Epcot's newest gallery exhibit, Echoes of Africa, opens in the American Adventure.
Walt Disney World announces that its theme and water parks will operate on an
abbreviated schedule on Friday September 3, due to the threat of Hurricane Frances.
Downtown Disney will close at 6 p.m. and Pleasure Island will not open for the evening. On this day, Frances will
strike the Bahamas directly, pass directly over San Salvador Island and very near to Cat Island. The storm will move west northwest and weaken through the day ... eventually dropping down to a Category 3 by 2:00 p.m.
Comedienne, writer & actress Barbara Jo Allen, the voice of Fauna
(the green good fairy) in Disney's 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, is
born in New York City. Barbara is also the voice of Scullery Maid in Disney's 1963
The Sword in the Stone. In the 1960s, she did a recording for the character of Madame Leota
for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ... but she was later replaced by Eleanor Audley (whose
voice can also be heard in Sleeping Beauty).
Paul Terry premieres his sound cartoon RCA Photophone system in New York
City for a short called Dinner Time. As Walt Disney is working on his own cartoon with sound,
he will later attend a showing of Dinner Time ... only to be disappointed by the quality of the audio.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Puppy Love - featuring the voices of Walt Disney
as Mickey and Marcellite Garner as Minnie - is released.
In this short directed by Wilfred Jackson, Mickey and Pluto come to call on Minnie and Fifi. But trouble starts
when Pluto exchanges the chocolates Mickey was going to give to Minnie with the bone he has for Fifi!
Children's Fairyland, USA (the first theme park created to cater to families with
young children) opens on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. The park
will be nationally recognized for its unique value and even Walt Disney will visit often to gather ideas. He will
later hire Fairyland's first director, Dorothy Manes, to work at his park! (Today known as simply Children's
Fairyland, the park continues to delight children and their parents with whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides,
friendly animals, wonder-filled puppet shows, and inspired live entertainment.)
The New Mouseketeers perform at the Magic Kingdom and appear in
a Main Street parade at Walt Disney World. (They will appear 3 times a day through the 5th.)
The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction opens in Disneyland's Frontierland.
The "wildest ride in the wilderness" takes guests careening through dark caverns and abandoned mines. Imagineer
Tony Baxter modeled the attraction after the scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The exciting Big
Thunder Mountain replaces the more sedate Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.
(A second Big Thunder will open at Disney World in November 1980.)
Disney's long-running television series airs for the last time on NBC under the name
The Wonderful World of Disney. Seven days later it will debut as Disney's Wonderful World.
(It is the 5th title since the show's 1954 debut.)
Disneyland's Adventure Thru Inner Space attraction closes in
Tomorrowland. It had first opened in August 1967.
(The attraction will later be replaced with Star Tours.)
The Disneyana Convention 1997 kicks off for 5 days at Walt Disney World.
Tropical Serenade - also called The Enchanted Tiki Birds - at Walt Disney World
closes for extensive renovations. (It will reopen in April of 1998 as The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under
Kim Possible: The Secret Files is released direct-to-video and
The Brave Little Toaster (first released in1987) is released to DVD.
This day's broadcast of the Today show features Josh Strickland
and Jenn Gambatese, who portray Tarzan and Jane in the new
Disney musical Tarzan. They are joined by composer Phil Collins for a behind-the-scenes look at the