Walt Disney Family Museum – Special Program: ‘Sixty Years of Mouseketeers’


October 3, 2015 marks an important date in Disney history—the 60th anniversary of the original Mickey Mouse Club, which debuted on the ABC television network on that day in 1955. To commemorate the occasion, The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to present a special event, Sixty Years of Mouseketeers, to be offered on two successive days, Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, 2015.

The prelude to this exciting experience will be a presentation in the theater that includes the historical overview of the series and a panel discussion hosted by Disney author and historian Lorraine Santoli.

After the presentation, you will move into the awards lobby for a one-of-a-kind, personal meet and mingle opportunity where you spend time with each of our special guests as they switch from table to table for autographs and conversation. You will meet with the Original Mouseketeers Bobby Burgess, Sharon Baird, Sherry Alberoni, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, and Doreen Tracy, plus special guests Tim Considine and David Stollery, actors from Spin and Marty.

Bobby Burgess’s recent autobiography, Ears & Bubbles: Dancing My Way From The Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show and Lorraine Santoli’s just released Inside the Disney Marketing Machine will be available in the museum store.

Sat, Oct 3 & Sun, Oct 4 | 4:30–9:30pm

Presentation and Meet-and-Mingle Session
$199 members | $249 non-members

Presentation Only
$49 members | $79 non-members

To Purchase Tickets Please Go to The Walt Disney Family Museum

WDI Recruits Advanced Robotics Expert to Work on Future Animatronic Figures

Martin Buehler


Walt Disney Imagineering has recruited Martin Buehler, a well known expert in the field of advanced robotics.

Buehler is most well known for his work on the Boston Dynamics ‘BigDog’ project

Buehler joins WDI at a critical time for Audio-Animatronics, as Disney looks to separate itself from the wider adoption of animated figures at other parks around the world.

The upcoming AVATAR project at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is expected to debut some next generation Audio-Animatronic figures to bring the AVATAR story to life.

Martin will lead WDI R&D’s Advanced Robotics and will take on the role of executive R&D Imagineer.


BigDog runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs muddy hiking trails, walks in snow and water, and carries 340 lb load.

Martin was also director of research at iRobot and a VP at Vecna Technologies

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