Thanks for that. One more word to the wise:
And Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Thanks for that. One more word to the wise:
And Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
These are all very valid points, but lets not forget Annette is a "Disney Legend."
She was an entertainer though, I do not think a window for her would be appropriate and windows should be resevered for Immangineers such as Baxter, O'Neill, and hell.... even Eisner and/or Lucas. These people put time and heart as well as budgets, material, and planning to make attractions at the Magic Kingdom.
If you give Annette a window, give one to Regan, Linkletter, and Nixon too. And then have a $10,000 auction so one of us can have a chance to put our name on a window.
BTW: Can we put a poll on this topic?
I don't think being an Imagineer is the criteria for receiving a window. Fess Parker has a window. Wally Boag has a window. Neither of these gentlemen were Imagineers. I for one believe Jack Wagner deserves a window as well for his voice work as the Voice of Disneyland. He was not an Imagineer either. Annette was a performer at Disneyland during the very early stages of the park. The mouse ears you see around the park can, in part, be attributed to her. I think the Mouse Club is as importantly linked to the park as the Davy Crockett series was and as such deserves recognition.
I think it would be nice to have a tribute of some sort to Annette at the park but as the others have said, I don't know if a window is the right one. The windows are for the unsung behind the scenes type stars...everyone knows Annette. Plus, it would open the floodgates: if she had a window, would there be other legendary Disney performers people would want to see up there? Sure. Would it result in the windows becoming something other than what they started out as? I think so.
A fountain? Plaque near one of the performing areas? Statue of the Mousketeers including Annette? Some kind of Disney Legends exhibit? I think that would work better.
I don't know. Julie Andrews got a horse on the carrousel also her presences in the fireworks.
ORDDU: The arguments against Annette having a window on Main Street just don't hold water. Some of you are inserting your own personal criteria into your arguments that aren't even proven. You are forgetting that it all started with a Mouse. And Walt, himself, had stated that he was inspired to build Disneyland so that guests could experience his movies in a new way. The fact that there are more attractions based on subjects other than his movies proves nothing. The fact that the movies were the original inspiration for the park being built is what counts.
I think she needs a window, she was part of the mouse
In the 80's Annette was the second most recognizable celebrity face branded to Disneyland (the Mouse being first of course) and she helped greatly to uphold the wholesome image & values, the public's eyes, of the Disney brand. She definitely deserves something for that alone in my opinion.
From a historical standpoint it could be breaking tradition to have Annette immortalized along Main Street unless in these walking "credits" you could say that she's an "...an also starring" or "...with special guest". Otherwise I'd suggest that they give her a memorial stage or a theater somewhere in Disneyland, plaque and all.
The wording on the poll reflects strongly the opinion of the individual who wrote it.
Perhaps it would have been much more appropriate to ask "Does Annette Funicello's contribution to the Walt Disney Organization and Disneyland warrant a Window on Main Street?"
And the word "small" needs to be removed from the last option, again because it reflects the opinion of the poll's author.
Still, having said all this, the poll results thus far clearly reflects that the majority believes that she should, indeed, be recognized. Her impact, her contribution to those early years of Disneyland, were anything but small.
The entire original Mickey Mouse Club should be recognized in the Park. It was big Mooseketeer Roy Williams who invented those Mouseears that have been worn by generations visiting the park. It was Jimmy Dodd who gave us so many songs and "words to live by"...and the entire Original Mickey Mouse Club cast was there on opening day marching right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A.!
It is impossible for the youth of today to understand the thrill of visiting the Park and
seeing Annette, Spin and Marty, and many other Mouseketeers appearing live and in person...signing autographs, appearing in parades and shows throughout the park.
Most young folks today don't remember that special 3-D, full color Mickey Mouse Club movie...or the Mickey Mouse Club Circus...or Annette appearing in the 10th Anniversary Show of the Golden Horseshoe Revue...or on those special Disneyland TV shows in the park.
Those memories from the early years need to be recognized, remembered, and celebrated
in a special way.
Next time you are in the park and the Disneyland Band begins to play the Original Mickey Mouse Club theme song look around at some of the older folks who are wiping away tears.
You see their love of the original Mickey Mouse Club is very real...very deep...and very true. It has been all of their lives...Annette was a very special part of that magic...the entire original cast should be recognized in a very special way in the Happiest Place on Earth...forever.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan
Annette was there performing in full costume at the opening day of Disneyland (-- sadly, the lawyers cut the Mouseketeer material - a big talent round-up musical number in front of the Mickey Mouse Club Theatre in Fantasyland - from the opening day special on the Walt Disney Treasures DVD set due to royalties issues with the MMC cast). The Mickey Mouse Club premiered at the same time that Disneyland opened -- and was linked with the park ever after.
For years, any major event at Disneyland included Annette in the festivities -- she is dancing under the Matterhorn for Disneyland 59 -- she performed at the Mickey Mouse Club Circus -- two popular Wonderful World of Color performances from Disneyland in the 60's, both issued as theatrical featurettes abroad (Disneyland After Dark, The Golden Horseshoe Revue) -- she appeared from the park in a long lost live summer series Meet Me at Disneyland in the early 60's -- and in Kodak commercials filmed at Disneyland. Even her early recordings were on the Disneyland Records label.
Attractions, too, were related to Annette. Not only Mickey Mouse Club Circus, but Mouseketeer 3-D Jamboree at Mickey Mouse Club Theatre in Fantasyland featured 3-D footage of Annette (on a swing no less!) hosting Walt's cartoons. Sets and props from Annette's big movie Babes in Toyland took up residence in Main Street's Opera House for several years prior to Lincoln's arrival, while the Toyland Soldiers have gone on become an iconic Holiday tradition at Disney Parks worldwide.
Before her battle with MS and well into the 90s, she was there for every special parade and celebration, generously sharing her warmth with the public (and Mickey, of course) -- Tomorrowland 67, Disneyland 25, Disneyland 30, New Fantasyland, simultaneous anniversaries, reunions and special promotional days at the park celebrating the Mickey Mouse Club -- the opening of every major attraction and land.
At each of these she could be seen on the live TV news and talk shows tirelessly, enthusiastically, and authentically promoting the park -- and she would proudly say, "I've been here for every opening since day one!"
No doubt had illness not taken her away from the park, you would have seen her at every event in recent decades as well. I'll bet she longed to be there again and again...
Yes, lovely Annette was and is eternally coupled with the Disneyland legacy from day one and she deserves a way to be there always in memory, along with Walt, Fess, and Mickey. In a way, she will always be the ultimate "Disneyland Ambassador."
ORDDU: Sorry to contradict you, lazyboy970, but I was only talking about Disneyland and NOT Epcot. Don't go creating one of those awful straw man arguments by trying to compare Disneyland to Epcot. I would never suggest that Annette receive recognition there and I think you already know that. You're over-reaching to prove a point that just can't be proven.