2005:
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween (an all-new original 
movie) is released direct to DVD and VHS.

1925:
Legendary singer-songwriter Mel Tormé, best known for
co-writing "The Christmas Song", is born in Chicago, Illinois.
He wrote the song "County Fair" for Disney's 1948 live-action
So Dear to My Heart and in 1996 recorded and released A&E: An
 Evening With Mel Tormé Live From the Disney Institute.
1941:
Walt Disney's father Elias passes away in Los Angeles, California at
 the age of 82. Walt is currently in South America in the middle of a 10-week trip.
1942:
Original Mouseketeer Judy Harriet Spiegelman is born in Los 
Angeles, California. A veteran performer with over 8 years of experience before 
becoming a Mouseketeer, she will be signed to a 7-year contract with the Disney Studios.
1977:
Conductor Leopold Stokowski passes away in his house in Hampshire,
 England, at age 95. In 1940, Stokowski made the famous film Fantasia together with Walt
 Disney, in which cartoon figures move in ballet-like sequences to classical music. Stokowski was
 also a transcriber of music originally written in other forms. He arranged many of J.S. Bach's
 keyboard and instrumental works, as well as songs and cantata movements. Probably his best
 known work is the "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," (originally composed for organ) which serves
 as the opening piece in Disney's Fantasia.
1979:
Animator Don Bluth quits Disney and takes a third of the top artists with 
him. (Often controversial, Bluth will become Disney's most serious rival 
since Max Fleischer!)
1981:
The TV series Disney's Wonderful World airs for the last time on NBC. Starting 
on September 26, the series will be called simply Walt Disney and air on CBS.
1997:
The Themed Entertainment Association presents its 1997 THEA Awards at the 
Beverly Hills Hotel. Among the winners is Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.

One Saturday Morning, a two-hour ABC Saturday morning show (airing various 
episodes of animated series along with various short segments) first airs. Debuting 
as part of One Saturday Morning are two new series from Disney: Pepper Ann and RecessPepper Ann 
focuses on a quirky 12-year-old girl (voiced by Kathleen Wilhoite) with an eternal quest to be cool. Recess 
follows a small group of fourth-graders at Third Street Elementary School and their interactions with teachers 
and other students.

Muppets Tonight, an updated version of The Muppet Show, debuts on Disney 
Channel. It is the second season for the series, as the first 10 episodes aired on ABC-TV in 1996.
1999:
Members of Disney's stage show The Lion King perform "Can You
Feel the Love Tonight" on ABC-TV's Good Morning America.

The thirty-sixth episode of Disney's Recess, "Hustler's Apprentice/The Spy
 Who Came in From the Playground" premieres on UPN and in syndication.
2001:
Disney World enters what they call "Level 5 Hurricane Preparedness" as tropical 
storm Gabrielle threatens Florida. 

Out of respect for the victim's of the September 11th terrorists attack, Disney 
World's New Year's Eve celebration (held nightly at Pleasure Island) is again 
canceled.

Actress Dorothy McGuire, known for her roles in many live-action Disney films 
such as Summer MagicSwiss Family Robinson, and Old Yellerpasses at the
age of 85 in Los Angeles, California. (Film fans will remember McGuire for her roles in such 
classics as A Tree Grows in BrooklynThe Spiral Staircase, and Gentlemen's Agreement.)

Singer-actress Maya Days steps into the role of Aida for the first time in Disney's 
Broadway musical Aida. She is the second actress to portray the lead character.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! premieres at Disney's California 
Adventure.
2002:
The Lizzie McGuire episode "Movin' On Up" debuts on Disney Channel.
1996:
The campy and glamorous Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, hosts a wild 
Friday the 13th party at Disney-MGM Studios.

Latin Rhythm Nights kicks off with Marc Anthony at 
Pleasure Island, Florida.

