To the family and friends of Mr. Boag you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Please find comfort in the words at 2 Corintians 1: 3 and 4.
I have such fond memories of Wally (and the rest of the cast at DL's Golden Horseshoe Review. There will never be anyone like him.
One of our fondest memories of visiting Disneyland in the 1960's and 70's was seeing Wally Boag performing at the Golden Horseshoe Revue as'' Pecos Bill.''......So happy to see the great memories alive on YouTube
As a child my family flew us from Mexico to Disneyland three times. During those visits, I believe I saw the show about 10 times. When I was 10 or 11, my family let us all go anywhere in the park, as long as we checked in with them every few hours. While my siblings went on rides, I went to see the show three times in a row. In my college years, I saw the show many more times, both as a park guest and later as an employee. I was fortunate to make friends with Wally, Fulton and Betty. Many times they would invite me up to their dressing rooms to talk, laugh and learn. One New Year's Eve, Betty even let me stay in her dressing room when the park closed; so that I could be in the park when it re-opened (I had just arrived from spending Christmas with my family in Mexico and was not able to get tickets to the evening's festivities). Now I am an adult and an entertainer (comedy-magician). I realized the other day, that my stage persona is an amalgam of all three of their personalities. I have been lucky enough to meet and work with some incredible performers in my lifetime, but none have had as much of an impact on my life and my performing style as Wally, Fulton and Betty. A year before Wally passed away; I was able to locate his phone number. I trembled with anticipation as I waited for Wally to answer the phone. Chatting with him brought back so many fond memories of this wonderful man and his cohorts who created a true entertainment gem which was unparalleled in the history.
Thank you, Wally for all the love and laughter.
Wally, you were a man to be respected. No comic today can match your talent. I may not have met you, but your antics will forever light my life. Go with God, and make him laugh as you did us.
Wally you were ageless. I only saw you perform once but it was amazing. I wish I had been able to see it again. We will all miss you.
Wally you were ageless. Remember the show from when I was a kid and now my children have enjoyed your antics in the clips on the Disneyland Treasures discs and of course as Jose the parrot. Hard to believe all the things you did. Thank you
To the Boag Family,
I have so many wonderful memories of going to Disneyland. One of the best ones was going to the Golden Horseshoe Revue. It was one of my favorite things to do when we went to the Park. I could watch that show over and over, and never got tired of it. When we would bring visiting relatives, we would always take them to see the show. Wally Boag was such a talented performer! He will be missed by us all.
He was the Chaplin of Disneyland and one of the greatest live stage entertainers of the 20th century.
I visited Disneyland for the first time back in 1977 or so. It was hot and sunny, and I wandered by the Golden Horseshoe with two friends, and saw that a show was about to start. As I recall, it was a full house but we were told to wait for a moment. Suddenly we were ushered into the theatre and right into the stage-left box seats. It felt a bit embarrassing to be sitting right there on the stage. I felt even more embarrassed when Wally starting popping seeds from his mouth, aiming them directly at us! I still can't explain why it was so hilarious, but it was an afternoon I will never forget. When I tell people about Wally, I always have to explain that it might not sound funny when I explain what Wally did, but we were all (the whole audience as well as myself and my two friends) roaring with laughter! It was magical! I am so glad that I got the chance to meet him and shake his hand when he made an appearance at the Egyptian Theatre a few years ago...Memories like these are treasures.
I remember seeing Wally play Peco Bill at Disneyland one summer when I was young. He had such great stage presence and comic timing. I remember laughing hard when he spit out his "teeth." The gag, one of many, had the audience in stitches. Years later, I had the honor of becoming friends with his daughter, Heather. One day while I was visited her, Wally came by. Despite my knowing he was famous, he was very humble and kind in person to me. Thanks for the memories, Wally. My sincere condolences to your family.
I know Wally is smiling with all his teeth at how many folks care.
Thank you for the laughs and the legacy you left us with. Everyone who watches a live performance at the park has you to thank for setting the bar so high. Thank you Mr Boag and Miss Taylor, what you gave to us is beyond compare.
I never got to see ANY of the Golden Horseshoe shows (too young, ya know). But I do have a recording of some of the performances. Hearing Wally's skits and Betty's singing is definitely the highlights of my audio collection.
Wally, Thank you for the laughter and smiles that continue today. You have made this World a better place.
I miss the Golden Horseshoe Review. My favorite part was the can can dancers. They need to bring back this show in some form or another.
My mother Martha Stewart worked with Betty and Wally at Disneyland. She was Betty's alternate. Mom is alive and well at eighty eight years young. Living with me in Reseda. She sends all her love to Ellen and the children and Betty's sister on the passing of Betty and Wally. Her Golden Horseshoe photos decorate the house and she speaks of those days often and fondly.
I didn't know Wally too well myself but he was well loved by my family through church-UUCCSM. He was a wonderful, funny, warm man. We have thoroughly enjoyed the book and will think of him often.
