A rare instance of Walt Disney's praise occurs at a "Bambi" screening
 of two minutes of test animation by Frank Thomas and Milt Kahl. After
seeing the footage, Disney turns to the two animators with tears in his eyes and says "Thanks, fellows.
 That's great stuff, no kidding. Those personalities are pure gold." Walt seldom gives a direct compliment.
 (When "Bambi" is completed it will have the fewest lines of dialogue of any Disney animated feature.)
Film director, producer, and actor Ron Howard is born Ronald
William Howard in Duncan, Oklahoma. First coming to prominence as
Opie on the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (for 8 years), as a teen Howard appeared
in the 1970 Disney film The Wild Country (which also featured his younger brother
Clint Howard - pictured right). Ron's credits also include the Walt Disney's Wonderful
World of Color episodes "A Boy Called Nuthin'" and "Smoke." Howard contributed to
Disneyland Records' 1969 album release The Story and Song From The Haunted
Mansion - playing the role of Mike, one of two teens who gets trapped in the mansion. 
As a young director, Howard made the 1984 film Splash, Disney's first release under its
Touchstone Pictures label - then known as Touchstone Films. (TV fans also know him
for his role of Richie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days; a spin-off of the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti, which also featured Howard. His directing credits include The Da Vinci CodeCinderella Man and Apollo 13.)
Disney releases its 1942 classic Bambi for the first time on 
a special 2-disc DVD. The original soundtrack is also released on CD.  

The premiere of Disney's live-action film The Pacifier takes place at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California. The family comedy starring Vin Diesel will hit theaters March 4.

Live a Little, the first solo album by American singer Big Kenny, is released on Hollywood Records (a record label of the Disney Music Group).
Legendary actor and novelist David Niven is born James David 
Graham Niven in London, England. His Disney credits include the 1977 Candleshoe in which he 
played the multiple roles of Mr. Priory, Mr. Gipping, Colonel Dennis and John. Niven also appeared in the 
1976 comedy No Deposit, No Return as J.W. Osborne. (Film fans will know Niven best from Around the World 
in Eighty DaysThe Guns Of NavaroneThe Pink Panther and as Sir James Bond in the unofficial spoof 
Casino Royale. Niven also wrote four books in his lifetime including his 1971 autobiography, The Moon's a 
Balloon, which sold over five million copies.)
Disney's first Alice Comedy Alice's Day at Sea debuts in a handful
 of east coast theaters. The combination live-action and animated
 film features young Virginia Davis as Alice, and has been created
 almost entirely by Walt himself (with assistance from brother Roy).

Donald Kent Slayton, better known as astronaut Deke Slayton, is born
on a farm near Sparta, Wisconsin. A Word War II pilot, he was chosen as one of 110 military
test pilots selected by their commanding officers as candidates for the newly formed National Aeronautics
and Space Administration's Project Mercury, the first U.S. manned space flight program. Following a
grueling series of physical and psychological tests, NASA selected Slayton to be one of the original
group of seven Mercury astronauts. Slayton was scheduled to fly in May 1962 on the program's
second orbital flight, but an erratic heart rate grounded him. He later became Director of Flight Crew Operations. Slayton did travel into space in February 1973 as docking module pilot for the Apollo–Soyuz
Test Project. He along with 5 of the original seven Mercury astronauts attended Space Mountain's
opening at Disneyland in May 1977.
Disney animator & techincal genius Ub Iwerks, the first animator of Mickey
Mouse, officially leaves Disney to set up his own animation studio. (His 
character Flip the Frog will eventually fail and he will later return to Disney.)
Walt Disney's speech "Our American Culture," is broadcast 
during an intermission of the Metropolitan Opera. 
Walt's words include: 
Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I
believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow
will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.
All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I
should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most 
of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and 
America for the right to live and raise my family under the 
flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom. 

(These words will be echoed some 60 years later by Disney CEO Michael Eisner
after the terrorist attacks of September 2001.)
At the 36th Annual Grammy Awards, the song "A Whole New World" from 
Disney's Aladdin wins multiple times! Song of the Year goes to the song's composers Alan 
Menken and Tim Rice. Singers Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle win for Best Pop Performance by a 
Duo or Group with Vocal. Menken and Rice also win for Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion 
Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture 
or for Television goes to composer Alan Menken for Aladdin performed by various artists.
Best Musical Album for Children is awarded to producers Alan Menken & Tim Rice and various artists 
for Aladdin - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
The Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina, a Disney Vacation Club resort property,
 opens. A 5-hour drive from Disney World, the resort is fashioned after a 1940s hunting and fishing lodge.

Up Close & Personal, a romantic drama film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring
Robert Redford as a news director and Michelle Pfeiffer as his protegée, is released
by Touchstone Pictures.​ Warren Justice (Redford), a producer for a Miami news program, watches an
audition tape from a young Nevada woman named Sally Atwater (Pfeiffer) and decides to hire her. Under
Warren's mentorship, Sally rises from gofer to on-air personality, and eventually gets a job in Philadelphia, a more
prestigious market. There, she tussles with veteran anchorperson Marcia McGrath (played by Stockard Channing)
and lands a story that catapults her to national prominence. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, the film will later be nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Song for "Because You Loved Me", written by
Diane Warren and performed by Celine Dion.
Bug Juice, a documentary series about a group of kids that attend 
summer camp, officially premieres on The Disney Channel.
At Disney-MGM, a third drop is added to the drop sequence for the Tower of
Terror attraction. Also, Doug Live (a stage show) opens replacing Superstar TV.

Kali River Rapids (Disney's very first rapid river type attraction) and Maharajah 
Jungle Trek both open in the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Kali River 
Rapids is themed as a rafting expedition along the Chakranadi River, courtesy of "Kali Rapids Expeditions." 
Maharajah Jungle Trek takes guests on a tour through Anandapur Royal Forest - filled with a variety 
of exotic animals, including gibbons, black buck, fruit bats, elds deer and Asian tigers.
The Atlanta Braves take on the Florida Marlins in their first
big-league preseason game of the year at Disney's
Wide World of Sports in Florida.
Epcot features the final performances of Tapestry of Dreams,
coinciding with the end of the 100 Years of Magic celebration.
The soundtrack to Disney's High School Musical reaches the
 number one spot on the Billboard 200 for the first time.

Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World announces that two large tracts of
land on different areas of its 43-square mile property ar being developed. The first, 
a 900-acre golf community, will replace the existing Eagle Pines golf course at the Bonnet Creek Golf Club 
with a Four Seasons hotel. The second project, also unnamed, is located on 450 acres near the new Western 
Beltway that Disney plans to sell to an as-yet-unnamed developer or group of developers.

The Atlanta Braves play their first home spring training game against a Major
League team at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida. 
The Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2.

The Lion roars at the 37th Grammy Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium. Best
Pop Vocal Performance, Male is awarded to Elton John for his "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." 
Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocal goes to "Circle of Life," arranged by 
Lebo Morake & Hans Zimmer and performed by Carmen Twillie. The Lion King—Original 
Motion Picture Soundtrack wins Best Musical Album for Children. Best Spoken Word 
Album for Children is awarded to The Lion King Read-Along.
Actor Bryan Batt - who in 2001 played the role of Lumiere in Disney's Broadway hit
Beauty and the Beast - is born in in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Fans of TV's Mad Men know
Batt for his role of Salvatore.)
Today is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day
Aladdin wins Grammys
Walt Disney received 32 Academy Awards personally
over his lifetime.
Along with members of his
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 and citations from every
 nation in the world (including
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New York Yankees pitchers C.C. Sabathia and Joba Chamberlain take a spin on
the Toy Story Mania! 3-D attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The two 
hurlers are at Walt Disney World Resort for ESPN The Weekend.
"He knew anatomy. On 'Bambi,' they studied real deer, real rabbits and owls. He was the best at applying what he saw in the real thing
and how that would work for an animated character, maintaining the realism but making it work so you have flexibility and the range of 
emotions and expressions. The way he put that down, nobody could ever touch it." -animator Andreas Deja on Milt Kahl
The March 1 issue of The Saturday Evening Post features this 
Norman Rockwell painting. A bimonthly American magazine, it publishes 
current event articles, editorials, human interest pieces, humor, illustrations, a letter 
column, poetry, single-panel cartoons, stories ... and the work of painter/illustrator 
Norman Rockwell. (Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life 
scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post.) Rockwell will later give this 
cover painting to his friend Walt Disney in 1943. He will inscribed the painting: 
"To Walt Disney one of the really great artists - from an admirer Norman Rockwell."

"One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges." -Ron Howard
"It really is amazing. Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up
 and playing games? It's like being Peter Pan." -David Niven
Walt Disney Pictures releases the action-adventure ShipwreckedProduced by a consortium
of Scandinavian companies and released in the U.S. in a dubbed English-language version by Walt Disney Pictures,
it tells the story of a young Norwegian boy in the 1850s who becomes the sole support of his family as a cabin boy on
a ship. (Shipwrecked will be nominated for three Young Artist Awards the following year.)
The #5 locomotive, the "Ward Kimball" (named for the great Disney animator), is
dedicated at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. In 1995, Southern California railroad
enthusiast Bill Norred traded his 1927 Davenport locomotive to Disneyland in exchange for the five retired clerestory-
roofed "Retlaw One" coaches. The locomotive was instead sent to Walt Disney World after deemed too large to 
operate in California and was dedicated as #5 "Ward Kimball". Unfortunately, the locomotive will never pull a public 
train on the Walt Disney World Railroad as it is found to be far too small for operation. It will be put on display at Epcot 
and later returned to the Disney World engine house. In 1999 it will be traded to Cedar Point for a smaller Forney 
locomotive which (after restoration) will become the Disneyland Railroad #5 "Ward Kimball" in 2005.
Walt Disney is visiting New York with the intent to re-negotiate a deal with Charles
 Mintz of Winkler Productions for the next series of Oswald cartoons. Mintz only offers $1400
 per film and 50 percent of the profits. (Secretly Mintz wants control of Oswald and wants Disney as his employee.)
Disneyland Dream, a true-life story of a 1956 trip to Disneyland, 
California, by the Barstow family from Wethersfield, Connecticut, as 
winners in a nationwide contest by "Scotch" Brand Cellophane Tape, is 
released on DVD. Filmed, edited, and narrated by Robbins Barstow, with his wife Margaret 
and their three children, it was named to the National Film Registry at the Library of 
Congress in December 2008. The DVD includes an added, 20-minute Special Feature on The 
Making of Disneyland Dream, with family recollections some 53 years later.
Episode 32 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs on television. Jiminy Cricket discusses
food in You and the Living Machine and episode 9 of the serial "Mystery at Rustler's Cave" is shown.

