Monday, February 15, 2016

The Day Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop Performed at the Contemporary Resort in 1975

By Keith Mahne

If you were planning a trip to Walt Disney World back in 1975, odds are you probably would have booked an evening at the Contemporary Resort's Top of the World Super Club. Wonderful stars from every entertainment discipline wanted to play this very special, very intimate space. Stars like Shari Lewis and the world's most famous puppet Lamb Chop would occasionally perform at the club. In today's new article, let's travel back to the Top of the World Super Club in 1975 and watch as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop perform at the top of Walt Disney World's flagship resort...

The Top of the World Super Club was truly the last of a dying breed. Men were required to wear jackets and management gladly loaned coats to those who showed up without one (which happened often as early visitors didn’t think to pack a dinner jacket for a theme park vacation). Reservations were required and there was a maitre d’ along with a knowledgeable dedicated sommelier who came to the table to discuss wine choices. A full orchestra with a great brass section could be heard, unseen at first, then dramatically rose up - already playing - into the room on the hydraulic stage.

The sensational band played two sets of music for dinner dancing before the main show, and women would be dressed to the nines in anticipation of so doing. One of the main shows back in 1975 was Shari Lewis and her lovable hand-puppet Lamb Chop...

Thanks to this home movie footage that was filmed on March 25, 1975 by David Coolidge and restored by, we can watch for ourselves as the band plays, the crowd dances, and Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop take the stage. It's the next best thing to actually being there that day. Enjoy...


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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