Today in Disney History, 1964: Mary Poppins Premiered

by | Aug 27, 2020 | Disney History, WDW Blog, WDW News

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The touching (and groundbreaking) live-action/animated classic Mary Poppins stars leading lady Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

For Disney, nothing says childhood magic like this elegant English nanny and her endearing quirks that made us excited about the mundane things like cleaning and washing up!

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Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! Image Courtesy of Disney

What better way to celebrate the film’s release than hop in the Wayback Machine and explore all the glitz and glamour that was the Mary Poppins film premiere on August 27th, 1964!

A Night Among the Stars

In true Hollywood and Disney fashion, the guestlist for the Mary Poppins premiere did not disappoint!

The cast itself was glamorous enough with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke starring in this wholesome family film. 

With stars in attendance such as Debbie Reynolds (mother to Carrie Fisher), Angie Dickenson, George Hamilton, Angela Landsbury, and Carl Reiner, it was a roster of true Hollywood royalty. 

Held in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, the comedy musical received a five-minute standing ovation from the audience who were impressed beyond measure. 

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These two deserved a standing ovation! Image Courtesy of Disney

Every bit as glamorous and chic as the world premiere of Mary Poppins was the after-party!

Hosted by Technicolor Corporations, the same guests in attendance at the premiere came along to celebrate in style with all you care to eat food, cocktails, mock-tails, and carefree attitudes. 

Side Note: For a deep-dive into the creation of the film and the story behind its actual making, check out Saving Mr. Banks!

You Get an Oscar, and You Get an Oscar…

Rightfully so, this film quite literally owned the Oscars in 1965, the year following its release. 

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Julie Andrews with her Academy Award in 1965. Photo Courtesy of Disney

Of course, Julie Andrews won for Best Actress, Walt Disney and Bill Walsh for Best Picture, Irwin Coastal for best original song  (Chim Chim Cher-ee… you’re welcome for the earworm!) and many more making the Oscar tally for this film a total of thirteen! 

From the cinematography to the sound mixing to the costume design and visual effects, the Oscars received for this much-anticipated film reflect the hard work both on-screen and behind the scenes that went into creating this masterpiece. 

Mary Poppins in the Parks!

It’s not enough to let such a masterpiece just sit by and hold on to its magic, Disney was built on the idea of living out your dreams. 

So, if getting to meet Ms. Poppins in the happiest place on earth is your dream come true, the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot will be introducing everyone’s favorite English nanny once again as soon as in-person meet-and-greets are safe.

Mary Poppins meeting at EPCOT

Mary Poppins is great with children! Photo by Brett Svenson

I was fortunate enough to meet Mary in her finest bib and tucker, umbrella, and all—it was a magical meeting like no other! 

Possibly the most exciting evolution occurring soon in Walt Disney World is the Mary Poppins themed attraction to be placed in the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot. 

While this is a long term project that has been temporarily postponed (much like the renovation of Spaceship Earth), Imagineers have informed us that the construction will break ground at some point soon.

And the concept art for this attraction, which will be an expansion of Cherry Lane, is just breathtaking. 

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There’s not a lot of information on the Mary Poppins attraction, but the concept art looks amazing! Concept Art Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Hollywood has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains the same—it is always full of charm and enchantment. 

The Walt Disney Company may have been around for decades beforehand, but something about the Mary Poppins premiere married the elegance of old-world Hollywood and Disney’s imagination.

It is hard to think about Disney without the lovely Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, though Emily Blunt was a close second! 

For many of us, Mary Poppins was, in a way, our nanny/fairy godmother who made taking our medicine, scrubbing up, and cleaning our bedrooms just a little more magical.

It is safe to say that this premiere was practically perfect in every way!

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Written by Britta Stephens

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Britta Stephens is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine, Disney blogger, hairstylist, and dog mom x2. The first book she ever read was Hans Christan Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and she's been a fan of Disney endings ever since. When she’s not fostering kittens, she can be found reading literature from a dog’s perspective and singing the opening of The Lion King to her greenhouse plants.
Britta Stephens

Written by Britta Stephens

Britta Stephens is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine, Disney blogger, hairstylist, and dog mom x2. The first book she ever read was Hans Christan Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and she's been a fan of Disney endings ever since. When she’s not fostering kittens, she can be found reading literature from a dog’s perspective and singing the opening of The Lion King to her greenhouse plants.
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