The two-day 2002 Disney Marathon Health and Fitness Expo in the Milk House
at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex kicks off. The Expo will lead up to the
2002 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon on January 6.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the U.S. Army is planning
to double the size of Shades of Green, its 287-room hotel at Walt Disney World,
in a $50 million expansion project that could start as soon as April. In sharp contrast
with Disney's recent closings of thousands of rooms at some of its resorts because of slow business, Shades
of Green (located near the Magic Kingdom) has been turning guests away lately with occupancy rates
consistently ranging from 90 to 99 percent.
The largest Disney theme park ticket give-away takes place at the Fed Ex
Orange Bowl National Championship game in Miami, Florida. Seventy-two thousand ticket holders shout "I’m going to Disneyland!" after each of them receive a surprise free ticket to any Disney theme park in the world.
Mickey Mouse makes a surprise appearance at the end of the third quarter and personally invites each of them to
the global celebration saluting the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Park in California.
The Southern California Trojans win over the Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 55-19.
The Wonders of Life pavilion "closes" at Epcot as it is now
considered a seasonal attraction. It will reopen when the park is projected
to hit near capacity during the high spring months and big holiday season.
"No one knows when or where
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first told. Jacob Grimm
was a very learned man ... a scientist. You would hardly think he would
go in for fairy tales. But just as a hobby he and his brother collected a lot
of old folk stories and legends, put them into a book and called the
book Grimm’s Fairy Tales."
Writer and linguist Jacob Grimm is born in Hanau, Germany.
He and his brother Wilhelm collected folktales and helped to establish the science of folklore with Grimm's Fairy
Tales. They were the very first to write down such classic stories as Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella,
and Sleeping Beauty.
Character actor & Disney Legend Sterling Holloway - the original voice of Winnie
the Pooh - is born in Cedartown, Georgia. His countless Disney voice credits include Dumbo
(as Mr. Stork), Bambi (as Adult Flower), The Three Caballeros (as Professor Holloway), Make Mine Music
(narrator of "Peter and the Wolf"), The Jungle Book (as Kaa), and The AristoCats (as Roquefort).
Composer, orchestrator and Disney Legend Norman 'Buddy' Baker is born
in Springfield, Missouri. In the mid-1950s his friend composer George Bruns asked him to write music
for the Disney television show Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. This was the beginning of a long career at
Disney that included nearly 200 scores for motion pictures, television, and theme parks. Baker was nominated
for an Oscar for the 1972 Napoleon and Samantha and was musical director for EPCOT Center. Among
Baker's most noted musical contributions - TV's Mickey Mouse Club and the Haunted Mansion park attraction.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Polo Team, directed by David Hand, is
released. The short features a game of polo between a team made up of Mickey, Goofy, the Big Bad Wolf, &
Donald and a team made up of four animated caricatures of film actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harpo Marx, and
Charlie Chaplin. Animated spectators include Hollywood stars Shirley Temple, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, and
Clark Gable. (The film is created as a result of Walt Disney's interest in the sport.)
The first cels of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are taken to the Disney Ink
and Paint department at the studio on Hyperion Avenue in California. Walt wants the
film completed for a Christmastime release.
Original Mouseketeer Mary Lynn Satori is born in Glendale, California.
The Disney documentary The Grain That Built a Hemisphere, is
released to the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. An animated short outlining
the history and importance of corn in North America, it will be nominated for Best Documentary.
Walt Disney and a handful of his staff lunch with animation pioneer
Max Fleischer and his son Dick at the Disney commissary.
The Disneyland television series airs part 1 of
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" (an edited version of the theatrical feature The Sword and the Rose - first released in July 1953).
Voice actress, writer, and radio host April Winchell is born in New York City. Her
many Disney voice credits include Kim Possible: So the Drama, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Goof
Troop, 101 Dalmatians: The Series and Tarzan & Jane. April is the daughter of Paul Winchell (ventriloquist &
the original voice of Tigger) and actress Nina Russel.
