Way back in the day, the Disney Channel showed content that was related to the Disney films and theme parks. And so it was in 1989, when the channel created an hour long special to celebrate the newly-minted Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park in Florida. Hosted by TV’s Fred Newman, then one of the adult stars of the new Mickey Mouse Club and known today as a sound effects artist on public radio’s Prairie Home Companion, the special shows the construction of the park while also serving as a tour of all the new attractions and shows that guests would find waiting for them when they visited.
Of special interest are several of the creative staff behind the new park; lead Imagineer Bob Weis was responsible for the Studios park and actually returned to the company a few years ago to lead the creative makeover of California Adventure. A young Eric Jacobson, with a fantastic 80s hairdo-and-mustache, went from leading the team on the Great Movie Ride to his current role as a Senior Vice President at WDI.
Take a look, and remember when the Studios was actually a studio, and there was animation in the animation tour! And – do I have to say it? – no hat!