Bard's Glendale Theater in Los Angeles, California previews Disney's Alice comedy short Alice's Balloon Race. Alice and Julius enter a madcap balloon race where Julius does everything he can to keep their balloon afloat! (The short won't officially be released until February 15, 1926.)
Actress Teri Garr - who appears in the 1991 TV special The Best of Disney:
50 Years of Magic - is born in Lakewood, Ohio. A Disneyland Cast Member in her younger
days, Garr appeared in the 1994 Miramax Films comedy Ready to Wear. (Movie fans will recognize her from
such classics as Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Oh, God, Mr. Mom and Tootsie.)
The Disneyland television series presents "The Horse of the West." Rex Allen tells the story of Bay Lady, a quarter horse born on his ranch.
Author, illustrator, and filmmaker William Joyce is born in Louisiana. He has written
and illustrated over twenty-five children's books including Rolie Polie Olie and A Day with Wilbur Robinson.
Rolie Polie Olie was turned into an animated Disney Channel series (for which Joyce was awarded 3 Emmys).
The 2007 animated feature Meet the Robinsons is based on Joyce's 1993 book A Day with Wilbur Robinson.
The television series Walt Disney Presents features "Texas John Slaughter: Wild
Horse Revenge," the 8th of a 17-part miniseries starring Tom Tryon.
John Slaughter (Tryon) and his new friend, Kentucky horse breeder Ashley Carstairs (Darryl Hickman),
have managed to survive the ordeal of being stranded in the New Mexico desert. The experience has
strengthened Slaughter's resolve to capture the stallion leader of a valuable wild-horse herd -- provided
that Ashley does not blunder in releasing the stallion as he did before. Meanwhile, crooked rancher Jason Hemp
(John Vivyan) continues his efforts to rid the territory of Slaughter and his friend so that he can control the local
horse business himself.
The television series Walt Disney Presents airs "Daniel Boone And Chase the
Buffalo," the second episode of Disney's 4-part miniseries based on the life of the
famous frontiersman portrayed by Dewey Martin.
Disney's live-action feature film The Three Lives of Thomasina premieres. Starring
Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, and Laurence Naismith, the film tells the story of a cat named Thomasina
who brings a family together through her mysterious death and reappearance.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Joker, the Amiable Ocelot."
Jim Benton (played by Robert Becker) salvages an old car he finds in the desert, not realizing that
it contains an unexpected guest ... a baby ocelot!
Disney airs the 1966 comedy Lt. Robinson Crusoe U.S.N. on television.
The television series Walt Disney airs "Winnie the Pooh and Friends" on CBS.
The television series The Magical World of Disney airs
"Disneyland's All-Star Comedy Circus."
The Disneyland Pacific Hotel - formerly the Pan Pacific Hotel - opens in Anaheim.
The hotel was originally built and owned by Japan-based Tokyu Group, and opened in 1984 as the Emerald of
Anaheim. It was renamed Pan Pacific Hotel, Anaheim in 1989 when Tokyu merged its Emerald and Pan Pacific
hotel divisions. Disney purchased the hotel from Tokyu in 1995 and renamed it Disneyland Pacific Hotel. The hotel is unique in the Western Hemisphere for being one of the few buildings to actually have a 13th floor - as opposed to the more common practice of going straight from 12 to 14. The Japanese don't consider 13 to be an unlucky number.
(In December 2000 it will be renamed the Paradise Pier Hotel.)
The Home Depot College Football Awards (broadcast on ESPN)
takes place at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney World's BoardWalk.
Santa's Pin List, a holiday event, begins throughout the Disney
World theme parks and selected resorts.
Mickey's Magical Gathering, a brief show featuring Disney characters and
area performers appear for a free holiday gathering at Dallas' City Hall.
Walt Disney World features some
1300 plus decorated trees during
the Christmas season.
One 70-foot-tall tree takes
center stage in Disney's
Contemporary Resort entrance
lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white
The 45-foot-tall tree in the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge features authentic African decor
of handmade baskets and
reproductions of traditional
Walt Disney Pictures releases The Muppet Christmas Carol - the fourth
feature film to star The Muppets, the first distributed by Disney, and the
first produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. The film is directed by
Jim Henson's son Brian and stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Actor Lucas Grabeel appears on Live with Regis and Kelly to promote today's
release of High School Musical 2 on DVD.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment also releases three new 2-Disc DVD volumes -
The Adventures of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Chronological Donald, Volume 3,
and Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic.
Travel Channel airs Disney Holiday Magic with Samantha Brown for the first time.
Brown explores the holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Today is National Noodle Ring Day
"Almost everything in 'A Day With Wilbur Robinson' has some basis in truth. And yes, my sister did pay me to feed her grapes while she talked to her boyfriend on the phone." -William Joyce
The Princess and the Frog, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and loosely based on E.D. Baker's novel "The Frog Princess" and and the Grimm brothers' "The Frog Prince," is generally released. The 49th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics and the first theatrically released 2D animated movie by Disney since 2004's
Home on the Range, The Princess and the Frog features the voice of Tony Award-winning singer and
actress Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana.
"Ed Catmull and I, the day I returned to the Walt Disney Animation Studios,
said that we wanted to bring back John Musker and Ron Clements. So, once we brought them back,
I empowered them to come up with their own project. I mentioned to them one idea that I had,
just a nugget of an idea at Pixar. I love the story of “The Frog Prince,” and I
love New Orleans." -John Lasseter
An entire block of Hollywood Blvd. is virtually transformed into the computer
world of grids and gladiators for the premiere of Tron: Legacy at
Disney's El Capitan Theater. (The sci-fi sequel opens December 17.)
Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen appear on the ABC-TV series Mickey Mouse Club.
Today is Guest Star Day. Parker and Ebsen are currently enjoying success as the stars of Disney's
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.
The comedy-drama Rushmore, a Touchstone Pictures feature film released
by Buena Vista Pictures, opens for a week at single theaters in New York City
and Los Angeles. About an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), his friendship
with rich industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and their mutual love for elementary school teacher
Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), the film will open in wide release in February 1999.
The French restaurant Monsieur Paul opens in the France Pavilion at Epcot’s
World Showcase. It replaces the Bistro de Paris, which closed on July 31, 2012,
after being open since 1984.
Disney's 2013 animated film blockbuster Frozen makes its network TV premiere on
ABC-TV’s Wonderful World of Disney. It is followed by the documentary The Making of "Frozen":
A Return to Arendelle.