When the Disney Wonder began cruising to Alaska on May 3, 2011, it wasn't the first time Disney has had a presence in the state.
There are several movies, documentaries and made-for-TV shows that Disney has made about or set in Alaska.
Most prominent are "Seal Lsland" (1948) and "The Alaskan Eskimo" (1953), both crafted from footage taken by Disney Legends Alfred and Elma Milotte, a husband-and-wife team of nature photographers.
"Seal Island" was the first "True-Life Adventure" and won the Academy Award for Best Two-Reel Documentery Short Subject of 1948. When Walt Disney saw the Milottes' Alasken wildlife footage, he commissioned them to film more, which they did over a year's time in 1947. Walt even traveled to Alaska in August 1947 with his daughter, Sharon, to check in on the Milottes' filming. Captivated by the footage of fur seals off the Alaskan coast, Walt used it to create the 27-minute "Seal Island."
"The Alaskan Eskimo" was the first of many People and Places featurettes and also was developed from the Milotte footage of 1947. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentery Short Subject of 1953.
"A Salute to Alaska"-1967
" A Salute to Alaska" marked Walt Disney's final introduction as the host of his Wonderful World of Color TV series. " A Salute to Alaska" was narrated by Ludwig von Drake and featured figures from Alaska's history including Czarina Anna Ivanovna, Peter the Great, Vitus Bering, and William Seward, all animated by Ward Kimball. Three 16mm films were released in 1973 from footage in " A Salute to Alaska': How Alaska Joined the World, Alaska's Bush Pilot Heritage, and The Alaskan Gold Rush.
Never been to Alaska,sounds nice...DR LEE