In celebration of today’s release of Oz The Great and Powerful, D23 looks back at Walt Disney’s long fascination with L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories.
In 1957, Walt Disney announced plans for a new film called The Rainbow Road to Oz—a live-action musical based on L. Frank Baum’s book The Patchwork Girl of Oz. The film would star his merry Mousketeers, and Walt took the opportunity to promote the film on the Mickey Mouse Club. In this clip from Walt Disney Studios, released exclusively to D23 Members & you, viewers will discover Walt’s original ideas for The Rainbow Road to Oz and even learn about his plans for a possible theme park attraction based on the Oz tales.
Also check out their feature “Returning to Oz” in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three magazine for more on Disney’s Return to Oz, including how Walt planned to incorporate stories from the 11 Baum books that he purchased the rights to use, and a proposed idea for incorporating Oz into the Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland.