Character actor Christian Rub - the voice & physical likeness for
Geppetto in Disney's 1940 Pinocchio - is born in Austria. (Coincidentally Rub is featured in a 1940 version of Swiss Family Robinson - the exact version Disney bought up the rights to when planning its remake!)
Lucky Disney World fans get an opportunity to see
Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama!, the newest area of
Animal Kingdom. The after-hours event features 17 limited edition pins and pin sets; a private
dinner in DinoLand U.S.A.; access to the theme park's newest attractions, TriceraTop Spin and
Primeval Whirl and a special performance of the "Tarzan Rocks" stage show. The special event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m., is at a cost of $125 per person.
Soap opera fans get to meet their favorite stars from One Life to Live at
Disney's California Adventure.
Animator Floyd Norman discusses his life in the animation industry through
satirical sketches created during his illustrious career at Walt Disney Studio (as
well as Hanna-Barbera, Pixar and Cartoon Network) at the Glendale Public
Library in California. He also promotes his new book Son of Faster Cheaper, a humorous look at
the cartoon business.
A tribute concert for composer Henry Mancini is held at the new
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hosting the celebration are Julie Andrews (of
Disney's Mary Poppins) and Senator John Glenn (the third American in space).
The late Henry Mancini, best known for his jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series, also wrote
the music for Disney's 1986 animated feature The Great Mouse Detective.
On the front page of the Hunstville Times is the headline:
"Walt Disney Makes Pledge to Aid Space". Walt is quoted as saying
"If I can help through my TV shows ... to wake people up to the fact we've got to keep exploring, I'll do it."
Von Braun's daily journal entry for this day indicates his hope that Walt's visit "may easily result in a
Disney picture about manned space flight."
The Walt Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Kangaroo, directed by David Hand,
is released. The last Disney cartoon produced in black and white, a friend in Australia sends Mickey a
kangaroo named Hoppy, who with her pesky son drives Pluto completely crazy!
Winsor McCay Award-winning animator, storyboard artist and author Glen Keane is born
in Arbington, Pennyslvania. Joining Disney in 1974, his interest in art had developed as a child by observing
his father's work as a cartoonist. Keane's long list of Disney credits include such features as The Rescuers, The Black Cauldron, Treasure Planet, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Tarzan, Tangled and the 4-D film park attraction Mickey's
PhilharMagic. (Glen is the son of Bil Keane, creator of the popular newspaper comic Family Circus.)
"Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion broadcasts live from Disney's
Animal Kingdom. He also hosts a special Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) awards ceremony,
honoring five outstanding organizations for their work to connect kids to nature. Champion then heads over to
Downtown Disney for the world premiere of a new Disney Nature film.
The Disney Nature film, Chimpanzee, has its world premiere at Downtown Disney in
Orlando, Florida. Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall and the crew behind the film attend the special event at
the AMC Downtown Disney theater. Chimpanzee, narrated by Tim Allen, follows the story of Oscar, a young
chimpanzee living in the Tai Forest National Park in the Ivory Coast. (The film opens April 20.)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg names the Muppets the official family
ambassadors for the Big Apple during a press conference in Manhattan. The Muppets will
promote the five boroughs domestically and abroad in an effort to boost tourism in New York City. The family
ambassador program (first created in 2009) highlights family-friendly things to do around the city, including museums,
restaurants, parks and beaches. (The Muppets' connection to New York City can be traced back to the 1960s, when
creator Jim Jenson brought Sesame Street to life in Manhattan.)
The Disneyland Resort celebrates a dozen new awards at the Southern California Restaurant Writers Annual Awards Banquet held in Anaheim, California.
Each year, the Southern California Restaurant Writers evaluates restaurants from Santa Barbara to the
Mexican border on food, service, ambiance and beverages. Disneyland winners include:
Manager of the Year: Jose Barragan (Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park)
Golden Bacchus Wine Award: Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa) and Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)
5 Stars: Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure Park), Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa) and Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)
4 Stars: Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure Park),
Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland Park), Café Orleans (Disneyland Park) and Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
April is 1964/65 New York World's Fair Month
The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats – located at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, officially opens its doors. One of the new venues in The Landing (the first of 4 planned neighborhoods as Downtown Disney transitions into Disney Springs) The BOATHOUSE
is an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.