Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin (of the famous Apollo 11 crew) takes the controls
aboard Mission: SPACE at Epcot during the filming of an ABC television
segment that features the new attraction. The segment will be shown Aug.15,
2003, on ABC-TV during the network's airing of the feature film Mission to Mars.
Emily Bavar Kelly, a retired journalist for The Sentinel Star (the newspaper which
later became The Orlando Sentinel), passes away at age 88. She is best known for her
1965 articles which speculated that Walt Disney was behind the secret purchase of large parcels of land in
Character actor Sam Edwards passes away in Colorado. His Disney voice credits include
Thumper in Bambi and Ollie the Owl for the America Sings park attraction. He also appeared in the live-action 1975
film Escape to Witch Mountain and episodes of Disney's television series; most notably "The Flight of the Grey Wolf."
Edwards also performed the voice of Tigger (a role most commonly assocaied with Paul Wincell) for various projects.
(Fans of Little House on the Prairie will recognize Edwards for his role of Bill Anderson.)
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The Cat's Out, directed by Wilfred Jackson, is
released. The plot centers around a cat who after being struck on the head begins hallucinating all sorts
of creepy things!
Actor Philip Proctor, the voice of Meltdown, the fat alien, in Treasure Planet, is born in Goshen, Indiana. His Disney voice credits also include The Princess and the Frog, Home on the Range,
Monsters, Inc., Aladdin, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, and The Lion King. Comedy fans know Proctor as a member of the Firesign Theater. (He was also the voice of Howard on the animated television series Rugrats.)
Walt Disney's 13th animated film Alice in Wonderland is released in U.S. theaters by RKO Radio Pictures, two days after its London premiere. Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, will later narrate the Alice attraction at Disneyland. Alice features the animation of all of Walt's "Nine Old Men." Alice's musical score, written by Oliver Wallace, will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Also released is the True-Life Adventure Nature's Half Acre.
Disney's experimental computer animated film Oilspot and Lipstick
is released at a computer convention in Anaheim, California. The short
centers on two dogs (named Oilspot and Lipstick) who are made out of junkyard metal parts.
At Disneyland, the Main Street branch of the Bank of America (in business since
The 400th Disney Store opens - in Rochester, New York at
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive.
Disney releases the comedy Operation Dumbo Drop to U.S. theaters. Conceived from
a screenplay written by Gene Quintano and Jim Kouf, it is based on a true story by United States Army Major
Jim Morris. The film stars Danny Glover and Ray Liotta as Green Berets during the Vietnam War in 1968, who
attempt to transport an elephant through jungle terrain to a local South Vietnamese village which in turn helps
American forces monitor Viet Cong activity.
TIME magazine runs an article titled, "The Lion King A Different Breed Of Cats."
The article focuses on the Minneapolis production and the question of whether or not Broadway audiences
in New York are ready for Disney's version of its classic animated film.
Win Ben Stein's Money debuts on Comedy Central. The game show is produced for Comedy
Central by Valleycrest Productions, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, and distributed by Buena
Vista Television. It features three contestants who compete in a general knowledge quiz contest to win the
grand prize of $5,000 from the show's host, Ben Stein (an actor, writer, lawyer, and commentator on political
and economic issues). In the second half of the show, Stein participates as a "common contestant" in order to
defend his money from being taken by his competitors. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is the show's co-host.
Disney's first cruise ship The Magic, is christened by Patricia Disney (Roy
E. Disney's wife) in Florida. Built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the Disney Magic can
hold approximately 2,400 passengers. The ship boasts 10 expansive decks, a total length of 964
feet, a maximum width of 106 feet and an astonishing gross tonnage of 83,000. Patty Disney
christens the ship by remote control, flicking a switch that sends a 3-foot-tall bottle of champagne
crashing into the ship's hull. The Magic then sets sail with a star-studded manifest that includes Star
Wars director George Lucas, San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson and country singer Travis
Tritt, on a two-day trip to Disney's private island in the Bahamas. The ship's last test run, it will
embark on its official maiden voyage two days later.
The life and contributions of the late animator Ward Kimball is celebrated at the Walt Disney Barn Museum. Kimball was one of the founding governors of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, which operates Walt's Barn in Griffith Park, California.
L.A. Times staff writer Joel Sappell became Disneyland's
first Mowgli (the Man-Cub from Disney's The Jungle Book) in 1967. As a 14-year old, he roamed the park with an ape
named King Louie
and a bear
The 22nd Annual Imagen Awards Gala debuts at the sold out
Walt Disney Concert Hall in California.
Hilary Duff's Dignity tour, in support of her third studio album (released by
Disney's Hollywood Records) kicks off in Winnipeg.
Disney's stage musical The Lion King begins performances at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. (It will play through June 2006.)
Alice in Wonderland U.S. Release
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy Turner & Hooch starring
Tom Hanks (the future voice of Toy Story's Sheriff Woody). Detective Scott Turner (Hanks)
is an uptight, by-the-book police officer who hopes to leave his sleepy California town and work in the big city.
When his friend Amos Reed (played by John McIntire), the proprietor of a junkyard, is killed, Turner reluctantly
inherits the man's dog called Hooch (played by a canine named Beasley). Realizing that the canine may be able
to help him solve the murder case, Turner attempts to adjust to life with the big dog, resulting in much household destruction and unwelcome chaos. The film is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't." -Alice in Wonderland
Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Guests learn why biodiversity is so important by participating in fun, informative activities and presentations.
Meet Me at Disneyland (a limited TV series broadcast live on KTTV directly from the
Anaheim park) airs episode 8 "Music on the Mall." Host Johnny Jacobs takes viewers on a ride
on the Douglas Moon Rocket. Special guests include Dave Barry, Harry James, The Osmond Brothers and Walt
Disney himself! Meet Me at Disneyland is designed to boost park attendance during the summer weeknights.
William "Bud" Luckey, a cartoonist, animator, singer, musician, and composer, is
born in Billings, Montana. Best known for his work at Pixar as a character designer for Toy Story, Toy
Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, Luckey also
supplied the voice for Eeyore in Disney's 2011 animated feature Winnie the Pooh. (Luckey has designed and
illustrated more than 100 children's books and wrote and animated many short films for Sesame Street.)
Alice in Wonderland voice cast:
Kathryn Beaumont as Alice / Ed Wynn as Mad Hatter / Richard Haydn as Caterpillar / Sterling Holloway as Cheshire Cat
Jerry Colonna as March Hare / Verna Felton as Queen of Hearts / J. Pat O'Malley as Tweedlee & Tweedledum / Bill Thompson as White Rabbit
Ground breaking begins for a new Vacation Club Resort in Vero Beach, Florida.
The 13th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Hayao Miyazaki takes place at the
Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Attending this special tribute to the great Japanese
animator are John Lasseter, Matt Groening, June Foray, Ron Clements and John Musker.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Brian Setzer and his 17-piece big band perform two shows on the
West End Stage at Disney World's Pleasure Island.