‘The Goldbergs’ Picks ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ for Season 7 Premiere’s ’80s Homage

TCA 2019: Anthony Michael Hall and Christie Brinkley to guest star in the Disneyland-set episode

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“The Goldbergs” are heading to Disneyland in for the show’s seventh season premiere in an episode that will pay homage to the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

Anthony Michael Hall and Christie Brinkley, who starred in the film, will guest star in the episode. Hall was the first of many different actors to portray Rusty Griswold, the youngest of the Griswold family. Brinkley played the “Girl in the Red Ferrari” who tempted Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold.

ABC made the announcement Monday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

Here is a description of the episode, per ABC:

Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) insists the family take a road trip to go on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, before Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile) go off to college. But, like the film, things do not go as planned as they travel across the country. Meanwhile, Erica worries more and more about her relationship with Geoff (Sam Lerner) when he teases “we need to talk” and won’t tell her anything until the family returns from their adventure.

“Vacation” was written by Alex Barnow and Chris Bishop, and directed by Lew Schneider. The episode will feature scenes shot at the actual Disneyland park.

“National Lampoon’s Vacation,” which starred Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, was the first of the “Vacation” comedy film franchise that included “European Vacation,” “Christmas Vacation” and “Vegas Vacation.”

“The Goldbergs” returns for Season 7 on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.