2004:
The Kansas City Star reports that a museum honoring Walt Disney is to be created on the site of his old Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Kansas City.

The Koala Brothers, a new addition to Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney, debuts. The show is animated using plasticine, clay-like figures and traditional stop-motion techniques.
"I won't play down to children, and I won't patronize them." -Walt Disney
1905:
Character actor Charles Lane, the voice of Georges Hautecourt in Disney's animated The Aristocats, is born in San Francisco, California. Lane's live-action Disney credits include The Ugly Daschund (1966), The Gnome-Mobile (1967) and the 1995 TV remake of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. (Movie fans will recognize Lane from his roles in such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonArsenic and Old Lace, and It's a Wonderful Life.) 
1918:
Character actor Vito Scotti is born in San Francisco, California
(though he will spend his early years in Naples, Italy). His Disney credits
include Herbie Goes BananasHerbie Rides AgainNapoleon and SamanthaThe World's
Greatest AthleteThe Boatniks and The Aristocats (as the voice of Peppo the Italian cat).
Scotti's ability to assume so many divergent parts in more than 200 screen roles, kept his nearly 50 year
 career filled with playing everything from a Mexican bandit, and Russian doctor, to a Japanese sailor.
1926:
Screen legend Paul Newman - the voice of Doc Hudson for the 2006 
Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars - is born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. 
He also supplied the voice of Doc Hudson for a Cars video game and the short Mater and the 
Ghostlight. A celebrated actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and auto racing 
enthusiast, Newman was also a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company which donates all post-tax profits 
and royalties to charity. His credits also include the 1986 Touchstone blockbuster hit The Color of Money, in 
which Newman revived his role of pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson. (Movie fans know Newman from such 
features as Harry & SonThe VerdictThe Towering InfernoThe Sting, and Cool Hand Luke.)
1955:
Disney's second Davy Crockett episode "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" airs on
 ABC's DisneylandIn this second of five episodes of the Crockett trilogy, Davy, George and their families
 settle in Tennessee.  (The U.S. is in the midst of a Crockett  frenzy.)
1993:
Disneyland's newest section Toontown, is dedicated by Michael Eisner and actor Harry Anderson (Toontown's honorary mayor).
1994:
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin debuts in Disneyland's Mickey's Toontown.
 The dark ride (inspired by the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit) contains 16 Audio-Animatronics, 59 animated
 props, and 20 special effects. It is the first ride-thru attraction which allows guests to take control of their
 vehicles while following a track.
1995:
The Walt Disney Company announces that earnings have grown 31 percent in its fiscal first quarter. The company's investment in Euro Disney resulted in income of $27.9 million, reflecting a gain of $55 million from the sale of approximately 75 million shares to Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
1998:
Ranch and Grove Holding Corporation (which has owned some of the land in the Walt Disney World Resort since 1972) is merged into the Walt Disney World Company.
2001:
Disney Channel debuts the Lizzie McGuire episode 
"When Moms Attack," starring Hillary Duff.
2002:
Disney's Saturday Morning Movies continues at the El Capitan Theater with the showing of PinocchioGuests are invited to dress as their favorite Disney character from the film.
1992:
At Super Bowl XXVI (in Minneapolis) quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins declares "I'm going to Disney World!" 
following his team's win over the Buffalo Bills, 37–24.
1997:
At Super Bowl XXXI (in New Orleans) Green Bay Packers kick returner/punt returner Desmond Howard shouts "I'm going to Disney World!" after his team's 35-21 win over the New England Patriots.
2003:
At Super Bowl XXXVII (in San Diego) Jon Gruden and Brad Johnson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proclaim "We're going to Disneyland!" following their team's 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Following the game (broadcast on ABC), the new nightly hour-long show Jimmy Kimmel Live! debuts. Produced by Jackhole Productions in association with ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television), it features comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The show is shot next door to LA's famed El Capitan Theatre.
Lizzie McGuire was a popular
 teen sitcom which aired on the
 Disney Channel. Starring Hilary
 Duff, the original 65
 episodes aired
 between January 2001
 and February 2004.
 The series won
 Favorite TV Show at the
 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice
 Awards two years
 in a row in 2002
 and 2003.

1991:
Actress Falisha Fehoko, one of the Brainiac Dancers on Disney Channel's High School Musical, is born.
2008:
The DGA Awards are presented by Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California. Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs is given to Paul Hoen for Disney Channel's Jump In! (beating out Kenny Ortega for High School Musical 2).
2007:
During a press conference at Walt Disney World Resort, plans for an attraction called
 Toy Story Mania! are announced. Later called Toy Story Midway Mania!, it will first open at Disney's
 Hollywood Studios in May 2008, followed by a version at Disney's California Adventure in June.
1938:
Disney's first full length animated feature Snow White and the
 Seven Dwarfs is released in Argentina.
Charles Lane born
JANUARY 26

THIS DAY MADE
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USA
Maiden Voyage of Disney Dream
2009:
The newly designed Disney Dollars are released. With a new design to coincide with this year’s theme, “What will you celebrate?” - the currency is available in $1, $5 and $10 denominations.
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1958:
Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedienne, television hostess and 
actress Ellen DeGeneres is born in Metairie, Louisiana. She is the voice of 
Dory (a fish with short-term memory loss) for the 2003 animated Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo
For her performance as Dory, DeGeneres won the Saturn Award from the Academy of Science 
Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for "Best Supporting Actress"; "Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie" from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards; and the Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association for "Outstanding Voice Acting". As of 1996 DeGeneres also hosts Ellen's Energy Adventure (one time known as Ellen's Energy Crisis) located in the Universe of Energy at Epcot. The show revolves around DeGeneres falling asleep and finding herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!.


SEASON 1 EPISODE 14
1977:
The Mousketeers learn how to fly a glider in episode eight of The New
 Mickey Mouse ClubMouseketeers Lisa sings the title song "Go Where the Wind Blows" on this
 Surprise Day, which also features clips from the animated film Dumbo.
1945:
Disney's Donald Duck short The Clock Watcher is released. Directed by Jack King, Donald takes a job as a gift wrapper in a department store. 
1972:
"Vacations," the first episode of a new series created by Ward Kimball titled The Mouse Factory, airs on television. Hosted by a different celebrity guest each week, The Mouse Factory features clips from various Disney cartoons and movies. This day's episode is hosted by Charles Nelson Reilly who discusses diastrous vacations, with Donald Duck.
January 26 is Australia Day

1990:
Disney releases 3 educational films under their Wonders of Life series. These 11-minute videos for young children (grades K-6), include The Bones & Muscles Get RhythmThe Brain & Nervous System Think Science, and The Heart & Lungs Play Ball.
2011:
After several years of planning, construction and preparation, the Disney Dream
 sets sail on her 4-night maiden voyage to the Bahamas. The Smolsky family of Leesburg,
 Virginia (Matt, Alison and their three children) are the first guests to step aboard.

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January 26
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
2014:
Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa in Disney's Frozen, records the song "When You 
Wish Upon A Star" in a New York City studio. The version will be used in Disney's iconic Super 
Bowl advertisement (to air in February). This makes Menzel the first contemporary artist to perform "When You 
Wish Upon a Star" in the Disney Parks Super Bowl ad. 
January 26 is Peanut Brittle Day
2015:
Filming begins in New Zealand for Disney's Pete's Dragon a remake
of the 1977 film. Scheduled to be released in August 2016, the cast includes
Oakes Fegley as Pete, John Kassir as the voice of Elliott the Dragon, and
veteran film star Robert Redford as Mr. Meacham.