Disney Parks Withdrawal Disney+ Movie Playlist: Part 5 – Disneyland
With Disney Parks around the world closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’re taking a look at the offerings on Disney+ that reminds us of the parks we love. Today, we’re traveling through the park that started it all: Disneyland!
A celebration of turn-of-the-century small town America, a classic Walt-era film that espouses that charm and Walt’s undying optimism is Pollyanna. This was the first Disney film to star Hayley Mills, who would star in five more films for the studio and become a Disney Legend in 1998. Or get that retro Disney vibe with episodes of a classic series, “The Mickey Mouse Club.” But if you want a look into Disneyland’s past, the “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” episode “Disneyland Around the Seasons” offers great significance, as it offers a glimpse into the park as it appeared in the mid-1960’s, and it was the first episode of the anthology series to air following Walt’s passing on December 15th, 1966.
While we already know Dr. Jones’ adventures are on another streaming service, and the other perfect Adventureland movie isn’t even out yet, one classic Disney film that springs to mind when I’m in Adventureland is The Jungle Book, which captures the playful, adventurous tone of the land. If one movie isn’t enough of Mowgli and Baloo, there’s also the 2003 animated sequel, The Jungle Book 2, and a live-action prequel, The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story. And for more animated adventures, keep an eye out in June, when Tarzan swings onto the streaming service in the United States. But for some real-life animal adventures, check out the series of films that inspired the Jungle Cruise, True-Life Adventures. Appropriate choices for Adventureland include 1955’s The African Lion and 1960’s Jungle Cat.
When Disneyland opened its doors on July 17th, 1955, America was so enamored with Disney’s television take on Davy Crockett that Fess Parker appeared in character as the frontier legend to help open Frontierland. Also in 1955, Disney edited the first three episodes of the Davy Crockett miniseries and compiled them together in the film Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. The final two episodes, where Crockett meets Mike Fink, make up the follow-up film, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. But if you’re itchin’ to find pirate treasure on Tom Sawyer Island, try Treasure of Matecumbe, which offers up Mark Twain-inspired adventure. Or if it’s frontier animals that strike your fancy, try the True-Life Adventures The Living Desert and The Vanishing Prairie, or that timeless classic, Old Yeller. (Keep the tissues nearby.)
The newest land at Disneyland brings the world of a galaxy far, far away to life. And why not pair these new adventures with one of the newest adventures in the Star Wars universe? The Disney+ original series “The Mandalorian” offers excitement, compelling drama, and a pretty popular character youmayhaveheardof. Whether you haven’t seen it yet or re-watching it while anxiously waiting for season two, it’s an adventure worthy of the Star Wars name. I have spoken.
The home to cartoon characters, Mickey’s Toontown is represented with plenty of animated fun on Disney+. I suggest starting with the film that partially inspired the land, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which later inspired the premier attraction of the land, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Missing Gadget’s Go Coaster? See Gadget Hackwrench in action in “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.” Looking for some fun with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and the rest of the gang? Disney+ offers a selection of cartoon classics including Steamboat Willie, The Band Concert, Lonesome Ghosts, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, The Little Whirlwind, and Lend a Paw. Want more? Watch a cartoon character fight crime in Los Angeles in “Bonkers.” Or prepare for the future and watch the new “Mickey Mouse” shorts ahead of the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. On Disney+, there’s toons galore!