Disney World's Fantasyland Theater in the Magic Kingdom shows the 3D
film Magic Journeys for the last time. Originally an opening day EPCOT attraction,
Magic Journeys (created by Walt Disney Imagineering) was moved into the Fantasyland Theater in
1987. It is being removed in order to make room for the Legend of the Lion King show.
Composer-conductor Jaime Mendoza-Nava is born in La Paz, Bolivia. A child prodigy,
he arrived in the U.S. in the early 1950s and worked on Disney television shows and developed Disney's
copyright department. Mendoza-Nava scored music for both the Mickey Mouse Club and Zorro series.
(During his forty-year career in motion pictures, he composed music for more than three hundred feature motion
pictures, television series episodes, animated pieces, documentaries, and commercials.)
Disney's Alice Comedy Alice and the Three Bears - featuring Virginia Davis and directed by Walt - is released. In a twist on the classic story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears,"
Alice and Julius the cat come across three bears operating a still ... and must fight their way free!
Singer-actress Bette Midler, who hosted a segment of Disney's Fantasia/2000, and supplied the voice of Georgette in the 1988 Oliver & Company (for which she also co-produced) is born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She also co-starred in the 1993 live-action Hocus Pocus portraying Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson, one of three witch sisters.
Walt Disney writes his annual birthday letter to his younger sister Ruth (who
will turn a year older on December 6). He writes of childhood memories and his upcoming television show to be aired Christmas Day. As he can never figure out what to get Ruth for her birthday ... he
encloses his traditonal check.
Walt's oldest brother Herb Disney retires from the Post Office after more than 37 years. (In his younger days Walt had too worked for the Post Office, in Chicago.)
The ABC-TV Disneyland series airs "A Story of Dogs." Walt Disney and
his animators give a behind-the-scenes look at their latest animated feature
Lady and the Tramp. The second half of the show is dedicated to Disney's first canine hero, Pluto.
An article titled "Fairyland of Yesterday and Tomorrow" appears in the publication
Popular Mechanics. It tells of the new Anaheim park (which will open the following July) and its attractions.
At Disneyland, the Maxwell House Coffee House opens on
Main Street. (It will close less than 2 years later.)
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Circus Day.
Construction of Florida's Interstate 4 begins. The final link of the highway
will be completed in February 1965. A diagonal, northeast-southwest route for much of its length, I-4 will
provide access to all of Orlando's future theme parks and tourist attractions including Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 1 of "Pollyanna" on NBC-TV.
Disney's live-action feature film Follow Me, Boys!, starring
and a young Kurt Russell (in his first credited big screen
Disney appearance) - is generally released. The plot centers around musician Lem Siddons
(played by MacMurray) who decides to put down roots in Hickory, a small Midwestern town, by taking a job as
a clerk in a general store and becoming a scout leader.
The Roy O. Disney, the 4th engine of the Walt Disney World Railroad - named in
honor of Walt's brother and business partner, goes into service. Like the park's 3 other
engines (all in service since opening day - October 1, 1971), the Roy O. Disney was originally built by Baldwin
Locomotive Works of Pennsylvania, but in 1916 - making it the oldest of all the WDW engines.
By winning the Walt Disney World Open golf tournament in Florida, Jack Nicklaus
becomes the first player in golfing history to pass $2 million in career earnings.
It is announced, on the plaza of the Music Center of Los Angeles on
whose campus the Walt Disney Concert Hall will be built, that The Walt Disney
Company will make a "challenge gift" of $25 million toward construction of the
Disney Concert Hall and Roy E. and Patty Disney will donate the first $5 million
toward meeting the challenge. (The venue will open in 2003.)
The TriceraTop Spin ride opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom. (Situated right at the front of
Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama area in DinoLand U.S.A., the TriceraTop spin features high-flying dinosaurs.)
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off for the first
time this season at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
It is reported that Stanley P. Gold has resigned from Disney's Board of Directors
(following the resignation of Roy E. Disney the day before). Like Mr. Disney, Gold too calls
for the removal of CEO Michael Eisner.
A new website called SaveDisney.com is registered. It will be devoted to those concerned about
the welfare of The Walt Disney Company and its future direction. (Roy E. Disney and Stan Gold will use this site
as a central information location as they hope to restore Disney to its position as the preeminent entertainment
company in the world.)
Paybill.com reports that the casting process has begun for the eagerly awaited stage
mounting of Mary Poppins, which will be a joint production of Disney Theatricals
and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.
Tickets go on sale for the Disneyland Resort's Indiana Jones Adventure 10th Anniversary Event (to be held March 3, 2005).
Disney's PhotoPass, debuts in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. When
guests have pictures taken by theme park photographers, instead of receiving a paper claim, they will now be
given a Disney PhotoPass that links all of their vacation photos together into one online account for easy online viewing and sharing.
