New Orleans Square Loses Ernest “Ernie” McLean, the Last Man Walt Disney Hired

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Ernest "Ernie" McLean in New Orleans Square at Disneyland

Walk through New Orleans Square and quite often you’d find an elderly gentleman playing Jazz guitar. Kind hearted and gentle, Ernest “Ernie” McLean filled the area with music and memories since he was originally hired by Walt Disney in 1966. This man wasn’t always the charming jazz guitarist we all knew and loved however.

He had a very successful music career before coming to Disneyland. Go back to 1949 and Ernie played with Fats Domino on “The Fat Man.” He also played with Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, Cosimo Matassa, and Dr. John Gris. His last gig before coming to Disneyland was with Scatman Crothers. When Scatman went off with Frank Sinatra, Ernie was left looking for a job. Disneyland would be that job.

Ernest “Ernie” McLean now no longer plays at Disneyland. Instead, he plays once again for “Mr. Disney,” as he referred to him right up until the end.

Read about DC Sarah’s memories of Ernie on Geeks Corner here.

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Hi, I'm Mr. DAPs, the Founder, and Editor in Chief of DAPS MAGIC! I can be regularly found at Disneyland with my hat and bow tie taking pictures and simply enjoying the Happiest Place on Earth. I'm also the weekly host of GEEKS CORNER and your Disney reporter for DISNEY REPORTER on DAPS MAGIC's YouTube channel. I am also now honored to announced that I'm a Brand Ambassador with Her Universe! Find me on Twitter and Instagram. as I'd love to connect with you. Make sure and say hi!

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