Composer, conductor & pianist John Williams is born in Floral Park, New York.
He has composed many of the most famous film scores in Hollywood history including Star Wars and Indiana
Jones (whose music can be heard in Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Paris). With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney!
Scuba diving plays a major role for 54
employees at the Disneyland Resort.
Divers are responsible for maintaining
and fixing rides and equipment in the
waterways, such as the lagoon for the
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Roy Disney and Stanley Gold make public their withhold vote for all Directors
at this year's shareholders meeting (to be held February 11 in Minneapolis).
"Travel enables us to enrich our lives with new experiences, to enjoy and to be educated, to learn respect for
foreign cultures, to establish friendships, and above all to contribute to international cooperation and peace
throughout the world." -Jules Verne
Writer Jules Verne, known for such classic novels as Twenty Thousand
Leagues Under the Sea, In Search of the Castaways, Around the World
in Eighty Days, and From Earth to the Moon, is born Jules Gabriel Verne
in Nantes, France. His depictions of fantastic technological advances, including space and
underwater travel and television (years before their inventions), helped create the genre of science
fiction and influenced many - including Walt Disney and his Imagineers. Disney's 1954 blockbuster
hit 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was based on Verne's 1870 "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers." In Search of the
Castaways, first published in 1873, was released by Disney in 1962. The 2003 video short "Jules Verne & Walt
Disney: Explorers of the Imagination" was released as a bonus on Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea home
release. The first incarnation of Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris, named "Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune,"
was based loosely on Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon. In 2004, Walt Disney Pictures released a version of
Around the World in 80 Days starring Jackie Chan and Keith Coogan.
The first performance in Italy of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida
takes place in his home town of Milan.
Actor Charles Ruggles is born in Los Angeles, California. In a career spanning six decades, his
Disney credits include The Parent Trap, Follow Me, Boys!, The Ugly Dachshund, and Son of Flubber. It was
Ruggles who voiced Benjamin Franklin in Disney's 1953 animated short Ben and Me. (Ruggles also lent his voice
to the "Aesop & Son" feature in the animated The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.)
The Disney 8-minute animated short Lambert, the Sheepish Lion, featuring the narration of Sterling Holloway, is released. Lambert, a lion that is mistakenly left with a flock of sheep by a stork, lives his life thinking he is a sheep - until he is forced to defend the flock from an attack by a wolf!
(The short will win an Oscar for Best Animation.)
The Disneyland television series airs
"Survival in Nature," narrated by Winston Hibler.
Julie Andrews receives a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy for her role in Disney's Mary Poppins. Dick Van Dyke is nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (also for his role in Mary Poppins), but is edged out by Rex Harrison
(for his role in My Fair Lady). Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy goes to My Fair Lady - beating out Mary
Poppins. Although the Sherman Brothers are nominated for Best Original Score (for their contributions to Mary
Poppins), the Golden Globe is given to Dimitri Tiomkin (for his work on The Fall of the Roman Empire).
Ringo Starr's single "You're 16" is released in the UK. The tune (already a hit in the
U.S.) is written by Richard and Robert Sherman (of Disney songwriting fame). It is the
second version of their song, as Rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette released his "You're 16" back in 1960.
"A Fare of the Heart" Valentine's Party takes place at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
The special evening event features Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Grass Roots, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes,
and Gabriel's Brass.
Actor, comedian, voice actor, and television producer Seth Green is born in
Pennsylvania. Well known as the voice of Chris Griffin on Family Guy, Green's image was used as the
nine-year-old Milo in Disney's 2011 Mars Need Moms.
The TV series The Wonderful World of Disney airs "The Liberators."
The NBC television sitcom Blossom (produced by Walt Disney’s Touchstone Television)
starring Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence and Ted Wass - airs the episode
"Of Mice and Men" ... which takes place at Disneyland! It is the first sitcom to do a "Disney episode"
in which the cast visits a Disney theme park. Blossom's dad gets a job as an Elvis impersonator at Disneyland.
Disney World's Downtown Pleasure Island begins its Mardi Gras celebration.
Disneyland officially announces the upcoming additions to Disney's California Adventure in a short ceremony celebrating the park's first birthday. Two new attractions, "A Bug's Land" and the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" will be added to the California park.
The Lizzie McGuire episode "First Kiss" debuts on Disney Channel.