Love and condolences to the family.
Thank you Wally for being the person and entertainer so many were able to admire over the years. Thanks for the words to encourage young performers who learned by watching you work. You will be missed and remembered.
What a great legacy! I got the book Clown Prince of Disneyland last year, and have enjoyed looking through it! My grandfather, Scott Thompson, was Wally's cousin. Comfort to all the family.
I knew Wally from the UU Church in Santa Monica. He could make the whole congregation, all ages, laugh and laugh -- just by making a simple announcement about church business.
Thanks for the laughs, Wally! Thanks for reminding us not to take life too seriously.
Much love to Ellen and the family.
Thanks for all the joy you brought to the world.
What a legend! He will keep bringing smiles to many more faces for eternity.
I only knew Wally as a fan, but his passing has brought a great sadness to my heart. I wish comfort and support for his family and friends at this time.
My favorite Disney memory was seeing you perform- Pecos Bill has been a favorite ever since
The Golden Horseshoe came to life with your tremendous talent & love of wholesome entertainment. A great loss to any Disney lover! Rest in peace & tell Walt hi for us!!!
Though I have only been to your home once, and visited two other times, you and your family always brought smiles to our childrens faces. You are and will always be a special man with special times in our hearts. Love for your family.
Jeannette Boag Hahn and Family from Montana.
You were the wind beneath the wings of many performers Wally. You influanced so many different types of performers. Goodbye Jose. May God comfort your family and fans in this sad time
One of the great Disney Ledgends there!
Wally was our favorite attraction at Disneyland as I was growing up. My Dad worked for Pepsi and the GHS would be our first stop in the morning to get our reservations for the left stage balcony seats. I couldn't wait for Wally to appear onstage - I knew he would put all of us in stitches, especially (to my delight) my Dad. As an adult, I was amazed to learn the about his accomplished life before Disneyland. He will certainly be remembered for the gift of laughter he brought the world over.
Much love as always to Laurence and family.
Thank you, Wally, for so many things, laughter, inspiration, warmth, and, understanding. Prayers and Love to your family.
He brought laughter to millions. There can be no greater legacy for a man to leave behind. Good Night Pecos, there will never be another
I ony saw him once in 1965 but that memory has lasted my whole life. Rest in peace.
Thank you for the gifts of joy and laughter you left for us. You will not be forgotten!
Wally, you are a wonderful, sweet man and you will be missed so much. Thank you for all your encouragement and information you gave me to help me when I first started out building the Horseshoe website. Your never-ending list of delightful stories and jokes always made me laugh. Heaven has gained a valuable asset and it is our loss until we see you again. Say hi to Fulton, Betty and all the Horseshoe gang for us.
I first met Wally when I was working in the stores at Disneyland in the 80s. He'd already retired, but came around every now and again. I thought he just radiated joy and kindness. He seemed to genuinely enjoy everyone he came into contact with. Although I never got the opportunity to see him perform with Fulton and Betty at the Horseshoe, his legacy was certainly alive and well, and it's always been fun to watch his Traveling Salesman and Pecos Bill on video. He embodies the words Disney Legend and he will be missed for a long time to come. Much love to his beloved family.
I am sorry to say that I never got the chance to know Mr. Boag Sr., but earlier this year I saw some clips of him performing in the Golden Horseshoe Corral and on the Muppet Show, and I knew that I was introduced to a legend. a true renisannce man, balloon animal expert, master storyteller, and all around nice comedian to boot. I hoped that I might be able to meet him one day, but now I hope that I might meet him, and thank him, in Heaven some day. Many condolences to Mr. Wally Boag's family and friends, and let us all hope that he is never forgotten. :)
Wally, Thank you for all the talents you given the world in your entertainment. Thank you for us performers that you have inspired with your special brand of fun, family entertainment...The world has lost an amazing gifted talented artist...Thank you for being a one of a kind guy!
Wally was a great entertainer and individual. I got to know Wally during my brief Disneyland stint and always enjoyed his company. He was always pleasant and upbeat.
He's the toughest critter west of the Alamo.."
Adios, Rest in Peace Friend.
I always used to say that I would someday be the Clown Prince of Disney World at some point in my life and continue the kind of quality entertainment he managed to give to so many people. I never met him, but he inspired me more than anyone I probably could have.
To the dear Boag family, my most heartfelt condolences on your loss. I'm honored to have been a small part of your circle for so long, and was enriched by my association with Wally over the years. What a good life lived, and so many heart gladdened by this wonderful man. May his legacy bring you the comfort of sweet memory. Huge hugs to you all!
Wally Boag was my first dance instructor in the 1940's in Portland, OR. He left to work for Disney, I think in Australia for a while before coming to Anaheim. I have fond memories of him and my condolences go to his family. He was a very talented person.
May you all be strengthen by the God of all comforts in this time of sadness..(2 Cor 1:3,4)