1920 ~ Monday, September 13th ~ Future Golden Horseshoe Revue star, Wally Boag is born in Portland, Oregon.


1943 ~ Tuesday, July 20th ~ Wally Boag marries actress, Ellen Morgan.


1945 ~ Walt Disney becomes interested in miniatures and especially miniature railroads.


1952 ~ Thursday, March 27th ~ Walt Disney announces at a press conference that he plans to build the first themed park in America and he begins a search for an adequate property at a reasonable price.


1954 ~ Early 1954 ~ As one of his first assignments as an Imagineer, Sam McKim begins designing the concept art for the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


1954 ~ Mid 1954 ~ Walt Disney asks Harper Goff to design a building for his western themed saloon in Frontierland. He shows Walt the already designed blueprints to the Golden Garter Saloon from the MGM movie, Calamity Jane. Walt approves the sketches and construction begins.


1955 ~ Early 1955 ~ Renie Conley (costumes by Renie) begins to design the gowns that will be worn by Betty Taylor in the Golden Horseshoe Show. 


1955 ~ Early 1955 ~ Norman "Buddy" Baker begins composing scores to be used in the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show, while Charles LaVere (pit band leader) and Tom Adair write some original music to be used in the show. Wally Boag and Don Novis begin writing a 30 minute script for the new Golden Horseshoe Revue Show.


1955 ~ Wednesday, July 13th ~ Walt and Lillian Disney celebrate their 35th anniversary with a private party at the Golden Horseshoe and the cast performs the entire show.


1955 ~ Saturday, July 16th  ~ The Golden Horseshoe Revue performs for a private show for corporate sponsors of Disneyland before the park actually opens.


1955 ~ Sunday, July 17th ~ Disneyland opens for the first time with a media, press and private invitation only event and the Golden Horseshoe Saloon opens and the Revue performs its first full day of shows for the press and invited guests.


1955 ~ Sunday, July 17th ~ Pepsi-Cola begins their sponsorship of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon and Revue.


1955 ~ Monday, July 18th ~ Disneyland and The Golden Horseshoe Saloon open to the general public for the first time with a full day of Revue Shows starring Wally Boag, Don Novis and Judy Marsh.


1956 ~ March ~ Judy Marsh leaves the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show after only 6 months.


1955 ~ The Firehouse Five Plus Two begin performing occasionally at the Golden Horseshoe. This band made up of Disney Studio artists includes: Clarke Mallery on clarinet, Ed Penner on Bass sax, Frank Thomas on piano, Harper Goff on Banjo, Jim McDonald on drums, Johnny Lucas on trumpet and Ward Kimball on trombone.


1956 ~ March  ~ Singer, Betty Taylor replaces Judy Marsh in the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show.


1957 ~ Disney Records releases The Golden Horseshoe Revue Album, filmed live at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon starring Wally Boag, Betty Taylor and Fulton Burley. It features all the songs and comedy bits used in the show.


1958 ~ January ~ Mel Patterson, drummer in the Golden Horseshoe Revue's band performs in his last show.


​1959 ~ Castmembers of the Golden Horseshoe Revue, including Don Novis, Betty Taylor and Wally Boag record an album WDL-3013 entitled Slue-foot Sue's Golden Horseshoe Review [sp] featuring shows from the show along with The Strawhatters and the Mellowmen Barber Shop Quartet.


1961 ~ The Osmond Brothers start performing as a Barbershop Quartet in the Golden Horseshoe in the evenings.


1962 ~ Don Novis leaves the Golden Horseshoe Revue due to health issues.


1962 ~ Fulton Burley is encouraged by Wally Boag to join the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show.


1962 ~ Sunday, September 23rd ~ The 10,000 Golden Horseshoe Revue Show was filmed [both in the park and at the studio] and shown during the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. It featured castmembers Wally Boag, Betty Taylor and Fulton Burley as well as Gene Sheldon, Ed Wynn and Annette Funicello.


1966 ~ The Association, a popular music group play for Grad Nite at the Golden Horseshoe.


1969 ~ Jay Meyers is assigned to be one of the singing busts for the newest Disneyland attraction, The Haunted Mansion.


1970 ~ Jim Adams begins subbing for Wally Boag in the Golden Horseshoe Revue.


1971, 1st week of September


1972 ~ Summer ~ A show entitled All That Roaring 20's Jazz begins performing evenings at the Golden Horseshoe.


1973 ~ Summer ~ A show entitled Class of "27 begins performing evenings in the Golden Horseshoe.


1976 ~ Monday, February 9th ~ Jay Meyer appears on the television show, MAUDE in an episode entitled "Tuckahoe Bi-centenial".


1978 ~ Wednesday, January 11th ~ DeeDee Bozikis is hired as a can-can dancer in the Golden Horseshoe Revue.


1978 ~ Saturday, June 17th ~ Dick Hardwick begins working at Disneyland.


1979 ~ A night time show feturing the band "Handpicked" with Mark McConnell, along with Dick Hardwick and dancers, Terry Robinson and Nancy Osborn began performing at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


1980 ~ Disney celebrates their 25th anniversary with an open house at the Golden Horseshoe  hosted by Dick Hardwick. Also attending are Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, Betty Taylor, Ron Schneider, Stage manager, Bobby Davis and ladies dresser, Bernice [unknown].


