1959:
The last episode of the Disney-produced TV show Zorro airs. Despite good ratings, the 
series ends after two seasons due to a financial dispute between Disney and ABC-TV over ownership of Zorro
Mickey Mouse Club, and the Disney anthology television series (at this time titled Disneyland). 

Muppeteer Steve Whitmire is born near Atlanta, Georgia. Working for the Jim Henson 
Company since 1978, Whitmire's career with the Muppets began on The Muppet Show, where he developed his 
first major character, Rizzo the Rat. His Disney credits include Studio DC: Almost Live! and Disney Extreme 
Digital. Whitmire was nicknamed Kermit in his youth because he aspired to become a puppeteer. After the death 
of Jim Henson, the original voice of Kermit the frog - Whitmire was chosen to take over the role of Kermit!
2004:
Disneyland debuts "Mysteries, Myths, and Legends Tour" - an interactive 
tour that allows guests to be a part of a fictional storyline woven by the host.
1894:
Actor, comedian, and voice artist Billy Bletcher is born in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania. Bletcher's work with Disney began with the 1933 Three Little Pigs as the voice
of the Big Bad Wolf. He later supplied the voice for Pegleg Pete (an anthropomorphic cat),
numerous characters in countless shorts such as Who Killed Cock Robin? and a clown in Dumbo.
(Bletcher voiced some of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz - along with Pinto Colvig, the voice of 
Goofy! He later was known as the original voice of Killer the Bulldog in the Tom & Jerry cartoons.)
1936:
Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and the original voice of Kermit
the Frog, is born James Maury Henson in Greenville, Mississippi.
Henson first named his puppets, "Muppets," in 1954 while working as a producer of the
Washington, D.C. TV show, Sam and Friends. Henson was the leading force behind the
Muppets long run in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and films
such as The Muppet Movie and creator of advanced puppets for projects like Fraggle Rock,
The Dark Crystal Labyrinth and Return of the Jedi. Sadly in May 1990, Henson passed away suddenly at the age of 53 while in negotiations to sell his company to Disney. He was named a Disney Legend in 2011.
1937:
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Hawaiian Holiday is released. In this short, Mickey and 
Minnie play the uke and dance, Goofy surfs, Pluto fights with a crab, and poor Donald Duck sets himself on fire.
1948:
Actor, comedian, and screenwriter Phil Hartman is born in Brantford,
 Ontario, Canada. His Disney credits include the voice of SIR for Disney World's Alien
 Encounter (1994-1995), both the TV series TaleSpin and DuckTales, and the 1987 animated film
 The Brave Little Toaster. He also supplied the voice of Morris for The Enchanted Tiki Room:
 Under New Management attraction. Hartman's last voice-acting performance (before his untimely
 death) was in Kiki's Delivery Service, a 1998 Japanese animated fantasy film dubbed in English
 and released under the Disney/Studio Ghibli partnership. Hartman also played a lawyer in the
 1995 comedy feature Houseguest (distributed by Hollywood Pictures). (TV fans will remember
 Hartman as a member of Saturday Night Live for 8 seasons, his role of radio news anchor Bill McNeal on the
 sitcom NewsRadio, and for his voice work on The Simpsons.)
1961:
Sunday: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color makes its debut in color
and on NBC (for the series' 8th season on television). Hosted by Walt himself, the episode
 consists of "An Adventure in Color," "Donald in Mathmagicland," and a brand new character called Professor
 Ludwig Von Drake - voiced by Paul Frees. The episode is sponsored by RCA, who runs commercials during the
 show promoting their new RCA color television. (Before this, the series had been called Disneyland and then
Walt Disney Presents - but both broadcast on ABC and in black & white.)
1973:
Construction begins in Florida on a one story pavilion to house General 
Electric's Carousel of Progress (an attraction shipped in from Disneyland)
at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland.
1983:
The TV series Walt Disney (which originated in 1954 on ABC as Disneyland)
 airs for the last time on CBS with the episode "Walt Disney’s Mickey and
 Donald." (Three years later the series will be revived on ABC as The Disney Sunday Movie.)
1984:
Disney formally announces the election of Michael Eisner as chairman and CEO,
and Frank Wells as president and chief operating officer at a celebration held 
the Lakeside Country Club.
1992:
The very first Official Disneyana Convention takes place at Walt Disney World.
 Although enthusiasts around the world have organized conventions in the past, this marks the first time that
 the Disney Company itself sponsors the 4-day event (held at Disney's Contemporary Resort).
1993:
The ABC-TV series Boy Meets World (distributed Disney-ABC Domestic Television) 
premieres. A comedy-drama series that chronicles the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews, 
played by Ben Savage, a kid from suburban Philadelphia who grows up from a young boy to a married man, the 
series will run for seven seasons. The cast includes Will Friedle (who will later voice Ron Stoppable for Kim 
Possible) as older brother Eric and Lindsay Ridgeway (who appears in the introduction video of Disney's 
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction) as younger sister Morgan starting in season 3. (Years later Boy Meets 
World will become a Disney Channel and ABC Family channel favorite.)
1998:
The sky above the Seven Seas Lagoon fill with fireworks and music as
 Disney World joins forces with the American Pyrotechnics Association to
 launch Disney's Rock 'n Rockets (for the next 2 nights). This first-ever
 event is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the association
 and features the latest in fireworks technology along with a collection of
 classic displays. Accompanying the fireworks show is live musical
 performances by Kenny Loggins (on this evening) and the B52's along
 with 10,000 Maniacs (on September 25).

