Anyone who saw “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in theaters when it was first released has to be in their 80s. If they were at the opening of Disneyland, then they should be in their 60s. Those who say it was “Lion King” are probably in their 20s.
My first Disney memory is “The Mickey Mouse Club” and I’m not talking about that ’80s knockoff with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. The one I watch featured Annette Funicello and a bunch of other young people.
Most people have such a memory. It seemed like a good time to ask some celebrities to share their first Disney memories while I was at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. Here’s what a few had to say.
Joey Lawrence, “Melissa & Joey”: “My mom and dad took me to Disney World when I was 4 years old. I rode on Space Mountain and I peed my pants. I was sitting in my mother’s lap and my dad was behind us. It hit both my mom and dad.”
Brenda Song, voice of Chloe in “Pixie Hollow Games”: “For me it was ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ That was the first movie I ever saw. I have been in love with Belle since then. She’s my Disney Princess. Not long ago, some friends and I bought costumes to wear to Disneyland. We got to the door and they wouldn’t let us in because you had to be younger than 9 to wear costumes in the park.”
Melissa Joan Hart, “Melissa & Joey”: “We would go to Disney World because I grew up in New York and my grandparents lived in Florida. Once or twice a year we would drive down to Florida and we would get to go to the park. It was from the second the gate opened in the morning until the gate closed at night that we were there. The earliest memory inside the park is riding Thunder Mountain.”
Jason Dolley, voice of Rumble in “Pixie Hollow Games”: “The first movie I saw in a theater was ‘The Lion King.’ I probably became Simba at home and walked around on all fours. That’s what I would do. I would watch movies and then for the next week or so I would be one of the characters. That’s where the acting thing got started.
Tiffany Thornton, voice of Glimmer in “Pixie Hollow Games”: “I think my first Disney memory was watching ‘Snow White’ on VHS. My favorite animated movie was ‘Sleeping Beauty’ because I thought I looked like Aurora. I went to Disney World as a kid so I sort of grew up surrounded by Disney.”
Dave Foley, voice of Wayne in “Prep & Landing”: “I think my first movie was the original ‘Fantasia.’”
Michael Giacchio, “Up” composer: “My first movie in the theaters was ‘The Rescuers.’ But before that, I remember watching ‘The Wonderful World of Color’ on TV on Sundays. That would have been the first one.”
Chris Parnell, voice in “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”: “The first movie I ever saw was ‘The Aristocats’ when I was quite young. I was so young I really didn’t understand what we were going to see. I knew there was a screen but I didn’t know if people in suits were going to come out.”