Friday Freebie: Wally Boag – Clown Prince of Disneyland Book

Recently, Chrysty Summers gave a look at the Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue currently playing at Disneyland as part of their “Limited Time Magic” promotion.  As Chrysty mentioned in her post, the show is an homage to the original “Golden Horseshoe Revue.”  One of the stars of that iconic show was Disney Legend Wally Boag.  In 1955, Walt Disney signed Wally to a two-week contract to appear at the soon-to-open Disneyland.  The show he helped create was the “Golden Horseshoe Revue,” and Wally performed for another 31 years as the Traveling Salesman and Pecos Bill.  Wally’s life and career have been documented in the book Wally Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland written by Boag and co-author Gene Sands.  To celebrate the “Limited Time” return of the “Golden Horseshoe Revue,” we’re giving away a copy of the book.  Continue reading for details on how to enter.

Wally Boag in Disneyland's "Golden Horseshoe Revue," 1958

Wally Boag in Disneyland's "Golden Horseshoe Revue," 1958 ©Disney. All rights reserved.


Entry for the “Wally Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland” book giveaway starts now and ends on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at midnight ET.  A winner will be chosen by random selection from the comments below (using  The winner will be announced on this post on Friday, January 25, 2013, and the prize will be shipped to the winner (only residents of the Continental US are eligible).

To Enter

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite show in a Disney Park.  It could be from the “Golden Horseshoe Revue,” the new tribute show, or any live performance at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or beyond.

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4. You can earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway on your twitter or facebook accounts, but you need to leave another comment on the post.  Tweet or Share something like this –  I just entered @AdventuresbyDad’s #WallyBoagBook giveaway and you can too.

Make sure you include the link to this post in your tweet or share.  That’s it.  Have fun!

“Wally Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland” reads like a personal scrapbook for the Disney Legend who inspired performers such as Steve Martin (who wrote the foreward to the book).  An introduction to the book is written by Walt Disney’s daughter Diane Disney Miller who talks about her memories of the Golden Horseshoe, and Retired Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering Marty Sklar wrote a tribute in the book calling Wally an original.

Wally Boag Window on Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A.

Wally Boag Window on Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A. ©Disney. All rights reserved.


Next time you stroll down Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A., look around for Wally Boag’s window amongst all the talented folks that worked to make Walt Disney’s dream come true.  And, if you get a chance to see the “Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue,” look around the theater too, think about where Walt Disney would have sat and watched his favorite comedian, Wally Boag, put on his act.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.