Sarah Uriarte Berry and Donny Osmond join the cast of Disney's Broadway 
hit Beauty and the BeastBerry returns to the role of Belle as Osmond steps into the part of 
Gaston for the first time.

It is reported that The Walt Disney Company has sold 125,000 
digital copies of films through Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store 
in less than a week, generating $1 million!

Disney pop duo Aly and AJ are nominated for "Contemporary Inspirational Artist of the Year" (also known as Christian Artist of the Year) for the 2006 American Music Awards.

Despite Our Differences, the 10th studio album by the Indigo Girls, is
released on Hollywood Records.
Journey Through Time, the biggest pin trading event of the year in Disney World, kicks off at Epcot's World ShowPlace.

Touchstone Pictures releases the psychological thriller Cold Creek Manor in over
 2,000 U.S. theaters. Documentary filmmaker Cooper Tilson (played by Dennis Quaid) along with his
 wife (Sharon Stone) and kids move into a decaying rural estate. As they begin to renovate, they discover their
 new country home harbors secrets, conceals a horrific past, and may not be free of the former inhabitants!
Disney's second Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon Oh, Teacher is released. Directed by Walt Disney, Oswald's sweetheart is stolen by a schoolyard bully.
Actor Adam West, the voices of Ace in the 2005 Chicken Little and
 Uncle Art in the 2007 Meet The Robinsons, is born in Walla Walla,
 Washington. He supplied the voice of Timothy 'Fearless Ferret' North on Disney's Kim
 Possible - a washed-up actor who believes he is the superhero he portrayed on television
(a nod to West's 1960s TV role of Batman) and both Professor Evil Professor & Captain Super Captain for Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. He also voiced Wise Old Parrot in an episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. (Fans of Family Guy know him as the voice of
Mayor Adam West - an intense, soft-spoken, delusional politician.)
Actor Jeremy Irons, one time narrator of Epcot's Spaceship Earth, is born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. He also portrayed H.G. Wells for The Timekeeper attraction's Circle-Vision 360° film From Time to Time (which first ran during the 1990s in many Disney parks). Irons voiced the villainous Scar for the animated feature The Lion King (a role which won him an Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting).
The Mickey Mouse cartoon Pluto's Party is released. Directed by Milt Schaffer, Mickey holds
a big birthday party for Pluto!
The Disneyland television series airs the episode "The Great Cat Family."

Animator and cartoonist Cecil Surry passes away in California. An assistant animator for Disney on early Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies cartoons from the late 1920s until 1931, he later worked for various animation studios like Walter Lantz, Warner Bros., MGM, and UPA.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrives in Los Angeles, California during his
 thirteen-day U.S. visit. He is suppose to tour Los Angeles housing projects, while his wife and children
 visit Disneyland. Although he wishes to accompany them to Disneyland, he is turned down when security officials
 cannot guarantee his safety. The disgruntled Premier and his family attend a luncheon at Twentieth-Century Fox
 Studios instead.
Walt Disney gives what will turn out to be his last press conference. He speaks about
the development of the Mineral King ski resort in southern California. Disney’s Sky Crown Resort will feature
skiing, an alpine village, skating rink, a 5-story hotel, dormitories for young people, and restaurants. (Disney's
plans will quickly be put to a stop when critics and environmentalists feel the untouched land would be desecrated.
Congress will eventually vote to turn Mineral King into a part of Sequoia National Park.)

Disneyland's Monsanto Hall of Chemistry is removed to make way for the new
Adventure Through Inner Space attraction.
Raquel Herring, a member of Disney Channel's 
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Miami, Florida.
Actress Danielle Panabaker, Layla in Disney's 2005 Sky High, is born in Georgia. She 
is also known for her roles in the Disney Channel films Stuck in the Suburbs and Read It and Weep along with her 
younger sister Kay.
Disney's direct-to-video 
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is released.

The Harsh Light of Day, the third album by pop-rock band Fastball, is released on Hollywood Records.
In response to recent world events in Washington, DC, New York City, and elsewhere, the Walt Disney World Resort further heightens security measures on property. 

