The cover of LOOK magazine features Mickey Mouse - the "first citizen of Florida" and the
headline FLORIDA: The sweet life The powder keg and Your first look at the magical new
DISNEY WORLD. Articles report on the near completion of Disney World and the booming development of Florida.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and aspiring astronaut Sofi Collis appear at Epcot for ceremonies honoring the success of the Mars Exploration Rover mission. Ten-year-old Sofi submitted the winning essay in a naming contest for both of NASA's JPL rovers. She suggested the names Spirit and Opportunity. O'Keefe's quote, "We're back ... and we're on Mars," is added to a permanent collection of space-related quotations on the facade of Mission: SPACE.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Castaway, directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released. In this short, Mickey is alone on a raft and cast up on a desert island. Luckily there are plenty of bananas and of course ... a piano!
Actor John Ratzenberger, Pixar's "good luck charm" is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
All of Pixar Animation's feature films has included Ratzenberger's voice - such as Yeti in Monsters, Inc. and Hamm the
Piggy Bank in all Toy Story features. According to director/screenwriter Andrew Stanton, Pixar actually has a rule
stating that Ratzenberger must be in all Pixar films! His voice credits include Underminer in The Incredibles, Mack in
Cars, Mustafa in Ratatouille, John in WALL-E and Construction Foreman Tom in Up. TV fans may remember
Ratzenberger for his role of Clifford Clavin - the misinformed mailman on the hit comedy series Cheers. In 1990
Ratzenberger actually appeared on the TV special "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration" ... as Cliff Clavin!
Disney is awarded 3 Academy Awards; one for the film Grand Canyon (Short Subjects, Live-Action Subjects), another for the People & Places short AMA Girls (Short Subjects, Documentary), and a third for the True-Life Adventure film White Wilderness (Documentary, Features). Although Oliver Wallace is nominated for Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (for his work on Disney's White Wilderness), Dimitri Tiomkin takes home the Oscar for his contribution to The Old Man and the Sea.
Damon Pampolina, a member of the Disney Channel's
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Houston, Texas.
Actor Zach Braff, the voice of Chicken Little, is born in
South Orange, New Jersey. His Disney credits also include the television film It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and Oz the Great and Powerful.
(TV fans will recognize him as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian from the hit series Scrubs.)
The Disney Channel airs the Lizzie McGuire episode
"Misadventures in Babysitting" for the first time.
Hollywood Pictures and The Gaumont Film Company release the comedy
Just Visiting. A remake of the French film Les Visiteurs, it stars Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian
Clavier, Malcolm McDowell, Tara Reid, and Bridgette Wilson. A twelfth century knight and his valet are plagued by
a witch, and to repair the damage, they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes terribly
wrong when they are transported to the year 2000.
The first of three SuperSoap Weekends begin at Disney's California Adventure. Some of the stars of ABC-TV's All My Children are on hand to meet fans for the next two days.
Disney airs an exclusive look at their summer action-packed spectacular The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The event is shown across its owned-and-affiliated broadcast and synergy properties, and in all U.S. Disney theme parks.
George Britton, who was hired in 1969 to run the railroad at Walt Disney World,
puts in his last day of work. Two years before Disney World opened, Britton was hired to restore
discarded, turn-of-the-century steam engines. The day the park opened in October 1971, they were in pristine
condition ... and they still are today! Britton (the only railroad foreman Disney World has ever had) is presented
with one of their highest honors - a window to one day be put up along Main Street.
The Disneyland Resort 50th anniversary celebration takes to the skies over San
Diego, California with a 100-foot tall, Mickey Mouse-shaped hot air balloon dubbed
"The Happiest Balloon On Earth."
"When I got this job here, this is a true, honest-to-goodness feeling, I thought I'd arrived. I got the job I always wanted and that's what I had here!"
-George Britton (original Disney World railroad foreman)
Mickey Mouse's ears are always turned to the front,
his head is
At Disneyland, the Blue Ribbon Bakery shop opens on
Main Street replacing the Sunkist Citrus House.
