Actor and Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke plays the Deagan Organ Chimes (a
novelty musical instrument) with the Dapper Dans during a special
barbershop performance at the Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage in
Disneyland. The performance is part of a ceremony naming Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A. an
Honorary Chapter of the Barbershop Society, with all the Dapper Dans, past and present, as founding members.
Disneyland's Rocket Jets, Peoplemover, the General Electric
Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant all open in
the park's updated Tomorrowland. The Rocket Jets (a 12 two-person spinning rocket attraction)
sits above the PeopleMover in the Tomorrowland plaza area. The Peoplemover, a family friendly attraction, offers
a leisurely ride over Tomorrowland. Due to its success at the 1964-65 World's Fair, General Electric continues its
sponsorship of the Carousel of Progress. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, the Tomorrowland Terrace features a stage
for live entertainment.
Although it has been up and running since June 5, Walt Disney
World's If You Had Wings attraction is formally unveiled during a dedication
ceremony in Tomorrowland. Sponsored by Eastern Airlines (at this time the official airline of the Disney
resort) it will be the last Omnimover ride Disney will build for over ten years. The ride features such travel
destinations as Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and New Orleans.
"Hollywood Bowl Celebrates 50 Years of Disneyland" is performed for
the first of 3 nights at the famous California concert venue by the
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Disney announces that they have given 20,000 free tickets to poor families
and the disabled to visit Hong Kong Disneyland on the last 2 days of
August (before the new park officially opens to the public September 12).
Disney Studio. As his starting salary is only twelve dollars a week, he must take
a second job at night in store decorations at Sears. He will go on to become one of
Walt's famous "Nine Old Men" and work at Walt Disney Productions until 1976.
Variety runs a full-page ad by Walt Disney accusing the leaders of the
current animators' strike to be employing "Communistic agitation."
Maynard Smith - artist, storyteller, and ... the greatest Disneyland Cast Member of all time - is born.
Disney files a lawsuit against ABC. The network had advised Disney that
they would not televise Zorro or Mickey Mouse Club next season. ABC also
informs Disney that these TV shows cannot be offered to other networks.
Disney asks the court to invalidate the contracts between the two
companies under provisions of the federal anti-trust laws.
Actress-singer Jennifer McGill, a member of the Disney Channel's The All
New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Denison, Texas. She also lent her voice
to the Disney acapella group American VYBE.
Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale is born in Monmouth, New Jersey. Her Disney
credits include the trio of High School Musical films, the Disney Channel
series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, the animated Kim Possible, and the
Disney/Pixar animated feature A Bug's Life.
Disney's animated film The Great Mouse Detective (based on the children's
book series by Eve Titus, Basil of Baker Street) is released in U.S. theaters. The
score is written by composer Henry Mancini who also collaborated on two of the three featured songs with
lyricists Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh. The film's voice cast include Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Vincent
Price, Candy Candido, Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, and Tony Anselmo. This is the first film directed by John
Musker and Ron Clements - the duo who will go on to direct The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules,
and Treasure Planet.
Actress Lindsay Lohan is born in New York City. Her Disney credits include the 1998 The
Parent Trap, the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, the 2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and the
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded.
Aladdin's Oasis opens in Disneyland's Adventureland. An outdoor restaurant, guests are
entertained by characters from Disney's animated feature Aladdin.
Disney re-releases its 1939 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to theaters. The film has been painstakingly restored by Eastman Kodak's Cinesite division during an 18 week
overhaul in their Los Angeles facilities. (Cinesite is one of the largest full-service visual effects and post production facilities in the world, providing services as diverse as digital effects, physical effects, model construction and unit photography, film scanning, laser recording and visual effects supervision.)
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases Son in Law a comedy starring Pauly Shore,
Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett, Tiffani Thiessen and Brendan Fraser
(making a cameo as the same character he played in Encino Man).
Disney's documentary film America's Heart and Soul
(by filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg) is released.
"Raging Bull," the 6th episode of Phil of the Future
premieres on Disney Channel.
AMC Theatres Pleasure Island 24 has a grand reopening in Florida.
Newly expanded from 10 screens to two dozen, the theatres also
In the early days of Disneyland,
Mr. Toad did not appear in Mr.
Toad's Wild Ride, nor did Peter
Pan or Snow White feature in
their own rides. The idea was
that guests would view the
attractions from the lead
character's point of view. Hardly
anyone understood this concept
so now each character makes
a brief appearance.
Walt Disney Pictures premieres The Moon-Spinners, starring Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, and Peter McEnery. Based on a novel by Mary Stewart, an English woman and her young niece, Nikky,
stumble into the midst of intrigue while on vacation in Greece. The film will be generally released 6 days later.
The 38th Annual Cast Member Canoe Races are held at Disneyland. For the
first time in its history, the races (held on the Rivers of America) benefit a charity
organization - Wonderful Outdoor World, which exposes inner city children to
the great outdoors.
Writer, producer, comedian and actor Larry David (famously known for co-creating
and co-writing Seinfeld, and for starring as a semi-fictionalised version of himself in
Curb Your Enthusiasm) is born in Brooklyn, New York. David appeared as himself in a
May 2007 episode of Disney Channel's Hanna Montana.
The Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction begins operation in Disneyland’s new
Living Desert. (In 1960, the Mine Train attraction will be upgraded to become the Mine Train through
The Great Mouse Detective released
"When the worries and hubbub of the world bum you out, take a break and let your inner-child enjoy somethin' silly. Clean drinkin' water is good for a thirsty body and clean humor is good for a thirsty soul." -Maynard Smith
London's crime-fighting ace on his most baffling case!
Disneyland fires off its Holiday Fireworks Spectacular for the first of four nights.
Captain EO returns to Epcot. It's been 16 years since the 3-D sci-fi movie featuring Michael Jackson
played at WDW, and today's ribbon-cutting ceremony includes cast members who were working at EO when it
closed back in 1994!
The Happiest Music on Earth
Frederick Fennell, an internationally recognized conductor and one of the primary
figures in promoting the wind ensemble as a performing group, is born in Cleveland, Ohio. In December 1971 he conducted the orchestra at Walt Disney World's very first Candlelight Processional.
The 26th animated feature in the official
canon, The Great Mouse Detective was
directed by Burny Mattinson, David
Michener, and the team of John Musker
and Ron Clements.
Coca‑Cola Store Orlando officially opens at Disney Springs. The building, modeled
after a 1920s bottling plant, features a rooftop terrace. The ground floor of the building contains the
merchandise area where visitors can buy apparel and handmade items created from recycled material.
DisneyQuest permanently closes at the end of this day at Walt Disney World. First
opening on June 19, 1998, as part of a major expansion of the Downtown Disney entertainment district (today
called Disney Springs), DisneyQuest was an indoor interactive theme park. The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will take its place.