Investor and billionaire Sid Bass informs Disney CEO Michael Eisner that the Bass
family must sell a combined 135 million shares of Disney stock, representing 6.7% of
the company total shares, worth $2.2 billion. At this time, the Bass family is the largest shareholder in 
the The Walt Disney Company. Bass is being forced to sell his Disney holdings as a result of a margin call.

The Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream attraction has a soft opening at Disney-MGM Studios. Taking guests on a journey from Walt Disney’s birth in 1901, to his career and future plans for The Walt Disney Company, the attraction will be formally dedicated on December 5.
Recording begins for Disney's upcoming animated feature CinderellaThe film will feature 
tunes by the songwriting teams of Mack David, Al Hoffman, & Jerry Livingston, and Paul J. Smith & Ned Wallace.
Snow White  was the first film ever to have a complete merchandising campaign
ready to roll on the day the 
movie opened! Movie fans were 
able to purchase Snow White 
mementos from Sears and 

"Physical distance is no longer a barrier to communication. Today, the entire world is our next door neighbor." 
-Jeremy Irons narration for Epcot's Spaceship Earth
The Library of Congress selects Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be placed on 
the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or esthetically significant."
Rising Disney star Demi Lovato films the first episode of her to-air-in-2009 Disney series "Sonny with a Chance." The show is about a teenage girl, played by Lovato, who is given the chance to join the cast of a popular teenage soap opera featuring her teen idol.

Disney Channel debuts its new series The Suite Life on Deck in the UK.
(It will premiere in the U.S. September 26.)
Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day
Actress Kim Richards is born in Mineola, New York. One of the most popular child actresses of her 
era, Richards appeared in such Disney live-action films as The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at RivertonEscape to 
Witch MountainNo Deposit, No Return, and Return from Witch Mountain. Coincidentally she appeared in Disney's 
2009 Race to Witch Mountain - a nod to the series of films in which she starred as a child. (Fans of the 1970 sitcom 
Nanny and the Professor will remember Richards as Prudence Everett.)
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The 2009 Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest is held in Marceline, Missouri. The eleventh year for this celebration of the life and work of Walt Disney (whose
family once lived in Marceline) Toonfest features a parade, a silent auction, exhibits, and special guest cartoonists.
Adam West born
The day after the debut of Captain EO in Disneyland, the park holds a 60-hour
press party for the Michael Jackson 3D film - staying open from 10 a.m. on this
day until 10 p.m. on September 21. Each party guest receives a coupon, validated when they
see the film, which can be redeemed for a complimentary starfighter T-shirt.

"Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" airs on the ABC-TV series Walt Disney Presents.
Touchstone Pictures releases the drama A Thousand Acres, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards. A modern-day telling of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Larry Cook is the patriarch of a mid-Western farming dynasty who announces his desire to share the land between his three daughters, precipitating a list of crises that threaten to engulf the family.
Duffy the Bear, already popular at Tokyo DisneySea, makes his first appearance at
the Disneyland Resort at a special event for Annual Passholders at Disney California Adventure. The character will officially premiere to the public at both Disneyland and Epcot on October 14.
Stage, film, and TV actor Ernie Sabella is born in Westchester,
New York. Disney fans know him as the voice of warthog Pumbaa for Disney's
The Lion King and in multiple sequels, spin-offs and video games. In 1996 he was
 nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Animated Character Performance for his part in
 Timon & Pumbaa. Sabella also appeared in episodes of Disney Channel's That's So Raven
 in the recurring role of Mr. Petrachelli, and as himself on the 1996 broadcast of Walt Disney
 World Very Merry Christmas Parade. In 1999, he played the role of Mr. Bundles in Disney's
 TV movie Annie. (Sabella has also worked with actor Nathan Lane, the voice of Disney's
 Timon, in such features as Guys and DollsMousehunt and A Funny Thing Happened on
 the Way to the Forum.) 
For the final time in history, a space shuttle soars into the skies over Florida and the
 Walt Disney World property. Space Shuttle Endeavour makes a morning "ferry flight" mounted atop a
 NASA-modified 747 airliner. Taking off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, it is destined for the California
 Science Center in Los Angeles for its permanent display.

The Walt Disney Studios begin production on Saving Mr. Banks, the account of Walt
 Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary
 Poppins. Tom Hanks will essay the role of the legendary Walt Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever
 been depicted in a dramatic film). Saving Mr. Banks will film entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to
 include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank. Filming is scheduled to conclude around
 Thanksgiving 2012 with hopes of a 2013 release.

