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The cast and crew of Saving Mr. Banks are shooting in Disneyland today, and naturally those in the park were able to sneak a peek for the first time of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

Numerous rides were closed within the Anaheim, California park today in order to accommodate filming. Affected areas included Main Street, Main Street Vehicles, Carnation Cafe, Plaza Inn, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Fantasyland, and curiously Astro Orbitor. We suspect that last ride, which wasn’t open when Walt was alive, is only closed to clear the surrounding area. The below photo was snapped by Twitter user @earlier today:

Tom Hanks is Walt Disney

Also spotted was this popcorn cart being used for filming by @GuySelga:

Finally, check out the retro extras walking out front the castle (thanks MouseWait):

Saving Mr. Banks follows the true story of how Disney courted P.L. Travers for the filming rights to her children’s books for fourteen years. Mary Poppins was “highly personal” to Travers, as the story reflected personal struggles and her relationship with her father, who died when she was seven years old. After watching the 1964 film with Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, Travers hated all of the animation sequences of the film and never sold any filming rights to Disney again. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) will helm the film.

Colin Farrell plays Travers Robert Goff, Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, Jason Schwartzman plays Richard Sherman, and Paul Giamatti plays Ralph.

Saving Mr. Banks will open December 20, 2013.

How do you think Tom Hanks as Walt Disney looks?

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah


    • Charlie

      What are you emotionally invested in? The Mary Poppins movie? Or the book/ author?

      • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

        The movie. ;_;

  • charlton

    Tom Hanks looks good,and I am a fan.

  • LitMer8

    Now I wanna skip class and go check this out!!

  • Brandon

    I am curious to see how accurately Disneyland is portrayed. They seem to be going to great detail of bringing the 50′s to life. As we can see they are using appropriate popcorn cart and castle banners but… will they take the time to digitally remove the snow from the castle and paint the castle grey instead of pink?

    • fruttivendolo

      The snow is especially distracting. I know filming schedules are tough, but you’d think they would have coordinated things so the castle would at least be free of holiday decorations for the filming.

  • Yvette W

    Love Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Ema Thompson, and Colin Farrell! I can’t wait for this film! Walt Disney was a Genius, we go to Disneyland every year!!

  • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

    I know it’s just a movie, its not entirely accurate, but does anyone else think Tom Hanks looks nothing like Walt Disney? With today’s technology, I think they could have made him a lot more convincing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.kay2 Lauren Glover

    Omy gosh! Omy gosh! Omy gosh! I have to see this! I have to see this! I have to see this! NOW!!!!

  • Zer01dnb

    Any other images from the day? I had my pic taken a few times and I was hoping to find one online! Thanks =)

  • http://twitter.com/Mreadingcrazii Megan Buchner

    Now i wish we still lived in Anahiem :(

  • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

    Julie Andrews should have a cameo appearance in this film!

  • stacydenboer

    Them are some big shoes for Walt to fit!

  • natasha

    /i was backround on this movie look for me iam a kid and have a ornge cardigan and a blue striped sailor outfit with white shoes yay i am looking at pitcher right now that they too to see if im in 1 yay :)

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