Gordon Goodwin wins a Grammy for Best Instrumental
Arrangement for "The Incredits" a track from The Incredibles
Soundtrack. Goodwin, a composer/arranger & consumate jazz musician, is a three-time Emmy
Award winner and the leader of Big Phat Band (a Los Angeles based jazz group).
Walt Disney appears as a guest on a one-hour special tribute of Ed
Sullivan's hit TV show The Toast of the Town. Sullivan narrates "The Life Story of
Walt Disney" with a little help from Donald Duck, as the company celebrates Mickey
Mouse’s 25th birthday and the release of Peter Pan. Other guests include animators Ward Kimball
and Frank Thomas, Pinto Colvig (the voice of Goofy) and even Walt's secretary Beverly Jordan.
Disney's live-action fantasy-comedy
Blackbeard's Ghost, starring Peter
Ustinov (as the ghost of Blackbeard the
pirate), Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette,
and Elsa Lanchester, is released. Based
upon the novel of the same name written by Ben Stahl,
the film tells the story of the famous pirate's ghost who
returns to modern times. Jones plays Steve Walker, a
college track coach, who teams up with the spirit of
Captain Blackbeard to stop some local criminals from
taking over the historic Blackbeard's Inn, run by Emily
Stowecroft (Elsa Lanchester). The pirate has
been cursed by his last wife (a notorious witch) so that
he will never die unless he can "break" the curse
by doing a good deed. Suzanne Pleshette plays Jo
Anne Baker the pretty psych professor who likes Steve
but is worried by his inexplicable behavior.
Blackbeard's Ghost is directed by Robert Stevenson
with a screenplay by Bill Walsh
and Don DaGradi.
The 35th Annual Annie Awards
take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall
in California (the first change of
venue for the awards in nine years).
Pixar’s Ratatouille (which is nominated
in 13 categories) is the big winner taking
home 10 awards!
Actress/singer Eartha Kitt is awarded
Voice Acting in an Animated Television
Production for her contribution to
Disney's The Emperor's New School.
Among the Disney nominations are
Kim Possible (Best Animated Television Production),
My Friends Tigger & Pooh (Directing in an Animated Television Production) and Meet the Robinsons (Music in an Animated Feature Production and Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production).
Midnight Madness, a cult comedy film from Walt Disney Productions & starring
David Naughton, is released. About a group of college students who participate in an all night
puzzle solving race, it features Michael J. Fox in his very first film role. It is rated "PG" - only the second film from
the Disney company to receive anything other than a "G" rating.
Blackbeard's Ghost released
Disney Channel's newest live-action series Sonny With a Chance (starring
Demi Lovato) debuts with back-to-back episodes.
At the 62nd British Academy Film Awards, Wall-E wins for Best Animated Film.
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Best Musical Album For Children goes to "Here Comes The 123s" by
They Might Be Giants (the sequel to the group's 2005 album "Here Come the ABCs").
Sherie Rene Scott, an actress, singer and writer, is born in Topeka,
Kansas. Among her Broadway Disney credits - Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, for which she
won the Clarence Derwent Award, and the original role of Ursula in The Little Mermaid, for which she
received her second Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
The comedy film Monkeys, Go Home!, produced by Walt Disney Productions and
directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, is released. Hank (Dean Jones) learns he is the heir to a
crumbling French olive farm, so he packs his bags and heads for Europe. On his arrival, kindly priest Father
Sylvain (Maurice Chevalier) and maid Maria (Yvette Mimieux) convince him that getting the property up and
running is going to take quite a bit of work. Feeling inspired, Hank decides to use four mischievous chimps as
helping hands! (Although he would contribute his voice to the animated The Aristocats, Monkeys Go Home!
would be Maurice Chevalier's last appearance before a camera.)
Ratatouille is awarded:
-Best Animated Feature
-Best Animated Video Game
-Character Animation in a Feature Production (Michal Makarewicz)
-Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Carter Goodrich)
-Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Brad Bird)
-Music in an Animated Feature Production (Michael Giacchino)
-Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Harley Jessup)
-Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Ted Mathot)
-Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Ian Holm)
-Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Brad Bird)
Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees joins Mickey Mouse in a celebratory parade in the
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
At the annual Disney Investor Conference, it is announced that Disney-ABC Television Group has rebranded Touchstone Television as ABC Television Studio.
The soundtrack for the movie Gnomeo and Juliet is released by Walt Disney
(3 days before the film's intial release).
It's Let's Go Day on episode 17 of The New Mickey Mouse Club. The serial
"Mystery at Rustler's Cave" premieres its third installment, "Prime Suspect," and Donald Duck appears in
the short New Neighbor.
