Sing-Along Mary Poppins (1964)
Walt Disney, on the advice of his daughters, tried for more than two decades to turn Mary Poppins into a movie. They got Julie Andrews, an acclaimed stage actress, to make her motion picture debut; they got Dick Van Dyke, a huge TV star, to do the world’s worst Cockney accent. And with its innovative mix of animation and live actors, its timeless songs, and its uplifting and optimistic message, the film was such a smash success (Walt’s only movie to get a Best Picture nomination in his lifetime) that the fortune it made at the box office funded the purchase of huge swaths of Central Florida land that would eventually become Walt Disney World. In other words, you have Mary Poppins to thank for the contemporary Orlando metropolitan area. Who knew?! Mary Poppins is perennially one of our most popular sing-alongs, so practice your best-worst cockney accent and join twelve hundred of your closest friends for Sing-Along Mary Poppins!