What If The Golden Girls Piloted the Millennium Falcon?

What If The Golden Girls Piloted the Millennium Falcon?


No, this is not about Bea Arthur’s appearance on the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. You can find that here. We’re talking about The Golden Girls, and the new Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.

That’s the topic we explore in this previously recorded podcast. You can find that podcast here on Podbean and here at iTunes. You can also type in “Disney at Work & Play Podcast” when you visit Spotify. Be sure to subscribe!

Returning to the title, imagine you had Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia all gathered at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. If you had to create assignments for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, who would you assign to be the pilots, gunners, or engineers? Why?

How well do you think all four would do in the cockpit? How well do you think they would work together? You may want to check out my Disney at Play article, Teamwork Tips on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run to understand what’s needed to be a great team player.

Before Galaxy’s Edge There Were…

Long before Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there were other team defining experiences. Previous there was Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

Before the stunt show, the Backstage Tour took a drive along a residential neighborhood. There you would see the home of The Golden Girls:

A 'Hollywood' Classic: Residential Street | Disney Parks Blog

The home is actually based on one in Los Angeles that was used in the earlier years of the show’s production, before Disney MGM Studios was built.

It was Andrew Gold who wrote the original lyrics to that song.

Andrew learned much about friendship and supporting others from his mother, Marni Nixon.

Marni Nixon, Voice of Classic Movie Songs, Dies At 86 | Billboard

Yes…Andrew was the son of a nun! Marni played the positive member of the convent who believed in Maria’s potential. She also supported West Side Story by providing the voice of Maria for Natalia Wood; the vocals in place of Deborah Kerr in The King and I; and infamously, the voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (a part that should have gone to Julie Andrews).

Souvenirs for Your Organization

As with every Disney at Work post, we like to bring you “souvenirs”–or great ideas from the House of the Mouse that you can apply back to your own business:

  • What small things put a “bee in my bonnet” working with others? How do I address them?
  • How can I be more of a peacemaker?
  • How can I use humor to bring people together
  • With just 22 minutes, what relationships can I repair by making a little effort? What relationships require outside the length of a typical sitcom?
  • How can I build relationships by giving greater credit to others?
  • How does my need to be in the spotlight keep me from having greater success?

A Century of Powerful Disney Insights Book

You can order my newest book, “A Century of Powerful Disney Insights” on Amazon. It’s a great way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. In over 100 years, The Walt Disney Company has emerged as one of the most successful entertainment entities across the globe. In this, the first of two volumes, we study the first 50 years of Disney, beginning with Walt and Roy. We look at major milestones and not only see the evolution of an organization begun in a garage, but how it truly became so beloved to millions around the world. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse through Snow White and Cinderella, from the Mouseketeers to Mary Poppins, and from Disneyland to Walt Disney World, we share stories and insights from 1923 to 1973. We hope you’ll be inspired with ideas and how you can apply these stories to your own life and work. 

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