1982 ~ Thursday, February 18th ~ Wally Boag retires from the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show and is replaced by Dick Hardwick.


1982 ~ Sunday, September 12th ~ Ron Schneider performs his last Golden Horseshoe Revue Show before being sent to Florida to help with the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon Show at Walt Disney World. Appearing with him in this show are Dale Olsen, Terri Robinson and Jay Meyer. The Police Gazette number is featured. The show is still sponsored by Pepsi-Cola.


1982 ~ Jim Adams leaves Disneyland to work for a production company with Wally Boag and Don Payne.


1982 ~ Don Payne leaves Disneyland to work for a production company with Wally Boag and Jim Adams.


1982 ~ Pepsi-Cola ends its sponsorship of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


1983 ~ Kirk Wall is hired as a sub for Dick Hardwick in the Golden Horseshoe Revue.


1983 ~ Thursday, April 28th ~ Charles LaVere passes away in Ramona, California.


1986 ~ Dana Daniels is hired to be a sub for Dick Hardwick in the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show.


1986 ~ Sunday, October 12th ~ The Golden Horseshoe Revue Show closes after 31 years of continuous shows. The last day cast features Dick Hardwick, Betty Taylor and Fulton Burley.


1986 ~ Saturday, November 1st ~ The new Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show opens with the following cast: Don Payne, Joe Allaine, Steve Charpie, Christian Monte, Shelly Morgan, Lana Reinherdt and Dale Olsen [in the orchestra].


1987 ~ Both Betty Taylor and Fulton Burley retire from Disneyland.


1989 ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show begin performing in Critter Country five days a week with Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet, Mario Hildalgo and John Marshall.


1990 ~ The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show cast includes Kirk Hansen, Kerry Giese, Amanda Hudosn, Debra Pagliassotti, Tammy Stevens, John B. Williford, Jennifer Lewinson-White and John Eaden.


1991 ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show stop performing in Critter Country.

1992~ Wednesday, August 5thBilly Hill and the Hillbillies Show play in the Golden Horseshoe Saloon two days a week when the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree show was off. This team includes Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet and John and Evan Marshall.


1994 ~ Sunday, December 18th ~ The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show closes after eight years.


1994 ~ Monday, December 22nd ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show opens at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon after being a street show in Frontierland for over two years. Their shows run every Thursday through Monday. The original team includes Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet, John Marshall and Evan Marshall.


1995 ~ Tuesday, June 13th ~ The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show starring Dana Daniels opens at the Golden Horseshoe playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


1995 ~ Thursday, November 30th ~ Wally Boag, Betty Taylor and Fulton Burley are named Disney Legends by the Walt Disney Company.


1999 ~ Thursday, November 18th ~ The Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show is temporarily moved to the small stage inside the Big Thunder BBQ Restaurant.


1999 ~ Sunday, November 21st ~ Woody's Roundup Show opens at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon; a radio drama type show starring Tex Tumbleweed, Woody, Jesse and Bullseye, the horse.


1999 ~ Sunday, November 21st ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show begin performing at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ's small stage.


1999 ~ November ~ Denny Moynahan joins the cast of Woody's Round-up as Tex Tumbleweed.


1999 ~ November ~ Gary Clarke performs as an announcer at Woody's Round-up Show at the Golden Horseshoe.


2000 ~ Monday, July 17th ~ Woody's Round-up closes for good at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


2000 ~ Monday, July 17th ~Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show close their show at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ and prepare to move back to the Golden Horseshoe.


2000 ~ Tuesday, July 25th ~ Dana Daniels returns to the Golden Horseshoe with the Golden Horseshoe Variety Show.


2000 ~ Thursday, July 27th ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show return to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon from their brief stay at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ.


2000 ~ August ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2000 ~ The 1st Annual Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Convention is held at a member's home in Costa Mesa. Hosted by the DBC [Da Billy Club], fans gather and have a BBQ with silent auction to raise money for the Billy's favorite individual charities. Many of the band members attend.


2001 ~ Saturday, August 18th ~ The 2nd Annual Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Convention is held at a member's home in Anaheim. Hosted by the DBC [Da Billy Club], fans gather and have a BBQ with silent auction to raise money for the Billy's favorite individual charities. Many of the band members attend.


2001 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2001 ~ Laughing Stock begin performing "Frontierland: The Little Town That Could" on the Golden Horseshoe Stage on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


2002 ~ Anders Swanson begins playing bass with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies as a sub.


2002 ~ Sunday, March 10th ~ Monty Python's Eric Idle comes to the Golden Horseshoe to see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies perform.


2002 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2002 ~ Saturday, October 5th ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies original team play as "The Bug Band" at Disney's California Adventure for the Annual Passholder Preview of Flik's Fun Fair. Their characters are Preying Mantis, Cockroach, Hershel Wasp-owitz and Grey Moth.


2002 ~ Monday, October 7th ~ Billy Hill band members perform at a Disney Halloween event as the Ghostly Trio. They include John Marshall, Dave Eastly and Evan Marshall.


