Mouseketeer Lynn Ready, a member of the Mickey Mouse Club during
the 1956-1957 season, is born in Dallas, Texas. A third season replacement,
he was the only Mouseketeer ever hired whose family wasn't already living in California.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey and the Seal is released. Directed by Charles A. Nichols, it features the voices of James Macdonald (as Mickey) and Pinto Colvig (as Pluto). Mickey Mouse unwittingly brings home a baby seal from the zoo, but Pluto is the only one who knows it! The short will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Walt Disney writes his annual birthday letter to his sister Ruth (who will
celebrate on December 6). His words include: "I am hoping you will use the enclosed check
for yourself - something that you might particularly like to have and let it be my birthday gift to you."
He goes on to apologize for not being home when Ruth and her son came to visit during the past
summer. Walt writes of his recent trip to Mexico and his Disneyland project.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs
"A Fire Called Jeremiah" (the 10th episode of the eighth season).
Disney's 2005 Sky High, is born in Brooklyn, New York.
Disney Legend Joe Fowler (a retired U.S. Navy Admiral) passes away at age 99 in Orlando, Florida. Retired from Disney since 1978, Fowler oversaw construction of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The dock for the two large ships in Disneyland's Rivers of America, located across from The Haunted Mansion is named Fowler's Harbor. In 1999, one of the ferries that crosses the Seven Seas Lagoon taking guests
from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom was renamed Admiral Joe Fowler in his honor
(it was originally known as the Magic Kingdom).
It is reported that the Walt Disney Internet Group will make popular Disney
characters and songs available on AT&T Wireless phones or the first time in the
United States. (Disney-branded ring tones and graphics were first offered in Japan back in August 2000.)
Disney releases Mickey Mouse in Black & White under
its Walt Disney Treasures banner. The 2-disc DVD collection contains 34
day include The Complete Goofy and Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio.
There were 737 decorated
trees throughout WDW for the 2009 holiday
Those 737 trees
Writer, voice actor, director, and animator Andrew Stanton is born in
Rockport, Massachusetts. Studying character animation at CalArts, he graduated
from the school in 1987 and joined Pixar in January 1990. Stanton was the second animator (John Lasseter
being the first) and ninth overall employee hired at the studio. His credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life,
Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo (which earned his first Academy Award), The Incredibles,
Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E (his second Oscar win) and Toy Story 3. Stanton made his live-action directing
debut with Disney's John Carter (released in 2012).
Actor Jake T. Austin, best known for his role of Max Russo on Disney Channel's
Wizards of Waverly Place, is born in New York.
Disney's animated feature Pinocchio is released in Eritrea
(a country in Northeast Africa).
Dumbo becomes the third "Walt Disney Classic" to be released on video.
Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day
"We're not supervised. We're sort of allowed, like an independent filmmaker, to do what we want. You don't get that freedom anywhere else. And this is the only studio outside of Disney, when Walt Disney ran it, where an artist runs the whole place. Here, it's John Lasseter, and that trickles down." -Andrew Stanton
A Holiday Merry Mixer for Disney Vacation Club Members takes place near the
entrance of Epcot by the International Gateway area. A favorite yearly event, the Holiday
Merry Mixer will also take place December 10, 17, and 24.
Filming for the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade begins at Walt Disney
World with American Idol winner Kris Allen and Yanni. The annual Disney Parks Christmas
Day Parade (renamed this year from the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade) is taped at both U.S.
Actor Bruno Campos, the voice of Prince Naveen in Disney's 2009 The Princess
and the Frog, is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (TV fans know him for his roles of Diego on the
NBC sitcom Jesse; as attorney Joe Rivera in the Showtime series Leap Years; and for his recurring guest role as
Dr. Eddie Dorset on ER. In 2004, he joined the cast of Nip/Tuck playing plastic surgeon Quentin Costa.)
Cheer Force One, Walt Disney World’s Mickey Mouse-shaped balloon, topped off
with a Santa Claus cap, takes to the Florida skies to help celebrate the holidays.
The Disney Channel airs the Disney Channel Premiere Film Goodbye, Miss 4th of July. The story of a Greek immigrant family who settles in Montgomery, West Virginia, in 1910, it stars Louis Gossett, Jr., Chris Sarandon, Chantal Contouri, and Chynna Phillips.
Filming for Disney's televised Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade takes place at Walt Disney World with host Ryan Seacrest and singer Mariah Carey.
In an email statement, Disney announces that Ben Sherwood will succeed David Weston as president of ABC News.
It is announces that the sale by the Walt Disney Company to Filmyard Holdings
LLC of Miramax Films for $663 million (subject to certain adjustments) has been completed.
A groundbreaking and site dedication takes place for Tokyo Disney Resort.
To formally initiate the project, Walt Disney Productions and the Oriental Land Company participate in a solemn
Shinto purification ceremony (or Kiri-Nusa-San-Mai) on the site of the future theme park in Urayasu, just outside of
Actor Gary Sinise hosts Disneyland's Candleight Processional. The annual event started 53 years ago by Walt Disney
as a way of thanking organizations around the community. The ceremony
features a reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity interspersed with
Christmas carols sung by the choir accompanied by a full orchestra, bell ringers,
and Disneyland’s Herald Trumpeters sitting atop the Main Street Railroad
Station. Sinise narrates two performances on this evening and two more
performances the following day. (Sinise appears in the Epcot attraction
ASIFA-Hollywood announces the nominations for the 40th annual Annie Awards.
Nominees include Pixar's Brave and Disney's Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph. To be held Saturday,
February 2, 2013 at UCLA'S Royce Hall, special laurels will be handed out to Disney's Mark Henn, who will
receive the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation, and Howard Green, Disney's VP of
studio communications, who will receive the June Foray Award for charitable contributions to the industry.
A 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in
Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights.