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The Wonderful World of Disney sometimes called "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" premiered on ABC on Wednesday, October 27, 1954. The same basic series has since appeared on several major networks. The show is the second longest running prime-time program on American television, behind rival film anthology, the Hallmark Hall of Fame. However, Hallmark Hall of Fameaired as a weekly program during its first five seasons before becoming a bi-monthly program, while Disney remained a weekly program for more than 40 years. Originally hosted by Walt Disney himself, the original format of the Disney anthology series consisted of a balance of theatrical animated cartoons, live-action features, and other informational material (some original, some pre-existing) from the studio's library. For many years, the show also featured edited one-hour versions of such then-recent Disney films as Alice in Wonderland, and in other cases, telecasts of complete Disney films that were split into two or more one-hour episodes. Later original programs consisted of dramatizations of other historical figures and legends along the lines of the Davy Crockett mini-series. These included a miniseries based on Daniel Boone (not the Fess Parker characterization), Texas John Slaughter, Elfego Baca, Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox", and 1977's Kit Carson and the Mountain Man (with Christopher Connelly as Kit Carson, Robert Reed as John C. Fremont, and Gregg Palmer as mountain man Jim Bridger).

Sunday 7:00 PM et/pt on ABC
11 Seasons, 254 Episodes
October 27, 1954
Animation & Cartoons
7.3/10
Cast: David Sparrow, Will Friedle, Laurie Murdoch, Neil Crone
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The Wonderful World of Disney Full Episode Guide

  • Join singer, songwriter and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors host Jordan Fisher and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Joined by Disneyland host Jesse Palmer, Disney Parks and ABC will kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular.

  • Join Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough and multi-platinum recording artist and television personality, Nick Lachey as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host, Jesse Palmer to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular.

  • Dr. Syn, a country priest leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs. Press gangs (impressment) roam the country side beating young men into submission or unconsciousness, usually at local inns and pubs, in order to enslave them in the Royal British Navy. Dr. Syn conceals his secret identity behind a sackcloth mask, and carries on activities ala Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro from his parish base.

  • In this 1960 theatrical release (which has been sliced into three parts to be aired over three weeks), a 12-year-old orphan moves in with her wealthy aunt and changes the lives of everyone in a small town.

  • Professor Ludwig von Drake explains the history of human flight from its humble, rudimentary beginnings to the then-present day.

  • Julianne and Derek Hough and Sofia Carson kick off the holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort; performers include Boyz II Men, JoJo, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Zara Larsson, OneRepublic, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.

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