2005:
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with Goofy and Pluto visit 
Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, a Red Cross Shelter and 
home to many New Orleans Hurricane Katrina survivors.
1925:
Animation work begins on Walt Disney's Alice Comedy film, Alice Rattled by Rats.
1937:
Actor Brian Murray, the voice of John Silver in Disney's 2002 release Treasure Planet, is born in South Africa.
1993:
Disney World's popular Night of Joy event (in its 10th year) kicks
off with performances by Christian music acts. This year's event will be
held for 2 weekends (Sep 10 & 11 and 17 & 18) with such musical acts as Carman, Steven Curtis Chapman, 4HIM,  Shirley Caesar, Bruce Carroll, and Susuan Ashton. All attendees are given a cassette tape of Night of Joy music.

Disney releases the Hollywood Pictures live-action feature film Money for Nothing to
 U.S. theaters. Based on the life of Joey Coyle, an unemployed longshoreman in Philadelphia who, in
 February 1981, found $1.2 million in the middle of the street after it had fallen out of the back of an armored car,
 the film stars John Cusack.
2004:
The 3rd Annual ABC Primetime Preview Weekend begins at Disney's 
California Adventure.

The Feisty Fall Sculpture Event featuring Donald Duck debuts for three 
days at World of Disney (located in Disneyland's Downtown District).
1990:
The Disney Afternoon, a created-for-syndication two-hour television programming
block, first airs. The show is broken up into four half-hour segments, each of which contain a cartoon series.
(The Disney Afternoon will run until 1997 and even  lead to a temporary area at Disneyland called
Disney Afternoon Avenue.) 

2007:
Walt Disney World honors the crew of the NASA space shuttle 
Endeavour mission and the achievement of teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan. 
This is the first official appearance of the STS-118 crew since returning to Earth on August 21. Epcot and Magic 
Kingdom hold ceremonies (which include a dedication at Mission: SPACE) and allow school children to interact with 
the Endeavour astronauts.

Disney Legend Ralph Kent (a 41-year veteran) passes away in Orlando, Florida. He 
worked for Walt himself beginning back in the early 1960s as an art directorRetired since 2004, Kent was also a 
merchandise artist, marketer, and Director of Walt Disney Imagineering East overseeing Florida staff support for 
EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland. Known by some as "The Keeper of the Mouse," Kent trained other artists to 
draw the mouse uniformly, and helped determine which merchandise would carry his image. A friend of many in the 
collecting world of Disneyana, Kent was a collector of comics, chess sets, and animation.
"D23 is an unprecedented way we opened doors to Disney to fans in a way they can’t get 
through any other venue." -Steven Clark, head of D23
"I always wanted to be Geppetto." -Ralph Kent
1979:
Actor Jacob Young - who played the role of Lumiere in Disney's Broadway hit
 Beauty and the Beast - is born in Renton, Washington. (The Emmy Award-winning actor is best known to fans of All My Children as J.R. Chandler.)
1932:
The Silly Symphony short King Neptune, directed by Burt Gillett, is released.
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2009:
Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger launches the
 first-ever D23 Expo with an hour-long presentation in the Anaheim
 Convention Center Arena in California. Following the presentation, the 2009
 Disney Legends Awards are handed out at a ceremony hosted by ABC personality Tom
 Bergeron. It is the first time the awards are ever handed out off Disney property. This
 year's Disney Legends Award honorees include Robin Williams and Betty White. The D23 Expo will continue with
 special events, guest speakers, and exclusive screenings through Sunday September 13.

Also at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment announces the
 launch of the new Diamond Collection - the definitive collection of the Walt Disney
 Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray
Hi-Def. As part of the new Diamond Collection criteria, each film (starting with Snow White and the Seven
 Dwarfs in October) will be thoroughly restored to the highest level of picture and sound and feature
 groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content.
First D23 EXPO begins
1938:
A morning story meeting for Fantasia takes place at the studio's conference room. 
Among those present - Walt Disney, orchestral conductor Leopold Stokowski, composer Deems Taylor (who 
will act as the film's Master of Ceremonies), animator Dick Huemer and artist-writer Joe Grant.


Night of Joy debuts
"I think it's great and it's quite honoring, and more than anything, I just thank Disney for honoring exploration and education. This is not a me thing, this honors all teachers and students and space explorers and my crewmates." -Barbara Morgan
The Walt Disney World 
Preview Center (at one time 
located near the intersection 
of Interstate 4 and State 
Road 535) became 
the first building on 
WDW property to open to the 
public in 1970.
2010:
A star-powered, 16-act Christian music lineup kicks off the 28th Night of Joy at 
Walt Disney World. After 2 years at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Night of Joy 2010 returns to the 
Magic Kingdom. The special-ticket event features live performances (over the next two nights) on several 
stages throughout the park. This night's entertainment includes such names as Casting Crowns, Tenth 
Avenue North, Barlow Girl, and Point of Grace.
Amusement Today announces the winners of its prestigious 2009 Golden Ticket
Awards. Presented to the "Best of the Best" in the amusement industry calculated from an international
 poll conducted by Amusement Today, this year's winners include IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth at
 Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center for Best Outdoor Night Show Production.
1982:
Illustrator and voice actor Bret Iwan, the fourth official person to voice
Mickey Mouse, is born in California. With the passing of Wayne Allwine (the third
official voice of Mickey) in 2009, Disney looked within the company to find someone to
perform the recognizable voice. Iwan won the role after a company-wide search where a
animator friend from Pixar submitted Iwan as a possibility. In a final audition, Russi Taylor, the
voice of Minnie Mouse and the widow of Wayne Allwine, helped in selecting Iwan. (The only
other two to voice Mickey full-time was Walt Disney himself and sound effects artist Jimmy Macdonald.)
1948:
The Disney short Pluto's Fledgling, directed by Charles Nichols, is released. 
Big-hearted Pluto helps Orville the bird learn to fly.
1983:
The very first Night of Joy ever takes place at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
Performers include Leon Patillo, Shirley Caesar, Petra, Phil Keaggy, Sheila Walsh, Benny Hestor, David
 Meece, and Scott Wesley Brown. Leon Patillo has the distinction of being the very first performer to headline
Disney's Night of Joy. It will become an annual contemporary Christian music event and one
 of only two Christian rock festivals to be held yearly in the Orlando, Florida area.
1999:
Magic Kingdom host Night of Joy 1999 at Disney World from 8:00PM to 1AM. 
Performers include Michael W. Smith, Fred Hammond, Deliriou5?, Jaci Velasquez, Avalon, Audio Adrenaline, 
and Out of Eden.

The Tatooine Traders merchandise shop (attached to the Star Tours attraction) 
opens at the Disney-MGM Studios. Previously called the Endor Vendors shop, Tatooine Traders 
features a wide variety of Star Wars merchandise.
1959:
Disney releases the live-action feature film Zorro the Avenger to theaters in Japan. The film is a compilation of six Zorro television episodes (currently a hit on American TV).
1984:
Ray Watson (Chairman of Walt Disney Productions) and Phil Hawley (senior director) 
meet with Dennis Stanfill (formerly of the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation), to 
interview him for the position of Disney's new CEO.
1998:
The United States Postal Service issues a 32-cent postage stamp depicting Disney's 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (as part of its series of memories of the 1930s).
2012:
Katie, a syndicated talk show co-owned and hosted by former CBS Evening 
News and Today anchor Katie Couric, debuts. It is co-produced by ABC 
Entertainment and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. This premiere 
telecast of Katie will be rated as the highest daytime talk show debut in the last decade.
September 10
"I think this is just the beginning of what is really an exciting opportunity for us."
-Bob Iger on the first D23 Expo
2015:
Disney Chief Operating Officer Thomas Staggs announces that ground will be 
broken on "Star Wars"-themed lands at Disneyland and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2016. The 14-acre "Star Wars" areas represent the largest expansions in the Burbank-based company’s history for a single-themed area at its parks.