Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sherman Brothers Honored Today at Disneyland

Richard and Robert Sherman were honored today at Disneyland. Richard Sherman was present for today's ceremony.

As mentioned here last Monday, a window on Main Street USA was dedicated to the brothers, composers of some of Disney's most memorable songs. Over the decades Main Street windows at Disney theme parks have been dedicated to those who played the most significant roles in park history.

The window is on a door of the 20th Century Music Company store. The faux advertisement reads "Two Brothers Tune Makers. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, proprietors."

The Orange County Register has excellent coverage of the event, including a slideshow, in their "Around Disney" column.

Another story is at the official Disney Parks blog (click the title of this post); the Disney blog also has video of the ceremony.

A wonderful honor which is very much deserved; the only surprise is that the legendary Shermans hadn't been honored previously.

March 15th Update: MousePlanet has many more details on the ceremony.

For those who might have been curious about Robert Sherman's absence, he was unable to travel from his home in London to attend last week's event and provided a recorded message of appreciation which was played at the ceremony.

March 18th Update: I have now posted my own photos of the door and tribute window.


Blogger Tom said...

Nice slideshow! It would have been neat to be at Disney today. Though I must say, it does seem like a whole lot of hoopla for just a window, pretty as it is. I'm happy they have a Star on the Walk of Fame! I only saw one Sherman. Where was the other, I wonder?

7:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the slideshow! To this point I haven't heard why Robert Sherman wasn't present today.

Disneyland has a tradition of taking the time to host memorable ceremonies honoring those who have been important in park history. A couple years ago we attended a lovely ceremony for Julie Andrews, dedicating a horse in her honor on King Arthur's Carrousel. I believe such events, and appreciation for the park's history, are part of what makes Disney, and Disneyland, special. :)

Best wishes,

7:40 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Once again, I find myself wishing I lived in California! How amazing that would have been to see Richard Sherman in real life like that! I'm so glad they're finally honored with a window. As you said, it's kind of odd that they hadn't been so honored before.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Is Disneyland still offering free passes into the park on your birthday? Or was that just last year? (I was thinking about going again this year on my birthday if it's free)

10:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Sally,

Glad you enjoyed the story!

Best wishes,

10:51 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Tom,

The free birthday tickets were just for 2009, unfortunately!

This year's promotion for free admission was give a day of volunteer work in return for a free pass, but the program was so successful it has already been terminated, as 1 million volunteers signed up in a 10-week period.

Best wishes,

10:53 AM  

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