In this day's issue of Advertising Age (an ad-industry journal), Kellogg runs an ad commemorating the late Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger. The headline reads: "Behind every great character is an even greater man." (Disney fans know Ravenscroft as the lead
vocalist on the Haunted Mansion theme song "Grim Grinning Ghosts.")
At Epcot, Ice Station Cool located in the Innoventions Pavilion closes. Offering
complimentary refreshments, it will re-open as Club Cool on November 14, 2005.
In the early morning hours, Allied forces (made up of
mostly soldiers from the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada) invade the Nazi-held
Normandy coast of France as D-Day (or the Normandy Invasion) begins. It has been
often speculated that "Mickey Mouse" may have been used as a password for the invasion by the Allied forces.
In particular - it is believed Naval officers gathering for a secret briefing at a southern port used "Mickey Mouse"
as a password to gain entry. Taking part in D-Day was Solomon Hersh Frees (also known as voice actor Paul
Frees of Disney's Haunted Mansion fame). He was wounded in action and returned home for a year of
recuperation. D-Day was the greatest seaborne invasion mankind had ever seen and a major turning point in
World War II.
The Disney cartoon Susie, the Little Blue Coupe is released by RKO. Based on a
short story by Bill Peet (a children's book illustrator and currently a story writer for Disney), it is directed by
Clyde Geronimi and features the voices of Thurl Ravenscroft and Stan Freberg. (The short's method of
anthropomorphizing the cars, using the windshield for the eyes and eyelids, will later serve as a stylistic
inspiration for the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated feature Cars.)
Sandra Bernhard, the voice of Cassandra for Disney's TV version of Hercules, is
born in Flint, Michigan. She also appeared in the 1995 televison remake of Freaky Friday.
The Submarine Voyage attraction (inspired by the 1954 Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) opens in Disneyland's updated Tomorrowland. (It will be officially dedicated 8 days later.) The 8 vessels (not actual submarines as they do not submerge) are named Nautilus, Seawolf, Skate, Skipjack, Triton, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Ethan Allen. Portholes along the sides allowed guests to view the many underwater sights. It is one of the first rides to require an E-ticket.
Also on this day, the Autopia's original track is modified to accommodate the new Fantasyland Autopia.
The Disney live-action family film Big Red - starring Walter Pidgeon & Gilles Pyant - is
released. The film is about an Irish Setter named "Big Red" who would rather run through the woods than be the
perfectly-trained and groomed show dog his sportsman owner (Pidgeon) wants. Based on a 1945 novel by author
Jim Kjelgaard, it has been adapted to the screen by Louis Pelletier.
Allison Fonte, a member of the 1977-1978 TV series The New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in California.
Actor Max Casella, the original Timon in Disney's Broadway musical The Lion King,
and the voice of Tip in Disney's Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,
is born in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Casella won a Theatre World Award for his role of Timon. His Disney
credits also include the 2000 Dinosaur as the voice of Zini. (TV fans know Casella as Vinnie Delpino from the series
Doogie Howser, M.D. from 1989-1993, and as Benny Fazio on The Sopranos.)
Actor Paul Giamatti is born in New Haven, Connecticut.
He portrayed Ralph the chauffeur in Disney's 2013 release Saving Mr. Banks.
America on Parade, a special American Bicentennial event, debuts
at Walt Disney World. (It will run through September 6, 1976.)
The Delta sponsored If You Could Fly replaces the Eastern Airlines If You
Had Wings attraction in Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland.
Hulk Hogan appears as himself on Disney Channel's MMC. Today is Guest Day!
At Disneyland Paris, Festival Disney is officially renamed as Disney Village at a
big party for hotel guests, cast members and 600 other invitees. The all-day party
includes live rock music and an evening fireworks display.
Darkhorse Comics publishes Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The full
color 56-page comic book features a cover by Mike Mignola, whose artistic
vision inspired the Disney animated feature.
After a complete mechanical and exterior restoration, the Roy O. Disney steam locomotive is rededicated in a ceremony at the Main Street USA Train Station at Walt Disney World. His son, Roy E. Disney, who is vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company, participates in the ceremony along with Michael Campbell and Darrell Holmquist, members of the Board of Governors of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society. (Named in honor of the co-founder of The Walt Disney
Company, the engine represents the only object in any Disney theme park to carry Roy O. Disney's name.)
