"My producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins should really be up here to accept this with me. It's been such an
inspiration to spend time with a character who so tenaciously struggles to find the beauty in everything that he sees. It's a noble aspiration to
have at times like these. I dearly want to thank everyone that's been on this film: the cast, the crew, everybody at Disney and Pixar Studios. I
have to single out Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and Steve Jobs for creating a cinematic safe haven where only a film like WALL-E could be made.
To my wife Julie, my kids Ben and Audrey, I love you so much, and I guess I'd be remiss if I did not thank my high school drama teacher
Phil Perry for 28 years ago casting me as Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! Creative seeds are sown in the oddest of places so, uh, thank you so
much to the Academy for this."
The Hall of Presidents (at WDW) is
the only place in the world, besides
the White House, that is allowed to
display the Official Presidential Seal.
Commercial use of the seal is
prohibited (though it is sometimes
used in modified form as a
marketing tool, or to make a
Today is "Christy Carlson Romano Day" in Milford, Connecticut. Romano (who was born in Milford) is the voice of Disney Channel's animated
Kim Possible. She is presented with the very first Connecticut's Finest award!
George Washington, the first U.S. President, is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Visit
him (and listen to him speak) along with all the U.S. Chief Executives at Walt Disney World's The Hall of Presidents. Actor
David Morse voices George Washington in the present version of the attraction. Morse played the "Father of his country"
in the award-winning HBO miniseries, John Adams.
Actor & Disney Legend John Mills is born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills in Felixstowe,
Suffolk, England. With a career spanning 7 decades, his roles included Father Robinson in Disney's 1960 live-
action film Swiss Family Robinson. (Both his daughters Juliet and Hayley are actresses as well. Hayley has starred
in many Disney films, most notably the 1961 The Parent Trap.)
the singing voice of Disney's Mulan and the
singing voice of Jasmine for Disney's
Aladdin, is born Maria Lea Carmen Imutan
Salonga in the Philippines. In 1993 she performed
the song "A Whole New World" from Aladdin with Brad
won an Oscar. Salonga, along with Darren Criss, sang "A
Whole New World" to its composer, Alan Menken, as
Menken was named the winner of the 2011 Maestro Award
at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music
Conference in October 2011. She was named a Disney
Legend in 2011 and performed in a six-concert series titled
"The Magic of Broadway and Disney Favorites" in 2012
with the Palm Beach Pops. (Theater fans know Salonga best for her award-winning musical role in Miss Saigon.)
TV's The Wonderful World of Disney airs "Parent Trap II" starring Hayley Mills.
Disney Online launches Disney.com, a Web site designed to promote a wide range of Disney products on the Internet.
At Disney World, a bird's nest catches fire on top of the Tommorowland Transit Authority attraction, forcing the ride to close for a short time. People on board the ride are evacuated as a precaution and no one is injured.
The Lizzie McGuire episode "El Oro de Montezuma" debuts on Disney Channel. Actor Erik Estrada guest stars as Alejandro.
Disney Channel debuts season 3 of the comedy Even Stevens. (This will be the final season.)
Animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter Chuck Jones, best known for his work with Warner Bros. Cartoons on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, passes at age 89 in Newport Beach, California. He wrote, produced, and/or directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig, Michigan J. Frog, the Three Bears, and a slew of other Warner characters. Jones worked at Warner Bros. throughout the 1950s, except for a brief period in 1953 when Warner temporarily closed the animation studio. During this interim, Jones found employment at Walt Disney Productions, where he teamed with Ward Kimball for a four-month period of uncredited work on Sleeping Beauty (1959).
USA Today runs an interview with dissident former Disney board member
Stanley Gold. Reporter Michael McCarthy asks about the recent hostile
takeover bid by Comcast & the upcoming Disney Company annual meeting.
At the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Johnny Depp wins for his performance in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The Below Decks Museum attraction opens in the sailing ship Columbia -
located in Disneyland's Frontierland.
Wall-E wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Director Andrew Stanton accepts with these words:
"It is better to be alone than in bad company." -George Washington
"It has always been my dream to take my turn at the most respected concert hall in the world. As enormous as that is for me, I still plan on making it an intimate show, singing the songs I love to sing and making some good music with a band of musicians the good old fashioned way."
Pleasure Island's 3rd annual Mardi Gras celebration kicks off for 2 days in Florida.
Although it doesn't win, Wall-E is also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing,
and Best Sound Mixing.
The Gordon E. Sawyer Award (an accolade given each year to an individual in the motion picture industry whose
technological contributions have brought credit to the industry) is given to Edwin Catmull, a computer scientist who
contributed to many important developments in computer graphics, a co-founder of Pixar, and current president of
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.
Academy Award nominations are announced with Disney receiving 4:
Sleeping Beauty - Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Noah's Ark - Short Subjects, Cartoons
Donald in Mathmagic Land - Short Subjects, Cartoons
Mysteries of the Deep - Short Subjects, Live-Action Subjects
The 32nd Academy Awards will take place April 4.
Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks receives 5 Academy Award nominations for
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Music-Scoring: Adaptation & Original Song
Score, Best Music-Song (for "The Age of Not Believing"), Best Costume Design,
and Best Special Visual Effects. Winners will be announced at the 44th Academy Awards April 10.
