1906:
Voice actor/sound effects man, musician & creator of hundreds 
of one-of-a-kind gadgets and props, James Macdonald is born in 
Dundee, Scotland. (Yes, he spells his last name with a small "d"!) He and his 
parents came to the United States when he was only a month old, and James grew up in Philadelphia. While playing drums and percussion with a band for the Dollar Steamship Lines in 1934, Macdonald was called to the Disney Studios to record music for a Mickey Mouse cartoon. His impeccable timing and talent earned him a permanent position to form the sound department at the studio. In 1946, Walt Disney personally selected Macdonald to take over the voice of Mickey Mouse. His Disney credits include Mickey and the Beanstalk and the TV series House of Mouse, as well as the animated classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Alice in Wonderland. An original member of the popular jazz group, The Firehouse Five Plus Two, Macdonald was named a Disney Legend in 1993 (2 years after his passing).
1934:
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Gulliver Mickey, directed by Burt Gillett, is released. Mickey enthralls his young nephews with the story of his adventures among the tiny people of a faraway land (a nod to Jonathan Swift's classic tale).
1939:
Disney's Donald Duck short Donald's Cousin Gus is released. Donald's cousin
 Gus arrives with an inexhaustible appetite and a bottomless tummy. On this very same day, Donald's Cousin Gus
 becomes the very first cartoon broadcast on an American TV station; NBC's experimental station W2XBS.
1941:
Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess is born in Long Beach, California. He 
auditioned 5 times before finally being chosen as a member of 
Mickey Mouse ClubOne of the two best male dancers on the show during its 
three year run, taking part in just about every musical number, as an adult Burgess 
appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show as half the dancing duo Bobby & Barbara.
1950:
Disney's Primitive Pluto, directed by Charles Nichols, is released. The sound of 
wolves howling makes Pluto's ancestral lupine instinct awake ... personified and determined to make the 
well-pampered domesticated city canine catch up with his wild hunting roots!
1960:
Disney's Pollyana starring Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Richard
 Egan, and Nancy Olsen (and based on the novel by Eleanor H. Portera) is
 released. Her first Disney film and her American film debut, it will earn Mills
 an Academy Award.
1971:
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes debuts in Disneyland. A free-floating gas-powered canoe experience, it had originally opened as Indian War Canoes in 1956. Inspired by the Davy Crockett Disneyland television shows, the park's guides wear coonskin caps.
1989:
Episode 20 of MMC airs on the Disney Channel. Today is Hall of Fame Day!
1997:
Epcot's Illuminations 25 debuts with classical music.
2000:
Disney's animated Dinosaur featuring the voices of D.B. Sweeney, Ossie Davis, 
and Julianna Margulies is released in the U.S. Set 65 million years ago during the late 
Cretaceous Period, the film follows the adventures of an Iguanodon named Aladar who is separated from his 
own species when a Carnotaur allows an Iguanodon nest to be robbed. Using live-action backgrounds with 
computer animation of prehistoric creatures, it is the 39th animated feature produced by Walt Disney 
Animation Studios. (The Countdown to Extinction attraction at the Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park will
be re-named and re-themed to the movie.)

Plans for Disney's newest attraction Mission: SPACE (to be 
completed in 2003-2004) are launched into space aboard Atlantis
NASA's International Space Station shuttle flight (STS-101). 
The crew, made up of six American astronauts and one Russian 
cosmonaut, will spend nearly 10 days in space.

The 1999–2000 Daytime Emmy Awards are presented at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The award for Outstanding Children's Series goes to Disney Presents: Bill Nye the Science GuyRolie Polie Olie wins for Outstanding Children's Animated Program (special class).

Star Wars Weekends kicks off for the third time this season at Disney-MGM. This weekend's celebrity guests are Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker) and Dave Prowse (Darth Vader).
2001:
A set of Mickey Mouse drawings from 1928 - estimated to be worth more 
than $3 million - fail to sell at auction, leaving The International Museum of 
Cartoon Art (at this time located in Boca Raton, Florida) scrambling for other 
ways to pay its debt. The six-page, 36-panel storyboard from the Disney 
cartoon Plane Crazy was the first appearance of Mickey Mouse.

The ABC-TV series House of Mouse airs the episode "King Larry Swing In."
2005:
Euro Disney replaces its chief executive with Karl Holz.
2006:
The first (of 4) Star Wars Weekends of the 2006 season begins at the Disney-MGM 
Studios. Celebrity guests include Rick McCallum & Peter Mayhew. 

