It is announced that Mickey Mouse will be awarded a star on
Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame next month in honor of his 50th birthday!
The Disney Channel Original Movie
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire premieres.
Actor Jim McMullan, Lt. Powell in Disney's 1967 live-action feature The Happiest Millionaire, is born on Long Island in Long Beach, New York.
Disney Legend Dave Smith, official Disney historian, author, archivist, and the
ultimate authority on all things Disney, is born in Pasadena, California.The founder
and first head of the Walt Disney Archives, located in the Frank G. Wells Building at Walt Disney Studios in
Burbank, California, Smith is also the author of such books as Disney A to Z and Walt Disney Famous Quotes.
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Circus Day.
Walt Disney returns to his boyhood home of Marceline, Missouri to help
dedicate Walt Disney Elementary, a new public school. Walt arrives for the dedication
ceremony by train; the first time that the Santa Fe Super Chief has ever stopped in
Marceline. He donates playground equipment to the new school, and a flagpole that had flown flags over
Actress Kelly Preston - Josie Jetsream in Disney's 2005 Sky High - is born in
Honolulu, Hawaii. She also appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 2009 comedy Old Dogs (along with
her husband John Travolta) and Touchstone Pictures' 2010 release The Last Song.
Actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh - Tanya Baxter of Disney Channel's That's So
Raven - is born in Chicago, Illinois. She can also be heard in episodes of the animated
American Dragon: Jake Long.
The TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Fly With Von Drake."
Professor Von Drake and his seagull Orville discuss the history of aviation.
It is reported that Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida is taking a 2-year long sabbatical from feature length films to work on shorts, Fantasia 2000 and restoration of films like Beauty and the Beast.
Disney Legend Van Arsdale France, who established the Disney University to
train Disneyland Cast Members, passes at age 87 at a hospital in Newport
Beach, California. He first joined Disney in March of 1955, and over the years, performed many roles at the
park, including area manager of Tomorrowland, organizational chairman of the Disneyland Recreation Club, and
coordinator of the first Disneyland Cast Member magazine - Backstage Disneyland. He spent more than a
quarter-century developing training programs for what came to be called Disney University. After retiring in 1978,
he was a consultant to Disney until his death.
Walt Disney World Annual Passholders are invited to experience The
Seas with Nemo & Friends, a brand new Epcot attraction.
Touchstone Pictures' The Nightmare Before Christmas opens in New York City
and other select cities. A stop motion fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by
Tim Burton, it tells the story of Jack Skellington, a skeleton known as the "Pumpkin King" from Halloween Town
who opens a portal to Christmas Town. Burton originally wrote "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as a
three-page poem when he was a Disney animator in the early 1980s!
The Disney World restaurant Key West Seafood closes.
It will be replaced with Rainforest Cafe.
Although there are many schools
School (dating back to 1954) in
such places as Alvin, Texas;
Anaheim, California; Clinton
Township, Michigan; Gates, New
York; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Walt
Disney himself began his own
elementary education in
Marceline, Missouri. On this day
in 1960, Walt Disney
Elementary School in "Walt's
boyhood home" was dedicated.
Supervising director David Hand holds a class on "Staging as Applied to
Presentation of Story and Gag Ideas" at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue.
Disney's House of Mouse debuts the episode "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner."
France's basic idea was something he called ''the looking-glass self,'' meaning that if staff members smiled,
customers would smile, too.
In a ceremony at the Burbank Walt Disney Studios, the Walt Disney Company
inducts 11 new Disney Legends - including Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor (the current voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse).
employees and press representatives gather at the Burbank studio to honor MacMurray as he arrives, sitting in
the back of a 1915 Model T Ford - reminiscent of the one he flew as Professor Ned Brainard in the Disney film
The Absent-Minded Professor.
"The company asked me to start the Archives a little over three years after Walt's death when they realized that
the company has a constant need for information about its history, and Walt and the oldtimers
weren't always going to be there to answer questions." -Dave Smith (born This Day 1940)
Disney Legend Dave Smith born
Walt Disney Records releases The Sherman Brothers Songbook, a two-disc
retrospective collection of 59 songs by the award-winning songwriting team of
Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman.
The 101 Dalmatians Musical, a stage musical based on the original book and Disney's 1961 animated feature, begins a national tour in Minneapolis.
(Presented by Purina, the show is not a Disney production).
Pleasure Island stages Disney World's second Jazz Festival featuring Chuck
Mangione, Hiroshima, Acoustic Alchemy, David Benoit, Special EFX and Boney
James over the next 3 days.
The Donald Duck short Bee at the Beach, directed by Jack Hannah, is released.
Donald and Spike the Bee fight over limited space at the beach!
At Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida, 2,500 runners trek their
way through muddy trails, fields, and track on this morning for the
Happy Haunted 5K Trail run.
In the evening, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler race takes place
with a new 10 mile course taking runners through ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.