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Winter 1966-67
Vol. 2, No. 1
December, January, February 1966-67
16 Pages

Disney News Winter 1966-67

On the Cover
Actress Vera Miles, co-star of the Disney Christmas release Follow Me, Boys! with Fred MacMurray, gets into the holiday spirit. 

Inside Highlights

  • After more than a year in development, Disney's Christmas spectacle "Fantasy on Parade" makes its debut at Disneyland on December 17, 1966 with over 25 show units based on Disney movies and well-known characters. 
  • Walt Disney, Greer Garson and a host of Disneyland characters record television spots in support of the Marine Corps Reserves annual Toys for Tots campaign (Walt designed the first poster to promote Toys for Tots nationally, as well as the original Toys for Tots logo which is used to this day--Tim).
  • In New York City, the newly-formed National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) presents Walt with the Showman of the World award for his "sensitivity to the visual delights," "total involvement of the family" and "uncompromising wholesomeness of subject matter and presentation."
  • Following the success of 1966's Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Disney plans to start production on Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalumps in January 1967 (Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalumps would be released as Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and win the 1968 Academy Award for Best Cartoon Short Subject--Tim).
  • The legendary actor Edward G. Robinson, best known for playing the title role in 1931's Little Caeser, prepares to star opposite Dick Van Dyke in the gangster comedy A Thrill a Minute.  The film will be released in 1968, retitled Never a Dull Moment.

Side Note
Walt Disney died at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California on December 15th, 1966.  Since the Winter 1966 issue of Disney News had long since gone to press and the Spring 1967 issue would not be published until a distant three months later, no formal mention of Disney's death ever appeared on the pages of Disney News.

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