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12 Best-Kept Secrets of the Original ‘Mickey Mouse Club’

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Even if you never missed an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club when you were a kid, there was a lot going on behind the scenes that the audience never really knew. After all, the original Mickey Mouse Club came way before the days of social media or reality television; back then, if you wanted an inside scoop from behind the scenes of your favorite show, you had to wait for a star to spill the beans to a reporter.

And oh, did the original cast of the Mickey Mouse Club do some spilling! Over the years, the show’s original cast and crew members have revealed some of the hit TV program’s biggest, most shocking truths and little-known facts. For instance, did you know that the show’s creator, Walt Disney, asked casting directors to specifically avoid choosing kids who were really cute? Disney had a much different quality he was looking for in his young stars–and it makes total sense once you hear it. Disney also wanted the kids to call him by a pretty funny nickname–but most of the kids outright refused!

Did you ever know which super-famous Mickey Mouse Club cast member almost turned down his spot on the show? (We’re so glad he didn’t.) Take a wild guess at which Mouseketeer slowly gained a reputation for being jealous and difficult to work with–and which young star was fired for punching a member of the crew! (Don’t worry–he went on to star in another popular 1950s show.)

Click through the slideshow to read about some of the Mickey Mouse Club‘s best-kept secrets.

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