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1990 Walt Disney World 4th of July Speculator

1990 Walt Disney World 4th of July Speculator

The 1990 WDW Fourth of July Spectacular followed a similar format to the previous year’s: highlighting what’s new at Walt Disney World, checking in at Disneyland, and showcasing Disney recording artists. The show starts with a musical performance at Disney MGM Studios, an interesting mix between Vogue and Pretty Women featuring Minnie Mouse. For 1990, we find Gladys Knight at the “Fabulous New Dolphin Hotel”; though we never actually get to see any of the Dolphin Hotel, we do get to see a little of the beach where Sammy Wright, the singing voice of Sebastian, performs. Remember even today, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are not owned by or managed by Disney, so “skipping” any details makes sense. Club MTV’s Downtown Julie Brown is at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island where even the Fourth of July can turn into New Year’s Eve! From Pleasure Island, it’s the first teen group to have three top 10 hits from a single album, and the New Kids on the Block look surprisingly, or EXACTLY, the same as they did last year on the 4th of July (1989 Spectacular). Disney wouldn’t reuse the footage, would they? And that’s not the first time a performance has been repeated between Easter, Christmas and/or 4th of July specials in the 80’s and 90’s; I’m looking at you, Typhoon Lagoon and the Mouseketeers. Julie Brown also introduces a video produced by none other than Mickey Mouse that highlights the New Mickey Star Land. The residents of Star Land, all from Disney afternoon TV include The Gummie Bears, Scrooge McDuck and Launch Pad, and Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. The main attraction at Mickey Star Land is Mickey’s Magical TV World, set to premiere later this summer (1990) featuring the same Disney afternoon TV friends.

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