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy Ernest Goes to Jail starring Jim
Varney. It is the fourth film to feature Varney as Ernest P. Worrell. Dim-witted Ernest is a janitor at a
bank who gets called for jury duty. It turns out that the murder defendant, Felix Nash (also played by
Varney), is a dead ringer for Ernest. Nash's lawyer (played by Jeffrey Buckner Ford) arranges a switch,
and Ernest finds himself on death row while Nash goes to work at the bank, scheming up a way to rob it. Can Ernest escape from jail and foil Nash's plot?
"Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together." -John Ratzenberger
At Epcot, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros! opens replacing
El Rio de Tiempo (which had closed January 2) in the Mexico pavilion.
A gentle boat ride, the attraction features Donald Duck, José Carioca (the parrot), and Panchito
(the Mexican charro rooster) from the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros.
Darkwing Duck, a new animated series, premieres on Disney Channel.
Featuring a wacky superhero duck with the alter ego of Drake Mallard - voiced by Jim
Cummings, it is the first of two spin-offs of the series DuckTales.
"I am the terror that flaps in the night!"
Disney World improved their linen washing process by increasing wash loads by 20%,
upgrading dryers and adapting a water reuse system. The result ... Disney saves 29 million gallons of water each year! That's enough water to fill the aquarium at The Seas with Nemo
and Friends six times.
Disney's "People and Places" travelogue Japan is released. The 16th in a series of 17 films, it features the work of photographer Ernst A. Heiniger.
The Disney-produced television sitcom Zorro and Son debuts on CBS. The first of what will be
five episodes, the limited series stars Henry Darrow as Don Diego and Paul Regina as Don Carlos. Many of the exterior sets, props and costumes are from Disney's 1950s Zorro series.
ABC-TV airs The Disney Sunday Movie, "I-Man" starring Scott
Bakula. When cab driver Jeffrey Wilder (Bakula) is exposed to an alien gas, he acquires the
ability to heal instantly and survive any injury or toxin!
Voice actor Eddie Carroll, who took over the role of Jiminy Cricket in 1973 after the death
of original voice Cliff Edwards in 1971, passes away at the age of 76. Also known for his
critically-acclaimed one-man tribute stage show Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom, Carroll's voice talent can be heard in
Mickey's Christmas Carol, Spectromagic, Wishes, and the Kingdom Hearts video game series.
Entertainer Donny Osmond visits Disneyland with his his wife, Debbie, and son, Joshua, 12. (A singer, musician and actor, Osmond is the singing voice of Shang in the 1998 Mulan and appeared as Gaston in Disney's Broadway musical Beauty and Beast.)
Fans of the Kingdom Keepers Saga and author Ridley Pearson get to celebrate the National Launch of his newest book, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney In Shadow this day at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Make Your Mama Proud, the debut album by Fastball, is released on Hollywood Records.
Today is the last time Disney World guests can see the Pixar Pals Countdown to
Fun parade and the Disney Channel Rocks street show.
April is 1964/65 New York World's Fair Month
Stand-up comedian and actor Don Rickles passes away at the age of 90 in California.
Best known as an insult comic, Rickles voiced Mr. Potato Head in all 3 of the Toy Story films and for the shorts
Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex. Although his passing comes before voice work could begin
for Toy Story 4, unused recordings from the first 3 films will be used to create a new performance for the upcoming installment (to be released in June 2019). Rickles also supplied the voice of Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story Midway Mania! (an attraction at Disney California Adventure Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios), and Toy Story:
The Musical (created by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment for Disney Cruise Line). Best of friends with comic Bob Newhart, the 2 visited Disneyland in 1974. Sarcastically nicknamed "Mr. Warmth," the Emmy Award-winning Rickles took insult comedy to a new level during his 6 decade career.
Clark Spencer, a film producer, businessman and studio executive best known for his
work at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is born in Seattle, Washington. He joined Walt
Disney Feature Animation in 1993 as director of planning but later moved on to be senior vice president of finance
and operations. Spencer then moved on to the Florida animation division of the company where he was the head of
studio before becoming the producer of Lilo & Stitch. Since then, Spencer has gone on to also produce the Disney
animated film Bolt, as well as Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia.
Actress Peyton List, known for playing Emma Ross on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie and its spin-off Bunk'd, is born in Florida. In 2016, she starred as Ellie O'Brien in
the Disney Channel Original Movie The Swap.