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Former 70s Mouseketeer Lisa Whelchel Celebrates a Special Birthday at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 6th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor

“Favorite job ever.”

That’s the way Lisa Whelchel describes her role on “The New Mickey Mouse Club” in the late 1970s.

Whelchel, who became a household name for her role as Blair Warner on the long-running series “The Facts of Life” in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also recorded a Grammy-nominated Contemporary Christian album, became a best-selling author and was most recently a contestant on “Survivor: Philippines,” where she tied for second place.

But before all of that, she was chosen in a nationwide search to star as a Mouseketeer on a new version of the famed Mickey Mouse Club TV series. As a teen, she was living her Disney dream, visiting Disneyland park almost every week. She was featured on a lunchbox (which she still has, thanks to her grandmother), recorded a cast album and starred in a made-for-TV movie, “The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World,” which aired on “The Wonderful World of Disney.”

Earlier this summer, Whelchel brought her family back to Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate her birthday. Disney Parks Blog reporter John Graham met up with her in Magic Kingdom Park to chat about her career, family and “favorite job ever.”

And of course, what Mouseketeer visit would be complete without a visit from the leader of the club himself?

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Kuleen from TX on August 6th, 2013 at 11:48 am

I had that album 😉


Rebecca on August 6th, 2013 at 11:52 am

I love Lisa Whelchel! Thanks so much for posting this!


Heather on August 6th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Love me some Lisa Whelchel and some Mickey Mouse! Couldn’t think of a better combo.


Jeffrey from NC on August 6th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

This is one of the best blog posts ever!!


Karen on August 6th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Great interview! Loved seeing the old clips again from 1977.


Tricia from NJ on August 6th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Great post!! I love seeing all pics and clips from the 70’s. Thanks for sharing. This definitely put a big smile on my face!


Jennie from CA on August 6th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I grew up with Lisa. Great segment. Thanks for posting this one.


Leigh on August 6th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I still have that album. :)


Barry from BC on August 7th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I remember seeing Lisa in concert shortly after she put out her Christian pop album in the early 80s–it was a very fun concert!


Jud on August 8th, 2013 at 10:20 am

I was there! Lisa was wonderful!




Jesse on August 13th, 2013 at 10:27 am

WOW! i watch her on survivor i cheer her to win the whole thing, but now this happens! the more we know about the “forgetten mice” the more we get closer to a official reunion, annette may smiling in heaven when she and mickey r together i know i’m happy and i’m know i’m following her on twitter! and others in the mouseketeer family.