At Tokyo DisneySea, Raging Spirits (a high-speed roller coaster) begins
operation. Located in the Lost River Delta section of the park, the attraction
takes riders through the ruins of an ancient ceremonial site.
            Veteran actor Don Knotts is born Jesse Donald Knotts 
                      in Morgantown, West Virginia. His live-action Disney credits include the 
                    1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang, the 1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, the
1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet, and the  1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Knotts also supplied voices
for the animated 101 Dalmatians: The Series, was the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in the animated 2005 Chicken Little and supplied the voice for Sniffer for the 2006 live-action Air Buddies. In February 1972 he hosted an episode of
The Mouse Factory. (TV fans will remember him best for his Emmy Award winning role of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife
on the classic 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.)
Disney releases the Mickey Mouse short The Pointer, directed by Clyde Geronomi.
Mickey tries to teach Pluto to be a quail hunting dog, but Pluto isn’t cut out for the pointing business. Many
animation experts consider this short to be a milestone in the evolution of Mickey Mouse. Beautifully animated
and realistic, it is a turning point in Mickey's appearance as he looks closer to his modern-day version. The 
addition of pupils to Mickey’s eyes help make his face more expressive (a look similar to his Fantasia appearance).
Mouseketeer Margene Storey - who joined The Mickey Mouse Club for
 its second season in 1956 - is born in El Centro, California. She appeared
 extensively in production numbers due to her ability to dance.
Comedian-actor Robin Williams, the voice of the Blue Genie of the Lamp in Disney's 
1992 Aladdin and the voice of Timekeeper in the 1992 From Time to Time (which 
played in the Disney World attraction The Timekeeper) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
His role as the Genie (which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) was instrumental
in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Williams also starred in Disney's 1997 
live-action feature Flubber and the 2009 comedy Old Dogs, the same year he was 
inducted a Disney Legend.
Actor Basil Rathbone (known for his role of Sherlock Holmes) passes
away in New York City. His Disney voice credits include the 1986 The Great Mouse
Detective (in which an old sound bite was used) and the 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (as
 the narrator of the "Wind in the Willows" segment).
The Boiler Room Barbecue, a restaurant at Tokyo Disneyland, opens for business.
Disney Wonder - the second of the Disney cruise ships - visits Southhampton, England on her delivery voyage from Italy (where she was built) to Florida. The vessel is 965 feet long and can hold a maximum of 3,325 passengers.

The first Disney FASTPASS Ticket is given out at Walt Disney World.
A virtual queuing system, FASTPASS allows guests to avoid long lines at the attractions on which the system 
is installed, freeing them to enjoy other attractions during their wait.
              Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone begin a 
2-day engagement at Disney's California Adventure.

The Country Bears, a live-action film produced by Walt Disney Pictures & based loosely on the Disney attraction Country Bear Jamboree, premieres.
An unfortunate accident occurs at Disney World's Animal Kingdom
when a giraffe is struck and killed by lightning.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep, starring sisters Kay 
Panabaker and Danielle Panabaker, debuts. A schoolgirl's (Kay Panabaker) private journal becomes a best-seller after she accidentally hands it in as a homework assignment.
Disneyland replaced individual ride tickets (in use since 1955) with its 
new passports (single admission price to the park)
in 1982.

The NFFC's 20th Anniversary Convention kicks off at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in 
Garden Grove, California. The Club for Disney Enthusiasts, is an international, 
non-profit organization committed to preserving and sharing the rich legacy
of Walt Disney. 

Legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose Disney credits include the 
animated feature Mulan and the theme park attraction Soarin' Over California
passes away at 75 in Beverly Hills, California. In 1994, he was a guest conductor on the 
television special Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. As a student at L.A. City College in
the 1950s, Goldsmith studied under a professor named Buddy Baker (future Disney Legend later known
for his musical contributions to the Haunted Mansion attraction).
Tony Award-winning singer & actress Lillias White - the voice of Calliope, Muse
of Epics in Disney's animated Hercules - is born in Brooklyn, New York.
Animator Charlie Downs (retired since 1992) passes away. He began his career in Disney's 
Animation Department in 1950 as an inbetweener, breakdown artist, key rough artist and cleanup assistant to 
several of Walt's "Nine Old Men" (such as Ward Kimball & Les Clark). Downs also worked as a staff animator on 
many Disney features including Peter Pan and The Black Cauldron.
He later worked on such television cartoons as The Pink PantherCasperScooby-Doo, and The Jetsons.
At a press conference on the Empress Lilly at Downtown Disney Marketplace in 
Florida, Disney CEO Michael Eisner announces plans for a new addition to be called 
Pleasure Island. (Construction will begin on Pleasure Island in August and officially open in May 1989.)
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Actor, producer, voice actor, and sound effects specialist Ike Eisenmann is born in 
Houston, Texas. As a child, his most recognized role was the character Tony in the Disney films Escape to 
Witch Mountain and its sequel Return from Witch Mountain. (As an adult, he appeared in the 2009 Race to 
Witch Mountain - playing a sheriff.) During the late 1970s Eisenmann also appeared in episodes of Disney's 
anthology series - most notably Shadow of Fear and Kit Carson and the Mountain 
Men. His voice can be heard in Disney's 2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.

Meet Me at Disneyland (a limited TV series broadcast live on KTTV directly from the 
Anaheim park) airs episode 7 "Fun in Frontierland." With the emphasis on Frontierland, the 
show opens with the Gonzalez Trio, who perform a series of lively dance numbers. Host Johnny Jacobs 
introduces the Villa Fontana Violinists from Mexico City, who play several Mexican folk songs. After Zorro 
vanquishes a foe on the rooftops, Jacob takes viewers aboard the Mine Train for an exciting ride through 
Rainbow Caverns and the Painted Desert. Guests include The June Rudell Quintet, Larry Verne and Brian 
Keith. Meet Me at Disneyland is designed to boost park attendance during the summer weeknights.
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Pleasure Island project announced
 "We did Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a 
financial disaster - closed and forgotten within the first year." -Walt Disney
Construction officially begins on Disneyland.
Amazingly it will be built in less than a year!
Here We Go Again the second studio album from Demi Lovato is released on Disney's Hollywood Records. It will debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 108,000 copies in its first week.

The Disney short Pests of the West, directed by Charles Nichols, is released. 
Pluto guards the chicken house from a hungry coyote named Bent-Tail ... and his even hungrier son!
Disney and Target announce a new fashion line of apparel and accessories called
"D-Signed," available only at Target stores nationwide and Target.com
beginning in August.
Walt Disney Imagineers and various crews working on the construction of
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort hold a "topping out" ceremony at Walt 
Disney World. A tradition in the construction and engineering fields, it takes place when the highest piece of steel 
is placed on a building’s frame. Today's ceremony takes place atop a wing of the resort that will be themed after The Lion King. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which will bring to life famous Disney and Disney•Pixar films, is set to open in 
early Summer 2012.
July 21
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
A large number of New York City newsboys refuse to distribute the newspapers of
Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the World, and William Randolph Hearst, publisher of the JournalThe newsboys' strike of 1899 (as it will come to be known) will change the way newspapers 
compensate their child labor force of newspaper hawkers.​ The young strikers demonstrate across the Brooklyn Bridge 
for several days, effectively bringing traffic to a standstill! The events of the 1899 strike will later inspire the 1992 
Disney film Newsies and a musical theatre adaptation of the film, also called Newsies, in 2011.
Descendants 2, a musical fantasy television film premieres on Disney Channel.
The sequel to the 2015 film Descendants, the film stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo
Stewart, Mitchell Hope and China Anne McClain.

On the same day, the soundtrack to Descendants 2 is released on Walt Disney Records.

The family sitcom Raven's Home premieres on Disney Channel. A spinoff of That's So Raven,
the series centers around Raven Baxter, a divorced mother of preteen twins Booker and Nia, living with Chelsea, her 
childhood best friend, and her son Levi in Chicago, Illinois.