1997:
Gibson Guitars holds a demonstration at Disney World's Pleasure Island. Guitarists
 have the opportunity to see new models and check out a display of classic guitars.
1924:
Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company merge to form 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ... or MGM. MGM will become one of the biggest producers and distributors of films and television programs and even team-up with Disney to open a Florida theme park in 1989 called 
Disney-MGM Studios (today known as Disney's Hollywood Studios).
1961:
At the 33rd Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Bob Hope, 
an Oscar (Documentary, Feature) is won for the Disney film The Horse with the Flying Tail. Fifteen-year-old actress Hayley Mills wins an Oscar (Honorary Award) for most outstanding juvenile performance of 1960 for her role in Disney's live-action PollyannaAlthough Disney's Islands of the Sea is nominated for Short Subjects, Live Action ... it is edged out by Day of the Painter.
1964:
Disney's "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" exhibit is flown from California to New York
 for the upcoming World's FairUnfortunately once in New York, the truck delivering the exhibit to the
 Illinois Pavilion is caught in heavy traffic around the Flushing Meadows area of Queens (one of the 5 boroughs of
 New York City). The cause of traffic ... Shea Stadium - a new ballpark and home to the New York Mets - is hosting
 their official opening day! The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Mets 4-3 and Lincoln never makes it to the fair.
2006:
Two of the stars of Disney/Pixar's new computer-animated feature Cars
race straight off the movie screen and into the real world as actual life-sized models for a 
40 plus city promotional tour. Disney/Pixar's "CARS Road Trip 06" presented by State 
Farm kicks off this day in Akron, Ohio. (The movie will premiere May 26.)

The Disneyland Resort 50th anniversary celebration takes to the skies over Fresno, California with a 100-foot tall, Mickey Mouse-shaped hot air balloon dubbed
"The Happiest Balloon On Earth."
1998:
Walt Disney Records/Pony Canyon releases the theme park album Disney Carnivale in honor of Tokyo Disneyland's 15th anniversary.

"I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained." -Walt Disney
2008:
Disney announces a new mobile Web site and texting program. Developed in conjunction with mDisney, part of the Walt Disney Internet Group, the new mobile site allows users with Web-enabled phones to receive Radio Disney information, listen to Radio Disney, view the last 10 songs played on the Radio Disney station, send shout-outs, request songs and take polls.
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2004:
Aida co-stars Deborah Cox and Will Chase perform live on
CBS-TVs "Saturday Early Show."
1958:
Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair, opens. It is the first major World's Fair following 
World War II. Featured at the Fair, in the American Pavilion, is the first Disneyland-style attraction to ever live outside the Magic Kingdom ...  America the Beautiful, a live-action film in Circarama. (The film will open at Disneyland 2 years later.)
1980:
The Watcher in the Woods, a horror film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, first premieres. The film, about a teenage girl and her little sister who become encompassed in a supernatural mystery regarding a missing girl in the woods surrounding their new home, stars Bette Davis, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Lynn-Holly Johnson, and Kyle Richards.
1973:
An amazing 73,168 guests visit Walt Disney World on this day! (A large number considering Disney World only consists of the Magic Kingdom at this time.)


Hayley Mills wins Oscar
1957:
The Disneyland TV series airs the episode "More About the Silly Symphonies."
This is the second Disneyland episode to trace the development of Disney's elaborate cartoon features from
 the studio's earliest Silly Symphony shorts. Among the cartoons featured are The Grasshopper and the
 AntsWho Killed Cock Robin?Water BabiesFarmyard Symphony, and Wynken, Blinken and Nod.
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Epcot Center's The Land exhibits 3 different methods of hydroponic gardening: plastic bags filled with rock wool to hold the roots of the plants steady while they grow, small seedlings in 
a foam "raft" that floats on the surface of a tank of nutrient-enriched water, and a technique called "aeroponics" where plants receive a spray of nutrient-laden water every few minutes.

1937:
Disney's Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Amateurs, featuring the animation of Les Clark and Art Babbitt, is released. Mickey hosts an amateur talent show starring Pete, Donald Duck, Goofy, Clarabelle Cow, and Clara Cluck.
2010:
The world premiere of the Disneynature film Oceans takes place at the El Capitan
 Theater in Hollywood. The film will be released April 22.
1933:
Ronald William "Ron" Miller is born in California. A professional football player (for the Los Angeles
 Rams) and the son-in-law of Walt Disney, Miller initially worked at Walt Disney productions for a few months in 1954 as a
 liaison between WED Enterprises and Disneyland, before being drafted into the army. Married to Diane Disney in May
 1954, Miller rose up the ranks at Disney to a variety of producer positions and also directed some of the lead-ins for the
 popular weekly Disney television show. He became president of Walt Disney Productions in 1980 and CEO in 1983.
 He also served as executive producer on the 1982 TRON. Miller is perhaps best remembered for creating the Touchstone
 label in 1984, allowing Disney to produce and release adult-oriented films without harming the family-friendly
 reputation of the Disney name.
Disneyland Hotel's blue tinted 
double-pane glass windows look 
very modern, but they also serve a 
purpose ... they reduce energy 
consumption by helping to keep 
guests rooms at the desired 
temperature.
2012:
Beginning today in Florida, Orange Bird returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace
signage and quirky drink cups in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. 
Orange Bird was a character who was developed back in 1970. Walt Disney Productions entered into 
negotiations with the Florida Citrus Commission for an FCC-sponsored Walt Disney World attraction 
early in 1967. A contract was signed in October 1969, formalizing the FCC's underwriting of a "tropical 
bird show" at a cost of $3 million.  The following year WED Enterprises created the Orange Bird 
character to serve as the FCC's official mascot in promotional campaigns. (The Orange Bird also appeared 
in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom as a walk-around character during the resort's first decade.)
1972:
Actress Jennifer Anne Garner is born in Houston, Texas. She first gained recognition on television
for her performance as CIA agent Sydney Bristow in the thriller drama series Alias, which aired on ABC for five seasons 
from 2001 to 2006. Garner played the role of Cindy Green in Walt Disney Pictures' The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
2015:
It is reported that All Nippon Airways (Japan's largest airline) will introduce a Star
Wars livery, with the iconic R2-D2, on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner to mark the
beginning of a five-year agreement with Walt Disney. In honor of the film’s upcoming release in
December, it marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft.

Disneynature releases Monkey KingdomA nature documentary film about a family of monkeys
living in ancient ruins founded in the jungles of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, it is narrated by Tina Fey.
Monkey Kingdom is the eighth film by Disneynature, the independent film label of Walt Disney Studios. The film
will raise money to help maintain the habitat of monkeys that live in the jungles of South Asia.
2016:
Jason Ryf, 45 from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, wins the inaugural Star Wars Half 
Marathon – The Dark Side at Walt Disney World Resort in 1:13:39. The 13.1-mile
race takes runners through Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Katie McGrath
is the first female runner to cross the finish line, covering the course in 1:24:05.