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Aug 9, 2020

Originally aired on March 22, 1970, Disneyland Showtime is an episode of “The Wonderful World of Disney”.  Interestingly, this was the first television special from Disneyland without a real host.  The Osmond Brothers, accompanied by Kurt Russell and Actress E.J. Peaker, come to Disneyland to perform at a show being held there, but Donny and Jay Osmond go off to explore the park.

Most of the episode deals with the Osmonds looking for Jay and Donny, while at the same time, having to keep up a tight schedule as a deadline for a performance from the Osmond Brothers was coming up fast, but they had gotten separated, but they eventually find each other and have that performance.

Later, Kurt Russell gives the viewers an inside look at the Haunted Mansion, the last Disneyland attraction that Walt Disney planned that opened at Disneyland. Walt had previewed that attraction, along with Pirates of the Caribbean, on the Disneyland 10th Anniversary show back in 1965, but the Haunted Mansion did not open until 1969, two years after Pirates of the Caribbean opened.

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