The 23rd annual edition of Walt Disney World's Night of Joy kicks off for
2 nights at the Magic Kingdom. This evening's musical lineup includes MercyMe, Casting
Crowns, Audio Adrenaline, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Shultz, Big Daddy Weave, Nicole C. Mullen,
Matthew West, and Vicky Beeching.
"Eisner Comments on Disney" (an Associated Press article by William Foreman)
is released. The Disney CEO reflects on his last 21 years with the company.
At Disneyland, the General Electric Carousel of Progress closes. It will
be moved to Walt Disney World and be replaced in Disneyland by America Sings in June 1974.
The popular COP attraction had originally been part of the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York.
Nikki Deloach, a member of The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and one-fifth of
the group Innosense, is born in Blackshear, Georgia.
The NBC-TV series The Wonderful World of Disney changes its name on this
evening's program. It is now titled Disney's Wonderful World. Part 1 of the 1961 release "The
Absent-Minded Professor," starring Fred MacMurray, is shown.
Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 60-millionth guest!
Disney World hosts Night of Joy 1988 at the Magic Kingdom.
To be held over two consecutive evenings, musical acts include Geoff Moore & the
Distance, Mylon & Broken Heart, Stryper, Russ Taff, Take 6, White Heart, and BeBe
& CeCe Winans.
NBC's popular Disney television series airs for the last time as The Magical
World of Disney. Starting September 28, 1997 it will return to ABC as The Wonderful World of Disney.
Disney World's Night of Joy kicks off in the Magic Kingdom the same day
the staple attraction 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is officially closed.
The Dapper Dans (the popular Disney barbershop harmony group)
appear in TV segments of A & E Biography's Child Stars: The
Osmonds. The program describes the fateful day when The Osmonds audition for The
Lawrence Welk Show was canceled and their parents took them to Disneyland to cheer
them up. That day the boys were brought to the attention of Disneyland entertainment
managers by the Dapper Dans. The Dapper Dans are seen in Osmond family home movie
footage taken at Disneyland.
The animated series Teacher's Pet debuts on ABC-TV.
Also premiering on ABC is the fifty-eighth episode (and season five debut) of
Disney's Recess, "The Coolest Heatwave Ever/No Strings Attatched."
Disneyland's "Country Bear Playhouse" attraction (originally known as the Country
Bear Jamboree) lowers its curtain after 29 years. The space will be used for The Many Adventures
of Winnie the Pooh.
Singer-actress Heather Headley, the original Aida in Disney's Broadway hit musical
Aida, offers her final performance.
Disney's 1959 Sleeping Beauty makes its debut on DVD the
same day Disney World's Magic Kingdom hosts a special
pre-parade tribute to the classic animated feature.
Disney historian Leon Janzen passes away after suffering a heart
attack. The 57-year-old is best known for starting and maintaining (along with his brother Jack) the popular
"The E-Ticket Magazine" since 1986. Leon was also an avid collector of early 1950's toys and books. (Years
later "The E-Ticket Magazine" will officially become part of the Walt Disney Family Museum!)
Radio Disney: Kid Jams, Vol. 6 is released. The enhanced CD
features such artists as Hilary Duff, Atomic Kitten, Hampton And
The Hamsters, and Stevie Brock.
Disney World's 22nd Night of Joy begins at the Magic Kingdom.
The special 3-night event includes concerts by such Christian music stars as Michael
W. Smith, Avalon, Jars of Clay, Point of Grace, and Steven Curtis Chapman. (It is the first time the event has started on a Thursday night.) The Walt Disney World Food Drive takes place during Night of Joy with collection stations located at the ticket & transportation center and the main gate of the Magic Kingdom.
In a letter dated September 9, Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner
announces that he will retire from the Walt Disney Company after September