Honorary Cruise Directors Christy Carlson Romano (the voice of Kim Possible) and Raven Symone (of That's So Raven) take part in an "Evening of Magic" aboard the Disney Magic.
The fund-raising event (which raises $2 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation) commemorates the 75th anniversary of The Children's Miracle Network.
At the Disneyland Resort, Mickey's All American Pin Festival kicks off. The event pays tribute to the U.S. Olympic Team going to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Disney's stage show The Lion King premieres in Boston
at The Opera House.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs debuts.
Starring Danielle Panabaker as Brittany Aarons and Brenda Song as Natasha Kwon-Schwartz, it is one of the first made-for-television movies by Disney which is also accompanied by its own soundtrack.
"I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those days it was all flat land - no rivers, no
mountains, no castles or rocket ships - just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees." -Walt Disney
The 56th (and final) Disney Alice comedy film, Alice in the Big League is previewed in a Los Angeles theater. It will be released the following month.
The Donald Duck/Chip 'n' Dale short Dragon Around is released. Directed by Jack Hannah,
this cartoon finds construction worker Donald triying to oust Chip 'n' Dale out of their home to build a highway!
As of this day, Disney's Lilo & Stitch has taken in $119.5 million in the U.S.
Disneyland welcomes home the 100-foot tall "Happiest Balloon on Earth,"
which recently concluded an 11-city tour of the western U.S. and Canada.
The Mickey-shaped balloon will make one last appearance - as part of Disneyland's 50th anniversary -
the following day (the park's 51st birthday).
party for corporate sponsors. The show, called the Golden Horseshoe Revue, marks Wally Boag's
first official performance as Pecos Bill/Traveling Salesman at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. (The show had unofficially debuted on July 13 for the Disney's private anniversary party.)
Disney's live-action feature Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, Sarah
Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Omri Katz - is released in theaters. A
children's Halloween-themed film, it is directed by Kenny Ortega (who will later be known for his hit High
School Musical series of films).
The role of Max Dennison in Hocus Pocus was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but was given to Omri Katz when DiCaprio turned it down ... to appear in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, for which he ended up being nominated for an Academy Award.
Disney's 1940 animated feature Pinocchio is released on
VHS, Betamax and Laserdisc under the "Walt Disney Classics" brand.
Teddy Buckner, a jazz trumpeter associated with Dixieland music,
is born John Edward Buckner in Sherman, Texas. First playing professionally in Los Angeles at
the age of 15, his career spanned seven decades. A fervent disciple of jazz great Louis Armstrong, Buckner
deliberately modelled his trumpet playing upon that of his idol. From 1965 to 1981 Buckner performed with a
traditional jazz band in Disneyland's New Orleans Square.
Muppet performer Dave Goelz is born in Burbank, California. Working with Henson
Associates as a part-time puppet builder starting in 1973, Goelz went on to become a full-fledged Muppeteer
and the voices of Gonzo and Bunsen Honeydew. His Disney credits include Studio DC: Almost Live! and Disney Extreme Digital. Goelz is also the (second) voice of Figment, the mascot of the Imagination! pavilion at Epcot.
Actor Don DeFore (best known from the TV sereis Hazel) and his brother Verne were the only sole proprietors ever permitted by Walt Disney and Disneyland to operate an independent business and restaurant inside Disneyland. From 1957
to 1961, they operated Don DeFore's
Silver Banjo Barbecue
restaurant in Frontierland.
Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe opens
Walt Disney Pictures releases the live-action comedy George of the Jungle.
Inspired by the original 1967 cartoon of the same name, this film stars Brendan Fraser (as George), Leslie
Mann, Thomas Haden Church, and John Cleese.
A retirement celebration party takes place at Walt Disney Imagineering for legendary
WDI Imagineer Marty Sklar. The Walt Disney Company's International Ambassador for Walt Disney
Imagineering, he will be honored with his very own window on Main Street at Disneyland the following day.
anniversary of Walt's favorite steam engine, the CP 173, Lilly Belle. The one-eighth scale
miniature working model was originally built in the Machine Shop at Disney Studios in nearby Burbank, under the
direction of Roger Broggie, who later became one of the first Imagineers selected by Walt to build Disneyland. This is the same Lilly Belle that ran in Walt's backyard before being displayed in Disneyland's Main Street station.
The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios closes early at 6:00 p.m. for a
special Tables in Wonderland dinner event.
Over on the west coast, The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francsico holds
the first of three gatherings to celebrate Disneyland's 55th anniversary. In attendance
are Disney Legends, family members, former executives, and Imagineers who share their personal stories about
working with Walt.
Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates the hatching of a female lesser flamingo, the first lesser flamingo to be hatched at the Florida park. The egg was laid on June 19 in a habitat near The Tree of Life.
Actress and writer Sherri Stoner, who served as animation reference model for Ariel in
Disney's The Little Mermaid and for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, is born. Animators who
knew her worked in little ticks she exerted; Ariel biting her bottom lip and Belle brushing hair away from her face!
Voice actor Bill Woodson is born in Glendale, California. His Disney credits include The Rocketeer and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. Woodson's legacy will be his long association with the Super Friends animated TV series,
where he served as narrator and sometimes voiced additional characters. He can also be heard in the
opening narrative of the 1970s television sitcom The Odd Couple.