8.5/10
1,585
13 user 8 critic

The Magical World of Disney 

Disneyland (original title)
A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.
Reviews
Popularity
2,727

Episodes

Seasons


Years



36   35   34   33   32   31   … See all »
1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   1986   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Walt Disney ...  Self - Host / ... 319 episodes, 1954-1986
Learn more

More Like This 

The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1958)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Mickey Mouse hosts a youth-oriented variety show.

Stars: Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Experience the magic and adventure from Walt Disney world of color.

Stars: David Sparrow, Will Friedle, Laurie Murdoch
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.

Stars: Lance Kerwin, Samaria Graham, Mara Hobel
The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A loving mother and wife, but also a strong woman, deals with situations and problems a of a middle-class family in the late 1950s and the early 1960s

Stars: Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson raise their two sons Ricky and David. As the sons age, they experience teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of his mother Winnie Gillis' eye. Dobie has an almost singular focus on the opposite sex, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen
My Three Sons (1960–1972)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady
Wheel of Fortune (TV Series 1975)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Daytime version of the game show in which contestants guess letters in order to complete a word, phrase or name.

Stars: Susan Stafford, Charlie O'Donnell, Chuck Woolery
The Bullwinkle Show (1959–1963)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rocky, a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle, a bumbling but lovable moose, have a series of ongoing adventures.

Stars: Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees
The Danny Thomas Show (1953–1965)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord
Family Affair (1966–1971)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bill's comfortable lifestyle must change when he receives a group of unexpected, long-term, guests.

Stars: Brian Keith, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones
Lassie (1954–1974)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart
Edit

Storyline

A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

cult favorite | disney | anthology | See All (3) »


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

NBC was loyal to the show throughout the 1960s and most of the 1970s, but by 1979, ratings were declining, and they demanded changes in the format. The studio updated the visual look of the show with a disco theme song and a fancier opening sequence. This convinced NBC to renew the show until 1981. But the ratings did not improve, and NBC cancelled it. CBS then picked it up and featured an even more elaborate opening sequence using then-state-of-the art computer graphics. Disney cancelled the show in 1983, due to the start of The Disney Channel. The show was revived in 1986 on ABC, then moved to NBC in 1988. It was cancelled in 1990 after thirty-six consecutive seasons on network television. In 1997, the show was revived by ABC as The Wonderful World of Disney (1995). See more »

Quotes

[opening lines; 1954-1966]
Announcer: And now, your host, Walt Disney.
See more »


Soundtracks

Welcome to Disney's Wonderful World
(Theme from 1979-1981)
Music by John Debney
Lyrics by John Klawitter
See more »

User Reviews

 
A Home Run For Walt Disney, ABC & All Of Us!
19 June 2014 | by redryan64See all my reviews

WHEN THIS ANTHOLOGY came to TV via the ABC Network in the Autumn of 1954, it had a sort of pre-installed reverence that no other program could dream of. Mr. Disney had garnered himself a reputation that was far above any other producer in Hollywood. Approaching, but falling just short of full Canonization, it was one of his true short comings on planet Earth.

AFTER HIS EARLY years in native, Chicago, the Disney family moved to Kansas City, Missouri; where the young Disney became a commercial artist, producing filmed ads for local businesses. These short animations would be the first Disney cartoons to be shown in the movie houses.

FOLLOWING SOME SETBACKS with people such as film producer/distributor Margaret Winkler over OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT, he turned to a Mouse and, well, we all know the rest.

HAVING MADE HIS mark in both the animated and live action productions insured that the new DISNEYLAND Show (original title) would surely embrace a "diversity" of sorts. Various program episodes were assembled from Disney's considerable backlog of cartoons and full length features. Others were live action series (or rather mini series) newly produced just for television. (Ever hear of Davy Crockett?)

TWO OTHER AREAS that comprised the show's rotation of subjects were bold forays into the worlds of science. One was biological; chronicling the life of wild animals and the habitats in which they live. The other brought us reports of what scientific research was bringing us to our daily lives. Being right on the cusp leading to the Space Race, rocketry and future space travel were prominent subject to be investigated, dissected and rendered understandable to even the youngest of viewers.

IN ESTABLISHING A format for the show, it was decided to partition the Kingdom of DISNEYLAND into four separate, smaller components. The separation was accomplished along the line of subject matter as follows:

Fantasyland: Fictional live action, animation.

Frontierland: Historical filmed series.

Tomorrowland: Science and the technological developments.

Adventureland: The True Life Adventures, Animals and Nature.

NOT SO COINCEDENTALLY all of these names were also the designations assigned to the various sections of the newly opened DISNEYLAND Theme Park. In addition to being a talented artist, great judge of talent & the public's tastes, Walt was obviously a $hrewd Promoter and Bu$ine$$ Man!

THE BATTING ORDER (or more properly, the STARTING ROTATION) insured both variety and balance in programing. The interest of the viewer-ship was maintained at a high level; as we were kept on the edge of our figurative chairs, wondering what next week's show would bring us.

WHERE ELSE COULD we travel to so many various lands without leaving the comfort of our living room's TV set?


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's Wonderful World See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1986-1987) | (1954-1960, 1961-1986 and 1987-1990) | (1960-1961)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (1954-1961)| Color (Technicolor) (1961-1990)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed