Monday, May 2, 2011

Disney and T.V

      Disney has been in the business of television even at its release to homes. Family's all over America knew that every week they could turn on the ABC network and visit their "Uncle Walt" and see what he has to offer. Alot of people don't know that Disneyland and Disneys history with TV are connected. When Walt first thought of an idea for a theme park in Anahiem, he knew he couldn't afford it on his own. So he went to a new TV station, ABC ans asked for sponsorship for Disneyland, and in return, he would host an hour long show each week. That show was called "Walt Disney's Disneyland." The first show aired in 1954. His first show was named "The Disneyland Story." The show was based around the four lands of Disneyland: Adventureland, Tommorowland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland. Each week was themed around one of these four themes.ABC was even host to the opening of Disneyland, which was one of the first live television broadcasts. 
    In the 1960's, color television developed. So Walt decided to change the name of the show to "The Wonderful World of Color" and move to NBC, which was one of the first television stations to have color. The new show showed off Walts new movies, that he would cut down and show in parts on the show. Also, it would show cartoons. There were also specials at Disneyland, such as "Disneyland's 10th Anniversary" and "Disneyland After Dark." This show also got the catchy theme song by the Sherman brothers. In the 1980's, CBS took the show and changed the title to just "Walt Disney." The show itself went unchanged.
      Then, in the 1980's, ABC aired the "Disney Sunday Night Movie" which was hosted by Michael Eisener. This showed straight to TV movies.
           Then in the 2000's, the show was changed to "The Wonderful World of Disney." It stayed that way until 2008 when it officaly went off the air for good. Disney is split between ABC, NBC, ABC Family, and The Disney Channel.


1 comment:

  1. Nice article. Too bad it went off the air. We need more of these types of programs for families. If Walt was still alive I am sure that TV would be much different than it is. We miss you Walt Disney!