Taping begins for Disney Channel Games at Disney's Wide World of
Sports Complex in Florida. Celebrities taking part in the 4-day event include Miley
Cyrus of Hannah Montana, Kyle Massey of Cory in the House, Monique Coleman,
Ashley Tisdale & Lucas Grabeel of High School Musical, Corbin Bleu of Jump In!,
and Cole & Dylan Sprouse of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
Disney Channel debuts the Hannah Montana episode "Cuffs Will Keep Us Together."
MMC - also known as The All New Mickey Mouse Club -
debuts on the Disney Channel with host Fred Newman. The show is a mix of live skits,
recorded comedy and songs - the Mouseketeers perform their own versions of popular
songs live and in music videos. Today is Music Day! (The cast over the years will
include future stars like singer Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, actress
Keri Russell, and members of NSYNC.)
Animation director Clyde Geronimi passes away at age 87 in Newport Beach,
California. Born 1901 in Chiavenna, Italy, he immigrated to the United States as a young child. In 1931 he joined
Walt Disney Productions, where he remained until 1959. Geronimi started off in the shorts department as an animator, eventually becoming a director. His 1941 short, Lend a Paw, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He moved into directing feature-length animated films and was one of the directors on Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. After
leaving Disney in 1959, he worked in television for a number of years, including directing many episodes of the
1967 animated Spider-Man series. Geronimi will be posthumously inducted as a Disney Legend on July 14, 2017.
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs the 1957 film "The Wetback Hound" on ABC.
Disney Channel's The All
New Mickey Mouse Club
was shot before
a studio audience at
the Disney-MGM Studios
"When I was in Nashville, I went to our Macy's and went and tried on all the Hannah Montana stuff. Then I said,
This is weird, I'm wearing my face." -Miley Cyrus
Actress Courtnee Draper is born in Orlando, Florida. Her Disney Channel credits include the series The Jersey (as Morgan Hudson), and the Disney Channel Original Movies The Thirteenth Year (as Sam), and Stepsister from the Planet Weird (as Megan Larson).
Imagineering legend Marty Sklar announces in a letter to "All
Imagineers" that he will say "goodbye" to Walt Disney Imagineering
on July 17. A Disney Legend, Sklar began as a Disney Cast Member 53 years ago at
Disneyland’s public relations department and joined WED Enterprises in 1961. Disney will
honor him with a window dedication ceremony on his date of retirement.
The Food and Wine Festival opens for its fourth consecutive year at Disney’s
California Adventure. This year’s festival, dubbed "World Celebration," focuses on the cultures,
experiences, & flavors from all around the world that influence California. The festival will run for 45 days.
Food & Wine Festival opens
MMC debuts on Disney Channel
Walt Disney World has series of weather stations used to control water waste. The weather stations record the weather during the day and in turn automatically dials up or down the irrigation system, depending on if it’s a bright, sunny, or a hot day. There are more than 800 controllers throughout WDW, in addition to 80 rain sensors and more than 11,000 valves used
to deliver the irrigation.
Disney releases the Hollywood Pictures live-action comedy Passed Away,
starring Bob Hoskins and Jack Warden.
The ABC-TV sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airs the episode "Disney World."
On a field trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, Sabrina (played by Melissa Joan Hart), working to pass a critical
exam for her witch's license, accidentally turns Libby and Valerie into zebras!
(The episode was shot a week before the park opened.)
Film director, producer and screenwriter Steven Lisberger is
born in New York City (though raised in Philadelphia). He is best known for directing Disney's
1982 movie Tron and co-producing and co-writing the 2010 sequel Tron: Legacy. Lisberger also had a cameo role
in Tron: Legacy. He portrayed Shaddix, a program who works as a bartender at the End of Line Club. Along with
Bonnie MacBird, Lisberger also created the animated series Tron: Uprising.
Disney World rolls out its new "Monsters University" monorail.
Disney-Pixar's prequel to 2001's "Monsters Inc." debuts in theaters June 21.
King Triton's Concert premieres at Tokyo DisneySea's Mermaid Lagoon. King Triton hosts
a musical concert with Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and other familiar characters from the film The Little Mermaid.