Disney's Home on the Range is released on DVD.
Actress Brooke Tansley steps into the role of Belle in Disney's Broadway
stage show Beauty and the Beast. She is the 14th actress to play the role on Broadway.
Disneyland turns somber at noon as park guests and
employees stop to remember those lost in the
September 11th terror attacks on this
Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
Michael Eisner addresses several thousand Disney Cast Members
gathered around the flag at the Burbank studio. His words include:
"Today I stand here before you without the usual Disney pageantry, but with the usual Disney spirit. I
thank you for coming to this plaza to show your support for community and company, your profound
sense of compassion, your respect and your unity."
Disney World's "Hurricane Preparedness Plan" enters several phases
while a potential major storm works it's way across the Florida region.
All outdoor shows and sporting activities are canceled. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and
Campground guests are relocated to other Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Later, the nightly New
Year's Eve celebration held at Pleasure Island is canceled again out of respect for the victims of the
terrorist attacks (and the pending hurricane).
Today is a Day of Mourning and Commemoration for the victims of the
terrorist attacks on the U.S. by the European Union. Disneyland Paris joins the
moments of silence organized Europe-wide at noon. For three minutes all attractions close down, the
music-broadcast are halted and all Cast Members stop their activities. Guests are informed by an
announcement and are asked to join the employees of Disneyland Paris for three minutes of silence
to commemorate the victims and express their support.
Walt Disney (visiting New York) writes a letter to his brother Roy
and animator Ub Iwerks about the next day's recording session for
Steamboat Willie. Walt has hired Carl Edouarde - who has led pit orchestras in theaters - to
conduct the session. (This first session will be a disaster and Walt will realize that a system to indicate
the tempo to which the music should be performed, needs to be developed before it is tried again.)
The Disneyland television series opens its second season
on ABC with an edited version of the 1941 Dumbo.
Disney's True-Life Adventure The African Lion is released in theaters.
The documentary mainly focuses on the King of the Beasts but also includes fascinating glimpses of
rhinos, hippos, vultures, and even locusts. Three years in the making, The African Lion is directed
and co-written by James Algar. The 10th film in Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures series and the 3rd
feature length film in the series, it is narrated by Winston Hibler.
At the White House, U.S. President
Johnson presents Walt Disney with the
Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest
civil honor. Recipients of the medal are those
who have made outstanding contributions to the
security or national interest of the United States or
to world peace, or those who have made a
significant public or private accomplishment.
Actress Faith Ford, who appeared in Disney's 2005 comedy feature The
Pacifier, is born in Alexandria, Louisiana. Fans of the ABC-TV sitcom Hope & Faith
will remember Ford for her role of Hope Shanowski.
Disney's long-running weekly television series changes its name (for the
3rd time since its 1954 debut on ABC) to The Wonderful World of Disney.
The Mickey Mouse Revue, an audio-animatronic indoor stage show located in
Walt Disney World's Fantasyland Theater, closes after nearly 9 years in
operation. (It will be dismantled and shipped to Tokyo Disneyland, making it the
first major Magic Kingdom attraction to leave the Florida park since its opening.)
Actor Adam Lamberg, David 'Gordo' Gordon on the Disney Channel
sitcom Lizzie McGuire, is born in New York City. Lamberg also made a brief
appearance in the 2001 film Max Keeble's Big Move.
Disney's first Saturday morning animated TV shows Disney's Adventures of the
Gummi Bears (on NBC) and Disney's Wuzzles (on CBS) both debut.
The Golden Girls, a sitcom produced by Touchstone Television and distributed
by Buena Vista Television, debuts on NBC. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue
McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women who share a Miami, Florida home.
The series will win several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
twice, during its 7-year run. (All four actresses will be named Disney Legends in 2009.)
The Main Street Electrical Parade has its final performance at Disney World.
This version will be shipped to France to be used at Disneyland Paris.
The All New Mickey Mouse Club make their recording debut with
the release of their self-titled album MMC. Recorded during the hiatus
of the popular Disney Channel series, MMC features 12 songs and 13 members of the hit show.
