Long Live the King of the Wild Frontier

davy-crockett-blogSixty years ago Davy Crockett was not only king of the wild frontier on TV, he was king of the box office for Walt Disney. In 1954-1955, Walt Disney ‘s Disneyland five-part TV series starring coonskin capped Fess Parker cap was adapted into the international box-office smash, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier. Released in May 1955, the film grossed $2.5 million and was just the sixth live-action Disney production. Davy Crockett had fans wearing coonskin caps around the world. With the success of the film, studio founder Walt Disney also made the made heroic live-action film a staple of Disney Studios. And for anyone whoever visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California, a visit to the Magic Kingdom was not complete without an adventurous escape through the gates of the Western fort into Frontierland. I always where you could enjoy a ride around Tom Sawyer’s Island on the Mike Fink Keelboats or the Indian War Canoes, which in 1971 became Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (the ride I remember). Long live Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier!

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