2006:
Disney releases High School Musical Encore Edition on DVD. 
The release contains two versions of the Disney Channel movie - Original Version and 
Sing Along Version. High School Musical is the highest-rated original programming in the history of the network. 

A one-of-a-kind 100-foot high Mickey Mouse hot-air balloon makes 
an appearance in downtown Salt Lake City during an 11-week North 
American tour to promote Disneyland's 50th anniversary.
1989:
Today is Guest Day on Disney Channel's MMC
Singer-actress Reba McEntire appears as herself.
2005:
The Alex Theatre in Glendale, California presents the documentary Dream
 On Silly Dreamer (which features the story of artists who were affected
 most by Disney's decision to close its animation facility in Florida).

The beta version of Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom opens to the public.
 Also known as VMK, it is a free massive multiplayer online game run by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
 Online. Launched as part of the Happiest Celebration on Earth (the promotional campaign to
 commemorated fifty years of Disney theme parks) VMK is a representation of the actual Disneyland and
 Magic Kingdom theme parks.
1910:
Character actor, singer & dancer Scatman Crothers - the voice of Scat Cat
in Disney's 1970 release The Aristocats - is born in Terre Haute, Indiana.
He appeared on a 1976 episode of The Mike Douglas Show - taped at Walt Disney World! (Fans
of the 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man remember him for his role of Louie. Cartoon fans know Crothers as the
voices of Meadowlark Lemon in The Harlem Globetrotters, Jazz the Autobot in The Transformers and the title
character in Hong Kong Phooey.)
1922:
Walt Disney incorporates his Kansas City cartoon company, Laugh-O-Gram
 Films, Inc. It is located on the upper floor of the McConahy Building located at 1127 East 31st Street.
 (This is the same building that today is the focus of a grass roots restoration and urban renewal effort, the
 details of which can be found at Thank You Walt Disney.) Unfortunately, Disney will sell his one-reel
 cartoons for less than it cost to produce them, and Laugh-O-Grams will go belly-up.
1931:
Actress & author Barbara Barrie, the voice of Alcmene in Disney's animated Hercules, is 
born in Chicago, Illinois. Her Disney credits also include the 1978 TV episode "Child of Glass" as Emily
Armsworth. Barrie has had a lengthy career on stage and in film and television, including a 1963 Twilight Zone episode.

Disney's Silly Symphony short The China Plate, directed by Wilfred Jackson, 
is released. Painted characters on a china plate come to life.
1955:
Fourteen-year-old actor Tim Considine is signed to a $400-a-week
 contract to play Spin in Disney's Spin and Marty TV serial.
1958:
Comedian, actor, photographer and game show host 
Drew Carey, star of Disney's 2000 TV film Gepetto and 
the Disney theme park attraction Sounds Dangerous
is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Sounds Dangerous, a 12-minute film 
attraction, first debuted at Disney-MGM in 1999. Carey, who also had a 
small role in Disney's 1995 TV version of Freaky Friday, is best known for 
his ABC-TV sitcom The Drew Carey Show and as host of the U.S. version of ABC-TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? - which debuted in 1998. (Carey can sometimes be spotted on the sidelines of U.S. National Team soccer games as
a press photographer!)
1983:
Disneyland continues with the grand re-opening of the new Fantasyland. 
The children of the original kids that first crossed the drawbridge in 1955 are the first to re-enter twenty 
eight years later. In the presence of Mrs. Walt Disney, the drawbridge of Sleeping Beauty Castle is lowered for
only the second time in the park's history! New attractions include Pinocchio's Daring Journey.

Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 1-millionth guest. 
(The park has only been opened for less than 2 months!)