Hurricane Floyd clobbers the Bahamas, toppling power lines and ripping
roofs off homes. Meanwhile Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina brace for Floyd (a category 4
hurricane) as people evacuate to the west away from the coast. Even Walt Disney World closes its
doors in the afternoon to prepare and ride out the storm. It is the resort's very first unscheduled closing.
The sounds of salsa, and Latin pop enliven the streets of Downtown Disney
Pleasure Island during the sixth annual Latin Rhythm Nights celebration.
New York's The Lion King comes to Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
All proceeds of this spectacular evening will benefit the children and families of the Ronald
McDonald House of Dallas.
Disney's Fillmore debuts on ABC-TV's morning line-up. The new animated
series centers around Safety Patrol Officer Cornelius Fillmore (voiced by actor Orlando Brown).
Walt Disney screens one thousand feet of his newest animated feature Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs for RKO executives. They believe the picture will make
"plenty of money". (At this time RKO is distributing Disney's cartoons.)
Disneyland's only residents were Owen
& Dolly Pope. They were hired in 1951
to put together some livestock for
Walt's future park. They first lived in a
trailer at the Disney Studio where they
raised & trained horses. Three days
before Disneyland opened, they moved
into the park to run the
Disneyland Pony Farm.
Walt Disney's Hometown Toonfest kicks off for two days
in Marceline, Missouri. The hometown of Walt from 1906 until 1911, Marceline
throws a celebration every September to honor the memory of its most famous citizen.
The second episode of Muppets Tonight to air on Disney Channel debuts with
guest Rick Moranis. (It is the second season of the show - but the first to air on Disney Channel.)
Earl Hurd, a pioneering animator, film director and writer, is born in Kansas. Noted for
creating and producing the silent Bobby Bumps animated short subject series for early animation producer J.R.
Bray's Bray Productions, Hurd also worked at the Walt Disney studio as a storyboard artist.
He helped adapt the story of Snow White for Disney's 1937 animated version.
Sophia: "I need the money for my old age."
Dorothy: "Old age? You don't leave fingerprints anymore."
-The Golden Girls
2007 Hometown Toonfest kicks off
Walt awarded Medal of Freedom
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases the historical drama film Quiz Show.
Starring John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, and
Christopher McDonald, the film tells the story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.
Actress and director Kimberly Williams is born in Rye, New York. She is best known
for her co-starring role on the ABC sitcom, According to Jim, as well as her breakthrough performance in the
Touchstone comedy film, Father of the Bride, for which she was nominated for several awards - along with
its sequel, Father of the Bride Part II. (Williams is married to country music singer Brad Paisley.)
The first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of the 2010 season
takes place at Walt Disney World. A Magic Kingdom event, it will be held on selected
dates through November 1.
The Villains in Vogue store opens at the Disney-MGM Studios on Sunset Boulevard.
The 26th newly-designed Disney Store to open in the U.S., debuts at the
Saint Louis Galleria (a mall in St. Louis, Missouri).
Halloween Time officially begins at the Disneyland Resort. Park guests can take part in
such spooky events as The Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland, Disney’s
Happiest Haunts Guided Tour, "The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition" and The Pirates League.
Disney•Pixar Cars fans teamed up with NASCAR driver Casey Mears to wave the
green flag and kick off the Cars "Take Flight" experience during the 3-day Chase
weekend at Chicagoland Speedway (a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in
Joliet, Illinois). Promoting the world television premieres of the Cars Toons short films "Air Mater" and
"Moon Mater" to air this fall on Disney Channel, and the launch of a new Cars "Take Flight" product collection,
Disney has created this fun and immersive family experience for race fans to enjoy the world of Cars.
Finding Nemo 3D is released to theaters for a limited time.
"Artist and impresario, in the course of entertaining an age, he has created an American folklore."
-U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on Walt Disney
The 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins. The 62-day event will
showcase 30 global marketplaces including four new Future World marketplaces featuring fresh culinary
concepts to pair with select wines, beers, cocktails and other beverages.
At Epcot's Innoventions, both The Sum of All Thrills and StormStruck close at
the end of this day. Running since 2008, The Sum of All Thrills allowed guests to build and then "ride"
their own roller coaster. StormStruck helped guests learn how to prepare for a hurricane or strong storm.