Disney's second Anaheim park (and 8th theme park in the world),
Disney's California Adventure Park officially opens along with its new
Grand Californian hotel. DCA is the centerpiece of a $1.4-billion expansion of what will now be called the Disneyland Resort. The new 67-acre park, which has its own distinct identity separate from the 45-year-old Magic Kingdom's, is divided into 3 main theme areas: Paradise Pier - a nostalgic California beachfront amusement section, Hollywood Pictures Backlot - a district inspired by Hollywood Boulevard and the movies, and the Golden State - a more sprawling area devoted to the people, natural beauty and industries of California. (By 2010 the park will be known as simply Disney California Adventure.)
The Grand Californian, a Craftsman-style hotel, resembling a luxury lodge at a Western national park, has 751 rooms. The hotel sits at the edge of the new park and shares its theme celebrating the Golden State.
Character actor Burt Mustin is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A late bloomer,
Mustin began acting professionally at age 67. In his 25-year career, he appeared in nearly 400 television
shows, 70 movies and dozens of commercials. His Disney credits include Son of Flubber, The
Misadventures of Merlin Jones, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, Now You See Him Now You Don't,
Herbie Rides Again and The Strongest Man in the World. (Fans of classic TV will recognize Mustin for
his roles in The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., and Leave It to Beaver.)
Walt Disney receives two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for television and
one for movies. The TV star is located on the North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard, while the
Movie star is at the North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Disney previews the Walt Disney Pictures live-action feature film That Darn Cat (a remake
of the 1965 mystery comedy) at FAO Schwarz in New York City. Starring Christina Ricci and Doug
"To all who believe in the power of dreams … Welcome! Disney's California Adventure opens its
golden gates to you. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past … the native people, explorers,
immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a
new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow … from the silver screen to the computer screen … from the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space. Disney California
Adventure celebrates the richness and the diversity of California … its land, its people its spirit and
above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire."
Michael Eisner's dedication on this day includes these words:
Opening day attractions include:
Animation Academy - housing a total of ten shows, galleries, and interactive exhibits
California Screamin' - the second longest steel coaster in the U.S.
Character Close-Up - walkthrough exhibit featuring animation sketches & models
Golden Zephyr - cycle ride reminiscent of blimps
Grizzly River Run - white-water raft ride
It's Tough to Be a Bug! - 3-D film featuring some of the characters from the Disney/Pixar film A Bug's Life
Jumpin' Jellyfish - parachute drop
King Triton's Carousel - elaborate and stunningly crafted carousel
Muppet*Vision 3D - 3-D film augmented by auditory, visual, and tactile special effects
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail - elaborate maze of rope bridges, rock climbing, log towers, a zip line & a cave
Soarin' Over California - hang-glider tour of California with IMAX-quality images projected below
Sorcerer's Workshop - series of walkthrough exhibits inside the Disney Animation Building
The Bakery Tour - walkthrough attraction featuring hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Colin Mochrie via video
On the 11th anniversary of Disney California Adventure park, Disney announces that
the expansion of the park will be complete this summer. With the addition of two new areas —
Buena Vista Street and Cars Land — and slight changes to the names of some existing areas, the total number of
themed lands in the park will increase to eight.
Laurie Main, the Australian-born actor best known as the kindly host and narrator of the
1980s live-action Disney Channel series Welcome to Pooh Corner, passes away in Los
Angeles. He is 89. Born 1922 in Melbourne, he was also the voice of Dr. Watson in the 1986 animated feature
The Great Mouse Detective, and narrated the Disney animated shorts Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons
(1981) and Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983). Main also appeared in The Strongest Man in the World
(1975), Freaky Friday (1976) and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977).
"What one man can imagine other men can do." -Jules Verne
The soundtrack for Disney's blockbuster Frozen picks up two Grammy Awards
sixteen months after the film's release in late 2013.
Best Song Written for Visual Media: "Let It Go"
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers
Quarterback Peyton Manning and his children take part in a parade down
Disneyland's Main Street, USA. The Denver Bronco helped his team to a 24-10
victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 yesterday.
(Manning did not do the iconic "I'm going to Disneyland!" post-Super Bowl commercial, at least not immediately
after the game. Instead he told reporters that he's "taking his kids to Disneyland.")
Actor-singer Josh Keaton is born in Hacienda Heights, California. He supplied the voice for Young Hercules in Disney's 1997 animated feature Hercules.