It is announced that Kyle Petty, a 26-year NASCAR veteran and son of racing
legend Richard Petty will run in the 2006 Walt Disney World Marathon on January 8.
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Anything Can Happen Day.

The Disneyland television series airs 
"Man and the Moon." Walt Disney introduces the program and presents scenes from the Disneyland attraction Rocket Ship To The Moon before turning the show over to host Ward Kimball. Featured is an animated dramatization of Wernher von Braun's two-stage plan to reach the moon, starting with the construction of a space station and continuing with the launching of a rocket from there to the moon. (This is the second of a 3-part series promoting space travel and the final Disneyland episode of 1955.)
The television series The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 2 of
"Babes in Toyland."
Attendance at Walt Disney World (now with two parks) reaches a high of 123,000!
The Wonderful World of Disney airs the episodes "Tiger Town" and "Star Tours."
 "Tiger Town" stars Roy Schneider as an aging all-star for the Detroit Tigers. In "Star Tours" a group of visitors
 are taken on a bumpy trip through the Star Wars universe.
Holiday crowds force Disneyland to suspended ticket sales for about 5 hours.
Veteran actor and noted musical theatre star Jerry Orbach, the voices of Lumiere
in Beauty and the Beast  and Sa'luk in Aladdin and the King of Thieves, passes away at age 69 in New York City. (An eye donor; his eyes will save two people from blindness.) He also voiced
 Lumiere for the theme park attraction "Mickey's PhilharMagic" and the TV series "House of Mouse." TV fans will
 remember Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe on the hit series Law & Order.
Disney announces its studio division generated $3.26 billion in global box
 office revenue in 2006 and claimed the year's top two box office and top three
 DVD domestic releases for the first time. Disney claimed the year's top-grossing
 box office releases with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which has reached $1.06 billion since its
May release, and the computer-animated Cars, which grossed more than $462 million globally.
Imagineer and Disney veteran Don Edgren passes away at the age of 83. He was an
 an engineer who led the team building the first Space Mountain and had a role in building various Disney
 parks. Edgren supervised construction of the Matterhorn and original Pirates of the Caribbean attractions.
"Walt Disney was a great man. To think I worked for Disney studios - my god, it was great. It wasn't just a
plain old job." -Disney Legend Don Edgren (Class of 2006)
Designed to resemble a 
Nantucket seaside resort,
Disney World's Yacht & Beach 
Clubs are situated on 
a 25-acre 

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth United States
 President, is born in Staunton, Virginia. Visit him and all the
 U.S. Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Animator & story artist Rick Farmiloe is born in Santa Rosa, California. Among his 
Disney credits - The Black CauldronThe Great Mouse DetectiveBeauty and the BeastAladdin, and The 
Little Mermaid. (Farmiloe has also worked on ShrekCurious George, and The Simpsons Movie.)
Disney Channel debuts "The Best of Muppets Tonight." 
Gonzo and Rizzo host a collage of video clips of the best moments from past episodes of Muppets Tonight.
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Playful Pan, directed by Bert Gillett, 
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An amazing 82,938 guests visit Walt Disney World on this day! 
(At this time there is just 1 theme park, the Magic Kingdom.)
"Togetherness, for me, means teamwork. In my business of motion pictures and television entertainment, many minds and skillful hands must collaborate...The work seeks to comprehend the spiritual and material needs and yearnings of gregarious humanity. It makes us reflect how completely dependent we are upon one another in our social and commercial life." -Walt Disney

"Man and the Moon" airs

"A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother 
when in doubt." -Woodrow Wilson 
The Band of America’s National Honor Band performs on 
the steps of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
The last scheduled flights into STOLport - Walt Disney World's own airport - takes place. Opened since October 1971, the idea of affordable short-range air routes have become impractical. 
For the second day in a row, the parking lot of the Magic Kingdom at
Walt Disney World reaches capacity. Entry is restricted for several hours.
Disneyland Resort temporarily halts ticket sales at both of its Anaheim
theme parks because of massive crowds.
Composer and lyricist Ann Ronell, one of the first successful Hollywood and
Tin Pan Alley female composers, is born in Omaha, Nebraska. She cowrote Disney's
first hit song, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" with Frank Churchill for the 1933 cartoon Three Little Pigs.
(Ronell's exact contributions are in dispute, though the sheet music cover credits her simply with
"additional lyrics." )
The Library of Congress announces the films added to the 2011 National Film Registry. Among the 25 films chosen is Disney's 1942 Bambi. This year’s selections bring the number
of films in the registry to 575. Other Disney films added to the registry over the years include:
Toy Story (2005), Beauty and the Beast (2002), Peter Pan (2000), Steamboat Willie (1998) Pinocchio (1994), Fantasia (1990) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1989). Although
not a Disney production, Disneyland Dream was inducted in 2008.
December 28
Comic book publisher Stan Lee is born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City.
He will rise through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics' primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that
will dominate the comics industry and later Hollywood films. Lee will be named a Disney Legend in 2017.