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Disneyland: Did Walt Disney travel to London to try to convince her? Did Travers cry at the premiere?

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted January 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM
This film is from the Walt Disney company, so I suppose some embellishments have been added.


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM
From what I have gathered, I do not think he was involved in the process as the movie portrays. In fact, I think he mostly tried to avoid her because she was so unpleasant.

I think she also hated Mary Poppins (for the most part).

Still, I think it was an excellent movie! I felt that the movie showed both Disney and Travers at a more positive light.

I did find the smoking thing interesting, especially with the cough!

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted January 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM
I believe that Travers said that she really didn't like the animated parts but didn't have a problem with the rest of the film for which the most part she liked.

From rick stevens
Posted January 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM
You should check out IMDB, there are some interesting facts in the Trivia section.

From TH Creative
Posted January 5, 2014 at 6:17 AM
No doubt this will be one of the first questions they ask Mr. Disney when he ... er ... comes back.

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From TH Creative
Posted January 5, 2014 at 6:20 AM
There's a TMZ of on Youtube of Dick Van Dyke discussing the making of the film and P.L. Travers.

I'd post it here but I don't like spreading the BS chatter about Mr. Disney being an anti-semite.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I know exact clip you are talking about!

The issue with Walt Disney, and many other people that time, was that things that are considered taboo now were not back then. I am not trying to make an excuse for him (he was a lot of controversial things, but many things need to be taken in context of the times.

Song of the South suffers this, but I understand why it is controversial. I always found this a little sad because James Baskett (Uncle Remus) was said to be treated quite well by Walt Disney, considering this was the '40s.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted January 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM
The carousel scene at Disneyland has an inaccuracy; in the background you can see the facades of Snow White and Pinocchio, but before the 80s renovation of Fantasyland, the facade of those rides were different.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted January 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM
I don't believe that Pinocchio was even in the park until that refurbishment. I happened to notice that too but as I've never been to Disneyland, I wasn't sure if that was really it or not. Didn't notice the Snow White facade though.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted January 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM
Andrew, you are right; Pinocchio was added in the 80s. Before Pinocchio's ride there was a theater if I'm not mistaken. I went to Disneyland for the first time 2 years ago, so I recognized both facades in a heartbeat. Peter Pan is on the opposite side next to the carousel as well, but it doesn't appear on the film.

Travers was upset because she wanted to ride Radiator Springs Racers, not a carousel.

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