Epcot's Candlelight Processional kicks off for the holiday season. Guest
narrator Rita Morena performs the first of a 2-night engagement.
Disney Channel airs the Hannah Montana episode "Debit it Be" for the first time.
Atlantic Monthly magazine announces the top 100 most influential figures in
American history. At number 26 ... is Walt Disney!
Cast members from the Broadway company of Mary Poppins, led by Ashley Brown
(Mary Poppins) and Gavin Lee (Bert) perform on CBS-TV's The Early Show.
The third of eight installments titled "My Dad, Walt Disney," by Diane Disney Miller as
told to Pete Martin (a "celebrity friendly" writer) appears in the Saturday Evening Post.
Rod Serling's introduction to Disney World's Tower of Terror attraction (as viewed in the library) was taken in part from a 1961
Sunset magazine features the article "Christmas in Disneyland." Readers are informed of all the special holiday events planned for the Anaheim park.
The Disney Channel Original Movie The Ultimate Christmas Present debuts.
Two teen girls (played by Hallee Hirsh and Brenda Song) find a weather machine and make it snow in Los Angeles!
A promotional tour for High School Musical 2, featuring Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans) and Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie), stops at Castle Towers Shopping Centre in Sydney, Australia. High School Musical 2 premieres in the evening on Australia's Channel Seven.
The Jonas Brothers tape segments for the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day
Parade" at Disney World. The 24th annual "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" is scheduled to air
Final photography of cels for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs takes place.
The film is scheduled for a premiere in just 20 days.
The Future Corps, a group of musicians who play high energy instrumental music
in the drum and bugle corps style, first perform at Epcot. This will be the start of an almost
18 year run as a full-time atmosphere group. The name Future Corps is a word combination of Epcot's Future
World and Drum Corps.
Annie Award nominations are announced. Walt Disney Animation Studio's current hit Bolt receives
nine nominations, and Pixar Animation Studio's summer blockbuster Wall-E earns eight. Nominees in the best
animated TV production include Disney Television Animation's Phineas and Ferb. Mike Judge, John Lasseter and
Nick Park are announced as the recipients of the Winsor McCay special award for career contributions to the art of animation. The winners will be announced January 30, 2009 at the gala award ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall.
High School Musical 2: On Stage via Music Theatre International, Disney's licensing partner. Schools, community theatres and professional theatres around the world may produce the musical in
full-length or one-act versions.
Follow Me, Boys! released
"I guess I'm an optimist. I'm not in business to make unhappy pictures. I love comedy too much. I've always
loved comedy. Another thing. Maybe it's because I can still be amazed at the wonders of the world."
The final epsiode of The New Mickey Mouse Club (which first debuted
last January 1977) airs on television. Today is Friday - "Showtime Day."
Nominations are announced for the 37th annual Annie Awards. The Princess and the Frog
score eight nominations while Disney's upcoming TV special Prep and Landing nab another nine. The nominees for
directing in a feature include Peter Docter for Up. Winners will be announced February 6, 2010.
The Walt Disney Company announces it will create another movie company, called Hollywood Pictures. Like Disney's Touchstone Pictures brand, it will produce films for a more mature adult audience than Walt Disney Pictures. Officially in busness as of February 1989, Hollywood Pictures' first release
will be Arachnophobia in 1990.
Disney Weddings launches its own blog called Ever After.
The International Press Academy announces the 2010 nominations for the 15th
Annual Satellite Awards. Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3 are both nominated for Motion Picture,
Animated or Mixed Media. The team of Michael Arndt, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich and John Lasseter are
nominated for Screenplay, Original for their work on Toy Story 3. Writer-performer Avril Lavigne's song "Alice"
(from Alice in Wonderland) is nominated for Original Song. The team of Ken Ralston, Dave Schaub, Carey
Villegas and Sean Philips are nominated for Visual Effects for their work on Alice in Wonderland. Kami Asgar,
Sean McCormack, David Daniel, Kevin O'Connell and Beau Borders are nominated for Sound (Editing and Mixing)
for their work on Secretariat. Robert Stromberg and Stefan Dechant are nominated for Art Direction & Production
Design for their work on Alice in Wonderland. Colleen Atwood is nominated for Costume Design for her work
on Alice in Wonderland. Winners will be announced December 19.
The first issue of the Disney News is published. Just 16 pages long, it features a cover of
Walt Disney surrounded by several costumed characters in front of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
A free benefit for members of the Magic Kingdom Club, there will later be a cover price (and the publication
will change its name to the Disney Magazine in March 1994).
Red Apple Day
The Disney Theatrical Group division of the Walt Disney Company presents a
temporary exhibit in New York City about the stage musical "The Lion King." The free
"pop-up" exhibition, called Inside "The Lion King," debuts at 1095 Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street and will run
through December 16. Inside "The Lion King" fills about 5,000 square feet of space with items from the
Broadway and road productions of the show, including costumes, masks, puppets and sets.