Disney World recycles 
over 1 million pounds of 
scrap metal and 1.5 
million pounds of wooden 
pallets 
each year.
2007:
Disney World's Haunted Mansion reopens after a summer
 refurbishment ... just in time for the Halloween season.
1929:
A special afternoon event takes place at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, 
California. Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, and Carl Stalling (Disney's musical director) give a live presentation 
on how the Mickey Mouse shorts are created.
1991:
The Walt Disney Company acquires Discover - a science magazine. The 
monthly publication was originally launched in October 1980 by Time Inc. Disney will later sell 
Discover in October 2005 to Bob Guccione Jr.
1916:
British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter Roald Dahl is born in Wales.
His most popular books include "The Twits," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and "James and the Giant Peach."
First published in the USA in 1961, "James and the Giant Peach" was released as a film by Walt Disney Pictures in 
1996. Dahl also received posthumous songwriting credits for the soundtrack of Tim Burton's 2005 film adaptation of 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as several songs written by Dahl for the novel were used in the film, set to music 
composed by Danny Elfman. (Dahl's book Revolting Rhymes features a rewritten version of Snow White. His Snow 
White is a savvy young woman who steals the magic mirror to help the dwarfs gamble on winning horses!)
SEPTEMBER 13
Today is Uncle Sam Day in the USA
THIS DAY MADE
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2009:
The fourth and final day of the first D23 Expo takes place at
the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Among this day's 17 
events - "The Making of Toy Story Mania!," a glimpse of what the future holds for 
Disney/Pixar, a Silver Banjo Barbecue Panel with David and Ron DeFore - sons 
of film & TV star Don DeFore, "From Annette to Miley: How Disney Pop Changed 
the World," and a sneak peek at what's in store for Toy Story 3.
"Music can be all things to all persons. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which 
sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction .... music makes us feel that the heavens open and a 
divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands." -Leopold Stokowski


WDW Haunted Mansion re-opens
2010:
Disneyland employees take part in Minnie's Moonlit Madness. An annual fundraiser, the 
event pits four-person teams of Disney employees, their family members and friends against each other in a
 trivia game and scavenger hunt.
1940:
Actor Richard Dawson Kiel, best known for his role as the steel-toothed Jaws in 
two James Bond movies, is born in Detroit, Michigan. 
He is the voice of Vladamir for Disney's 2010 animated feature Tangled.
1920:
Entertainer and Disney Legend Wallace Vincent Boag is born in
Portland, Oregon. In 1955, a friend told Boag about auditions for Disneyland's 
Golden Horseshoe Revue. "Wally" won the role of Pecos Bill and quickly became one 
of Walt's favorite comedic actors and an important part of Disneyland's live entertainment. 
Both Boag and The Golden Horseshoe Revue are cited in The Guinness Book of World
Records for having the greatest number of performances of any theatrical presentation. At Disneyland, Boag also 
provided the voice of the Audio-Animatronics parrot, Jose, in  the Enchanted Tiki Room, and later, opened the 
Diamond Horseshoe Revue at Walt Disney World in 1971. He also appeared in such live-action 1960s films as 
The Love Bug and Son of Flubber. (Boag's performances have influenced many performers and comedians, most 
notably Steve Martin, who studied Boag's humor and timing while working at Disneyland as a teenager!) 
2011:
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held for the very time this 
season at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. The family-friendly after-hours event 
(from 7PM-midnight) offers loads of treats, character meet and greets and special entertainment unique to 
the party. Mickey's annual Halloween bash is scheduled for 22 more selected nights through November 1.
September 13
"I can’t believe I’m a Disneyland Oldtimer...it seems like only yesterday, or maybe last week, that I couldn’t
get to the stage door of the Golden Horseshoe because they were still laying asphalt." -Wally Boag
2013:
Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrates Friday the 13th with the Unleash the
Villains event. Part of Disney's Limited Time Magic promotion, it includes a dance party hosted by Hades
(the ancient Greek god of the underworld), a meet-and-greet for villains around the park's
Echo Lake and "Villainy in the Skies" fireworks.
Roald Dahl Day