Michael Eisner's book Work in Progress is published.
1999:
Previews begin for the London West End production of Disney's musical
"The Lion King" at the Lyceum Theatre.

Disney Channel's half-hour original series The Jersey debuts. Produced by the Disney 
Channel, it is based on the "Monday Night Football Club" books by Gordon Korman. About 4 teens who 
discover the magic of "the jersey", a mystical football jersey that transports them into the bodies of 
professional athletes, the series features Michael Galeota and Courtnee Draper.
2001:
The Tapestry of Dreams parade debuts at Epcot as part of the 100 Years
 of Magic celebration. A slightly shorter recycling of the popular Tapestry of Nations Parade from last
 year's Millennium celebration, Tapestry of Dreams celebrates children, dreams and the legacy of Walt Disney.
2003:
The University of Maryland honors Muppet creator Jim Henson by 
holding a dedication ceremony. A life-sized statue of Henson (a University of Maryland 
alumnus), conversing with one of his favorite creations, Kermit the Frog, is dedicated in front of the 
Adele Stamp Student Union on the College Park campus.
1947:
Major Harry Colebourn, the soldier whose pet bear became the 
inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, passes away in Canada.
1934:
Animator Frank Thomas joins the Disney Studios as employee number 224. 
He will go on to animate dozens of feature films and shorts until his retirement in 1978. Thomas will become 
famous as one of Walt's "Nine Old Men" and later a Disney Legend in 1989.
2006:
The cruise ship Disney Wonder makes its inaugural
visit to St. Kitts and Nevis. The 2,600 passenger capacity vessel docks at Port Zante at 7:00 a.m., its fifth stop on an eleven night South Caribbean cruise. 

The ABC-TV drama series Brothers & Sisters premieres. The cast includes a 
collection of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Calista Flockhart, Rob Lowe, 
and Patricia Wettig. Centering on the Walker family and their lives in Pasadena, California, Brothers & 
Sisters will run for five seasons.
In the months before his death in
 1990, Jim Henson pursued
 extensive discussions with The
 Walt Disney Company based on his
 strong belief that Disney would be
 a perfect home for his Muppets. It
 wasn't until 2004 that Disney and
 the Jim Henson Company came to
 an agreement under which Disney
 acquired the Muppets and Bear in
 the Big Blue House.