2003 ~ Laughing Stock's "Frontierland: The Little Town That Could" Show closes in the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


2003 ~ Thursday, August 28th ~ Rick Storey performs his first show with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies at The Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


2003 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2003 ~ Friday, August 29th ~ John David's first show with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Green Team at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


2003 ~ Thursday, September 11th ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Blue team first perform their Beatles medley during their show.


2003 ~Wednesday, October 8th ~ The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show starring Dana Daniels closes after 8 years. Dana's mentor, Wally Boag attends and speaks at the final performance.


2003 ~ Thursday, October 9th ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show goes to 7 days a week and splits into 3 teams; the BLUE team [Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet, Rick Storey and Anders Swanson]; the GREEN team [John Eaden, John Marshall, John David and Duane Michaels]; and the GOLD team [Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet,  John Marshall and Duane Michaels].


2004 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2005 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2006 ~ April ~ The Golden Horseshoe Saloon closes for 6 weeks to be refurbished.


2006 ~ May ~ The Golden Horseshoe Saloon reopens after a refurbishment.


2006 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2007 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2008 ~ Saturday, March 29th ~ An event honoring the Golden Horseshoe Revue and its two stars, Betty Taylor and Wally Boag is held at the Anaheim Sheraton. Sponsored by Ape Pen Publishing the event features Wally and Ellen Boag, Dick Hardwick, Dana Daniels, Jim Adams, Kirk Wall, Terri Robinson, the Dapper Dans and master of ceremony, John Eaden. Also attending were Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, Gene Sands, Ron Schneider, and Laurence and Heather Boag [Wally's children]. Dancers that night included: Arlene Dragon, DeeDee Bozikis, Janice Gilmore and Georgeen Whitney.


2009 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2010 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2010 ~ A CD of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue Show album from 1959 is re-released and available on itunes and Amazon,


2011 ~ Friday, June 3rd ~ Golden Horseshoe Revue star, Wally Boag passes away in Santa Monica, California.


2011 ~ Saturday, June 4th ~ Golden Horseshoe Revue star, Betty Taylor passes away in Coupeville, Washington; one day after co-star, Wally Boag.


2011 ~ Saturday, August 18th ~ A tribute is held for Wally Boag and Betty Taylor who had passed away earlier that year. It is held at Big Thunder Ranch.


2011 ~ August ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2012 ~ Friday, June 15th ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show is closed at the Golden Horseshoe and moved to Big Thunder Ranch Arena.


2012 ~ Monday, June 18th ~ Billy Hill and the Hillbillies opens at Big Thunder Ranch Arena stage seven days a week.


2012 ~ Monday, June 18th ~ Laughing Stock and Company opens at the Golden Horseshoe seven days a week.


2012 ~ August ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2013 ~ Thursday, January 10th ~ A limited Edition Celebration of the Golden Horseshoe Revue and Jamboree Shows opens at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon daily for park guests with special evening performances for Annual Passholders only. Past can-can dancer, DeeDee Bozikis is assigned as Assistant Manager for 4 weeks to develop a Golden Horseshoe Revue/Jamboree Tribute in the Golden Horseshoe as part of the LIMITED TIME MAGIC for the 58th anniversary of the park. New dancers include: Ashley Dragon  (daughter of former Revue dancer, Arlene Dragon and Disneyland Band conductor, Art Dragon) and Tobi Longo (former Jamboree Can-can dancer and daughter of former Revue dancer, Rikki Lugo).


2013 ~ Thursday, January 10th ~ Laughing Stock performs in front of the Golden Horseshoe during the Celebration of the Golden Horseshoe events.


2013 ~ Monday, February 4th ~  The limited Edition Celebration of the Golden Horseshoe Revue and Jamboree Shows closes at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.


2013 ~ Monday, February 4th~ The Laughing Stock Company returns to the Golden Horseshoe following the closing of the Celebration of the Golden Horseshoe event.


2013 ~ Summer ~ Kirk Wall from Billy Hill and the Hillbillies hosts the Elvis Fest at the Orange County Fair Grounds.


2014 ~ Monday, January 6th ~ The Billy Hill and the Hillbillies perform their last show at the Big Thunder BBQ arena. Their show is now retired from Disneyland after 20+ years. Leaving Disneyland is Kirk Wall (after 28 years), Dennis Fetchet (after 28 years), John Marshall (after 28 years) and John David. Other team members are moved to other shows or bands.


2014 ~ Friday, July 11th ~ Legends of Frontierland opens in the Golden Horseshoe and throughout Frontierland featuring actors and castmembers acting as the town folk of Frontierland and involving guests in interactive fun.


2015 ~ Saturday, October 3rd ~  The ever popular Laughing Stock character of Sallie Mae McGillacuddy is discontinued after guests complaints of a man playing in the role of a girl.


2015 ~ Sunday, October 4th ~ The Sallie Mae character is replaced by a female lead named Miss Rose, whose storyline says she owns the Golden Horseshoe, as did Slue Foot Sue and Miss Lilly before her.









The Golden Horseshoe Saloon Timeline

1955 to 2016

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