Jodi Benson (the voice of Disney's Little Mermaid) appears at
Walt Disney World for the first of a 2-day visit. She makes a special appearance in the
morning at The Art of Disney (located in Downtown Disney Marketplace) to meet fans and sign "Mermaid"
artwork purchased at the shop. In the evening she performs a concert backed by an orchestra at the open-air America Gardens Theater in Epcot's World Showcase. The scheduled 2nd show of the evening is cancelled
due to a thunderstorm.
Disney Channel airs the That's So Raven episode
"Saturday Afternoon Fever" for the first time.
Disney's Donald Duck short Early to Bed (directed by Jack King) is released.
The annoyingly loud ticking of an alarm clock is all it takes to keep Donald up for most of the night.
Disney releases the animated short How to Dance starring Goofy. The likenesses
and sounds of the Firehouse Five Plus Two (Ward Kimball's Dixieland band) are featured as well.
Actress Mindy Lee Sterling is born in Paterson, New Jersey. Her Disney credits include the
2011 Mars Needs Moms, episodes of Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That's So Raven, the
animated TV series American Dragon Jake Long, Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm, the animated feature The Brave
Little Toaster, and even a bit part in the live-action The Devil and Max Devlin. (Fans of Austin Powers know Sterling best for her role of Frau Farbissina.)
The Paris, France regional council approves plans for a Disneyland
style amusement park in Marne-laValee.
The Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour debuts at Tokyo Disney.
The Disney Gallery, featuring The Art of Disneyland 1953-1986 a collection of original artist paintings, models and maquettes representing 4 decades of Disneyland design, first opens in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. The space was originally intended to be a private apartment for Walt & Roy Disney to entertain visiting dignitaries and business associates. (The gallery will later be transformed into the Disney Dream Suite.)
Disney announces it will enter into a distribution deal with a Bay area
digital studio named Pixar. (Together they will make such films as
Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bugs Life, and Finding Nemo.)
At Disneyland's New Orleans Square,
"Looking at the Future - Tomorrowland: 1955-1998" debuts in honor
of the Disney Gallery's 10th Anniversary.
Magic Masters, the nation's largest chain of retail magic emporiums,
opens its largest store in Downtown Disney West Side, Florida.
(Based in Georgia, Magic Masters opened its first store back in 1978.)
Singer and host Bob McGrath, a fixture on TV's Sesame Street for over
38 years, is born in Ottawa, Illinois. During the summers in the mid-1980s, Epcot hosted the
All-American College Orchestra. McGrath appeared many times as one of the celebrity guests on the
America Gardens Stage with the orchestra.
Teen Pop stars Aly & AJ, Corbin Bleu, and Drake Bell headline Nextfest tour, a
29-date trek which kicks off this evening at Dogde Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Aly & AJ (the Disney sister duo) are touring in support of their newest Hollywood Records release Insomniatic.
Long-time Disney employee Harold W. Adelquist is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Beginning in 1932, he worked in production, personnel, and the story department before being assigned to the
Mickey Mouse Club as a general coordinator. Adelquist's ideas helped create the show from early conception
to the first year, and he ensured that the series met production schedules. He left the show after the first season
and was assigned to produce the live shows for the Mickey Mouse Club Circus at Disneyland.
John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, is born in
Braintree, Massachusetts. Son of President John Adams, John Quincy was also an American
diplomat and served in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Visit him and all the Chief
Executives at Walt Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Actor David Henrie is born in Los Angeles, California. Disney Channel fans know him
as Larry on That's So Raven and Justin Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place.
The Barstow Family of Wethersfield, Connecticut,
leave for a week-long California vacation. They are
the winners of a nationwide contest (originally won
by the youngest son Danny) sponsored by the 3M
Scotch Tape Company. The prize ... a family
vacation to Disneyland, including airfare, 4 days worth of Disneyland
tickets and hotel accommodations in Pasadena!
In 2008, their home movies (titled Disneyland Dream) will be selected
for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
In March 2010, the film will be released to DVD!
Nearly 400 Cast Members stand before Sleeping Beauty Castle to celebrate
Disneyland's 30th anniversary ... a year early. The Cast Members have volunteered their time on
this day to be photographed as part of a marketing campaign to publicize the milestone anniversary.
Singer and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga performs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
in Los Angeles, California. The concert marks Salonga's final North American 2008 show prior to her upcoming Asian tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. (Salonga sang "Reflection" in Disney's Mulan and
"A Whole New World" in Disney's Aladdin.)
The street lamps on Disneyland's
Main Street USA
100 years old.
"Well, voiceover, you get to be completely uninhibited and free; you just have tons of fun and don’t really
have to worry about any of the other package. Doing concerts—that’s really enjoyable to get to work
with the audience and have a good time with them on the stage, it’s live and being involved in music is
wonderful. They’re all really great in their own right. I enjoy them all equally." -Jodi Benson
Walt Disney visits the Pike Forest Fossil Beds (today
known as Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument)
in Florissant, Colorado. Walt purchases a petrified stump for Disneyland.
The webmaster of This Day in Disney History receives an email from
Robbins Barstow, the amateur filmmaker whose family made Disney history on this
day in 1956.
Hi, Tony --
I have just learned about your terrific "Today in Disney History" blog site, and am thrilled to find your "Off to Disneyland" story about the Barstow family's 1956 trip, and its immortalization in our amateur film "Disneyland Dream."
I had, frankly, forgotten that July 11 was the date of our departure, but I am forwarding your blog site to all our
family members and I am sure they will join Meg and me in celebrating the anniversary in this special way!
Meg and I are now 88 and 89 respectively, but we are still living in the same Wethersfield, Connecticut, house
shown in the film. Our daughter Mary is a psychotherapist, author, and lecturer on ethics in the healing
professions, living in Boulder, Colorado. Our older son, David, is a computer scientist operating out of Austin,
Texas; he and his wife, Linda, have two children and this year a granddaughter, named Meg after her great-grandmother. Our younger son, Daniel (the contest winner!), is an educator and recently became President of the nationwide Challenger Center for Space Science Education. He and his wife Eva live in Stow, Massachusetts.
Thanks for including us in your living history! Take care, God bless, and carry on.
Disney's short Donald's Dilemma, featuring Donald Duck and Daisy, is released.
A blow on the head from a flowerpot changes Donald's personality for the better, but he can't remember Daisy!
Fans of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb in New York City’s Times Square are treated to a
brilliantly fun kickoff to the cross-country tour of Perry the Platy-bus. The event includes
singing, dancing, free t-shirts, and four members of the show’s cast and crew. Perry the Platy-bus, based on the
pet/secret agent Perry the Platypus from the show, is making its way from New York to San Diego, where it will
arrive at Comic-Con next week to showcase the upcoming TV movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension.
Walt Disney Productions publicly announces that it will soon be purchasing the Disneyland Hotel from the Wrather Corporation. (The deal will suddenly fall through and it will
be another 15 years before Disney can finally take control of the hotel.)
With less than a week before Disneyland's grand debut, the floral in "floral Mickey"
(to be placed in the flower beds at the park's entrance) has not been planted!
Horticulturalist Jack Evans receives a memo dated this day, from Joe Fowler (the man in charge
of leading Disneyland's construction) which reads:
"When are you going to plant Mickey Mouse in the entrance? Looks to me like the time is getting pretty late."