teenaged drama queen August 4, 2007

Season 52 (2007–2008)[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Nielsen seasonal ratings[edit]

Network Season Timeslot TV Season Season Premiere Season Finale Season
Rank
Viewers (m)
ABC 1 Wednesday 7:00 p.m. 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 p.m. ET 1958–1959 October 3, 1958 May 29, 1959
6 1959–1960 October 2, 1959 April 1, 1960
7 Sunday 7:00 p.m. 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 p.m. 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
CBS 35 Sunday 8:00 p.m. ET 1990-1991 September 23, 1990 September 15, 1991
36 1991-1992 September 22, 1991 September 13, 1992
37 1992-1993 September 20, 1992 September 12, 1993
38 1993-1994 September 19, 1993 September 11, 1994
39 1994-1995 September 18, 1994 September 10, 1995
40 1995-1996 September 17, 1995 August 25, 1996
41 1996-1997 September 2, 1996 December 1, 1996
ABC 42 1997–1998 September 28, 1997 May 18, 1998 #30 13.50[16]
43 1998–1999 September 27, 1998 May 30, 1999 #45 11.90[17]
44 1999–2000 September 26, 1999 May 14, 2000 #29 12.82[18]
45 2000–2001 October 8, 2000 May 31, 2001 #39 12.10[19]
46 2001–2002 September 16, 2001 May 19, 2002 #38 11.20[20]
47 2002–2003 November 3, 2002 July 27, 2003 #53 10.10[21]
48 Saturday 9:00 p.m. ET 2003–2004 September 27, 2003 May 10, 2004 #99 7.39[22]
49 2004–2005 October 16, 2004 June 17, 2005 #96 6.93[23]
50 2005–2006 November 3, 2005 July 8, 2006 #137 5.30[24]
51 2006–2007 December 16, 2006 August 4, 2007 #208[25] 4.28[26]
52 2007–2008 December 23, 2007 December 24, 2008 #172[27] 4.01[28]

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) [29]

Home video[edit]

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

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Disneyland (1955)". IMDb.com. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Bill Cotter (1997). The Wonderful World of Disney Television. New York: Hyperion Books. p. 17. ISBN 0-7868-6359-5. 
  4. ^ "Chronology of Disneyland Theme Park (1960–1965)". Islandnet.com. February 1, 1956. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Story of Color Television". 161.58.9.168. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–present (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. p. 1092. ISBN 0-345-31864-1. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Appendix B – The Anthology Series". BillCotter.com. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b James B. Stewart (2005). "1". Disneywar (1st ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 76–78. ISBN 0-684-80993-1. 
  9. ^ a b Kim Masters (2000). "13". The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else (2nd ed.). New York: HarperCollins. pp. 189–190. ISBN 0-06-662109-7. 
  10. ^ Dick Van Dyke to host “Mary Poppins” on “The Wonderful World of Disney” Inside the Magic, Retrieved December 12, 2015
  11. ^ ABC special celebrates Disneyland turning 60 WBAY, Retrieved January 28, 2016
  12. ^ Al Delugach (October 28, 1985). "Disney to Put 20 Films Into TV Syndication". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). 
  13. ^ Diane Haithman (July 1, 1987). "KTTV Offers A Daily Dose Of Disney". Los Angeles Times (Times Mirror Company). 
  14. ^ Jim Hill (September 6, 2002). "Vhat Vood Vault Do?". Jim Hill Media. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038969//releaseinfo
  16. ^ "The Final Countdown". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. May 29, 1998. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Final ratings for the 1998–1999 TV season". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved October 15, 2013 – via The Internet Archive. 
  18. ^ Justin Oppelaar (October 9, 2002). "Charts all shook up". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Bitter End". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. June 1, 2001. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today (Gannett Company). May 28, 2002. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. June 6, 2003. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved October 15, 2013 – via The Internet Archive. 
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  24. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. The Walt Disney Company. May 23, 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. The Walt Disney Company. June 5, 2007. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  26. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. The Walt Disney Company. August 21, 2007. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. The Walt Disney Company. May 28, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. The Walt Disney Company. August 5, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Awards for Disneyland (1956)". IMDb.com. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 

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