The bronze plaque at Walt Disney
Studios honoring Thurl as a Disney Legend
Thurl was involved with Walt
Disney Studios for over 60 years. His early work consisted mostly of singing on film sound tracks, but
as Walt Disney branched out into television and his own theme parks, Thurl
found himself working on all sorts of projects. His
voice can still be heard all over Disneyland, in dozens of feature films, and on
hundreds of Disneyland records.
Because of his contributions over the
years, Thurl was named a Disney Legend in 1995. Others honored that same
year included Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, Dean Jones, and Angela Lansbury.
Disney Theme Parks
Many visitors to Disneyland and Walt Disney World associate
Thurl with the Haunted Mansion, but his voice is heard in many other
attractions not only in the California and Florida, but in Disney theme
parks around the world.
Thurl worked on many Disney films, sometimes providing the voice
for a character, other times just singing on the sound track. He was
featured as a soloist and as a member of a group such as the Sportsmen or
Thurl appeared on-screen in numerous Disney television shows,
and his voice was heard on many others. Whether singing the theme song
for Zorro or the Mickey Mouse Club, or appearing in an
episode of Disneyland, Thurl's impact on early
Disney television was huge.
There are literally hundreds of Disney records featuring Thurl.
On some he narrates. On others he sings. On many he appears only as part
of a chorus, but on a few, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, he
really demonstrated his ability as a singer.