Science-fiction, fantasy, and horror
Disney and a consultant to the
Imagineers who designed Epcot's
Spaceship Earth attraction, is born
in Waukegan, Illinois. Best known for
his stories The Martian Chronicles (1950),
Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and The Halloween
Tree (1972), Bradbury first met Walt Disney in
1963. Disney produced a film in 1983 based on Bradbury's 1962 tale Something Wicked This Way Comes
(written after Walt suggested he pen a story about the dark side of circuses and traveling amusements).
Because of his involvement with the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Bradbury became interested in the Epcot project
at Walt Disney World. (Brabury's 1969 short story "Downwind from Gettysburg" was inspired by Disney's Great
Moments with Mr. Lincoln.) In the original version of Epcot's Journey Into Imagination ride, the words 'Something
Wicked' are printed on the spine of one of the colossal books in the literature scene - a reference to the Disney
film and an ode to Bradbury. A self-professed "Disney nut," Bradbury came to the defense of Disney in 1965 upon
reading an article decrying Disneyland as vulgar entertainment. In response, he penned "The Machine-Tooled
Happyland," for the October 1965 issue of Holiday magazine. He later wrote the forward for Disney's biography
Halloween" experienced his personal dream come true: the lighting of his very own Halloween Tree at Disneyland.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of his 1972 novel, The Halloween Tree, Disney honored him by dedicating his own Halloween tree during a tree-lighting ceremony in Frontierland!
The Silly Symphony cartoon The Skeleton Dance is released. Directed by
Ub Iwerks, it is the very first of the Silly Symphony series. The short is animated by Walt, his
brother Roy, Ub Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson, and a very young Les Clark (who will go on to
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Toby Tortoise Returns is released. Directed by Wifred
Jackson and animated by Ward Kimball, it is a sequel to Disney's 1935 The Tortoise and the Hare. In this short
Max Hare (a bragging bully) and Toby Tortoise combat each other in a boxing ring!
The 2002 Disneyana Mystery Event takes place (for 3 days)
at Epcot World ShowPlace.
The Disney Channel airs the That's So Raven episode
"Psychics Wanted" for the first time.
It is reported that Celebration, the Florida community Disney
created in Osceola County, will be getting its third hotel (the largest one
to date). Mona Lisa Development, the U.S. affiliate of Mona Lisa Hotels
and Residences of France, is partnering with the Related Group of Florida, one of the state's
biggest condo builders, to build a 450-room condo hotel in the southern part of Celebration.
(The hotel will welcome its first guests in August 2008.)
Animator Robert W. Youngquist is born. He spent his entire career at
Disney (from 1935-1970) and worked on such features as Fantasia, Bambi, Fun and Fancy
Free, Sleeping Beauty, and The Sword in the Stone.
The Carefree Corner guest registration area opens at Disneyland. A little shop
located at the Hub end of Main Street, guests can sign one of the guestbooks for each U.S. state. (The Carefree Corner will operated until 1985, when it becomes Card Corner.)
Disney Channel's original movie musical The Cheetah Girls: One World is
watched by 6.2 million total primetime viewers. In this third installment, the girls are
off to India to star in a Bollywood movie.
First Silly Symphony debuts
In the early days, Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort
was to be originally called
The Tempo Bay Resort Hotel.
"I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it." -Ray Bradbury
Disney's last Alice Comedy Alice in the Big Leagues is released. Alice
attempts to umpire a big league baseball game while the animals take exception to her bad calls!
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Bootle Beetle is released. Directed by Jack Hannah, a young
beetle attempts to run away from home, but is stopped by a lesson about the dreaded bug collector - Donald Duck!
Disney referred to Tempo Bay
(in the early days) as "the most
contemporary resort hotel."
Disney Live! Rockin' Road Show premieres in Lakeland, Florida. A touring
stage production, Mickey, Minnie and the gang round up acts for a spontaneous talent show.
"But the fact remains that Disney is the first to make a robot that is convincingly real, that looks, speaks
and acts like a man. Disney has set the history of humanized robots on its way toward wider, more fantastic
excursions into the needs of civilization." -Ray Bradbury
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
when the resort’s 10,150-pound cupola is hoisted into place.
Under construction since 1986, the resort will open in June 1988.