Leonard Slye, better known as cowboy star Roy Rogers, is
born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A singer, actor, and the namesake of the Roy
Rogers Restaurants chain, his voice can be heard in Disney's "Pecos Bill"
segment of the 1948 feature Melody Time. Enormously popular throughout the
1940s and 1950s, Rogers was second only to Walt Disney in the amount of
merchandising items bearing his name!
The Mickey Mouse short The Beach Party, directed by Bert Gillett, is released.
A beach party with Mickey and his friends is disrupted by a disgruntled octopus ... who has been
accidentally pulled ashore by Pluto!
Disney's stunning Silly Symphony cartoon The Old Mill, directed by Wilfred Jackson,
is released by RKO Radio Pictures. This is the first Disney film to use the multiplane
camera, a device invented by Ub Iwerks (and refined with the Disney staff) that adds realism to the
animation. The special camera gives depth by using layers of backgrounds painted on glass. About
an abandoned mill which is now a home for wildlife, this short and the camera will both win Oscars.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World
of Color airs "Inside Donald Duck."
The Yacht Club Resort, a five-story 630 room property (slightly
larger than its sister resort the Beach Club) opens at Walt Disney World. Conveniently located just west of Epcot at 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd,
the hotel is set around the 25-acre Crescent Lake. The deluxe resort resembles the
New England seaboard hotels of the late 1800s. Guests staying at both the Yacht Club
and Beach Club have the exclusive use of Stormalong Bay, a 750,000 gallon pool.
The Disney/Pixar animated film The Incredibles opens in theaters nationwide. A
special midnight showing is held at Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. Written and directed by Brad Bird, the film stars an ensemble voice cast including Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Spencer
Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Peña.
The first two preview shows of Finding Nemo - The Musical takes place
at Animal Kingdom in Florida. The first time Disney has taken a non-musical movie
and transformed it into a musical show for the parks, it is an adaptation of the 2003 Disney-Pixar movie. (After a soft-opening November 12, the show will officially open January 24, 2007.)
The Disney short Three for Breakfast featuring Donald Duck and
Chip 'n' Dale is released.
Pleasure Island's 2nd annual Blues Thing kicks off with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
The Walt Disney World
monorail system has
carried over one
since the park's
Singer and actress Andrea McArdle, who played Belle in Disney's
Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast in 1999, is born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. She also appeared on the 2002 broadcast of The Walt Disney World Christmas
Day Parade and the 1978 television special Christmas at Walt Disney World. (As a youngster McArdle was the
original star of the Broadway musical hit Annie.)
Illustrator Peter Emmerich is born in New York City. He began his career with Disney as a
character artist for Walt Disney Consumer Products (where he worked for over two years) before being promoted
to Chief Illustrator and Official Character Artist for the Disneyland Resort. In 2001, Emmerich created an image that
has become one of The Walt Disney Company's most iconic images: "Mickey Salutes America". It quickly became
one of the fastest-selling posters ever created for Disney! Due to the success of that image, Emmerich was chosen
to create a series of postage stamps for the United States Postal Service highlighting images and characters from famous Disney films.
Paul Kevin "Kevin" Jonas Jr., the eldest member of the Jonas Brothers,
is born in Teaneck, New Jersey.
OC Register reports that - "After ferrying 150 million passengers between
Tomorrowland and Fantasyland over the past 38 years, Disneyland’s Skyway will
make its last trip Wednesday." (Four days later the attraction - running since June 1956 - will
WDW's Yacht Club Resort opens
The Incredibles open nationwide
"Cowboys weren't allowed to kiss girls in pictures, so one time I gave Dale a little peck on the forehead and we got a ton of letters to leave that mushy stuff out, ... So I had to kiss Trigger instead."
-Roy Rogers (born This Day 1911)
The Annie Awards are handed out at ATAS Plaza Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Disney's Aladdin wins Best Animated Feature. Among the 3 Winsor McCay Award winners
is Roy Edward Disney.
Today is Sadie Hawkins Day
Jack McVea, a swing, blues, and rhythm and blues woodwind player, is born in Los
Angeles, California. Playing clarinet and tenor & baritone saxophone, he joined Lionel Hampton's orchestra
in 1940. McVea took part in the very first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in July 1944. From 1966 till his retirement
in the 1980s he led a group which played traditional jazz at Disneyland, called "The Royal Street Bachelors"
in New Orleans Square.
Rogers and Disney circa 1947
The sixty-fifth and final Disney's Recess episode, "Mundy, Mundy/Lost Leader"
premieres on UPN and in syndication. Despite the show's very high ratings, the series ends due to
Disney's 65-episode policy. Three direct-to-video movies will soon follow.
The Chicago Cubs celebrate their World Series championship at Disney World.
MVP Ben Zobrist along with teammates Addison Russell and Javier Baez parade
down Main Street USA along with Mickey Mouse. (The Cubs victory last Wednesday ended a 108-year
championship drought for the team.)