Disneyland's Mission to Mars opens in Tomorrowland. Designed in cooperation 
with NASA, the show replaces Flight to the Moon (opened since 1967). Guests 
enter a viewing area known as Mission Control, which is modeled after a typical mission control center 
featuring seated Audio-Animatronic "technicians" whose backs are to the audience. Facing the audience is 
an Audio-Animatronic named Mr. Johnson who hosts the show with film clips about space travel. After the 
pre-show, guests board their spacecraft - a circular theater with stadium-like seating featuring circular flat 
screens on the ceiling and floor. It is here they experience a trip to Mars.

Disney's live-action adventure feature Escape to Witch Mountain is released. Two 
mysterious orphan children (played by Kim Richards & Ike Eisenmann) with extraordinary powers are chased 
by a scheming millionaire (Ray Milland). A cynical widower (Eddie Albert) helps the brother & sister "escape 
to witch mountain."
Columnist Mike Thomas describes his trip to the Magic Kingdom 
to escape the current realities of war in an Orlando Sentinel article titled "Ta-da! Disney's magic makes war disappear."

The Lizzie McGuire episode "The Greatest Crush of All" 
debuts on the Disney Channel.

Piglet's Big Movie, an animated film produced by DisneyToon 
Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, premieres.
The Alice Comedy Alice in the Alps - starring Margie Gay - is released.
Mika Mis, the first official Disney magazine to be published in Serbia, makes its debut. It is launched by Aleksandar J. Ivkovic.  
Disney's Chip 'n' Dale cartoon Two Chips and a Miss is released.
The Disneyland television series airs an episode titled
"The Goofy Sports Show," hosted by Walt Disney.

Walt Disney Productions is awarded an Oscar for Men Against the Arctic (Documentary, Short Subjects) at the 1955 Academy Awards.
Actor Matthew Broderick, the voice of the adult Simba in Disney's 
The Lion KingThe Lion King II: Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½, is born in 
New York City. He also starred in Disney's 1999 live-action feature Inspector Gadget and the 2003 
ABC-TV edition of The Music Man, which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney.
(Broderick is perhaps best known for his role in the 1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off.)

Comedian-turned-TV host Rosie O'Donnell, the voice of Terk in Disney's Tarzan
is born in Commack, New York.
TIME magazine runs an article about Disney's plans for a $650 million
American-history-and-entertainment park, called Disney's America.
Disneyland unveils its long-awaited plans to renovate Tomorrowland. They include replacing the slow PeopleMover with a faster new attraction, Rocket Rods. The extensive project is due for completion in Spring 1998.
Disney's 2005 animated feature Chicken Little comes to DVD.

High school senior Tracie Ervin becomes the 2-millionth student performer 
to take part in Disney World's Magic Music Days (since the festival began 
in 1985). A member of the Mount Hebron High School marching band - a 165-piece band from 
Maryland taking part in the festival - Tracie is presented with an array of prizes, including a free 
vacation and an overnight stay in the Cinderella Castle!

Disney Channel debuts episode 48 of Hanna Montana, "(We're So Sorry) 
Uncel Earl." Guests stars include David Koechner (as Miley's Uncle Earl) and Gilbert Gottfried (as 
Barney Bittman).
"I was completely shocked and blown away!" - Tracie Ervin, 2-millionth student performer for Disney's Magic Music Days
Disney's It's a Small World
 attraction was originally
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 national anthems from countries
 represented. But the result
 would've been a cacophony of
 noise. So it was decided that the
 Sherman Brother's catchy tune
 would be used throughout the
 attraction instead.
Mission To Mars debuts in Disneyland
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Actor and filmmaker Gary Oldman is born in London, England. Frequently cast as 
eccentric villains and morally corrupt characters, he portrayed Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim in 
Disney's 2009 A Christmas Carol.

Actor, writer and producer Brad Hall is born in Santa Barbara, California. He
provided the voice of the Grasshopper for Pixar's 1998 A Bug's Life. Best known as a Saturday Night Live news 
anchor on Saturday Night News and for creating the sitcoms The Single Guy and Watching Ellie, Hall is married to 
actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He was also a producer, writer, and director on the Golden Globe winning 
sitcom Brooklyn Bridge.

Jason O'Day: "I've got no patience for kids, especially runaways!"
Tony Malone: "It's just the opposite, sir, we're trying to find out where home is!"
-Escape to Witch Mountain
Although both nominated for Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures
 (Original Musical or Comedy Score), Mulan and A Bug's Life are edged out by
 Shakespeare in Love at the 71st Academy Awards.
The Pluto short Rescue Dog, directed by Charles Nichols, is released. Pluto
 tries to be a good rescue dog in the frozen north, but ends up trapped in the ice because of a harassing seal!
The Disney Studio Commisary, located on Mickey Avenue, opens for the first time.
Actor Timothy Peter Dalton, the voice of Mr. Pricklepants in Toy Story 3, is born in Wales. (Best known for portraying James Bond in the 1980s in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill
Dalton began his film career with the 1968 feature The Lion in Winter.)
The fifth and final weekend of the very first Star Wars Weekends takes place at Disney-MGM Studios.


March 21
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disney releases the musical comedy Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel
to the 2011 film The Muppets.