Disney's Tarzan & Jane is released straight to DVD and video. A sequel to the 1999 animated feature Tarzan, it is made up of three unaired episodes of the film's corresponding television series, The Legend of Tarzan.
Also released on DVD are the classic animated features Robin Hood, The Rescuers Down Under, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Fox and the Hound.
The soundtrack for the upcoming Disney film The Country Bears is released. It contains songs from Don Henley, John Hiatt (who penned 7 of the 14 tracks), Bonnie Raitt, Men At Work's Colin Hay, Elton John, Brian Setzer, Bela Fleck, and The Byrds. (The film will open 3 days later.)
Disney background artist & Disney Legend Al Dempster is born in Atlantic City,
New Jersey. Starting in 1939, he worked on such classics as Fantasia, Dumbo, and Song of the South.
Later Dempster went on to illustrate more than a dozen Disney Golden Books. In 1966, at Walt Disney's personal
request, Dempster donated his time and talent to the creation of the "Queen of the World" shrine at the St.
Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff, California. Italian sculptor Pasquini Enzo sculpted the central figure of Mary,
Mother of God, directly from Dempster's detailed drawings!
It is reported that for the first time Walt Disney World will run national TV ads about a single ride. The company's new campaign will be centered around Epcot's thrilling attraction,
Mission: Space (which begins operation August 15).
"Cinderella," the first single off The Cheetah Girls's self-titled soundtrack album The Cheetah Girls, officially premieres on Radio Disney.
Actor Karl Swenson, the voice of Merlin in Disney's 1963 release
The Sword in the Stone, is born in Brooklyn, New York. A character actor
who started out on radio, Swenson is best known for his television role of Lars on Little House on the Prairie.
Architect Arata Isozaki, the designer of the Team
Disney Building near Orlando, Florida, is born in Ōita,
Japan. The building's oddly looped gateway suggests
a giant pair of Mickey ears! Opened since 1991, Team Disney
Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is the administrative headquarters
of the Walt Disney World Resort. It sits across from Downtown Disney
near the Walt Disney World Casting Center. Known for using bold,
exaggerated forms and inventive detailing, Isozaki's other designs
include Kyoto Concert Hall in Kyoto, Japan, Sports Hall for the 1992
Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and Museum of Contemporary Art
in California, USA.
Actress Edie McClurg, the voices of Minny in both Cars and Cars 2, and Carlotta in the
1989 classic The Little Mermaid, is born in Kansas City, Missouri. McClurg's Disney credits also include Wreck-It Ralph, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Home on the Range, Air Bud: Spike's Back, A Bug's Life, Flubber, and episodes of Disney Channel's American Dragon: Jake Long. She can also be heard as the voice of
Fran the squirrel on Disney Channel's Higglytown Heroes and Bea's mom on Fish Hooks. (One of the most recognizable character actresses, fans of the comedy feature Ferris Bueller's Day Off know McClurg as Grace, the secretary.)
Legendary singer-songwriter Mel Tormé records his live CD A&E: An Evening With Mel Tormé Live From the Disney Institute at Disney World. It will be released the following October on the Concord Jazz label. Nicknamed The Velvet Fog, jazz singer Tormé is best known for composing the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song."
Inspector Gadget, starring Matthew Broderick, debuts. The live-action comedy is produced by
Caravan Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. Based on the animated
cartoon series, the film will gross $103 million worldwide and spawn a direct-to-video sequel.
The Television Critics Association awards Disney Channel's High School Musical Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming.
Mickey Mouse (playing the piano)
was first added to
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,
London in 1930.
Disney's True-Life Adventure film Prowlers of the Everglades is released
along with the adventure feature The Sword and the Rose. In Everglades, Disney
filmmakers take their cameras to Florida and capture the lives of such creatures as alligators, raccoons, and
snakebirds. The Sword and the Rose tells the story of Mary Tudor (a younger sister of Henry VIII of England)
and her troubled path to true love. Based on the 1898 novel "When Knighthood Was in Flower" by Charles
Major, the film stars Glynis Johns as Mary. (Eleven years later, Glynis will portray Winifred Banks, the children's
mother, a suffragette, in Disney's Mary Poppins.)
A letter written on this day to Walt Disney from Chester Feitel indicates the level of security surrounding some of the military projects undertaken at the Studio. The letter references a training film on aerial gunnery tactics for the U.S. Navy. (The U.S. is in the midst of World War II.)
The letter includes these words: "Navy insists I re-emphasize the CONFIDENTIAL nature of this project. It should be discussed with only those whom you would be justified to entrust with work upon it. All correspondence should be destroyed or retained in safe, confidential files."
The eighth Phil of the Future episode "Daddy Dearest" airs for the first time on
An exclusive sneak peek preview of the film The Incredibles is held at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, California. It is attended by Pixar director Brad Bird
and producer John Walker.
ENCORE! Cast Choir And Orchestra (made up of Disney Cast Members) perform "Anything Can Happen" at Epcot World Showplace. Benefiting United Arts of Central Florida, the show features music from such stage productions as Mamma Mia, Spamalot, and Hairspray. It is the first of a 3-night engagement at the Florida theme park. ENCORE! was formed in 2002 by a small group of musically talented Cast Members who wished to give back to the community.
It is reported that Australian actress Mia Wasikowska has been cast as Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (a combination of live-action and performance-capture CGI that will be presented fully in 3D).
Disney releases the film Herbie Goes Bananas to theaters in the UK. Already released in the U.S. since June 1980, it is the fourth of a series of films starring Herbie – the white Volkswagen racing Beetle with a mind of its own.
Kingdom of Dreams and Magic - Tokyo Disneyland, the first official Tokyo
Disneyland video, is released in Japan.
Disney's animated feature film The Lion King is released to theaters in Japan.
"Wowsers! It's the top secret Gadget phone." -Inspector Gadget
At Comic-Con 2009, veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join TRON
producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger for an unprecedented presentation
featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3D
adventures Disney's A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and TRON. Comic-Con's
first ever 3D panel, it is moderated by actor-comedian Patton Oswalt (the voice of Remy in the film Ratatouille).
At Epcot, ENCORE! performs the first of a 3-night engagment. A yearly event presented by
Cast Members, this year's performance "Revolution - A Musical Flashback to the 60s and 70s" benefits the United
Arts of Central Florida.
Disneyland's Junior Autopia attraction debuts.
"Since Autopia was so popular, and the north area of Disneyland was so barren after the (Mickey Mouse Club)
Circus was removed, Walt added the second Autopia track in that location. Since the original Autopia cars were
a bit big for real tiny children, the Junior cars had booster blocks on the gas pedal so they could drive. The cars
used on both tracks were otherwise identical." -Disney Legend & Imagineer Bob Gurr
The comedy feature Another Stakeout is released by Touchstone Pictures. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez and Rosie O'Donnell, it is a sequel to the 1987 film Stakeout.
Typhoon Vicente shuts down Hong Kong Disneyland early. May through September is
peak typhoon season for areas in East Asia, including Hong Kong and Japan. Typhoon Vicente's rainbands
will bring heavy squally showers to Hong Kong, during which over 7.9 in of rainfall will be recorded!
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
In Florida, one of the original Pleasure Island clubs is torn down as the Disney Springs project moves forward.
Crews demolish the Comedy Warehouse building as part of plans to
transform the mostly defunct Pleasure Island and the rest of the
Downtown Disney area into a new complex called Disney Springs, featuring
new shops, dining and entertainment. (Pleasure Island opened in 1989 with several clubs, including Comedy Warehouse.)