Disney Renames Mickey Mouse Club Stage for Annette Funicello

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The stage at the Walt Disney Studios where “The Mickey Mouse Club” was filmed has now been officially renamed the Annette Funicello Stage. Disney chief Bob Iger hosted a ceremony on Monday, June 24, 2013 in order to dedicate the soundstage to Annette Funicello, the Mouseketeer-turned-movie star who died this past April at the age of 70.

Iger admitted to even having a crush on Annette Funicello while he was growing up, as did many young viewers who watched the perky brunette on the Mickey Mouse Club. Many people including former Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello’s family and colleagues, and even Mickey Mouse himself also participated in Monday’s dedication. Frankie Avalon, Richard Sherman, and Leonard Maltin were just a few of the names among those who came to honor the late actress.

Did you know that Julie Andrews is the only other entertainer to have a namesake stage at the Walt Disney studios?

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