Meeting the Original Mouseketeers #DisneySMMoms

It had to be a dream. First seeing, listening to two of the original Mouseketeers speak about the show and Walt Disney, and hearing Cubby play the drums just a few feet in front of me on the stage during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Then Leanne Jakubowski – @leannej – asked me if I’d like to privately meet them – Cubby O’Brien and Sherry Alberoni. Excitedly, I replied, “Yes” to Leanne without thinking about it for a second. I just needed to wipe away the remaining tears.

Off we went to their “dressing room” – a suite in the Disney Yacht Club Convention Center. I still couldn’t believe I was one of the chosen – four bloggers who must have caught Leanne’s eyes as Cubby O’Brien and Sherry Alberoni were on stage. From the start of the Mickey Mouse Club March as I clapped and sang along to the effortless drum routine played by Cubby, I was enthralled by every minute. They deservedly received a standing ovation from many of us.

Meeting Cubby O’Brien and Sherry Alberoni, two of the original Mouseketeers, in person proved to me that famous people can be just what they seem like on stage – caring, funny and considerate. They took time to speak with each of us one on one to get to know us a little better and to take photos with us. When I got overwhelmed with emotion, I got a hug from Sherry, who was just as kind as could be. It felt like family in the room.

Original Mousekeeters

Earlier, during their performance, we learned that Cubby O’Brien continued drumming after the Mickey Mouse Club. Some of the musical celebrities he worked with are Lawrence Welk, Ann-Margaret, Debbie Reynolds and Bernadette Peters (1968-Present). When he is introduced, he is remembered as a Mouseketeer. Sherry Alberoni was in the film, Dance With Me, Henry, as Lou Costello’s adopted daughter. She played Davy Jones’ wife or girlfriend on The Monkees and other shows, was the voice for Alexandra Cabot from Josie and the Pussy Cats and did voice overs for other animated shows and movies.

So what is it about the original Mickey Mouse Club that so endearing to me? I wasn’t even born during the first four seasons of the show (1955 – 1959), but thanks to syndicated reruns I was able to watch and enjoy the shows with my Mother and older sister who is 11 years older than me. They were reliving a part of their life with me which became a family tradition. Each day, we’d sit together and sing along to the March, and wait for Fun with Music Day, Anything Can Happen Day and Talent Roundup Day. It brought us close together, having one thing in common between the three of us.

To this day, the original Mickey Mouse Club has a special place in my heart. I collect the older and retro-style toys, clothing and more. I even have a Mickey Mouse Club Mouse Ear antennae topper, an original Mickey Mouse Club button and a  Classic Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Ear Hat. But, meeting two talented and thoughtful original Mouseketeers one on one is a dream come true.

I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, free events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other brands, celebrities, or speakers affiliated with the event. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are used on this blog.

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Connie Roberts

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  1. Janet Doen says:

    Annette Funicello played Davy Jone’s girlfriend in the movie Head. I also used to watch the Original Mickey Mouse Club in syndicated reruns but do not remember Sherry Alberoni.

  2. Oh my goodness Connie! This is so amazing. I was quite literally sobbing by the end of their performance and I practically ran out of the room so no one would see me. I might have let it all out if I knew they were secretly plucking people from the audience 🙂 What an unforgettable memory!
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    • Connie

      I really don’t know how I was chosen, Andrea. I’ve learned that a lot of people were crying, so it must have been just plain luck on my part.

  3. Marcos Trace says:

    That was a great meeting with Disney Social Media Moms. I think it was very enjoyable to you. Also i want to get a meeting with Disney social media moms like you.

  4. WOW!! This is so exciting that you got to meet them! And now, I have that “M-I-C (see you real soon!)” Song stuck in my head 😉

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    • Connie

      Annie, I’ve had that song stuck in my head for years 🙂 It was super exciting meeting them. I’ll never forget it.

  5. Oh how FUN! There was so much awesomeness going on at the DisneysMMoms this year, and I’m so sad that I missed it, but I loved hearing about all the incredible times and learnings you all had. What a hoot to get to meet the original Musketeers! Congrats!
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  6. Lisa James says:

    It looks very enjoying moments meeting with the Disney Social Media Moms. Must have enjoyed a lot.
    Thanks for sharing !


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