Bob Penfield, the last original Disneyland Cast Member, puts in his
final day of work. He will be honored with a window on Main Street. Penfield began
working at Disneyland at age 18 in July 1955! Disney's newest stage musical The Lion King debuts in Minneapolis,
Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre. (It will open on Broadway the
Disney announces the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC. As a result of the $19-billion merger, Disney will add the entire ABC television network, key affiliates, ABC radio networks, publishing enterprises, and
much more to its rapidly expanding roster of business units. (Ironically Disney's relationship with ABC began in
1954 when Walt Disney agreed to produce a TV series in return for ABC's investment in Disneyland.)
The Hong Kong Economic Times reports that Disney plans to open a theme
park in Shanghai in 2012. (Disney will officially break ground in
Disney's On The Record (a touring musical revue) has its final
performance at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In its
36-week tour, On the Record has performed for over 350,000 people in 24 different U.S. cities.
Disney files a lawsuit against the United Biscuit Company of America, Sawyer
Biscuit Company, and the Chicago Carton Company. The case involves the unauthorized
use of Disney characters for animal crackers. (The suit will be settled in favor of Disney after four months.)
Singer/drummer Gary Lewis (son of famed comedian Jerry Lewis) is born in Los Angeles, California. In 1964 he and his group the Playboys performed at Disneyland where they were
discovered by record producer Snuff Garrett (coincidentally a neighbor of the Lewis family).
Gary Lewis and the Playboys went on to have a strings of hits that included This Diamond Ring,
She's Just My Style, and Everybody Loves A Clown. Lewis has performed numerous times over the years at
Epcot, taking part in the Flower Power Concert series.
The Casey Jr. Circus Train (based on the train of the same name
from the 1941 Dumbo) debuts at Disneyland. Located in the back of Fantasyland next to
Dumbo, the train was to open with the rest of the park on July 17 ... but it wasn't operating properly.
At Disneyland, the Sunkist Citrus House opens on Main Street.
Owned by the Perricone Citrus Company, the Sunkist Citrus House offers guests fresh-squeezed orange
juice, lemonade, lemon meringue pies and orange cheesecakes. (It will remain open until June 1989.)
Animator Tom Bancroft is born in California. After studying at the California
Institute of Arts, he moved to Florida to work for Walt Disney Feature
Animation at the Disney-MGM Studios. Over the next 12 years Bancroft worked on such
features as The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan,
and Tarzan. Tom has a twin brother Tony (obviously born on this same day) who co-directed Mulan.
ESPN holds a 2-day event at the Walt Disney-MGM Studios to celebrate
its 25th anniversary.
From the late 1950s to 1968 Los
Angeles Airways provided regularly
scheduled helicopter passenger
service between Disneyland and Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX)
and other cities in the area. The
helicopters first operated from
Anaheim/Disneyland Heliport, located
behind Tomorrowland. Service later
moved, in 1960, to a new heliport
north of the Disneyland Hotel.
Arriving guests were then
transported to the
Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases the Walt Disney Pictures
documentary IMAX movie Roving Mars (originally released to theaters January 27,
2006) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Narrated by Paul Newman, the film documents the 2003 Mars
Rover mission. This special edition package also includes such bonus features as the 1957 Disney film Mars
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry announces that Disney World has invited the State
of Oklahoma to be the first state-dedicated marketplace experience at this fall's
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The backdrop of the Oklahoma Experience -100
Stories of Oklahoma - will be three Walls of Wonder depicting Oklahoma Trailblazers through photos & stories.
The Walls, which are 12 feet high and 21 feet long, will provide guests with interactive activities.
In order to make way for a new luxury resort, Disney World's Eagle Pines Golf
Course has its last day of operation.
Disney Editions releases Robert Tieman's book The Mickey Mouse Treasures.
The richly illustrated book describes Mickey's life over the decades.
Disney releases the live-action drama The Bears and I starring Patrick Wayne.
Featuring the music of John Denver, a man named Bob Leslie adopts three cub bears and later faces one of
the hardest decisions of his life.
Casey Jr. Circus Train debuts
"In high school my twin brother, Tony, and I drew comic strips for the school paper. That
continued into Junior college where I/we took only life drawing so we could get our portfolios
Disney's ninth Mickey Mouse short The Karnival Kid, directed by Walt
Disney, is released. Mickey sells hot dogs at the fair, heckles rival barker Kat Nipp
and serenades "shimmy dancer" Minnie with the help of two rowdy cat pals. The Karnival Kid
features Mickey speaking his very first words: "Hot dogs!". (Storyman and adult Mouseketeer
Roy Williams will later be inspired by this very short to create the famous Mickey Mouse ears hat!)
At Epcot, Captain Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen, and Matt Bradley - three of the
featured stars of the popular Discovery Channel reality series, Deadliest Catch - sign
autographs and pose for photos inside The Puffin’s Roost at the Norway Pavilion.
The trio will appear through Sunday, August 2.
The Disney Channel debuts the Disney Channel Premiere Film The Whipping Boy.
Based on the Newbery medal-winning children's book by Sid Fleischman, first published in 1987, the film tells the
story of bored and spoiled Prince Horace and his 'whipping boy' Jemmy.
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Traveling in time since 1999!
"I feel more comfortable with the two companies together." -Michael Eisner
Actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director B.J. Novak is born in Newton,
Massachusetts. He played the role of songwriter Robert Sherman in Disney's 2013
film Saving Mr. Banks. (He is best known for being a writer and co-executive producer for and playing the
role of Ryan Howard on the sitcom The Office.)
The musical fantasy television film Disney's Descendants, directed by Kenny Ortega,
premieres on Disney Channel. The film stars stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, and
Sofia Carson as modernized depictions of the teenage children based on the villains featured in Walt Disney Studios' animated film franchise. The soundtrack (released on the same day) debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.