Jimmie Dodd, left, and Ginny Tyler in 1963. She was head Mouseketeer for a year when the original "Mickey Mouse Club" show was repackaged for syndication.

Jimmie Dodd, left, and Ginny Tyler in 1963. She was head Mouseketeer for a year when the original "Mickey Mouse Club" show was repackaged for syndication. (Los Angeles Times / July 23, 2012)

When episodes of "The Mickey Mouse Club" were repackaged for syndication, a new head Mouseketeer held court from the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland in 1963.

For a year, Ginny Tyler hosted new segments of the television show that were woven around the old. As she took viewers behind the scenes of the theme park, more than one noted her resemblance to original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello.

As one of the "Disneyland Storytellers," Tyler had already narrated such records as "Bambi"and "Babes in Toyland" and would become known for voicing animal characters. In one better-known role, she gave voice to Polynesia the Parrot, who helps teach Rex Harrison to talk to the animals in the 1967 film "Dr. Dolittle."

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