Neil Armstrong, the first human to step foot on the moon, is born in
Wapakoneta, Ohio. In July 2005 he took part in the re-opening of Disneyland's Space
Mountain. An astronaut, test pilot, university professor, and United States Naval Aviator -
The Disney Dream Desk PC (a complete personal computer designed for kids) is unveiled at New York's American Museum of Natural History.
Disneyland's attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space opens on this day in
Tomorrowland (in the space once used for the 20,000 Leagues
Under The Sea Exhibit). Guests are transported through a microscope where they are
shrunken down and sent off to explore the inside of an atom. Featuring the voice of Paul Frees &
the song "Miracles from Molecules" written by the Sherman Brothers, it is the first to use the
OmniMover system - called Atomobiles - to transport guests.
At Walt Disney World, site work begins on Horizons, an attraction in the
not yet open EPCOT Center. (Actual construction on Horizon's building won't begin until January 1982, and both the attraction and EPCOT will open the following October.)
Disney's Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin is released direct-to-video. This marks the last time Paul Winchell voices the character of Tigger in a film (though he will voice the character for the television special Winnie The Pooh: A Valentine For You in 1999). The
Search for Christopher Robin will be nominated for 5 Annie Awards the following year.
Hollywood Records releases Air Bud, an original Walt Disney Pictures
Actress/singer Olivia Holt is born in Germantown, Tennessee. Disney Channel fans will recognize her from the film Girl vs. Monster and the series I Didn't Do It. She also starred in the Disney XD series Kickin' It. In 2014 she supplied the voice of Morgan for Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.
Production begins on Disney's newest animated feature
Lilo and Stitch. (The film will be released in June 2002.)
Walt Disney World welcomes its 400-millionth guest Brandon Adams, a 10-year-old from Maryland. Amid the clang of bells and a shower of confetti, the sixth-grade student from Baltimore dances joyously with Mickey Mouse after stepping through the turnstiles at Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park just after 10 a.m. Brandon and his family will be given lifetime passes to all Disney parks worldwide!
Walt Disney World begins to decorate for Christmas
around November 15th ...
so the property will be
ready in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!
The music video for Aly & AJ's single "Potential Breakup Song" premieres on Disney Channel the same day the song reaches number one on Radio Disney's
Top 30 Countdown.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Aristocats (the twentieth
animated feature in the Disney animated features canon) in Australia.
Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases the adventure feature Stakeout. Directed by
John Badham, the film features Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez as Seattle detectives assigned to the night
shift on a stake-out.
In 2008, Disney World converted
430,000 incandescent holiday
lights to LEDs, saving an estimated
1.1 million kilowatt hours
throughout the holiday season,
which is enough to power 61
"Your attention please: This is the tracking procedure of an adventure through inner space. Adventurous men of science who have made this journey before you are carefully plotting every
phase of this incredible journey as you shrink beyond the smallness of an atom: the smallest
building block of matter. We wish you an enlightening experience. For though your body
will shrink, your mind will expand."
-Paul Frees (narrator of Adventure Thru Inner Space)
The 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Exhibit opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
The walk-through exhibit features props and set pieces from the 1954 blockbuster release 20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea. Guests can view the exterior of the Nautilus, Professor Aronnax's cabin, the pump room, the chart
room, the diving chamber, the wheelhouse and the famous organ (which will later reside in Disneyland's Haunted
Mansion ballroom). The exhibit will remain open until August 28, 1966 (and ultimately be replaced with Star Tours).
Adventure Thru Inner Space opens
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Honey Harvester is released. Spike the Bee's desire to
produce honey on Donald's property drives him mad!
The "Armadillo" rugged drilling machine from Touchstone Pictures' Armageddon (in release since July 1) is placed on display at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." -Neil Armstrong
The grand opening ceremony and media event for the new restaurant in
the Italy pavilion, Via Napoli, takes place at Epcot. Operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, the 300-seat Via Napoli features a menu inspired by the famous pizzerias of southern Italy.
Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension,
an offshoot from the channel's successful series, airs for the first time in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. Phineas and Ferb discover that Perry is a secret agent, and they all get stuck in
an alternate dimension where Doofenschmirtz is the ruler of the tri-state area. Featuring the voice cast from the series, the much-anticipated animated special draws 7.6 million viewers.
Radio Disney celebrates 15 years on the air with a Radio Disney Birthday Jam
at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Radio Disney was launched on November 18, 1996 at
5:58 A.M. EST with the song "Get Ready For This" (by Belgium-Holland dance group 2 Unlimited).
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Film director, writer, producer, and art director Don Chaffey is born in Hastings,Sussex, England. His Disney film credits include the Greyfriars Bobby (1961), The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963), Ride a Wild Pony (1975) and Pete's Dragon (1977).
Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases The Rescue. When a group of Navy SEAL officers are captured while on a secret mission off North Korea, the U.S. government hesitates to use force to rescue them, despite the threat of their impending execution as spies. So, at the Navy base, the men’s children steal a top
secret plan and go off to rescue their fathers on their own.
Novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University,
Toni Morrison passes away at age 88 in New York City. Her 1987 novel Beloved (which won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988) was adapted into a feature film by Touchstone Pictures and Harpo Films. Distributed by Disney's Buena Vista Pictures, the 1998 film starred Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton.
Actor Matt Damon poses for photos with Chewbacca in front of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge during a visit to Disneyland.
Actor Robert Taylor is born in Filley, Nebraska. One of the most popular leading men of his time, he starred in Disney's 1963 Miracle of the White Stallions, playing Colonel Podhajsky. Back in June 1938, Taylor (who was just starting his long career) and Walt Disney were both passengers on a train bound for New York City. They didn't meet until they both got off the train and were mobbed by the New York press. Taylor's popularity increased during the late 1930s and 1940s with appearances in A Yank at Oxford (1938), Waterloo Bridge (1940), and Bataan (1943).
Actor Mark Strong is born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England.
He played Matai Shang in the 2012 John Carter.
Actor Jessie Williams is born in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC series Grey's Anatomy.
Actress Meegan Warner is born in Australia. She portrayed (young) Rapunzel Tremaine in 2 episodes of ABC's Once Upon a Time.