2001:
Disney's "Walt Disney Treasures" series releases The Complete Davy
 Crockett Televised SeriesDisneyland USAMickey Mouse In  Living Color,
 and Silly SymphoniesEach title is released as a special 2-disc DVD.

Cast members of "The Lion King" and "Aida" perform at the Tree of
 Life & Festival of Lights at California Plaza Watercourt, in downtown
 Los Angeles.
 
The Travel Channel airs Great Hotels - Disney's Grand Floridian, Walt 
Disney World Resort hosted by Samantha Brown, for the first time.

The television special Mickey Mouse in Living Color airs. Host
 Leonard Maltin talks about Mickey Mouse's career and shows cuts
 from early movies.

Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases The Royal TenenbaumsA comedy-
drama about three gifted siblings who experience great success in youth, and even greater
 disappointment and failure after their eccentric father leaves them in their adolescent years, the
 film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bill Murray.
2005:
Film producer Gregg Hoffman passes away at the age of 42 in Los Angeles,
 California. In 1995, he was hired at Disney, where he helped develop such live-action films as
 Inspector Gadget101 Dalmatians and The Parent Trap. Hoffman later became a senior vice president of
production and earned a producer credit on Disney's George of the Jungle.
1949:
Actor & producer Jeff Bridges, the star of Disney's 1982 Tron and its 2010 sequel,
 is born to Dorothy Dean and actor Lloyd Bridges in Los Angeles, California. He also
 starred in Touchstone Pictures' 2006 release Stick It. (Among his best-known major motion films are: True Grit,
 Iron ManThe ContenderStarmanThe Fabulous Baker BoysJagged EdgeAgainst All OddsThe Fisher
KingThunderbolt and LightfootSeabiscuit and The Big Lebowski.)
1952:
Walt Disney writes his annual birthday letter to his sister Ruth (who will 
celebrate on December 6). His opening words include: "It's time to wish you Happy Birthday 
again, in which I am joined by Lilly and the girls." He writes of family, his hobbies and the retirement of their 
brother Herb from the Post Office. As usual, Walt sends along a check as a birthday gift.
1957:
The television series Disneyland airs the episode "Mars and Beyond." The
 program is hosted by Walt and a mechanical man named Garco. Popular Disney voice artist Paul Frees
 narrates as well as provides all the voices. ("Mars and Beyond" is the third installment of what will be a
 highly acclaimed and influential series about space exploration.)

Walt's annual birthday letter to his sister Ruth begins with: "It is time for a
 Happy Birthday greeting again and I must say it seems only a short time ago
 that I sent your last birthday letter ... the years really do tick by, don't they?" He
goes on to describe he and Lily's recent trip to Europe. A check is included with the letter as a gift for Ruth.
1960:
Walt Disney Presents debuts the first Daniel Boone episode titled "The Warrior's
 Path." A four-part miniseries based on the life of frontiersman Daniel Boone, a fast-talking salesman
 convinces Boone (played by Dewey Martin) to pull up stakes and move from North Carolina to the "promised
 land" of Kentucky. Boone, his wife Rebecca, and their friends are assured that if they travel along "The Warrior's
 Path," a secret Indian trail, their journey will be a safe one. Unfortunately, the Indians they encounter along the
 way are dangerous.
1987:
Actor and musician Orlando Brown is born in Los Angeles, California. His Disney credits 
include That's So RavenFillmore!Max Keeble's Big MoveThe Proud FamilyEddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off 
and episodes of Lizzie McGuire and Phil Of The Future.
1998:
A 1931 Mickey Mouse doll sells for 4,370 pounds (about $7,250)
at a Christie's Teddy Bear auction in London, England.
1999:
A Disneyland Holiday Celebration airs on KCOP in Los Angeles. This one hour TV special, 
featuring future American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, takes viewers on a tour of Disneyland's entertainment and 
attractions for the holiday season. Among the Disney performers are The Dapper Dans, the Main Street 
Townsfolk Carolers, and ragtime piano player Rod Miller.  

Animator/Imagineer Marc Davis (one of Walt's "Nine Old Men") and his wife Alice 
(also an Imagineer) are interviewed and filmed for a television special about Walt 
Disney. (Sadly Marc will pass away a little over 5 weeks later.)

"Daisy's Road Trip" airs on ABC-TV as part of Disney's Mickey Mouse Works series.
2003:
Michael Eisner (Disney chairman-CEO) is honored at the 65th annual Will 
Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation's Pioneer of the Year dinner. 
Singer Phil Collins (known for his work on Disney's Tarzan) performs at the event at the Century 
Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Travel Channel airs Inside Walt Disney Studios: Paris for the first time.

