Imagineer and writer Al Bertino, who helped design such
Disneyland attractions as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the Haunted
Mansion, and the Country Bear Jamboree, is born in California.
First joining Disney in 1935, he worked on Pinocchio and Fantasia, before writing for
Disney's television series. Big Al, the most familiar face in Frontierland's Grizzly Hall, is a loving tribute to Bertino!
In Florida, Disney's Wedding Pavilion - located south of the
surrounded by the Seven Seas Lagoon, it is a glass-enclosed Victorian-style
non-denominational chapel. Available for weddings, vow renewals and commitment ceremonies, the chapel can
seat up to 300 guests. Walt Disney Imagineering has designed the site so that Cinderella Castle (in the nearby Magic Kingdom) is framed in two views: through a window behind the indoor altar where ceremonies are held,
and through a hedge arch outside the chapel. Opening next door to the pavilion is Franck’s Bridal Studio, a one-stop shop for couples to meet with a Disney wedding planner to review all the details for the big event. It is named after the eccentric wedding planner Martin Short played in the 1991 film Father of The Bride.
Disneyland's Space Mountain reopens after a two-year refurbishment.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, takes part in the opening ceremony. The reopened Space Mountain
keeps the original track layout but features new special effects and theming.
Disney's California Adventure opens its newest attraction - Turtle Talk with Crush -
in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with Pixar,
the attraction consists of an unscripted, real-time conversation with Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. (It is the 2nd "Crush" attraction to open, as one debuted in Epcot in 2004.)
The Anaheim park also announces that the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will
be built on the site of the old Submarine Voyage attraction. (Nemo will debut in June 2007.)
Life is Ruff, a Disney Channel Original Movie, debuts.
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, the star of Disney's 1973 live-action feature The World's Greatest Athlete, is born in Denver, Colorado.
Grammy award winning singer Linda Ronstadt, who recorded a contemporary version
of Disney's "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (in both English and Spanish) is
born in Tucson, Arizona. Already a Grammy-winner by 1970, she performed at Disneyland during a
Grad Nite event in June 1971. The first time the original members of the Eagles played together was as a backing
band for her at that very Disneyland performance! Ronstadt also appeared in the 1987 TV special "Golden
Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." (During her 4-decade career, Ronstadt's run on the Billboard
charts includes one single or album charted every year from 1970 to 2000! She was the first female in music history
to score three consecutive platinum albums and ultimately rack up a total of eight consecutive platinum albums.)
Construction begins on Disneyland's Space Mountain. Twelve years in the planning, the idea for Anaheim's ride originated in the mid 1960s, during Walt Disney's lifetime, as a way to energize the aging Tomorrowland. The project was shelved until the success of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World. One thousand tons of steel will be used in its construction. Disneyland's Space Mountain, a more compact, longer, single-track version than the one at WDW, will open in May 1977.
Disney re-releases Bambi in theaters for the 7th and final time.
Building a Company: Roy O. Disney and the Creation of an Entertainment Empire by author Bob Thomas is published by Hyperion Press.
The Disney Magic arrives at Port Canaveral, Florida for the first time.
Six Walt Disney Imagineers come together for a special lithograph signing to
pay tribute to Disneyland Park and "45 Years of Magic." The event takes place at
The Disney Gallery located in the New Orleans Square.
The 2006 DisMeets in Allentown, Pennsylvania takes place. The 3rd annual
event features presentations by leading Disney-site webmasters.
"Oops! I Meddled Again" - the eleventh episode of Hannah Montana debuts
on Disney Channel.
The Carpenters official video for
their re-make of "Please Mr. Postman"
(from the 1975 album From the Top)
was shot at Disneyland. Mickey Mouse
even appears mailing a letter on
a huge Disney
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sends federal labor conciliator Stanley White to Hollywood, California. White is to make an attempt to settle the Disney workers' strike.
Two days before the grand opening of Disneyland, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Santa Ana Register and other Southern California newspapers include an advertising supplement for Disneyland in their papers. It highlights all the "wonderous attractions" that guests will find, and ads from Disneyland’s sponsors - such as the Richfield Oil Corporation.
On this same day, a young California woman named Rima Bruce is called in for an interview at Disneyland. Bruce decided to apply for a job at Disneyland when she and her mother were looking for a place to picnic as they drove on Harbor Boulevard and noticed the park under construction. She will start her new job the next day, July 16, thus becoming one of the original Disneyland employees. Bruce will work at Disneyland for the next 32 years, starting as a secretary to the food liaison and ending (in 1987) as an executive assistant to the vice president!
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.
But it takes people to make the dream a reality." -Walt Disney
PrankStars, a hidden camera/reality series, premieres on Disney Channel. Hosted by Mitchel Musso, the series involves children and teenagers set up by their friends and family to meet their favorite stars in "unpredictable and humorous" settings.
Winnie the Pooh, a new animated film, is released by Walt Disney
Pictures. Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey, but when he misinterprets a
note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo,
and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named "Backson"!
Inspired by the stories of A. A. Milne, the film is a continuation of Disney's Winnie the
Pooh franchise, and marks the first time a Pooh film has hit theaters since the 2005
Pooh's Heffalump Movie. Burny Mattinson, a Disney veteran who worked as the key
animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, served as lead storyboard artist for the
film. Winnie the Pooh is preceded by an animated short called The Ballad of
Nessie about a friendly Loch Ness Monster named Nessie and how she and her
best friend MacQuack, the rubber duck, came to live in the moor they now call home.
Winnie the Pooh voice cast:
Jim Cummings - Pooh & Tigger
Tom Kenny - Rabbit
Craig Ferguson - Owl
Travis Oates - Piglet
Bud Luckey - Eeyore
Jack Boulter - Christopher Robin
Kristen Anderson-Lopez - Kanga
Wyatt Dean Hall - Roo
John Cleese - Narrator
Disney's Wedding Pavilion opens