While walking past The Golden Horseshoe Saloon, listen to the theme songs of Blazing Saddles, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, and Roy Rogers theme to Pecos Bill.
REPORTED: Brian Curran 14 DEC 96
CONFIRMED: James Harper 09 JAN 97
CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 13 JAN 97
If you sit in one of the stage boxes that are at the stage level in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the performers will often look over at you and give you some silly looks and even talk to you while the show is going on.
REPORTED: David Enertson 23 MAR 98
I worked in the Park between 1957 and 1962 and would hang out at the Golden Horseshoe whenever possible. Wally would toss a few gags my way that I could use in programs at my junior and then senior high school in Anaheim. He and I have stayed in contact over the years and when I travel that way for a conference every fall, I build in some time to visit with Wally and his wife Ellen. He is such a good resource for information about Disneyland and Walt, in particular. The "E Ticket" carried an article on him a couple of years back which details how he was asked by Donald Novis to audition for the Horseshoe Revue (just him and Walt on an empty sound stage -- he did his nightclub routine and Walt said, "well, we're building this park down at Anaheim and I'm gonna produce this show in Frontierland...but, it'll be a family show." "I can clean the act up," Wally said -- he did and he was hired. It's very likely that no one who put that show together ever thought it would wind up in "Guinness World Records" as the longest running live stag show -- but, 42,000+ shows later, it did. Aside from the Horseshoe girls, there were very few cast changes during the run. Judy Marsh, the original Slue Foot, was replaced early-on by Bettie Taylor, who then stayed with the show until it closed in 1985. Donald Novis was with the show until about 1964 when he became quite ill and was replaced by Fulton Burley, who, like Bettie, was also with the show until it closed. The original music director and pianist was Charlie LaVere, who also wrote several songs for the show. When the show reached its 10,000th performance, it was featured on NBC's "Wonderful World of Disney" in September 1962. That program, which was augmented with performances by Annette Funicello, Gene Sheldon, Ed Wynn, and an expanded saloon brawl during the Pecos Bill number, was later released theatrically.
REPORTED: gsands 10 JAN 00