The Firehouse Five Plus Two (a spare-time Dixieland group made up of writers, animators, producers and directors at the Walt Disney Studios) are recorded live at The Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland. Their performance the following day will also be recorded and eventually be released on Good Time Jazz Records.
Disney announces that David Vixie, an 8th-grade Humanities teacher from Paradise, California, has been named the 2005 Teacher of the Year.
Actor Keenan Wynn (son of legendary comic Ed Wynn) is born in New York City.
His live-action Disney credits include The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Snowball Express, Herbie
Rides Again, and The Shaggy D.A. Originally encouraged to become an actor by his dad Ed, the two appeared
together in the original Playhouse 90 television production of Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight. Keenan
appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows between 1934 and 1986 - TV fans may recognize his voice
as the Winter Warlock in the 1970 holiday special Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town.
Disney's Pluto cartoon Canine Casanova, directed by Charles A. Nichols,
is released. Pluto (voiced by Pinto Colvig) is smitten with Dinah the dachshund ... but
unfortunately she ignores him.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return for their fourth year of training camp at
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida. The first official day of
practice is scheduled for the following day.
The Disney short In the Bag, featuring Humphrey the Bear and Ranger Audubon
J. Woodlore, is released. It is the second of only two cartoons to headline the characters of
Humphrey and Ranger Woodlore (both of whom had appeared in a number of Donald Duck shorts). In the
Bag is also one of only a few CinemaScope cartoon shorts to be produced by Disney.
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Disney's Peter Pan is released in the U.K.
Future Disney Legend Bill "Sully" Sullivan officially starts working at
Disneyland as a ticket taker on the Jungle Cruise attraction, at the age of 19.
After three years of working as a "Jungle Bunny," he will become a part of Disney management. Sully will later
work on the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley and the New York World's Fair. Eventually he will be relocated to
Florida to assist with the opening of Walt Disney World. In 1987, he will be named vice president of the Magic Kingdom.
"I watched the opening ceremonies for Disneyland. The following Saturday I went down and applied for a job. On Monday, I quit Northrop Aircraft and Tuesday, I reported to work as a ticket taker at the Jungle Cruise." -Bill "Sully" Sullivan
Firehouse 5 Plus 2 live at Disneyland
"I do not consider myself a star. I'm a craftsman and I know my craft." -Keenan Wynn
D23, the official Disney fan club, gives members the chance to be the last to go
on Star Tours before it closes for rehabilitation at Disneyland. (Yesterday, Monday July
26, was the attraction's last regular day in business.) Before Disneyland shuts down Star Tours for a year (to
transform the attraction into a 3-D journey), D23 members take a final ride after 1 a.m.
"I took my final ride on Star Tours late Monday night. It was cool riding the “Flight to Endor” for the last time, particularly with
an audience that was there specifically to see it before all flights were grounded. On board during my final flight was a person
dressed in an Imperial Stormtrooper’s costume and a woman dressed up like Princess Leia." -Imagineer Mark Eades
Keenan's Disney roles:
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) - villainous Alonzo Hawk
Son of Flubber (1963) - reprising the role of Alonzo Hawk
Snowball Express (1972) - banker Martin Ridgeway
Herbie Rides Again (1974) - portraying Alonzo Hawk for the third and final time
The Shaggy D.A. (1976) - corrupt district attorney John Slade
Jennings Osborne, the creator of the Osborne Family Spectacle of
Dancing Lights, passes away at the age of 67 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Known as the man with the dazzling lights outside his home in Arkansas and each year at
Christmas time at Disney World, Osborne was a successful business man and self-made
millionaire who started a medical research facility with his wife in 1968. (A microbiologist
by training, he opened a prescription drug testing laboratory that grew to become one of the
premier human-trial research facilities in the industry.) A holiday tradition at WDW, Osborne first lit up Residential
Street at Disney-MGM Studios (today known as Disney's Hollywood Studios) back in November 1995.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Martin A. "Marty" Sklar, The Walt Disney Company's International Ambassador for
Walt Disney Imagineering, passes away at age 83 in Hollywood Hills, California.
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Sklar was a student at UCLA and editor of its newspaper in 1955 when he
was recruited to create a 1950s-themed newspaper, The Disneyland News, a month before the theme park
opened. After graduating, he joined Disneyland full-time in 1956, where he was responsible for most of the park's
publicity and marketing materials. In 1961, he moved to WED Enterprises (later renamed Walt Disney
Imagineering) and worked on attractions for the 1964 New York World's Fair. For the next 10 years, he wrote
personal materials for Walt Disney for use in publications, television and special films. In 1974 he became vice
president of concepts/planning, and guided the creative development of EPCOT Center and supervised the
design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney's Animal
Kingdom, Disney California Adventure Park, Tokyo DisneySea, the Walt Disney Studios Park and Hong Kong
Disneyland. Recognized as a Disney Legend in 2001, Sklar retired in July 2009.