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The Wonderful World of Disney

Season 21 1974 - 1975

  • 1974-09-15T05:00:00+01:00 on ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 17 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Animation, Children, Family

Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most ambitious producers, was first approached to do television in 1950, when The Coca-Cola Company offered him a one-hour special. The one hour special, "One Hour in Wonderland," aired December 25, 1950 on NBC and garnered 90% of the television viewing audience. A second special, "The Walt Disney Christmas Special," aired December 25, 1951 on CBS. When Walt had drawn up plans for a theme park, known as Disneyland, he found a hard time obtaining funding; critics, including Walt's brother Roy, thought that it was unfeasible and that it would be a fiasco. At the same time, the ABC television network offered him a deal for a television anthology series. Walt wouldn't agree to it unless they put up partial financing for Disneyland (a term that had kept CBS and NBC from signing with him). ABC agreed, and also paid him $50,000 per program, an exorbitant sum for the time. The show, titled Disneyland, premiered on October 27, 1954 and was an immediate success. The program showcased original works from the Disney Studios. Cartoons, documentaries, educational shorts, all were shown to a captive worldwide audience. Variety was the key to its success, as it kept most of what it did fresh, multi-cultural and constantly changing its entertainment.

17 episodes

21x08 Adventure in Satan's Canyon

  • 1974-11-03T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Rob is an excellent sportsman in kayaking but when he blows an important competition, he drops out of kayaking out of fear. His fear is put to the test when during a trip to Satan's Canyon, his coach Jack Hughes, gets injured while kayaking and Rob has to help him.

21x09 Runaway on the Rogue River

  • 1974-12-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Jeff Peterson and his father, John, are on a fishing trip in the Pacific Northwest. They decide that whoever catches the largest fish will not have to clean the dishes. John drops Jeff off on the lake's shore, then drops him off to his favorite fishing spot. Meanwhile, a truck containing trained circus elephants suffers a flat tire and its driver, Bucky Steele, must change it. He unloads the elephants so that he can work. One of them, named Barney, wanders off into the woods. Jeff is amazed when he prepares to cast his line and catches an elephant! When John's boat suffers a severe hit from a log, Jeff and Barney must save him.

21x17 Welcome to the World

  • 1975-03-23T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

To commemorate the Grand Opening of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World, this installment presents a musical trip through the park.