Walt Disney World's new Pop Century Resort hosts an "Open Mouse" for 
Cast Members only. Phase I, the Classic Years, will open December 14.
2006:
Nominations for the Annies, the International Animated Film Society 
equivalent of the Oscars, are announced. The Disney-Pixar film Cars is nominated 
for nine awards including best animated feature and best director for John Lasseter. Composer 
Randy Newman also receives a nomination for the film's soundtrack. (Winners will be announced at 
the 34th annual event for achievement in animation February 11, 2007.)
1996:
Rocker Bryan Adams performs at Pleasure Island in Florida.
Walt Disney had an apartment built 
above the fire station on Main Street USA 
in Disneyland. Employees would know 
when he was in the apartment when the 
light was on 
in the 
window 
at night. To 
this day  a 
light is left 
on in his 
memory.

2007:
Walt Disney Records releases Pirates Of The Caribbean: Soundtrack
 Treasures Collection a 5-disc box set featuring music from all 3 films.
1958:
Actor Steve Blanchard, the longest running Beast in Beauty and the Beast on 
Broadway, is born in York, Pennsylvania. He played the Beast for the last eight 
years of the show's Broadway run.
1982:
The Wonderful World of Disney airs "A Disney Christmas Gift" (the 11th episode of 
the twenty-ninth season) on CBS-TV. It features Christmas-themed animated shorts with Mickey 
Mouse and Donald Duck combined with excerpts from Disney feature films as well as the 1933 classic short 
"The Night Before Christmas."
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1971:
Walt Disney Productions releases The Aristocats (the twentieth 
animated feature in the Disney animated features canon) in Sweden.


"It all begins with dreams. As a kid, I was a dreamer. I’d sit in class and I’d be way off. What I was 
dreaming about I don’t know. I was always getting lectured: ‘Now, Walter, I know you’re intelligent’. I 
was always a creative kid. I built things in the backyard. I organized the kids of the neighborhood to build 
a tree house." -Walt Disney
1942:
Disney's Goofy short How to Fish, directed by Jack Kinney, is released.
Goofy demonstrates how to fish ... although he's really showing us how not to fish!
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2009:
Singer Celine Dion is taped performing "O’ Come All Ye Faithful" in the lobby of 
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Disney World for the 
"Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" ABC-TV special.

Actress Valerie Boyle joins the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins as household cook 
Mrs. Brill. The musical marks Boyle's Broadway debut, though she originated the role of Mrs. Brill with the 
Mary Poppins North American touring company.

Disney's Miramax Films releases Everybody's Fine, starring Robert DeNiro, Drew 
Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. Widower Frank Goode (DeNiro), who realizes 
his only connection to his family was through his wife, sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of 
his grown children. 
1959:
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Texas John Slaughter: The Robber Stallion." Filmed in Frio Town, Texas, it is the seventh in a series of 17 episodes based on John Horton Slaughter, an actual historical figure who helped clear the Texas territory of outlaws and bandits.
1966:
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part three of "The Moon-Spinners" 
on NBC-TV. A feature film originally released in 1964, it stars Hayley Mills, Joan Greenwood, 
Peter McEnery, and Eli Wallach.
1992:
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases the comedy The Distinguished Gentleman
 starring Eddie Murphy. A con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Murphy) uses the passing of the
 long time Congressman from his district, Jeff Johnson, to get elected to Congress.
2011:
A new television series Austin & Ally premieres on Disney Channel. Created by Kevin
 Kopelow and Heath Seifert (the writers and producers of Disney Channel sitcoms Sonny with a Chance and
 Jonas) the comedy centers on the unique relationship between a young songwriter, Ally Dawson, and
 Austin Ray, the overnight internet sensation who gains sudden notoriety after performing one of Ally's songs.
1946:
Actress and voice artist Sherry Alberoni is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Alberoni got her start as a Mouseketeer on the weekday ABC television program Mickey Mouse
Club (she was the youngest Mouseketeer for the show's second season). As an adult, she became
a successful voice artist for Hanna-Barbera Productions.
2012:
Walt Disney Studios announces that it has completed a deal to show films from its 
Disney, Pixar and Marvel banners on Netflix (replacing a less lucrative pact with 
Starz). The agreement is the first time one of Hollywood’s big studios has chosen Web streaming over pay 
television. 
December 4
Although very small, the apartment was fully 
operational. The decorator of the apartment was 
Emil Kuri, a set designer for many Disney films, and 
also the decorator of Main Street, itself.
2015:
Two weeks ahead of the premiere of the hotly anticipated feature film "Star Wars:
The Force Awakens," a "Star Wars"-themed launch bay opens at Disney World's
Hollywood Studios. The attraction allows visitors to become a Jedi and step onto the bridge of a Star
destroyer or go to a hidden base, all while interacting with iconic characters from the film.