Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? If you sing along to the Mickey Mouse March, then you have had at least a small taste of the Mickey Mouse Club in your life.
The Mickey Mouse Club has had several iterations throughout the years. Interestingly enough, each generations seems to have their own beloved cast of Mouseketeers. Today, let's explore the three versions.
The Mickey Mouse Club (1955-1959)When I think about vintage Disney, I think about projects that Walt worked on, and the Mickey Mouse Club was a project that he loved.
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The Mickey Mouse Club wasn't a hard sell like Disneyland though. The Mickey Mouse Club was essentially a variety show for kids. What's a variety show? Think Saturday Night Live, but rated G. There were fun skits and cartoon segments, as well as songs and dances.
The original Mickey Mouse Club featured many Mouseketeers who turned into stars, including Annette Funicello, who was a beloved American figure and Disney superstar.
The New Mickey Mouse Club (1977)
Loyal viewers of the original Mickey Mouse Club now had their own kids, and just like today when sentimental shows make a comeback (see: Fuller House, Gilmore Girls, Girl Meets World) the Mickey Mouse Club came roaring back. The New Mickey Mouse Club was similar to the original, but with a more diverse cast.
The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989-1995)
Do you remember a show from your childhood that you loved so much, you had to rush home to see it? The All New Mickey Mouse Club (MMC) was that show for me. I would beg my parents to let me eat dinner in the living room where we had a cable TV so I could turn to the Disney Channel and watch the show each day at 5:30pm.
I specifically remember the later seasons, and in 1994 while at Walt Disney World they were filming at MGM Studios, now Disney Hollywood Studios, we were walking by the back lot when we were approached by a Cast Member recruiting for the studio audience. Unfortunately I missed the cut off for age requirement. (I am told by my mother that I wasn't happy and threw quite a fit.)
The MMC not only was a great show, but it also produced some amazing talent. Here are just some of the names of the All New Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers:
- Christina Aguilera
- JC Chasez
- Ryan Gosling
- Keri Russell
- Britney Spears
- Justin Timberlake
Do you have any memories of The Mickey Mouse Club? Share it in the comments below.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Vintage Disney Loop:
- 1st Stop - My Dreams of Disney | Vintage Disney: The Magic Kingdom's Original Attractions
- 2nd Stop - What's the Point? | The Mickey Mouse Club
- 3rd Stop - Frontierland Station | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage
- 4th Stop - The Delightful Life | Disney Ticket Books
- 5th Stop - Disney Mamas | The origins of Disneyland