Disney names James Rasulo, who had been chairman and chief executive of Euro
Disney, to be the new president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide.
Rasulo, 46, succeeds Paul Pressler, who suddenly left Disney to become
president and chief executive of the clothing retailer Gap Inc.
The Disney-owned Anaheim Angels wrap up their regular season
with a 7-6 victory over Seattle. At 99-63, it is the most successful season in franchise
history! (The Angels will go on to beat the San Francisco Giants and become World Series Champs.)
Actress Greer Garson is born in London, England. One of MGM's major stars of the 1940s, she
later played the role of Mrs. Cordelia Biddle in Disney's 1967 live-action musical feature The Happiest Millionaire.
The Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey Plays Papa, directed by
Burt Gillett, is released.
Walt Disney Enterprises, Disney Film Recording Company, and Liled Realty and
Investment Company are merged into Walt Disney Productions.
Later this evening, Walt convenes about 60 artists on his soundstage for a two-
and-a-half hour piano concert. Walt provides a running commentary on what the audience will be
seeing in a new "concert feature" (later titled Fantasia). A rough of The Sorcerer's Apprentice is also
The LP record Firehouse Five Plus Two - 16 Dixieland Favorites is released.
The band is made up of such notable Disney Studio employees as Harper Goff (on banjo), Ward Kimball
(on trombone), and Frank Thomas (on piano).
Actor & singer Roger Bart - the voice of young Hercules in Disney's 1997
animated feature - is born in Norwalk, Connecticut. He is also the singing voice of Scamp in
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. Among his many theater credits - the Alan Menken/Tim Rice
musical King David, co-produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (and presented as the inaugural
production at Disney's newly renovated New Amsterdam Theatre). Fans of TV's Desperate Housewives
(produced by Disney's ABC Studios and Cherry Productions) will recognize Bart as the murderous pharmacist
George Williams. (His Broadway credits include The Producers and Young Frankenstein.)
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 1 of
"The Horse Without a Head" for the very first time. A group of poor French children who
share only one toy - a headless wooden horse on wheels - foil a robbery when a thief stashes the key to his
hiding place inside the horse! This episode marks season ten of Disney's television series.
Singer-actor Brad Kane, the singing voice of Disney's Aladdin, is born in New
Rochelle, New York. He can also be heard in the 1994 The Return Of Jafar and the 1995 Aladdin
and the King of Thieves. On September 11, 2005, Kane was invited to a ceremony at Hong Kong
Disneyland, the night before the theme park's opening. He performed the song "A Whole New World"
Innoventions grand opening takes place at EPCOT (although it has been open
since July in the pavilion formerly known as Communicore). The Future World pavilion
divided into Innoventions West and Innoventions East, focuses on technological advancements and their
practical applications in everyday life. Innoventions is a portmanteau of the words "innovation" and "invention".
The popular Disney barbershop harmony group, the Dapper Dans appear on an
episode of ABC-TV's Home Improvement. They appear as the 'Flannels' singing a
rendition of the Tool Time theme song.
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story is released direct-to-video. It is a live-action sequel to
the the 1967 animated feature.
Walt Disney Records releases Return to Pride Rock in conjunction with the direct-to-
video Lion King sequel of the same name.
Felicity, a new prime-time drama produced by Disney's Touchstone Television and
Imagine Television for The WB Television Network, debuts. Revolving around the fictional
college experiences of the title character, Felicity Porter (played by actress Keri Russell - an original Disney
Channel Mouseketeer), the series will run for 4 seasons.
In Disneyland, Mickey's Mouseworks opens on Main Street.
Disney invites over 1,200 children from across Europe, South Africa, and
Israel, to join Winnie the Pooh and his friends in Disneyland Paris for The
Winnie the Pooh Friendship Celebration.
Disney's Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington
as football coach Herman Boone, is released in theaters.
Disney World announces plans for an attraction and merchandising area
based on their 1992 animated feature Aladdin. "The Magic Carpets of
Aladdin" will take Magic Kingdom guests on a carpet ride in the
Adventureland area of the park.
Country & western singer Wesley Tuttle (who in 1944 was the second country artist
ever to sign with Capitol Records) passes in California. Tuttle yodeled as one of the
dwarfs in Disney's 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The Walt Disney company introduces a new video-on-demand service called
MovieBeam, that lets users download and store films via a set-top device.
Actor & comedian Mackenzie Crook - known for his comical role of Ragetti in Disney's
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End - is born in Kent, England.
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival kicks off its 11th season the same
day the 1st Annual NFFC WORLD Convention begins its 3-day event at Walt
Disney Channel debuts the 16th Hannah Montana episode "Good Golly, Miss
Dolly" featuring country music legend Dolly Parton as Miley's godmother.