Fans begin to gather at the main gate of Disneyland around 9 p.m. for the next day's return engagement of Captain EO! First in line is Daniel Lew, 36, from Oceanside.
Mouseketeers Scott and Mindy join Rod Duff and the members of the Wind Drifters Hot Air Balloon Club for a Mouseketeer adventure special about hot air ballooning on episode 27 of The New Mickey Mouse Club. "The Wrong Man" episode 7 of the serial "The Mystery of Rustlers' Cave," finds Stewie betting his and Chris' belt buckles that Chris will win the big Fourth of July horse race at the Circle B Ranch!
The 11th Annual Golden Globe Awards are handed out at Club Del Mar in Santa Monica, California. Disney's The Living Desert (the first feature-length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures series) is given a Special Golden Globe Award "for artistic merit."
LIFE magazine features a cover story on the making of Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The article "How Disney Makes An Undersea Movie" features detailed black & white underwater photos of the film in production.
Soprano Marni Nixon, renowned for being a playback singer for featured actresses in well known movie musicals, is born in Altadena, California. An accomplished opera and musical comedy star, she is best remembered as the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady," Natalie Wood in "West Side Story," and Deborah Kerr in "The King and I." (In order to keep the illusion a secret, the extraordinarily versatile Nixon was often uncredited.) Known as "The Voice of Hollywood," Nixon performed on such Disneyland Records as "Songs From Walt Disney's Mary Poppins" and "The Story and Songs of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins." (She was told she sang more like Julie Andrews than Julie Andrews!) In the 1998 Disney film "Mulan," Nixon sang the role of Grandmother Fa. Her singing credits
also include the films "Mary Poppins," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Cinderella." Nixon's son Andrew Gold, was a well-known producer & singer/songwriter best remembered for his tunes "Thank You for Being a Friend" (used as the theme for
Touchstone's sitcom "The Golden Girls") and the 1977 Top 40 hit "Lonely Boy."
Touchstone Pictures releases Scenes from a Mall, a satirical film starring Bette Midler and Woody Allen as Deborah and Nick Fifer. After years of a happy marriage, the Fifiers (while visiting a mall) reveal that they each have had an affair.
Actor, writer, and comedian Paul Dooley is born in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Disney-Pixar fans will know him as the voice of Sarge in both Cars and Cars 2 and the video
short Mater and the Ghostlight. Dooley also provided the voice for Hank the janitor in
televison episodes of Disney's Recess. (He was co-creator and head writer for the
groundbreaking children's series The Electric Company in the early 1970s and has appeared
on such TV shows as Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy and Curb Your Enthusiasm.)
Big Hero 6 gives Walt Disney Pictures its a second consecutive win in the Best
Animated Feature category at this year's Oscars (following in the footsteps of last
year's Frozen). The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film goes to Disney's Feast.
Actor Kyle MacLachlan is born in Yakima, Washington.
He is the voice of Riley's Dad for Pixar's 2015 release Inside Out and the short Riley's First Date?. Playing the role of Orson Hodge for seven years on ABC's Desperate Housewives, MacLachlan also appeared in 13 episodes of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lady Tremaine Meet and Greet at Magic Kingdom, Florida, closes.
Cinderella villain Lady Tremaine used to meet guests right outside the back of Cinderella Castle. It was
one of only a handful of villain meet and greets around Walt Disney World
Actress Julie Waters, who portrayed Ellen (Michael's and Jane's long-time serving housekeeper) in Disney's 2018 Mary Poppins Returns, is born in Edgbaston,
Birmingham, England. In 2012, she supplied the voice of the Witch for Disney's animated Brave.
(Fans of the Harry Potter film series know her as Molly Weasley.)
Frozen The Broadway Musical begins previews at the St. James Theatre in New York City. Based on the 2013 film of the same name, it is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. (The musical
had a tryout at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado in August 2017. That cast and creative team are now on
Broadway.) Frozen The Broadway Musical will officially open March 22.
World of Color returns to Disney California Adventure after a lengthy repair.
Designed by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the show features nearly 1,200 musical water fountains and includes lights, fire, lasers, and fog, with high-definition projections on mist screens. The popular nighttime spectacular had unexpectedly closed last April 2018 following reports of damage to the underwater platform that supports the fountains, lights, and water-mist projection screens.
Actor Morgan Woodward passes away at age 93 in Hollywood Hills, California.
Best known for his recurring role on the television soap opera Dallas and his appearance in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, his Disney credits include The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) as Alex, The Wild Country (1970) as Ab Cross, and One Little Indian (1973) as Sgt. Raines.
Actor, producer and director James Hong is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Working in
numerous productions in film and television since the 1950s, he has played a variety of East Asian roles. His Disney
credits include the 1998 animated Mulan (as Chi-Fu) and the 1995 live-action comedy Operation Dumbo Drop
(as Y B'ham). He also played Chiu Chang in Zorro, Ming Lo in No Deposit, No Return, and Bobby Birdsong in the 1995 Touchstone Pictures film Bad Company. Hong's long list of television credits include Home Improvement (1996), The Drew Carey Show (1998), Alias (2001), A.N.T. Farm (2011), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2014), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015),
and Star Wars Rebels (2015).
Actress E. J. Peaker is born Edra Jean Peaker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Best known for her appearances in the movie Hello Dolly! and in the TV musical series That's Life, she appeared as herself in the 1970 television special Disneyland Showtime.