Kim Possible: So the Drama is released to DVD.
A ceremony takes place before the opening of Disneyland on this day to
honor animator Ollie Johnston (a Disney Legend and one of Walt's Nine
Old Men). About 100 people gather at the New Orleans Square Station of the Disneyland
Railroad to honor Johnston, who is also a train enthusiast (and the inspiration for Walt Disney's
backyard miniature train). Johnston is presented with a plaque from the Carolwood Pacific
Emmy Award-winning actress Nancy Walker, who appeared in the 1973 live-action
feature The World's Greatest Athlete as Mrs. Petersen, is born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Best remembered by TV fans as Rosie on the commercials for Bounty paper towels and
as Ida Morgenstern on the sitcom Rhoda, Walker also appeared on a few episodes of Touchstone
Television's The Golden Girls.
For the first time since moving to Hollywood, Walt Disney delivers a
cartoon without a continuing character. Skeleton Dance is the first of the Silly
Disney's Pluto cartoon In Dutch, directed by Charles Nichols, is released. Pluto portrays a "milkdog" living in the Netherlands, who discovers a beautiful dachshund and instantly falls in love with her.
Actress/singer Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle in Disney's animated feature Beauty
and the Beast, is born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has also voiced Belle for such spin-offs as
Belle's Magical World, Beauty and the World of Music, and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
Walt Disney's daughter Sharon marries Robert B. Brown (a designer with an architectural firm) at the Presbyterian Church in Pacific Palisades, California.
A reception follows at the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills.
Singer-actress Rhona Bennett, a member of Disney Channel's MMC
(for seasons 4-7) and later the super-group En Vogue, is born in Illinois.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs the 1979 film "The North Avenue Irregulars".
Episode 13 of MMC airs on Disney Channel. Today is Anything Can Happen Day!
The television sitcom Step by Step airs part 2 of "We're Going to Disney World."
The television comedy series Boy Meets World airs the episode "The Happiest Show on Earth" - which takes place at Disney World. Cory (Ben Savage) plans to win Topanga back,
but a combination of her winning a trip to Walt Disney World and an annoying girl that won't leave him alone make
it very difficult.
Paul Revere & The Raiders begin a 3-day engagement at Epcot - as part of the Flower Power Concert Series. They perform at America Gardens Theatre.
Disney's next live musical On the Record begins a workshop in New York City. The workshop cast will be testing out the new show which features many beloved Disney songs. (The On the Record tour will kick off November 9 in Cleveland.)
A Wrinkle in Time, an American-Canadian made-for-television fantasy film,
first airs in the U.S. on ABC-TV. Three celestial beings help two children travel through time to find their physicist father and his lab partner who are experimenting with fifth-dimension time travel. Co-produced by Walt
Disney Television and distributed by Buena Vista Television, it was originally produced as a television miniseries
in 2003, and intended to air on The Wonderful World of Disney for two nights. (In 2018, Disney will release
a new version of A Wrinkle in Time as a major motion picture.)
Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. In attendance is Danton
Burroughs - grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the original author of
Tarzan of the Apes!
On its initial release Snow White
brought in over $8.5 million – an
unbelievable feat when you
consider that the average
admission price at that time was
25 cents, and children, who made
up the bulk of the audience, paid
only a dime!
To mark the one year anniversary of Tarzan on Broadway, Michael Lassell, author
of Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure, hosts a starry book signing party at the Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble bookstore. In attendance are the show's stars Josh Strickland, Jenn Gambatese,
Chester Gregory II and its Oscar-winning composer Phil Collins.
Disney's After Show Party for Tarzan takes place at the Grand Ballroom of the
Marriott Marquis (located next door to the Richard Rodgers Theatre).
"Walt ran the studio like a university. We were learning all the time and a few of us were going to art school at night. Walt would drive us there and pick us up later." -animator Les Clark
Disney's Hollywood Studios previews Toy Story Midway Mania! for annual
passholders only. The new attraction will officially open May 31. An interactive 4-D theme park
attraction, it has been designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and inspired by Disney·Pixar's Toy Story franchise.
Disc jockey and voice actor Gary Owens is born in Mitchell, South Dakota. Known
for his polished baritone speaking voice (generally offering deadpan recitations of total nonsense), fans of
the 1960s TV series Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In know Owens as the show's announcer. He was the voice
of Walt Disney's Epcot Center ride, World of Motion (which operated between 1982 and 1996) and narrated
the 1954 short Pigs is Pigs - his first Disney credit. Owens has also lent his talents to The Love Bug,
Return from Witch Mountain, Walt Disney World's 15th Anniversary Celebration, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Wizards of Waverly Place. Coincidentally, Owens received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in
1980 ... right next to Walt Disney!
Disney's animated Nightmare Ned airs on ABC-TV with the episodes
"Magic Bus" and "'Til Undeath Do Us Part."
Film, television and theater actress Joan Crawford passes away in New York City at
age 72. Known for her appearances in such features as Grand Hotel and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,
in 1955 she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company, through her marriage to company president Alfred
Steele. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors.
In 1963, it was Crawford who suggested that Pepsi contact Walt Disney to build a "little boat ride" for
Toy Story Midway Mania! is one of the most technologically sophisticated attractions yet developed by Walt Disney Imagineering ... costing an estimated
$80 million to design and build! It marks the company's first use of industrial ethernet for a ride's control system. (Industrial Ethernet or IE refers to the
use of the Ethernet family of computer network technologies in an industrial environment, for automation and process control.) Many of the parts for the
attraction's control system actually came from two of Disney's corporate sponsors, Siemens AG and Hewlett-Packard.
Disney costume designer Alice Davis is honored with a window (next to her late
husband Marc's window) at Disneyland. The 83-year-old Disney Legend designed park costumes,
including many of the 150 or so dolls in the "it’s a small world" ride and those of the animatronic characters in the
Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Her window sits above the Disneyana shop along Main Street, U.S.A.
On this Mother's Day, Lenore Moreno wins the fourth annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort. The West Covina, California,
resident flies by her competition to finish in 1:15:55, well under the former race record of 1:24:11.
Rich Moore, a film and television animation director and voice actor, is born in Oxnard,
California. First known for his work on the animated television shows The Simpsons, The Critic and Futurama, in 2008 he was invited by John Lasseter to join Disney Animation as a director, with the suggestion that he develop
a story set in the world of video games. This became the 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, Moore's feature directing debut. Moore also supplied the voices for the film's characters Sour Bill and Zangief. He went on to co-direct
the 2016 Zootopia (along with Byron Howard and Jared Bush) and the 2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Actress, voice actress and singer Julie Nathanson is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Since 2011, she has been the voice of Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast
(replacing Paige O'Hara) for various media, television shows and video games.