Disney's feature film Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement - starring Ann
Hathaway and Julie Andrews - opens nationwide. Princess Mia is fresh out of college and on
her way to being queen, with the guidance of her grandmother, when the royal court rules that she must marry
first! Anne Hathaway's mother and director Garry Marshall make brief appearances in the film. Hathaway's
mother is the leader of the chorus singing at Mia's wedding while Marshall is the middle drummer (the one on the
left) in the coronation scene.
Singer/TV host Mike Douglas, the singing voice of Prince Charming for
the 1950 Disney classic Cinderella (most notably on the tune "So This
Is Love"), is born Michael Delaney Dowd in Chicago, Illinois. He also hosted (along with
Joan Lunden) the very first live broadcast of Walt Disney's Christmas Parade in 1983. Douglas was best known
for his Emmy-award winning daytime talk show which was popular throughout the 1960s and 70s. In January 1976,
five of his 90-minute shows were taped at Walt Disney World for national broadcast the following February.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Orphan's Benefit, directed by Burt Gillett, is released.
The cartoon features Mickey Mouse and his friends putting on benefit show for a group of unruly orphans. This
short marks Donald Duck's first appearance with Mickey Mouse. It is also the first cartoon in which
Donald loses his temper, and the first in which he does his trademark fighting stance (hopping in place with one fist
forward and the other swinging back and forth)! Orphan's Benefit is also the first appearance of Clara Cluck, and
although not referenced in the film itself, it is the first time that Disney animators begin to call Dippy Dawg by his
new name "Goofy." (The short will later be remade in Technicolor in 1941 under the title Orphans' Benefit.)
Disney's Pluto cartoon Food for Feudin, also featuring Chip 'n' Dale, is released.
Directed by Charles Nichols, a feud begins when Pluto wants to hide his bones in the same tree where Chip
'n' Dale store their acorns!
Disney's 7-minute Mickey Mouse cartoon Runaway Brain is released along with
the live-action feature A Kid in King Arthur's Court.
Runaway Brain (produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, Paris, France) stars Mickey & Minnie Mouse and
features actor Kelsey Grammer as the voice of Dr. Frankenollie - a play on the names of two of Disney's Nine Old Men; Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. In an attempt to convince Minnie (voiced by Russi Taylor) that he hasn't
forgotten to buy her an anniversary present, Mickey (voiced by Wayne Allwine) ends up promising to take her to
Hawaii. Funds being short, he applies for a job as lab assistant to the sinister Dr. Frankenollie, who happens to
be searching for a donor to provide his monstrous creation with a brain!
A Kid in King Arthur's Court (released by Walt Disney Studio Entertainment) is based on the famous Mark
Twain novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," transplanted into the twentieth century. Young Calvin
Fuller (played by Thomas Ian Nicholas) is pulled into King Arthur's court by Merlin (Ron Moody).
His mission: to save Camelot! But to do this he must overcome the villainous Lord Belascoe (Art Malik), train to
become a knight, and rescue Princess Katherine.
Mike Douglas, the singing voice of Prince
Charming in Disney's Cinderella, passes
away on his 81st birthday in North Palm
Beach, Florida. Originally a big-band singer, Douglas
launched a talk show in Cleveland in 1961. The successful
afternoon show went into national syndication two years
later - going on to make some 6,000 telecasts in all through
1982! In January 1976, The Mike Douglas Show shot
five episodes at Walt Disney World. The daily 90-minute
programs were aired the week of February 9-13. This was
a first for Disney, as never before had an outside company
done shows from Walt Disney World for American television.
Disney Channel first airs episode 42 of Phil of the Future titled "Not-So-Great
Great Great Grandpa," in which Phil finds out that a kid in his school
is actually his great-great-grandfather!
In 2004, Walt Disney World
recycled 18,322,000 pounds
of paper products!
Actress, singer and dancer Alyson Stoner is born in Toledo,
Ohio. First known to movie fans for her role in Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper
by the Dozen 2 (20th Century Fox films), Stoner is the voice of Isabella on the Disney
Channel original series Phineas and Ferb. Her Disney credits also include Mike's Super
Short Show, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, That's So Raven, and the Disney Channel
Original Movie Camp Rock (as Caitlyn). Stoner also portrayed Camille Gage in Step Up
and Step Up 3 and recorded a cover version of the song "Dancing in the Moonlight"
for the 2009 Disney DVD/Blu-ray release, Space Buddies.