Chip Young of Georgia wins the nose of an old Walt Disney World monorail cab
through an online auction.
Walt Disney Records' soundtrack for the Disney/Pixar animated film Cars is
released. The CD boasts a score from Randy Newman and new songs by Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor. The film will pull into theaters 3 days later.
Also released this day - Lightning McQueen's Fast Tracks, a collection of all-time favorite driving songs
presented by Lightning McQueen.
Disney World's Bearly Asleep shop opens in Frontierland.
In Disneyland, there is a plaque at
the base of the flagpole in
Frontierland's stockade that reads:
"To Walt Disney, in recognition of
outstanding assistance and
cooperation in extending humane
ideals to peoples throughout the
world." It was presented by the
American Humane Association
Herbie Rides Again, the sequel to the 1969 film The Love Bug, is released.
Set in San Francisco, Herbie bonds with a female this time - an elderly lady
named Mrs. Steinmetz (played by actress Helen Hayes).
Disney Chairman Ray Watson meets with Jack Wrather, owner of the Wrather
Corporation, which owns the Disneyland Hotel. They discuss the possibility of Wrather selling the
hotel to Disney.
A sneak peek for Annual Passholders begins for Disneyland's newest attraction
Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage (based on the Disney/Pixar animated feature).
Built on the site of the 1959 Submarine Voyage attraction, Nemo will open to the general public June 11.
Disney's stage production The Lion King celebrates 10 triumphant years on Broadway with a special anniversary performance in Johannesburg, South Africa (the cultural inspiration for the show).
Disneyland's Submarine Voyage debuts
The first (of 4) Star Wars Weekends kick off at Disney' Hollywood
Studios. This weekend's guest celebrities include Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan.
"After the making of Susie, my father bought a sky blue Studebaker convertible. It was one of those with a nose
that looked like it should have a propeller on the front. It was the first car I learned to drive." -Bill Peet, Jr
The wrap party for the animated short Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom takes place at
Ward Kimball's house. Directed by Kimball and Charles A. Nichols, production had taken some 7-8 months.
The first animated cartoon to be filmed and released in widescreen CinemaScope, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom will
win the 1954 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).
Disney's second international production of Aida debuts at an open-air
amphitheatre in Estonia, for the first of five performances.
Disney-MGM hosts the fourth (of 5) Star Wars Weekends. Celebrity guests include Peter
Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).
Rascal Flatts, the debut album of American country music group Rascal Flatts, is
released on Lyric Street Records (a record label specializing in country music and part
of the Disney Music Group - owned by the Walt Disney Company).
It will sell over 2,300,000 in the U.S.
Richard Nixon speaks at a Republican fundraiser at the Disneyland Hotel, during
an event sponsored by the Orange County Republican Central Committee. (He
and other Republicans are frequent visitors to the Disneyland Hotel for banquets and speeches.)
It is reported that newswoman Katie Couric has signed a deal with the Walt
Disney Company to develop and host a daytime syndicated talk show on
My Yard Goes Disney, a new series on HGTV, premieres. Hosted by Brandon Johnson,
in this first episode the My Yard Goes Disney team transforms the Bradburns' neglected backyard into the
perfect spot for fun and relaxation.
Disney animation stalwart Andreas Deja debuts Deja View, a blog to share his
vast collection of vintage artwork and stories of working with the legends of
A Night With The Golden Greats, a special Walt Disney World musical presentation
takes place on this evening at various locations throughout the Magic Kingdom.
Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Association perform on the Castle Forecourt Stage beginning at 9PM.
Over at the Tomorrowland Theater, The Four Tops and Mary Wells perform 3 shows.
The Ventures play their brand of instrumental surf rock on the Fantasy Faire Stage.
The Tomorrowland Terrace features Rob Grill & The Grass Roots, performing 3 shows starting at 9:30PM.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The rock band Styx is recorded live at the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World for
the Childrens Miracle Network. This will be singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung's final performance with
the band he helped start (as he has already been replaced by Lawrence Gowan).
Disney Fantasy is honored with the 2013 WAVE Award for Best New Ship by
TravelAge West at the WAVE Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles.