1961:
Disney's black & white live-action comedy The Absent-Minded
 Professor, starring Fred MacMurray and Nancy Olsen, is
 released. The film is produced in black & white to facilitate a number of unique
 special effects. The film's "Medfield Fight Song" is written by Richard M. and Robert B.
 Sherman, their first song for a Disney feature. Disneyland peformer Wally Boag is
MacMurray's stunt-double ... particularly in the airborne scenes! The film is based on
the short story A Situation of Gravity, by Samuel W. Taylor. (A colorized version of The
 Absent-Minded Professor will be released in 1986.)
Also released is the animated short The Saga of Windwagon
 Smith, featuring the vocals of Rex Allen and the Sons of the
 Pioneers.
2005:
It is reported that the Disney-Pixar animated feature 
The Incredibles has sold about 5 million combined DVD and VHS units yesterday (March 15), its first day in release.
1911:
Motion-picture designer & Disney Legend Harper Goff, who collaborated with Walt Disney on Disneyland's design, is born in Fort Collins, Colorado. His family later moved to Santa Ana, 
California where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute. He began in the 
business at Warner Brothers as a set designer on such films as Casablanca and 
The Adventures of Don Juan.  Harper met Walt Disney in 1951, and was asked 
to sketch out a possible True-Life Adventure short called 20,000 Leagues Under 
the Sea. A huge Jules Verne fan, Harper designed what became the film's 
famous Nautilus. Harper later worked on Disneyland where his concepts for Main 
Street established the fact that a story could be told with architecture (he 
designed the park's City Hall). He also led the design effort for Epcot's World 
Showcase pavilions and played banjo as a member of the Firehouse Five Plus Two (a Dixieland jazz band made up of Disney studio employees).
1923:
Animator, desginer, Imagineer and Disney Legend Joyce Carlson is born in Racine,
 Wisconsin. Her 56 years at Disney include creating the original It's a Small World for the New York World's Fair of 1964. Carlson first worked as an ink artist on such films as CinderellaPeter Pan and Sleeping Beauty and
 later as the lead ink artist for the 1955 Disney classic Lady and the Tramp. Carlson moved to Central Florida
 in 1982 to work at Disney World as a senior show production designer. She retired from her full-time position at
 WDW in 2000, but remained working for Disney through 2007. Carlson's Disney World window, which is on
 the second floor of a structure along Main Street U.S.A, reads, "Dolls by Miss Joyce, Dollmaker for the World."
1934:
An Oscar is won for Disney's short subject cartoon, 
The Three Little Pigs at the 6th annual Academy Awards (held in 
the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California).
1967:
Actress Lauren Graham, who appears in Disney's 2005 comedy feature 
The Pacifier, is born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1968:
Louis Armstrong and his 7-piece band (augmented with a studio orchestra and choir) record 4 songs for the upcoming LP Disney Songs the Satchmo Way in a Hollywood studio. This day's session includes "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo," and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
1974:
At Walt Disney World, Magic Carpet 'Round the World replaces America the
 Beautiful in Tomorrowland's Circle-Vision Theater. (A revised America the
 Beautiful will later return in March 1975.)
1992:
The Dapper Dans film one of the opening segments of The Magic of Christmas At Disneyland (a souvenir video which is available during the holidays only at the Anaheim park).
1999:
Walt Disney Records & American Gramaphone release 
Mannheim Steamroller Meets The Mouse.
2001:
The Atlanta Braves take on the New York Yankees at 
Disney's Wide World of Sports in Florida.
2002:
Another Rock 'n' Roller Coaster debuts - this time at the grand opening of Walt Disney Studios Park (located at Disneyland
Resort Paris in France). It is Disney's 10th theme park in the world.
Other attractions making their debut include Animagique (a black light show) and Armageddon: Les Effetcs Speciaux (a voyage through the history of special effects).
The Studios is the smallest of all the Disney theme parks.
2004:
Walt Disney Home Video releases Lizzie McGuire - Star Struck (Volume 3) and Lizzie McGuire - Totally Crushed (Volume 4) to DVD. These two volumes include episodes from the popular Disney Channel series.
"To all who enter the studio of dreams, welcome. The Walt Disney Studios is dedicated to our timeless fascination and affection for cinema and for television. Here we celebrate the art and the artistry of storytelling from Europe and around the world to create the magic in a special place through our own memories of the past and our dreams of the future." 
-Michael D. Eisner's dedication This Day in Disney History 2002

The capacity per elevator on Walt Disney World's 
"The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" is 22.
1751:
James Madison, the fourth United States President, is born in
 Port Conway, King George, Virginia. Considered one of the Founding
 Fathers of the United States, Madison was also the "Father of the Constitution" - the
 principal author of the document. Visit him and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney
 World's The Hall of Presidents.
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"I liked the idea of working with 
Walt Disney, and when I called him he began to explain his idea for a kiddie-land near the Studio — perhaps with a steam train connected to Traveland across the L.A. River. He wanted to build something adults could enjoy along with their children." -Harper Goff 


Harper Goff born
A college professor invents an anti-
gravity substance which a corrupt
businessman wants for himself!

The Absent-Minded Professor cast:
Fred MacMurray - Prof. Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson - Betsy Carlisle
Keenan Wynn - Alonzo P. Hawk
Tommy Kirk - Biff Hawk
Leon Ames - President Rufus Daggett
Elliott Reid - Prof. Shelby Ashton
Ed Wynn - Fire Chief
Raymond Bailey - Admirial Olmstead
1945:
Disney's Pluto short Dog Watch, directed by Charles Nichols, is released.
While guarding a ship, Pluto has a conflict with a wharf rat who is determined to steal the galley's food!
1960:
Disney releases the nature film Islands of the Sea to theaters. The short, written and 
narrated by Dwight Hauser, covers some of the wildlife on four different islands - the Galapagos, Guadelupe, 
Falklands and an island in the Midway chain. 
"I did most of the tricks, especially dancing around with the leading lady. I did a rumba with her, and they would trap me up with a wire. I was wearing his mask so I was Fred MacMurray for all those big leaps." -Wally Boag
2010:
Director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and executive producer John Lasseter are on hand for the Toy Story 3 screening at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas. Pixar's newest feature is scheduled for a June release. (ShoWest is the most prestigious and longest running event exclusively for the cinema exhibition and distribution community.)
2011:
Due to the ongoing problems and concerns in Japan (since the March 11
 earthquake), Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea remain closed indefinitely.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in data security and
 protection, Glen Taylor, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ vice president of
 Global Business Technology Strategy, receives the People’s Choice Award
  at the Tech Exec Networks’ Information Security Executive (ISE) Southeast
 Awards gala at the Westin Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Executives nominated for the ISE® Southeast Award in the Executive category are defined as leaders who improve their
 organization’s risk management, data asset protection, privacy and network security efforts while proactively
 implementing security technology and processes.

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1964:
Director and writer Gregor "Gore" Verbinski is born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He directed 
the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy: The Curse of the Black PearlDead Man's Chest, and At World's End
2012:
Walt Disney Studios Park's 10th anniversary celebration begins. 
March 16
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!