Writer & actress P.L. Travers (Pamela Lyndon Travers), the author of
Mary Poppins, is born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.
The 1934 publication of Mary Poppins was Travers' first literary success. Five sequels followed (the last in 1988),
as well as a collection of other novels, poetry collections and works of non-fiction. During World War II, Travers lived
in Manhattan, NY where she worked for the British Ministry of Information; and that was where Roy Disney first
contacted her about selling the Mary Poppins character to the Disney studio for film use. Disney's 1964 Mary Poppins was primarily based on her first novel in what was then a sequence of four books. Although Travers was
an adviser to the Disney production, she disapproved and disliked the way the film portrayed her characters. Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, a 2013 biographical drama film, centers on the life of Travers, shifting between 1907 with
her childhood in Queensland, the lengthy negotiations with Walt Disney, and the making of Mary Poppins in 1961.
Zorro first appears in an edition of the popular pulp magazine "All Story
Weekly." It is created by Johnstom McCulley, a former police reporter and author of numerous
pulp fiction stories. In the late 1950s, Disney will turn Zorro into a successful TV series.
Walt Disney presents his animators with an outline of what will be his first full-
length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Included in the outline is a list of
potential names and personality descriptions for the dwarfs. Walt recommends actor Sterling Holloway for the
voice of Sleepy. (Though Holloway will not play the role - Pinto Colvig will - Holloway will later voice many
Disney characters including Winnie the Pooh.)
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Wet Paint, featuring the voice of Clarence Nash, is released. Donald's newly painted car is threatened by Johnnie the bird, who only wants a thread for his nest. It
is written by Roy Williams who will go on to appear in TV's Mickey Mouse Club as Roy the Big Mooseketeer.
At Disneyland, the Aunt Jemima Pancake House opens in Frontierland.
Guests are greeted at the door by Aunt Jemima herself!
(Later known as the River Belle Terrace, the Aunt Jemima Pancake House existed until 1962.
After absorbing the adjacent Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant, it became Aunt Jemima’s Kitchen until 1970.)
Actor Eric Bana, the voice of Anchor in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Australia.
The Haunted Mansion attraction opens in New Orleans Square
at Disneyland. The public opening of the attraction is heralded by a promotional blitz
that include the "I Scream" Sundaes sold at Disneyland's Carnation Plaza. Madame Leota,
the medium in the séance room and the tiny talking figure at the end of the ride, is modeled after
Imagineer Leota Toombs (also known as Leota Thomas). The attraction will have an official grand opening August 12.
Walt Disney World hosts its first ever "Pins Around Our World" festival in the former Millennium Village building at the Epcot World Showcase (between the Canada and United Kingdom pavilions). The 4-day event features Disney artists who created the colorful collectibles
and the release of more than 30 new limited-edition pins.
The Lizzie McGuire episode "Just Like Lizzie" debuts on the Disney Channel.
It's a moist day for some Disney World guests when a water main on the 12th floor of the Contemporary Resort breaks! The water cascades from the 12th floor down to the 5th floor around 7PM. Hundreds of guests are evacuated and given the option of staying somewhere else.
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion celebrates its
35th birthday with a special scavenger hunt.
Donald Duck receives the 2,257th star on the
legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame at 10:30 a.m. in front of the
Disney Store/El Capitan Theatre at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard.
Disney releases The Muppet Show Season 1
and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz on DVD.
"Castle Thunder" - a thunderclap originally recorded for the 1931 film Frankenstein, has been featured in countless movies & TV shows. The famous sound effect can also be heard every day at Disneyland and Walt Disney World ... in the Haunted Mansion!
Disney-MGM Studios will be known as Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion turns 38 spooky years young!
Disney's Donald Duck short Donald's Vacation, directed by Jack King, is released. Written by Jack Hannah, Carl Barks and Larry Clemmons, Donald decides to vacation in the
great outdoors ... but nature is less than co-operative!
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion opens to public
My Science Project, Disney's fourth feature under its Touchstone Pictures label, is
released. The comedy-adventure-science fiction film stars John Stockwell, Danielle von Zerneck, Fisher
Stevens, and Dennis Hopper.
When the crypt goes creak,
And the tombstones quake.
Spooks come out for a swinging wake.
Happy haunts materialize,
And begin to vocalize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize!
-"Grim Grinning Ghosts" lyrics by F. Xavier Atencio
Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Merchandise Event takes place at Disneyland. The sold-out event includes admission into Disney’s California Adventure after 6:30 PM & Disneyland after 9 PM, a Haunted Mansion seminar, a wedding "Feast or Famine" dinner, and of course a
ride through the classic Haunted Mansion!
A family from Santa Clarita, California spend the night in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion on the attraction's 40th anniversary! The Sutton family have won a night’s stay inside the classic attraction in a 95.5 KLOS radio station promotion for the Haunted Mansion's 40th anniversary.
The family moves in at midnight after the park closes and will stay until 6 a.m.
"Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion! I am your host, your ghost host. Kindly
step all the way in please and make room for everyone. There's no turning back now."
Donald Duck receives Hollywood Star
"Of course, there’s always my way."
Voice-over artist Ron Gans is born Ronald Kenneth Gans in Illinois. He voiced
Sebastian the alley cat on Disney Channel's Dumbo's Circus and Eeyore the gloomy donkey on Welcome to
Pooh Corner (a live-action/puppet television series that ran between 1983-1986).
The Tower of Life is put in to place at the Wonders of Life Pavilion (which won't open
until October 19) at EPCOT. The 75-foot-tall, colorful landmark is a replica of DNA weighing in at 25
metric tons in shades of turquoise, magenta, gold and silver and will greet guests as they enter the Wonders of Life
(a pavilion devoted to health and body related attractions).
Actress Ashley Suzanne Johnson is born in California. First known as a child actress as Chrissy
Seaver in the TV show Growing Pains, her Disney voice credits include Recess: School's Out, Recess Christmas:
Miracle on Third Street, Lloyd in Space and Lilo & Stitch: The Series. She also had a small role in the 2012
feature The Avengers.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The annual D23 Fan Expo, for the biggest Disney enthusiasts,
kicks off in Anaheim, California.
Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's 2006 animated film Cars and the 2011
animated sequel Cars 2, is released to theaters.
Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it is the first DisneyToon Studios film released theatrically
since Pooh's Heffalump Movie eight and a half years earlier in 2005.
Actor Sam Elliott is born in Sacramento, California. Known for his thick horseshoe moustache,
deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl, he voiced the character of Butch, a Tyrannosaurus who runs a "ranch"
filled with prehistoric longhorns, for Pixar's 2015 animated release The Good Dinosaur.
Singer, actress, and producer Whitney Houston is born in Newark, New Jersey. Although
known as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she played the Fairy Godmother in a television adaption of Cinderella, for which she also co-produced (with Debra Martin Chase). It aired on The Wonderful World of Disney
in 1997. Houston's BrownHouse Productions company produced both The Princess Diaries and The Princess
Diaries 2 along with Walt Disney Pictures.