The Disney Fantasy, the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, is christened
 during a star-studded evening celebration at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New
 York City. Disney Fantasy godmother, Mariah Carey, leads the audience in a countdown that triggers a 6-foot
 tall bottle of champagne in the Atrium Lobby with confetti and streamers as a traditional bottle of champagne breaks
 against the ship's hull. Celebrities taking part in the occassion include Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick
 Cannon, Heather Headley and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The massive ocean liner is the first Disney 
ship to be christened in New York City (as the MagicWonder and Dream were christened in Port Canaveral, Florida).
"I christen thee Disney Fantasy. May God bless this ship and all who sail on it." -Mariah Carey
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club hits the road with D23′s Disney Fanniversary celebration, commemorating dozens of Disney milestones celebrating anniversaries
in 2013. Topics featured in the show include movies, classic characters, favorite attractions and entertainment spectaculars at Disney parks, The Disney Channel, Disney Cruise Line and the
momentous founding of The Walt Disney Company in 1923. The first stop on the 10-city tour is
The Studio Theatre, The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
March 1
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Actress Kathryn "Kat" Cressida is born in Long Beach, California. Best known to Disney park fans as the voice and reference for "Constance Hatchaway," The Black Widow Bride in the classic attraction The Haunted Mansion, she is one of the only former
Cast Members to become a famous voice in the parks. Kat's other numerous voice credits include Tower of Terror, Epcot's Character Spot, Woody's Roundup Toy Story Midway
Mania! and Greatest Moments With Mr. Lincoln. She has also voiced for Disney Animation including several episodes of Phineas and FerbTinkerbell, and Tarzan. (One of Kat's most famous "non-Disney" roles is "Dee Dee" on Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory!)
Notable as a top celebrity voicematcher, Kat provides the voice of "Jessie The Cowgirl" for Disney's Disney Infinity games, and is one of the only female voices heard regularly on
ESPN! (Her father was a marketing executive who worked closely with WED Imagineers
and Disneyland marketing during the 1970's.)
Learn more about Kat Cressida HERE.
Actor, songwriter, and game & talk show host Alan Thicke is born Alan Willis Jeffrey in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. Thicke co-hosted the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade (now the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade) with Joan Lunden from 1983 to 1990. In 1987 he starred in the Disney television film Not Quite Human playing the role of a doctor who creates an android that looks just like a human
17-year-old boy so he may adopt him as his son. In March 2013, he participated on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, in which
he swapped wives with comedian Gilbert Gottfried. (Thicke is best remembered for his role as Jason Seaver, the father
on the ABC television series Growing Pains, which ran for 7 seasons starting in 1985.)

Starting on this day, Disney World guests can enjoy 90 days of fresh festival fun during
the 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (which runs through May 29).
Actor Javier Bardem is born in Madrid, Spain. He portrayed Captain Armando Salazar in the 2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Disney writer Don DaGradi is born in New York City. Growing up in San Francisco, California, he later moved to Los Angeles to study painting at Chouinard Art Institute. Like many of his fellow students, DaGradi joined the Walt Disney Studio at the height of the Depression in the mid-1930s. First starting out as a layout artist in the animation department, he went on to co-script many memorable films. He was named a Disney Legend posthumously in 1991, only months after his death. A partial list of his credits include:
-Der Fuehrer's Face (1942) (short) - layout artist
-The Three Caballeros (1944) - layout artist
-Make Mine Music (1946) - layout artist
-Fun & Fancy Free (1947) - layout artist
-Cinderella (1950) - color and styling
-Alice in Wonderland (1951) - color and styling
-Lady and the Tramp (1955) - story
-Sleeping Beauty (1959) - writer
-Kidnapped (1960) - story sketches
-Son of Flubber (1963) - writer
-Mary Poppins (1964) - writer
-Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) - writer
Actress Lupita Nyong'o is born in Mexico City, Mexico. She played Maz Kanata in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019), provided the voice of Raksha in The Jungle Book (2016), and played Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018).
The third and final season of Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure airs with an hour and a half three-part special.
Actor Jack Davenport is born in Wimbledon, London, England. He played the role of James Norrington in 3 of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films; The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man's Chest (2006), and At World's End (2007).
Illustrator and visual development artist Claire Keane is born in California. Working at Disney Feature Animation for ten years, her film credits included EnchantedTangledWreck-it  Ralph, and Frozen. She also worked on 32 episodes of Rapunzel's Tangled AdventureKeane illustrated the Disney storybook, "Rapunzel's Amazing Hair," and directed & designed an intro for Tangled’s Nintendo Wii game. (She is the daughter of Disney animator Glen Keane and the granddaughter of cartoonist Bil Keane, creator of the comic strip "The Family Circus.")
Actor and comedian Jackie Coogan passes away at age 69 in California. He played Mr. Klein in the 1980 The Magical World of Disney episode "The Kids Who Knew Too Much." Starting out as a child actor, Coogan's earliest role was in Charlie Chaplin's 1921 The Kid. Grandfather of actor Keith Coogan, fans of classic TV knew Jackie as Uncle Fester on the series The Addams Family.
The Walt Disney Company participates in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference, when Bob Chapek (Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company) takes part in a question-and-answer session.