Composer & Disney Legend George Bruns passes away in 
Portland, Oregon at age 68. Among his musical accomplishments - 
Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) co-written with Xavier Atencio & used in the 
Disney theme park attraction Pirates of the Caribbean and the movies based 
on that ride, The Ballad of Davy Crockett co-written with Thomas Blackburn, 
and Love for the Disney animated film Robin Hood
1996:
Disney joins McDonald's in a 10-year multinational marketing alliance linking McDonald's restaurants to Disney theatrical releases, theme
parks and home video releases.
1997:
The Disneyland parade Light Magic debuts.
2001:
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin soar to life at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Based on the 1992 film "Aladdin," guests ride aboard one of sixteen 'rugs' surround by a giant Genie lamp.
Located in Adventureland, the attraction design is very similar to Dumbo the  Flying Elephant.
The Magic Kingdom Park is the first Disney theme park in the world to have The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
A second will open in 2002 at Walt Disney Studios Park and a third in 2011 at Tokyo DisneySea.
2002:
It is reported that Home Depot and the Walt Disney Co. have agreed in principle on a three-year, $100 million cross-platform deal. It includes ad spending across assorted Disney media properties ABC, ESPN & Lifetime. Part of the deal will also include the development of The Disney Paint Program,
an exclusive room decorating program featuring a line of Disney-brand children's paint.
2003:
Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone perform at
 Epcot as part of the Flower Power concert series. They will
 play 3 shows a day throughout the Memorial Day weekend at America
 Gardens Theatre - a large outdoor waterfront venue opposite the American
 Adventure Pavilion. (Playing keyboards as a member of Noone's road
 Hermits is the webmaster of This Day in Disney History.)
Winnie-the-Pooh's name was hyphenated in the A.A. Milne books, but lost its hyphens in the Disney incarnation!
1936:
Actor Charles Kimbrough is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He supplied the voice 
of Victor, one of the three gargoyles in Disney's 1996 animated feature The Hunchback of Notre 
Dame. (TV fans remember Kimbrough for playing the straight-faced anchor Jim Dial on Murphy Brown.)
MAY 23
Drew Carey born
1982:
The television special Computers Are People Too! airs. Exploring the
 possibilities of interaction between man and computer, the show features
 techniques introduced in the 1982 Walt Disney movie Tron.
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"This is my Ear-Force One." -Mickey Mouse hot-air balloon co-pilot Scott Spencer
In memory of George Bruns (1914-1983)
Tony crisscrossed the country as a member of Herman's Hermits between 2002-2007.
Playing Epcot was always a welcomed change of pace from the rigors of the road.
Interestingly, Milne didn't write the Pooh stories and poems for
 children, but instead intended
 them for the child within us.
selected Disney music credits:
The AbsentMinded Professor (1961)
Son of Flubber (1963)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
The Jungle Book (1967)
The AristoCats (1970)
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
2010:
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents the 21st Silent Film Gala at
Royce Hall. Among the evening's presentations - the 1924 Walt Disney short, Alice’s Wild West Show
starring Virginia Davis. The film is presented in honor of the late Roy E. Disney, who had been a great 
supporter of the silent gala over the years.
2009:
A Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique themed shop opens as My Little Princess at the
 Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.
Meanwhile over at Disney-MGM, the second (of 5) Star Wars Weekends takes
 place with celebrity guests Andy Secombe (Watto) and Warwick Davis (Wicket).

MAY
Sounds Dangerous, a 12-minute audio show at Echo Lake inside Disney's Hollywood Studios starring comedian Drew Carey, first debuted in
April 1999. Upon entry into the theater, guests were given state-of-the-art headphones which were worn throughout the show. When the lights went
out and the mayhem  began, guests experienced crystal-clear sound through the use of biaural audio technology, where a multitude of
unique sounds seemed to come at the audience from all directions. The attraction closed in May 2012.

Photo by Bernie at Disney.Rocket9.net
1934:
Robert Arthur "Bob" Moog, pioneer of electronic music and best known
 as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, is born in New York City.
Composer Wendy Carlos used a Modular Moog synthesizer to perform the score for Disney's
1982 TRON, and the Moog put the "electric" in Disney's Main Street Electric Parade.
The Main Street Electrical Parade's underlying theme song is entitled "Baroque Hoedown," first created in
1967 by early synthesizer pioneers Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley. In 1977, it was updated and
arranged by electronic music artist Don Dorsey for Disney's theme parks. Among Dorsey's arsenal of electronic keyboards used to record the music for Main Street Electrical Parade: a Moog Model III and a Mini-Moog.
2012:
The construction walls surrounding the Carthay Circle Theatre on Buena Vista Street 
at Disney California Adventure are taken down. For the first time, park visitors get a chance to see 
the details of the mosaic tile in the entrance foyer, as well as the menu for the restaurant and lounge. The inside of 
the building remains closed to visitors, who will officially be allowed in June 15.
May 23
2013:
Disneyland holds the official premiere event for a new show called "Mickey and the Magical Map" for invited media and guests. Kicking off the premiere at the Fantasyland Theatre is
recently-named Disneyland President Michael Colglazier, with the help of Mickey Mouse. The stage show
will open to all guests May 25.

Later this evening, about 60 people form a line by 9:30 p.m. at Disneyland to
wait for a 24-hour party (that will take place in California and Florida), which will
start at 6 a.m. Friday (May 24). The first person, Victor Serrano of Santa Ana, got there at 5:30 p.m.
Disneyland Resort's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter will help kick off the Memorial Day Weekend.
2014:
Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event kicks off in Disney's Florida and California parks.
From 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, May 23 to May 24, 2014, guests are invited to dress up for the occasion and join a 
gathering of Disney heroes and villains for 24 hours of fun and follies.