Winnie the Pooh's 70th Anniversary CD, Take My Hand: Songs From the 100 Acre Wood is released. The 13-track album features all-new original songs with some old favorites by artists like Maureen McGovern and Tyler Collins.
Disney World's Pleasure Island holds its fourth annual "Jazz Fest."
Top-name musicians headlining the event, include Jeff Kashiwa, Greg Karukas, Craig Chaquico and Keiko
Matsui. Performances are held on the West End Stage, Hub Video Stage and in the Jazz Company club.
It is believed by most historians that opera composer Giuseppe Verdi -
composer of Aida - is born in the village of Le Roncole, Duchy of Parma,
on this day. His story of Aida was the basis for Disney's Broadway hit musical.
The Walt Disney Company and Frito-Lay announce a new multi-year agreement
by which Frito-Lay snack products will be featured at both the Walt Disney World
and Disneyland Resorts.
The Mickey Mouse cartoon The Gorilla Mystery, directed by Burt Gillett, is released. When Beppo the Gorilla escapes from the zoo and captures Minnie ... it's Mickey to the rescue!
The Mickey Mouse short The Barnyard Broadcast, directed by Burt Gillett,
is released. A satire on radio broadcasting, Mickey and the gang take part in a wild musical show.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Elephant is released. Directed
by David Hand, it features Frank Thomas' first animation work for the Disney Studios.
The Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Fun With Music Day.
The Disneyland television series airs part 2 of "Rob Roy."
Disney's third television series Zorro has its debut on ABC-TV with the
episode "Presenting Senor Zorro." The new adventure series stars Guy Williams in the
dual role of Zorro & Don Diego, Henry Calvin as Sgt. Demetrio Lopez Garcia, Gene Sheldon as
Bernardo, and George J. Lewis as Don Alejandro. Zorro, which is Spanish for "fox", is the story of a masked rider
who battles the unjust rulers of the pueblo of Los Angeles during the days of Spanish rule.
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs the episode
"The Pigeon that Worked a Miracle."
Singer & actress Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid
(including the sequels) and Barbie for both Toy Story 2 and 3, is born Jodi Marzorati
in Rockford, Illinois. She's also lent her voice to Hercules: Zero to Hero, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's
Adventure, and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure. She was named a Disney Legend in 2011.
The Journey Into Imagination ride and the attraction Image Works, both located
in Epcot's Journey Into Imagination pavilion, close for renovation.
The eighteenth episode of Disney's Recess, "The Challenge/Wild Child"
premieres on ABC-TV. Episode guest stars include Martin Mull as
Principal Paul Prickly and Alex McKenna as C.J. Rotweiler in "The
Challenge", and Jane Curtin as Mrs. Klemperer in "Wild Child."
According to Kodak (one time
sponsor of Journey Into
Imagination) 4% of all
amateur photographs are
taken at Disneyland and
Walt Disney World.
Tony Award-winning actor Gary Beach, the original Lumiere in Disney's
Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast, is born in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Disney short Trick or Treat, directed by Jack Hannah, is released. After Donald
Duck (voiced by Clarence Nash) plays a cruel Halloween prank on his nephews, the 3 team-up with Hazel the Witch (voiced by June Foray) to teach him a lesson about 'tricks and treats'! (The following month a similar
"Trick or Treat" story by Carl Barks will appear in the Donald Duck #26 comic book.)
Disney's animated feature Pinocchio is released in Canada.
Harry S. Gold, executive director of business and legal affairs for Disney Theatrical Productions, passes away at age 50 in New York after a long battle with cancer. Gold first joined Disney in 1997, just as the company was solidifying its place on Broadway with The Lion King.
Songwriter Randy Newman and animator Floyd Norman are among the
Legendary actress Helen Hayes is born in Washington, D.C. Her Disney credits include
the 1974 Herbie Rides Again (as Mrs. Steinmetz ) and the 1977 Candleshoe (playing Lady St. Edmund).
Disney's Mickey Mouse short The Barnyard Battle is released. It is the first short to
depict Mickey as a soldier and the first to place him in combat. Directed by Burt Gillett, it is also the first short
not directed by Walt Disney himself.
"Little Mermaid was very challenging. The only way I knew how to approach it was like a play. All of us had stage
background, so this was the first time in Disney history for the whole cast to meet each other before the movie
actually came out. We sat down around the table like a play reading, and did a read-through. We started working
off of each other. That's the only way we knew how to approach it." -Jodi Benson
Mickey Mouse visits Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri (Walt Disney's
hometown between 1911-1923) to celebrate the unveiling of a traveling art
exhibit that pays homage to Walt Disney’s lifelong love of trains. Local preschoolers along
with representatives from the Kansas City Mayor’s office and hundreds of fans see Mickey before he departs from
Union Station bound for Los Angeles for a viewing party for the premier of the Disney Channel primetime
special, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express (which will air Sunday October 25th). Radio Disney
and representatives from the United States Marines are also on hand to help Mickey kick off Disney’s annual
Toys for Tots campaign.
Nearly 300 Disney VoluntEARS take part in the Greater Orlando Start! Heart Walk
at Loch Haven Park in Orlando, Florida. A three-mile trek, Disney Cast Members raise more than
$8,000 for research and education to help fight heart disease and stroke.
The science fiction comedy feature RocketMan is released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Shot on location at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the film stars Harland Williams as Fred Z.
Randall - a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer who gets the chance to travel to Mars.
Out of the night, when the full moon is bright, comes the horseman known as Zorro!
Grammy-winning soundtrack composer Michael Giacchino is born in Riverside Township, New Jersey. First starting out writing music for video game adaptations of feature films, he eventually began composing for film and television. His first big feature film composition was the soundtrack for
the Pixar film, The Incredibles (which earned Giacchino two Grammy Award nominations). His Disney credits also include Sky High, Ratatouille (which won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack) and Up (which earned him
several awards in 2010 including 2 Grammys). In addition to his long list of soundtracks, Giacchino collaborated
with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Disney fans and collectors gather at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club for a free event designed to kick off the second decade of pin trading at Disney World. (Pin trading at Disney, inspired by pin-swapping seen at Olympic Games, began as part of the company’s millennium celebration, originally to last just 15 months.)
Disney re-releases its 1946 film Song of the South to theaters, along with the
animated short Mickey Mouse Disco. (To this day, the complete version of Song of the South has
never been available on home video in the United States.)
KCAL-TV airs the special The Making of the NHL's Mighty Ducks.
(The new professional hockey team, at this time owned by Disney, debuted 2 days ago.)
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Officer Duck is released. Directed by Clyde Geronimi,
Donald plays a police officer who must serve Pete with an eviction notice.
A Princess of Mars, a science fiction novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is first
published. Burroughs' second novel (predating his Tarzan stories) it tells of John Carter, a Confederate
American Civil War veteran, who is mysteriously transported to Mars. In March 2012 Walt Disney Pictures
released the science fiction action adventure film John Carter, directed by Andrew Stanton.
The Walt Disney World Resort and Walt Disney Imagineering announce the
projected opening dates for Walt Disney World's new Disney's Art of Animation
Resort, which will debut in phases beginning May 31, 2012. Located near Disney's Pop
Century Resort, the new resort will offer 1,120 family suites and 864 guest rooms.
ABC-TV premieres the series Nashville. Starring Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary
country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as a rising teen star named
Juliette Barnes, the show is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Actor Bradley Whitford is born in Madison, Wisconsin. He portrayed Disney screenwriter
Don DaGradi (co-writer of the feature film Mary Poppins) in
Disney's 2013 release Saving Mr. Banks.