Comedian, actor, writer and director Dave Foley, the voice of Flik in the
Disney/Pixar 1998 feature A Bug's Life is born in Etobicoke, a suburb of
Toronto, Canada. Foley also played Mr. Boy in the 2005 live-action Disney feature Sky High
and voiced the character of Wayne in Disney's 2009 Prep & Landing. (You may recognize Foley as
a member of the Canadian comedy team Kids in the Hall and as Dave Nelson on TV's NewsRadio.)
The Walt Disney World attraction If You Could Fly (opened since June 1987)
closes. (It will reopen the following June as Delta Dreamflight.)
Michael Eisner speaks to a group of Disney shareholders in New York. He
discusses Disney's plans for Animal Kingdom, Disney World's 25th anniversary, the Florida community of Celebration,
Disney Cruise Lines and the Capital Cities/ABC merger. The shareholders officially approve the agreement to merge
Disney and Capital Cities/ABC (a deal in the works since 1995). Thus, a $19 billion merger occurs, and Disney
acquires all or part ownership of more than two dozen television channels, including the History Channel, ESPN, A&E
and Lifetime, 21 radio stations and more than 100 publications of various types.
Both Bob Hope and the late Roy O. Disney (Walt's brother) are among the Los
Angeles citizens honored during an Investiture ceremony for the Papal Order of
St. Gregory the Great. The honorees are cited for their contributions to the Catholic Church, the
Christian faith and their service and charity work.
Walt Disney World's Polynesian Revue, a tropical-theme dinner
show performed at the Polynesian Resort, gives its last
performance. It will be replaced in February 2003 with the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.
The Toronto production of Disney's The Lion King is staged for the last time. The
live show closes after more than 1,500 performances over nearly four years at
the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Actress/singer Lisa Brescia assumes the role of Amneris in Disney's Broadway
show Aida. Brescia has played the role in several road productions.
Kendi, an eight year old White Rhino gives birth to her second baby
– a male named Tom, at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The healthy baby
White Rhinoceros is the sixth White Rhino born at DAK - his mother, Kendi, was the first!
Stage, TV and film actor Matt Frewer is born in Washington, D.C. He is the voice of Panic
for Hercules and Mickey's House of Villains, and appears in the live-action Honey, I Shrunk the Kids as Big
Russ. (TV fans may remember him for his 1987 role of Max Headroom.)
Three Kings Celebration begins at Disneyland. A Limited Time Magic event, guests
celebrate the end of the holiday season in Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland
with a 3-day party of music, activities and cuisine celebrating Southern California's Mexican culture.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Eighty-two-year-old Millard C. Jones of Lakeland, Florida, visits Walt Disney World
for the 100th time. He's been visiting Florida's newest tourist spot (usually on Fridays) for the last two years.
(In June 1978, he will make his 500th visit ... at the age of 86!)
"The first Disney kingdom was built out in California and my wife and boy and all our friends and relatives made it
out there. But I never did. Well when they said they were gonna build one on this coast, I said by golly, I'm going to
that one." -Millard C. Jones
The Celebrate A Dreams Come True Parade has its final performances at the
Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
Today is the last day for the Phineas & Ferb and Lightning & Mater character meets
near the Streets of America, as well as the Joffrey's kiosk, at Disney's Hollywood
Studios. These closings are to make room for the Star Wars and Toy Story Land expansions coming to the park.
Frank Armitage, an acclaimed artist and production illustrator who contributed to such Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins (and to the Fox visual-effects standout Fantastic Voyage) passes away at the age of 91. Also a longtime Walt Disney Imagineer,
he contributed murals and designs to theme parks around the world. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Armitage
moved to Los Angeles in 1952 and landed a job at Walt Disney Studios, where he contributed to backgrounds and layouts for such features as Peter Pan and The Jungle Book.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (in Las Vegas), it is announced that Panasonic will
move from a projector supplier to an official technology partner of Walt Disney Parks &
Resorts. Panasonic's projector technology and other hardware is already in use in several attractions at US
Disney theme parks, including the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park and the Finding Nemo Submarine
Voyage at Disneyland Park. The alliance with Disney marks Panasonic's move away from being a technology
supplier to being a formal partner and connected solutions provider.