The Magical World of Disney

Last Updated on: February 14th, 2023

The Magical World of Disney show“The Magical World of Disney” is an anthology television series that aired on NBC from 1954 to 1961 and then on ABC from 1961 to 1981. The show was revived in 1986 as “The Disney Sunday Movie” and then again in 1988 as “The Magical World of Disney.”

The show featured a variety of family-friendly programming, including animated and live-action movies, short films, and documentaries. Many of the episodes were based on popular Disney properties, such as “Mary Poppins,” “The Love Bug,” and “The Parent Trap,” among others. The show also included behind-the-scenes looks at Disney theme parks and other attractions.

In addition to classic Disney content, the show also featured new programming produced specifically for the series, including made-for-TV movies and specials. The show was hosted by a variety of celebrities over the years, including Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Suzanne Somers.

“The Magical World of Disney” was a popular program and helped to further establish Disney as a major force in the entertainment industry. It remained on the air until 1990, after which Disney continued to produce TV movies and specials for various networks.

Additional Details:

  • Year of Debut: 1988
  • Year of Finale: 1991
  • Type of Series: Variety
  • TV Channel/Platform: NBC
  • IMDB Link


  • Narrator: Mark Elliot
  • Host: Michael Eisner


  • Creator: Walt Disney

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and