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Vintage Walt Disney World: Filming ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? If you don’t know the answer to that question, let’s face it – you might have landed here at the Disney Parks Blog by happenstance.

The third edition of “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its debut on the Disney Channel this week back in 1989 and was shot on location here at Walt Disney World Resort at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

“The MMC,” as it was also called, ran for seven seasons and had numerous Cast Members who later became major celebrities. The first six seasons had theme days (Music, Guest, Anything Can Happen, Party, Hall of Fame), similar in format to the original.
Production of 'The Mickey Mouse Club' at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

There is only one way to end this blog post: M-I-C, see ya real soon (next Thursday), K-E-Y, why because we like you! M-O-U-S-E. (It’s going to be stuck in your head all day long.)

For more Disney Parks history, check out these other Vintage Walt Disney World posts:


  • Loved that show! Marc was my crush.

  • I’m a college-age Disney fan, and I would love if Disney Channel brought back some classic Disney things. I absolutely loved the Ink and Paint Club when I was very little, and I was a big fan of House of Mouse when I was a bit older. But now, the only classic Disney thing on Disney Channel are the cartoon shorts that they occassionally show on commerical breaks. Please bring back the classic Disney shows! 🙂 I’d love to see Mickey and the gang on something other than Playhouse Disney.

  • I absolutely LOVED the MMC when I was younger. It still brings me such great memories. Everyone knew I had to have the TV at 5:30 when it came on. I never missed an episode. I still have a box of VHS tapes of all the episodes I taped.

    I even still have the MMC album and went to one of their concerts. I also have all of ‘The Party’ CD’s and went to one of their concerts too back then.

    Thanks for this post! 🙂

    • @Krista and everyone else who has such great memories of the MMC, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! It was fun to find the photographs.

  • Bring back your old shows! I think you need more shows for adults as well I think bring back “World of Disney” would be an amazing idea! with all the new and exiting things happening in your parks now days! It would be great to get all exited to watch that amazing show once a week again like when I was a kid! Micky Mouse Club would be great as well!! Go back to the old roots Walt did! =]

  • What is the former MMC stage being used as now?

    • Mark, according to my friends at the Walt Disney World Library and Research Center, it was filmed on Sound Stage 1 next to Toy Story Mania. Currently the building is empty.

  • OMG…me and my bestie LOVED the MMC! We NEVER missed an episode! 🙂 We always wanted to go see the show, problem is, we live in California. So, we never got to see the show live. It was always our dream though! 😉 Now we go to WDW pretty much every year, and I’ve always wondered, where was it filmed? What is currently in the place of where the show was filmed? I didn’t make it to the Studios when I was kid, but I can’t help but get excited when I visit and think to myself, this is where the MMC was filmed! 🙂 (It would be even more special if I knew where it was actually filmed ;))

  • I would love the original Mickey Mouse Club show reruns. I still have my official membership card from 1964! Roy and Jimmie Dodd were my favorite leaders! Do you remember Annette, Cubby, Karen, Bobby, Sharon, Tommy, Darlene, Robbie, etc.? And Spin & Marty and Moochie? I love these special memories!!

  • I missed out on this show:(

    Maybe I can be in the next generation of cast members?

  • I remember having my homework done everyday before 5:30 so I could watch the MMC on The Disney Channel. I never got the chance to sit in the audience, but I remember seeing the set from the Backlot Tour once. I’ll admit I too had a crush on Ilana, but my favorite cast member was Fred Newman. He was absolutely hilarious, and brilliant with his many, many sound effects. I met Jennifer McGill at, of all places, Epcot around 2004. She was performing there with a group called American Vybe. And, I still have my MMC jacket just like the cast members wore. I love wearing it in the winter at Walt Disney World – so many people ask me about it! I strongly think it’s time for a new MMC – like it has already been said, I think the timing is right especially since musical-type shows on TV are very popular right now.

    Such great memories!

  • Dear Mr. Rasmussen,

    You cannot imagine my delight when reading this blog, as I was the generation after the Mickey Mouse Club, but grew up hearing my mother re-count all the stories. Trying to find old re-runs is impossible, so this new venture is very exciting for me.

    Thank you for sharing this great news,

    Best regards,

  • MMC started when I was 9, and my sister and I were totally hooked! We watched it repeatedly, and also taped each episode on our VCR – good times. We especially loved The Party – a group of several MMC members who spun off and had their own record.

    Wow, the late 80s early 90s nostalgia here is making me want to put a banana clip in my hair and pin my jeans! 🙂

  • With the success of Glee and the High School Musical and Camp Rock movies, I’m really surprised that Disney Channel has not brought back The Mickey Mouse Club with a whole new cast. I think it would be a hit. Plus I think a whole new generation of kids need to have a Mickey Mouse Club. It’s been revised every 20 years; 50’s version, 70’s version, 90’s version. I think it’s time!

  • Ah the good ole days on the Disney Channel, bring it back, and film it at Hollywood Studios so the backlot tour can be “real” again.

  • I remember this show I had a crush on Ilana Miller from the show infact I even got a Autograph photo from her. Sad thing is I can’t fine that photo anywhere now. I which this and Kids Incorporated would be relest on DVD.

  • A third vote for classic reruns on Disney Channel–Now that Rich Ross is gone, the Mowry Sisters have grown up and the Wizards have graduated, can we bring back Vault Disney? 🙂

    And I remember when the soundstages at the Studios were making real cable programming–
    I wanted to see the Millionaire-style audience-participation rehearsals for the syndicated “Let’s Make a Deal” revival, but it had just been canceled. Oh well.

  • Disney should consider releasing the 7 seasons of the “all new MMC” available on DVD.

  • Lets start a new MMC!

    • Do you think I have a shot at being a Mouseketeer? I think I may be too old.

  • Is it possible to get these on DVD in England? Would love to surprise my mum with them!

    • I’m not sure if it’s available in England, but this was released in the States awhile ago

  • I remember sitting in the audience during the filming of the show when I was a child in 1991. It was the highlight of my trip to Disneyworld. I think it would be great for them to bring it back! Let a new generation exerience the MMC.

  • Let’s bring production back to Hollywood Studios! A new vernon of MMC or maybe new programming!

  • A new version of the show would be awesome, and reruns would be fun too. I can’t believe it’s been this long since MMC was on the air! Now I feel old. LOL

  • I agree with Arielle on showing reruns. Or better yet…. Bring the show back with a new version of the show. I miss this show. I remember running home from school to watch it. Now I would run home from work.

  • I would love the Disney Channel to show reruns as part of their lineup!!

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