The late Frank Thomas is remembered at a special event held at the
El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. One of the most beloved of the celebrated
Musical director, composer, orchestrator, and conductor Charles Wolcott is born in
Flint, Michigan. His Disney credits include Bambi, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Song of the
South, and Fun and Fancy Free. (By 1950 he will transfer to MGM Studios as Associate General Musical
Director, and in 1958 become General Musical Director. In 1961 Wolcott will move to Israel and serve as a
member of the Universal House of Justice - the supreme governing body of the Bahá'í Faith.)
Jodie Foster made
her motion picture
debut in Disney's
1972 live-action film,
Napoleon and Samantha,
playing the role
At Epcot, the Mickey Mouse arm holding a wand is dedicated with "2000" over
Spaceship Earth - signaling the start of the Millennium Celebration.
Disney's House of Mouse debuts the episode "Goofy for a Day."
High School Musical: The Ice Tour has its world premiere at Madison Square
Garden in New York City. The tour will visit more than 100 cities in its first year
alone, including cities in Europe, Canada and Mexico.
Disney Electronics introduces Disney Mix Sticks digital audio MP3/WMA players.
Actor, puppeteer, and voice-over artist Jeff Breslauer is born in New York. His Disney
theme park roles include Chester Diggs at Animal Kingdom, Papa Noel at Epcot's Canada pavilion, and The
Dreamfinder (while manipulating Figment) in front of Epcot's Imagination pavilion. Breslauer puppeteered in The
Muppets Take Manhattan (operating an Irish setter) and The Muppets at Walt Disney World.
"You've heard of the golden rule, haven't you? Whoever has the gold makes the rules!" -Jafar (from Aladdin)
It is announced that classical musical composer Philip Glass has been commissioned
by the New York City Opera to compose an opera that imagines the final months in
the life of Walt Disney. The opera, "The Perfect American," is based on a recent novel by American-born
writer Peter Stephan Jungk in which a fictional Austrian cartoonist who worked for Disney in the 1940s-50s
recounts the story of the legendary founder of the Walt Disney Company. It is scheduled to open City Opera's
2012-2013 season and honor the composer's 75th birthday. (Although originally commissioned by New York City Opera, "The Perfect American" will debut in Madrid in January 2013.)
Disney launches a new volunteer program called "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day."
The program (which guests can begin participating January 1, 2010) will provide certified volunteers with a one-
day ticket next year to any park at Walt Disney World or at Disneyland.
Dear Agony, the fourth studio album by American rock band Breaking Benjamin, is
released through Disney's Hollywood Records. Also released is Kiss & Tell, the debut studio
album by American band Selena Gomez & the Scene.
The Big Green, a Walt Disney Pictures comedy starring Steve Guttenberg and
Olivia D'Abo, is released.
11th Food & Wine Festival begins
Innoventions Grand Opening
"Frank Thomas retired the year before I got to work at Disney, but he was there with Ollie of course
making, writing, preparing and researching their book, The Illusion of Life." -John Lasseter
"Frank Thomas, during the years that I knew him, was a gracious legend in the art of animation. His
loyalty to the Walt Disney Co. and to his close friend, Ollie Johnston, was admirable. He knew the
art inside out." -Gary Goldman, animation producer
Actor Zachary Levi, the voice of Flynn Rider in Disney's 2010 animated Tangled, is
born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. TV fans know him best from his roles of Kipp Steadman in Less than
Perfect and Chuck Bartowski in Chuck.
Actor Ian McShane is born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He portrayed
Blackbeard in Disney's 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Walt Disney and his family – wife Lillian, daughter Diane, brother Roy, sister-in-
law Edna, and nephew Roy – depart Honolulu, Hawaii, aboard the S.S.
Matsonia. They are scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Harbor on October 4.
Disney's 1937 classic animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is
screened as part of the 50th New York Film Festival. Also shown is Paperman, an
innovative animated short about a young New Yorker who relies on heart, imagination, and a stack of papers
to change his destiny and win the girl of his dreams. A Walt Disney Pictures release, animator Eric Goldberg
and director John Kahrs appear in person. (A major film festival since it began in 1963 in New York, the films
are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.)
"We never thought of ourselves as some elite group, and the only time it even crossed our minds was when Walt made a kidding remark about his Nine Old Men being over the hill, or getting too decrepit
to work, or losing all their old zip." -animator Frank Thomas
Although over the last several weeks, "Disney Springs" has started to replace
"Downtown Disney" on roadway signage and throughout Walt Disney World, the
name change becomes official on this day. Featuring more than 150 stores, restaurants and entertainment locations, Disney Springs (still under construction) consists of The Landing, The Town Center,
The West Side and The Marketplace.