The 10th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off at Walt Disney World.
Disney's 15th Mickey Mouse cartoon Wild Waves, directed by
Burt Gillett, is released. This 7-minute classic features lifeguard Mickey saving Minnie from drowning.
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Let's Stick Together, directed by
Jack Hannah, is released. This short features the last
appearance of a bee named Spike (also known as Buzz-Buzz).
Ron Clements, an animator/director/writer whose Disney credits include
The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Hercules, and Aladdin, is
born in Sioux City, Iowa. First seeing Pinocchio at Sioux City's Orpheum Theater when he
was 9 years old - Clements instantly knew that he wanted to be involved in animation. He began his
career as an animator for Hanna-Barbera, but later served a two year Disney apprenticeship with
famed animator Frank Thomas (one of Walt's Nine Old Men). Clements made his feature debut as a
character animator on The Rescuers (1977) and Pete's Dragon (1977). Together with John Musker,
Clements wrote and directed the 1989 smash hit animated feature The Little Mermaid.
Disney's loan from the Bank of America is finally paid off. Revenue from movies can now go directly to Walt Disney Productions.
Actor Hank Azaria, who portrays Charles Danner in Disney's 1999 comedy movie
Mystery, Alaska, is born in Queens, New York. (TV fans may recognize Azaria from his voice work
on The Simpsons.)
Actor Jason Lee, the voice of Buddy Pine/Syndrome in the 2004 Disney/Pixar animated feature The Incredibles, is born in Huntington Beach, California. (TV fans know him as the star of "My Name Is Earl" comedy series.)
Academy Award-winning actor George Sanders, the voice of Disney's Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (and the husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor) passes away.
Mickey Mouse and Michael Eisner appear on the cover of TIME magazine.
The issue features an article titled "Do You Believe In Magic?"
The second episode of The All New Mickey Mouse Club
(or MMC) airs on the Disney Channel. Today is Guest Day!
Angel Florez, a member of the 1977-1978 TV series The New Mouseketeers, passes
away. Born in August 1963, his first two professional credits were a Pepsi commercial and a pilot for a television
show before auditioning for the "New Mickey Mouse Club."
Disney's live musical stage production The Lion King opens in Toronto, Canada.
The ASCAP Film and Television Awards are announced at the Beverly Hilton in
Los Angeles, California. Among the winners for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures is "You'll Be
in My Heart," written by Phil Collins from Tarzan. Among the winners for Top Box Office Films are Toy Story 2,
Tarzan, and Inspector Gadget.
It was while working at
the Kansas City Film Ad
Company in 1921 that
Walt Disney first attempted
and became fascinated with
the art of animation.
Zagat Survey announces the release of its first "Walt Disney World Insider's Guide." Based on the experiences of 4,841 avid Disney-goers, the guide comprehensively rates and reviews all six of Disney's Orlando theme parks.
At Epcot, the new exhibit space in Spaceship Earth's post show, called Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future, opens.
The Hannah Montana episode "You Are So Sue-able To Me" debuts on
"My strength is coming up with two outs in the last of the ninth." -Michael Eisner
Michael Eisner, who as Disney’s CEO between 1984 and 2005 oversaw its massive growth into an entertainment giant, is honored with a star on
Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Florida Governor Lawton Chiles celebrates Florida Earth Day at Disney
World's Village Marketplace.
Walt Disney World has recycling programs for Guests as well as Cast Members. WDW’s resort hotels have earned the prestigious Green Lodging Certification designation from the Florida EPA. Disney also has Green Guidelines that apply to all meetings and conventions held at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Principal photography begins in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a new superhero film
titled The Avengers. To be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the film will open in May 2012.