Disney+ Has Some Classic TV Shows We Weren't Expecting

Walt Disney in World of Color

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Prior to the launch of Disney+ we received a massive list on Twitter of many of the shows and movies that would be available when the service arrived on our televisions. In the weeks since then, even more content was announced for day one. Now, Disney+ is finally here, and it turns out there's even more available, and some of it will be of particular interest to the most serious Disney fans.

Whether you're an older Disney fan who has been following the company for decades, or a younger fan who has simply never had the opportunity before to see the early days of Disney television, there are a few items worth seeking out on the new streaming service. Hopefully, these will be the first of many more to come. If you'd like to check out everything available on the platform, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial here.

The Mickey Mouse Club

The Mickey Mouse Club

There's no name as associated with Walt Disney and television as The Mickey Mouse Club, the series has had four different iterations in the U.S. over the decades, on TV or online, and international editions as well, but it all started back in 1955. The first Mickey Mouse Club TV series ran for four seasons on ABC.

The show ran five days a week during it's initial run, and the first week of shows, the first five episodes, are currently available for viewing on Disney+. The fact that it's only the first week of shows and there are hundreds more episodes, makes one wonder if we could see the number of episodes expand a week at a time. If we are going to see regular releases, perhaps when Disney+ has released all the episodes of the initial run, it could move into the show's 1970s revival or the 1990s version from the Disney Channel. Wouldn't that be something.

Spin and Marty

The Adventures Of Spin And Marty

We may only have the first week of The Mickey Mouse Club at the moment, but one element of the show is available in much greater numbers. Among the various elements of its variety show format, The Mickey Mouse Club included serialized drama. One of the serials presented focused on two boys named Spin and Marty attending a western themed summer camp.

The Adventures of Spin and Marty was the first of three serials to focus on the boys, and it is available in its entirely right now on Disney+. As with The Mickey Mouse Club itself, it's curious that more of this sort of content wasn't dropped up front. There are two other Spin and Marty adventures, and numerous other serialized shows that debuted on Mickey Mouse Club. Perhaps there's a plan to release this content over time, in the same way Disney+'s original shows are seeing weekly releases.

Disneyland Around the Seasons

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color - Disneyland Around the Seasons

If somebody had let me program Disney+, as the nerd that I am, I would have made sure to include Disney's first foray into television. Disneyland was a television show a year before it was an actual place. The anthology series, that would eventually morph into the better known The Wonderful World of Disney, was little more than a commercial for the forthcoming theme park, but as a fan of that park, I would love to see the how that promotion was done, simply because it's something I've largely never seen.

The third iteration of the anthology series, that ran throughout the 1960s was called Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, because it was the first version of the show to be broadcast in color. Right now, there is but a single episode of World of Color, titled "Disneyland Around the Seasons" available on Disney+. It's noteworthy, if for no other reason that it's one of the few places on Disney+ where you can actually see Walt Disney himself right now.

It's not shocking these shows weren't part of the promotion of Disney+ leading up to launch, they're not the sorts of things that are going to sell subscriptions. Still, if you already have a subscription, they are certainly nice additions.

Hopefully, they're the first of many of this type of material that us super Disney geeks can sink our teeth into.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.