Disney's Mickey Mouse film Gallopin' Gaucho (the second film featuring
Mickey to be produced, following Plane Crazy) is previewed in Los
Angeles, California. The short is a parody of Douglas Fairbanks's The Gaucho, a film first
released in November 1927. Due to a lack of interest, Gallopin' Gaucho won't be fully
released till after both Steamboat Willie and Plane Crazy have been released, making it the third
Mickey Mouse short (released with sound on December 30, 1928).
A test run of the Magic Kingdom's newest attraction
Mickey's Philharmagic takes place at Walt Disney World.
The attraction will have its official grand debut October 8.
Lucky the Dinosaur, the first Audio-Animatronic figure to walk freely and interact
with park guests, is introduced at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
Disney's animated 15-minute film The Truth About Mother Goose is released along with the family film Perri. Based on Felix Salten's 1938 book of the same name, Perri is Disney's fifth feature entry in their True Life Adventures series, and the only one to be labeled a True Life Fantasy. The film tells the story of a young female squirrel who learns about forest life, and finds a mate in Porro, a male squirrel.
Mother Goose takes viewers behind the scenes of 3 classic rhymes - "Little Jack Horner," "Mary Mary Quite Contrary," and "London Bridge." It will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes, who was chosen to
sing "Remember When" Disneyland's anthem song for its 50th
Anniversary Celebration, is born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson,
Mississippi. The song was featured as part of the "Remember … Dreams Come True"
fireworks spectacular presented throughout the 18-month anniversary celebration.
"Remember When," written by Richard Marx, also appears on The Official Album of
Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. A country pop singer and songwriter, Rimes' debut single
"Blue" was released when she was only 13 years old. By the age of 24 she had sold over 37 million albums!
The Art of Disney shop opens in the
Disney Village Marketplace at Walt Disney World.
Disney's Broadway show Beauty and the Beast
celebrates its 3000th performance in New York City.
Actor & rapper Kyle Massey - Cory Baxter of Disney Channel's That's So
Raven and Cory in the House - is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is also known for starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Life is Ruff. As a rapper, Massey has
released several songs for Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records including "Underdog Raps" which
charted and "It's A Dog" for the Life is Ruff soundtrack.
When New Orleans Square was added in
Disneyland, Walt Disney wanted to put in
a private club at which he and other
dues-paying members could entertain.
Unfortunately he was not able to see it
completed, but the club was finished and
is now a members-only club that
occupies much of the second floor of
New Orleans Square. It is called Club 33 for
its address, 33 Rue Royale.
The comedy film Bob the Butler premieres on Disney Channel. Tom Green plays
Bob, an incompetent man, who decides to get a job as a manservant.
Actress Nancy Kulp is born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was the voice of Frou-Frou
the Carriage Horse in the 1970 The Aristocats, portrayed Miss Grunecker in the 1961 live-action The
Parent Trap, and played a Space Nutritionist in the 1962 comedy Moon Pilot. (A veteran television
actress, Kulp is probably best known as Jane Hathaway on the long-running series The Beverly Hillbillies.)
Illustrator Ferdinand Horvath is born in Budapest, Hungary. He joined
Disney's staff in the early 1930s and worked as sketch artist, idea man, and model creator. Horvath's credits include
the shorts The Cookie Carnival and The Band Concert, and the feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He left
Disney in 1937 and went on to work for Columbia, Screen Gems, and Paramount's Puppetoons.
Mother Goose Stories, a television show combining live-action child actors with elaborate puppets from Jim Henson's Creature Shop, debuts in the U.S. on the Disney Channel. It is the company's first new television series to debut after the death of Jim Henson.
The Walt Disney World Resort contributes $1 million to the Downtown Orlando
Entrepreneur Center, which has been renamed The Disney Entrepreneur Center.
(First founded in 2003, the center provides a single location where small businesses can access a variety of
business resources, technology, and research tools.)
The Pixar Story, a documentary of the history of Pixar Animation Studios directed by Leslie Iwerks, is released. The film takes a look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the
success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's
relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. Actor Stacy Keach narrates. A producer, director, and writer, Leslie Iwerks is the daughter of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks,
At Disney/MGM Studios Jim Henson, who is making a special appearance to
announce his pending partnership with the Walt Disney Company, and Kermit the
Frog leave their imprints and signatures on the courtyard of The Great Movie Ride.
(The hand-shake arrangement will collapse soon after Henson's death in May 1990, leading to much legal wrangling
over the value of the company and a debilitating "Mouse v. Frog" legal battle over licensing deals pertaining to the
popular Disney/MGM Studios attraction. The case will later end in a settlement, allowing only limited use of Muppet
characters by Disney.)
"In my modest opinion the most effective gags are those that will take the audience by complete
surprise. The absurdity of the situation is an important factor." -Ferdinand Horvath
The Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Follies is released. Mickey and the barnyard animals put on a show that includes dancing ducks, opera singing by Patricia Pig, and Mickey's own rendition of his theme song, "Minnie's Yoo Hoo." Written by Walt Disney and Carl Stalling, it is the first performance of "Minnie's Yoo-Hoo."
Disney Live! Rockin' Road Show kicks off an 8-month tour in Canton, Ohio.
Disney Channel debuts Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.
Some 11 million viewers tune in, making the film the most-watched show on any
network, broadcast or cable, during its two-hour run.
"One of the two finest illustrators to have worked for Disney during the thirties."
-comic strip artist Carl Barks remembering Ferdinand Horvath
Mr. and Mrs. Roy O. Disney set sail on this day aboard the Grace Lines S.S.
Santa Paula, for a thirteen day cruise to South America and the West Indies.
During a parade down Main Street in Disneyland, Disney honors two employees
who have recently been recognized as local heroes. Robert Olvera, an ager and painter
at the Disneyland paint shop, and Juan Morales, a server at Hook’s Pointe, have both been called heroes
for saving the lives of two different men. Last July, Robert Olvera risked his life by pulling a man from the
wreckage of an overturned semi. Juan Morales talked a man out of trying to jump off on an overpass used
on the Garden Grove freeway.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Actor Armand Douglas "Armie" Hammer is born in Los Angeles, California.
He played the title character in Disney's 2013 film The Lone Ranger.
Actor, voice actor, and comedian Craig Anton is born in Omaha, Nebraska. Disney Channel fans know him as Lloyd Diffy on the series Phil of the Future. Anton also appeared in a 2001 episode of Lizzie McGuire.