Jonas Brothers visit MTV's Times Square Studios in New York City to cohost TRL. They are promoting their newest CD "A Little Bit Longer" (released on Disney's Hollywood Records).
Disney's newest pop star Demi Lovato performs her first single "Get Back" on Disney-owned ABC-TV's Good Morning America.
U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and his family (wife Pat and daughters Tricia & Julie) visit Disneyland for the very first time. Along with the Nixons are brothers of Richard and
Pat and their children. Nixon is presented with the "Key to City Hall" by C.V. Wood (a member of Walt's staff)
and meets actor Fess Parker (Disney's Davy Crockett). The Nixons tour Disneyland extensively, riding on such attractions as the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Jungle Cruise, Rocket to the Moon, Autopia, and touring the
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit.
Actor Gerard J. Reyes is born in Brooklyn, New York. He played the role of
Tearlach, one of Jack's crew, in both features Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Although Pirate director Gore Verbinski does not like using the
same actor for different roles, Reyes won the role of Pusasn (a pirate from India who served as Sri
Sumbhajee's aide) in the third installemtn, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
"My dad finally said I could have a pet, but no fur. And you'd be surprised how many mammals have fur."
-Ron Stoppable (voiced by Will Friedle)
You are cordially invited to the royal event of the season. R.S.V.P. This Summer
"A paradise for children - and for grownups, too. I don't know when I've had so much fun." -Richard Nixon
Nixon's first Disneyland visit
It is reported that Toy Story 3 has earned over $895 million worldwide, surpassing Finding Nemo’s $867.8 million worldwide gross.
This makes Toy Story 3 (released in June 2010) Pixar’s all-time highest grossing film!
Actor Will Friedle, the voice of Ron Stoppable on Disney
Channel's Kim Possible, is born in Hartford, Connecticut. From 1993
to 2000 he portrayed elder brother Eric Matthews on the popular TV sitcom Boy Meets
World (a Touchstone Television production). Cartoon fans will recognize his voice as
Batman in Batman Beyond, as well as appearances in numerous other DC Comics
Meet Me at Disneyland (a limited TV series broadcast live on KTTV directly from
the Anaheim park) airs episode 10 "This Was the West." The show begins with host Johnny
Jacobs riding on the Disneyland Railroad. His journey is interrupted when bandits stop the train, so he uses the
time to introduce the show’s guests - Tex Williams, The Frontiersmen and Joanie, Hollywood Square Dancers,
and Members of Drum and Feather Club - who are seated in the train’s passenger car. Indian dancers perform
as viewers tour Frontierland. Meet Me at Disneyland is designed to boost park attendance during the
Robert R. "Rob" Minkoff, best known for co-directing the 1994 smash hit animated
feature The Lion King, is born in Palo Alto, California. First hired by Walt Disney Animation Studios
in 1983 as an in-between artist for The Black Cauldron (1985), he later became supervising animator for The Great
Mouse Detective (1986), and a character designer for The Brave Little Toaster (1987). Minkoff also wrote the song "Good Company" for Oliver & Company (1988), before becoming a character animator for The Little Mermaid (1989).
WDW has made many visible steps in order to be environmentally responsible. They have shown that they are serious when it comes to
Walt Disney, his wife Lillian and a group of Disney artists, later nicknamed "El Grupo,"
depart California on a goodwill tour of South America. (They will spend a few days in Miami
Beach before heading to Rio de Janeiro to begin their 10-week trip.)
Hundreds of Disney's most devoted fans turn out for "Destination D: 75 Years of
Animated Features," a two-day event hosted by D23 - the official Disney fan club, at
the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The event features appearances by people who have
created, voiced or modeled for some of Disney's greatest animated features.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Actor-comedian Robin Williams passes away at his home in Paradise Cay, California.
He is 63. Known to Disney fans as the voice of the Blue Genie of the Lamp in Disney's 1992 Aladdin, he was
also the voice of Timekeeper in the 1992 From Time to Time (which played in the Disney World attraction
The Timekeeper). His role as the Genie (which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor)
was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Williams also starred in
Disney's 1997 live-action feature Flubber and the 2009 comedy Old Dogs, the same year he was
inducted a Disney Legend.