Disney Documentary Hour: Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World’s 10th Anniversary

By Keith Mahne

Today, we return to our own special segment that everyone really seems to enjoy, Disney Documentary Hour. This one is called Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World’s 10th Anniversary. The show is a 1982 television special that celebrated Walt Disney World’s “Tencennial” anniversary in 1981. The special aired on January 21st, 1982 on CBS. Watch the adventures of Dean Jones and Michele Lee, with their children Ricky Schroder and Dana Plato, as they visit Walt Disney World with their bizarre friend (cowboy Eileen Brennan) and an odd mute Asian child that she seems to have kidnapped. Also, there’s Michael Keaton. And the Gatlin Brothers, and John Schneider. Don’t worry, it’s even weirder than it sounds. Continue after the page break and let’s have a look…

The show begins with the family departing for Walt Disney World in a musical montage, meets up at the resort, and the Gatlin Brothers perform at Fort Wilderness’s Pioneer Hall.

Then we get two truly bizarre musical numbers – Dean Jones and Ricky Schroder have a painful duet about familial estrangement, and Dana Plato and Michele Lee go shopping at the Contemporary Resort Hotel. Afterwards, John Schneider sings an odd little number on the lawn of Cinderella Castle. We then get some very rare footage of the Contemporary Resort’s “Top of the World” restaurant, and have a completely unnecessary flashback.

Yeah, that’s Michael Keaton at the Contemporary Resort…

As the special wraps up, we’re treated to what might be the single strangest medley in the history of television. After all, it’s Walt Disney World – the place so magical it’ll make your child give up his calculator forever!

And now, here is Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World’s 10th Anniversary for your viewing pleasure:

 
 
 
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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.
 
 


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2 thoughts on “Disney Documentary Hour: Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World’s 10th Anniversary

  1. Thank you for this post. My husband is one of the boy scouts who float across the screen at the 42:45 mark singing with Ricky Schroder. I had heard the stories, but seeing the clip made our day. Thanks!

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