1982:
Previews begin for the not-yet-open EPCOT Center in Florida. 
On this evening, Cast Members and their families are invited to the 
new park (which will officially debut October 1) from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
1953:
Roy Disney learns that prospective financiers in New York for Disneyland want 
to meet next week. He contacts his brother Walt, asking for a visual presentation to take.
1985:
The Lotus Blossom Cafe restaurant opens in EPCOT's China Pavilion.
2008:
Disney holds a daylong presentation at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to
 showcase its upcoming films. The industry-only showcase includes a full screening of the
 animated dog-hero movie Bolt. Future films announced include a 3-D motion capture remake of Charles
 Dickens' A Christmas Carol (starring Jim Carrey), Tron 2Cars 2, and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
 (featuring Johnny Depp).
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"The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children." -Jim Henson 
Jim Henson born
"Many years ago, there weren't many auditions, there weren't many of us. They were doing a thing called Three Little Pigs at Disney's,
 and Pinto Colvig told me, "Why don't you go over and do this thing for Walt, they want a guy who can huff and puff and blow your house
 in." So what the hell, I did it, and I recorded this thing for Walt, as the Big Bad Wolf. That put me in pretty solid with Walt. From then
 on, I had a session every week, not only to record one voice, but to record two or three voices, for Walt." -Billy Bletcher
"Haven't you got the word? We're in full color." -Walt Disney 
"I've always tried to present a positive view of the world in my work. It's so much easier to be 
negative and cynical and predict doom for the world than it is to try and figure out how to 
make things better. We have an obligation to do the latter." -Jim Henson
2009:
In a special ceremony, Disney Theatrical Productions donates objects from the 
Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical The Lion King to the Smithsonian’s 
National Museum of American History. Costume elements from the show’s protagonist Simba and 
the tribal shaman Rafiki (all designed by Julie Taymor) will join other objects from such musicals as CatsRent 
and the King and I in the museum’s permanent entertainment collections.
"It is a tremendous honor to see Taymor’s groundbreaking creative vision recognized by a world-renowned 
organization like the Smithsonian." -Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions


Frank Thomas joins Disney Studio
2010:
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy You Again, starring Kristen Bell, Jamie
Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Betty White, and Kristin Chenoweth.
When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée's true colors. Directed by Andy Fickman, it is the last solo Touchstone Pictures project as future
films will be made in association with Miramax, DreamWorks, and Lucasfilm.

Destination D: Disneyland '55 kicks off in the Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel. 
The two-day event takes D23 Members on a mesmerizing journey through the design, creation, debut and magical 
history of the world's first Disney theme park.

The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood presents "Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long" 
for the next 2 weeks.

Fish Hooks, an animated television series created by Noah Z. Jones, premieres on 
Disney Channel. The series revolves around adolescent fish Milo (voiced by Kyle Massey), his shy brother 
Oscar (Justin Roiland), and their "overly dramatic" best friend Bea Goldfishberg (Chelsea Staub). 
1955:
Walt Disney visits Levittown, Pennyslvania for Disney Day and the dedication
 of Walt Disney Elementary, a brand new school.
September 24
"Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are."
-Jim Henson
1957:
Oscar-winning director, animator and screenwriter Brad Bird is born in Kalispell,
Montana. Best known for directing and writing Pixar's The Incredibles, he also directed and wrote the
screenplay for the 2007 Ratatouille. Upon graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, Bird began working
for Disney - though his tenure was brief, and he left the company shortly after working on The Fox and the Hound
in 1981. (Bird was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men.) He next worked on animated 
television series, which included The SimpsonsThe Critic and King of the Hill. Bird's TV work led to writing and 
directing the animated film The Iron Giant (for Warner Bros.) and ultimately a position with Pixar.
In 2011, Bird transitioned to live-action filmmaking with "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," which became the 
highest-grossing of its franchise. In 2015, Bird's science fiction mystery adventure film Tomorrowland was 
distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.