As of this day, the non-intense version of Epcot's 
Mission: Space opens to guests.
1998:
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (a film not created by Disney but released 
by Walt Disney Home Video) is released. Voice credits include veteran Thurl Ravenscroft, 
Farrah Fawcett, Carol Channing, and Eric Lloyd.
1915:
 Disney Legend Al Konetzni is born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined Walt
 Disney Productions in 1953 as an artist and idea man for the character merchandising division - located at
 the time on Madison Avenue in New York City. Over the next 28 years he developed ideas for toys, clothing,
 stationery, greeting cards, and jewelry. Konetzni's most famous creation - the popular lunch box set,
 featuring Disney characters on board a school bus. The lunch box, sold 9 million units in 1976, and
 became a prized collector's item among Disney fans!
1986:
Actor Eric Lloyd - Charlie Calvin in all three of Disney's Santa Clause features - is born in Glendale, California. He also supplied the voice for Blanky in the 1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars and the 1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue.
Disney Legend James Macdonald
 created a prop that made a
 "clackety-clack" sound that was
 perfect for recreating a train car.
 He mounted wheels on a track
 that one could spin around with a
 handle. It can be heard every day
 at Disneyland's Thunder Mountain
 Railroad, when the train circles
 the mountain in the distance!
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2007:
A gala premiere for the feature Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End takes place at Disneyland. Johnny Depp and his fellow actors attend the world premiere.
1987:
The Disney Channel Premiere Film Anne of Avonlea: The 
Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables debuts.
1937:
Walt Disney's animated film Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons is released for a limited time to help promote the upcoming release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a collection of five Oscar-winning Silly Symphony shorts, bridged together with title cards and narration. At approximately 41 minutes, the film includes Flowers and TreesThree Little PigsThe Tortoise and the HareThree Orphan Kittens, and The Country Cousin.
1969:
Sketch artist and character designer Dan Lee is born in Montreal, Quebec. Best 
known as the creator of the title character from Finding Nemo, his Pixar credits also 
include Toy Story 2A Bug's LifeMonsters, Inc., and Ratatouille.
"Part of its success can be attributed to a fine cast that does exact justice to a collection of 
assorted colorful characters. Its most remarkable member is 13-year-old Hayley Mills, who 
imbues Pollyanna herself with so much quiet curiosity and enjoyment that her unshatterable 
optimism seems delightfully plausible." -Newsweek
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2009:
Baltimore money manager T. Rowe Price Group's new financial education and 
interactive exhibit opens at Epcot. The Great Piggy Bank Adventure at Innoventions features 
personal finance lessons for families on saving, spending wisely and diversifying investments.

It is reported that Disney plans to build a 500-room hotel resort on 15 acres at 
the ambitious National Harbor development about eight miles south of 
Washington D.C. in Maryland. The Peterson Companies announce on this day the sale of land at 
its National Harbor development to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Disney is considering using the 15-acre 
site overlooking the Potomac River in National Harbor as the location for a resort hotel for families and others 
visiting the National Capital Region. (National Harbor already includes a 2,000-room Gaylord National 
convention center, a Westin, an Aloft and other hotels, shops, restaurants and residential units.)
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"But it still surprises and delights me that people remember me now and come to see me at the stage door when I'm doing a play, or write to me, and associate me with their own lives when they were growing up. It's obvious that all those films are very much a part of many people's childhood and teen years. Of course it's helped now by the fact that those films are available on video and many are shown quite regularly on the Disney Channel. They're still alive and kicking." -Hayley Mills
1993:
Disney's Miramax Films premieres The Piano at Cannes. About a mute pianist and 
her daughter, set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier New Zealand backwater on the 
west coast of New Zealand, the film stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin and Sam Neill. It 
will be generally released in the U.S. the following November.
2006
The 2nd voice of Mickey!
2010:
Today is Turtle Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Held at Rafiki’s Planet Watch,
 guests can learn about turtles and tortoises – and what they can do to protect them and their habitats.
2011:
Hundreds of Star Wars fans (many of them in costumes) become the first
to ride at midnight "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The all-new 3D attraction is set to officially debut tomorrow May 20.
1956:
Artist-animator-author Tom Sito is born in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of New 
York's High School of Art & Design, where he first learned animation, he later attended the School of Visual 
Arts and the Art Students League. Among Sito's Disney credits: The Little MermaidBeauty & the Beast
AladdinThe Lion KingWho Framed Roger Rabbit, and Pocahontas. In 2010 he was awarded the June 
Foray Award from the Hollywood Chapter of the International Animators Society for a lifetime of service to the 
animation community.  Sito served three terms as President of the Hollywood Animation Guild Local 839 
IATSE, the largest professional tradeunion for animation cartoonists in the world. He currently holds the title 
of President-Emeritus.

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Located at The Walt Disney Theater and created for the 100th anniversary of Walt's birth, Walt Disney: One Man's Dream is a walk-through attraction at 
Disney's Hollywood Studios that takes guests on a nostalgic journey of Walt's life and creations. The exhibit has hundreds of pieces of priceless
memorabilia, props, archived footage and inventions on display. In addition to the gallery, a 15 minute film is presented detailing Walt Disney's
dreams, hardships and accomplishments.
Photo by Bernie at Disney.Rocket9.net

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