Dick van Dyke may now be 90 years old, but the Mary Poppins star has retained every ounce of charm and spirit which made his role as Bert in the 1964 film so beloved by audiences.
Dyke teamed up with actor/dancer Derek Hough to recreate the classic 'Step in Time' sequence from the Disney musical, as part of ABC's televised special Disneyland 60, celebrating the park's landmark anniversary.
Mary Poppins was a musical always close to the heart of Walt Disney, whose favourite song was reportedly 'Feed the Birds', so it was a particularly fitting tribute to the innovator's incredible legacy.
Hough took on the majority of Dyke's original role as chimney sweep Bert, recreating the famous high-kicking, spinning choreography of the original; though Dyke made an appearance at the end, much to the crowd's delight.
Perfect timing, as well, for the reported Mary Poppins sequel currently being prepped with Emily Blunt in the titular role. Set 20 years later in Depression-era London, will Disney still look to include an older Bert in some manner?
The special also saw Harrison Ford introduce a first look at the planned Star Wars experiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney Resort.Reuse content