It is reported that Marvel Studios will be moving closer to the Mouse House. After setting
 up shop at the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus (formerly known as Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios) in
 2008, Marvel is getting ready to pack up and settle into new office space in Glendale, just minutes from the Walt
 Disney Studios. The move, expected to be completed by spring 2013, will relocate Marvel's film team closer to the
 Burbank-based Disney lot but also around some of the comicbook company's other divisions.
September 19
"When I first saw Mineral King five years ago, I thought it was one of the most beautiful spots
I had ever seen and we want to keep it that way." -Walt Disney
The 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festivals begins in Florida.
Featuring fantastic special events, culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and the ever-popular
World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths, the 53-day event will run through November 10.
Disney announces that Brandon Peters and Ken Facey have been selected as
Disney Ambassadors, representing more than 74,000 Walt Disney World cast
members as part of the 2017-2018 Walt Disney World Ambassador team. (Every two
years, thousands of cast members are invited to participate in the ambassador selection process, which includes several rounds of interviews.) Following a three-month training in Florida and California, Peters and Facey will
begin their two-year term, which lasts from Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018.

The fourth season of Jake and the Never Land Pirates kicks off on Disney Junior with a new title - Captain Jake and the Never Land PiratesThe Annie Award-winning musical and
interactive children's animated television series is based on Disney's Peter Pan franchise. The series focuses on
a band of young pirates who continuously spend their days competing against Captain Hook and Mr. Smee
for treasure. The series is created by Disney veteran Bobs Gannaway.
Season 5 of the ABC-TV sitcom Home Improvement kicks off with the episode "A Taylor Runs Through It." Based on the stand-up comedy of Tim Allen, Home Improvement centers on Tim "The Toolman" Taylor (host of the home-improvement show "Tool Time"') and his wife Jill and their 3 sons.
James Louis Lipton, a writer, lyricist, actor, and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City, is born in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to voicing The Director in the 2008 Disney animated film BOLT, he did guest spots on The SimpsonsAccording to Jim and Arrested Development. Lipton is best known as the executive producer, writer
and host of the Bravo cable television series Inside the Actors Studio.
Actor Kevin Zegers is born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. His Disney credits include Life with Mikey
(1993) as Little Mikey and Air Bud (1997), Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998), Air Bud: World Pup (2000), and Air Bud:
Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) as Josh Framm. He also portrayed Oscar Keaton on the ABC legal drama Notorious (2016).
Character actress and voice-over performer Elvia Allman is born in North Carolina.
She was the voice of Clarabelle Cow, from 1933 to 1990, in such shorts as Mickey's MellerdrammerMickey's
Fire BrigadeMickey's Amateurs, and The Prince and the Pauper. She also supplied various voices for The Old Mill and Donald's Ostrich. (Allman is best remembered for her semi-regular roles on the sitcoms The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.)
Animator and television producer Jack Dunham is born in Bismarck, North Dakota. Hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1932, he first worked on the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts. Dunham's later credits included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. Leaving Disney in 1947, he moved to Canada where he enjoyed a career creating both animated and live action commercials in Toronto and Montreal.
Composer, singer, songwriter & actor Paul Williams is born Paul Hamilton Williams Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. Muppet fans know him best from his Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated song "Rainbow Connection," from the 1979 film "The Muppet Movie." Williams also wrote all the songs for the 1992 "The Muppet Christmas Carol," co-produced by Walt Disney Pictrures. (Miles Goodman wrote the score.) As an actor, Williams played the role of Lord Harmony in Disney's 2004 "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." Williams also appeared in a 1997 episode of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show." He is best known for writing and co-writing popular songs performed by a number of acts in the 1970s, including Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song" & "Out in the Country", Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World", Biff Rose's "Fill Your Heart", and the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," & "I Won't Last a Day Without You." Along with Barbra Streisand, he co-wrote "Evergreen" (also called "Love Theme from A Star Is Born") for the 1976 film "A Star Is Born." Although predominantly known for his music, Williams has appeared in films and many television guest spots, such as "Phantom of the Paradise" (in which he also wrote the music), "The Muppet Show," "The Odd Couple," and "The Love Boat."