Disney's animated Atlantis: The Lost Empire premieres in Hollywood at Disney's
El Capitan Theatre. Set in the year 1914 during the eve of World War I, the film tells the story of a young
linguist named Milo who gains possession of a sacred book which he believes will guide him to the mythical city of
Atlantis. The all-star voice cast includes Michael J. Fox (as Milo James Thatch), Corey Burton (as Gaetan 'The Mole' Moliere), Claudia Christian (as Helga Katrina Sinclair), James Garner (as Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke), Jim
Varney (as Cookie Farnsworth) and Leonard Nimoy (as King Kashekim Nedakh). Atlantis: The Lost Empre will be
generally released in U.S. theaters June 15.
Rod Serling creator & host of the current Night Gallery (and The Twilight Zone which ran from 1959-1964) appears on the cover of TV Guide.
The Bistro de Paris restaurant in the France Pavilion
at Epcot's World Showcase opens.
Actress/singer-songwriter Lalaine (Vergara-Paras), who portrayed Miranda
Isabella Sanchez on the Disney Channel sitcom Lizzie McGuire, is born in
Burbank, California. Her credits also include the Disney Channel original movie You Wish and
Disney's TV version of Annie.
Disneyland's Space Mountain is
actually sunk 17 feet into the
ground so it won't dwarf the
Sleeping Beauty Castle.
The Disney Channel Premiere Film Looking for Miracles debuts. The film is based on the memoir "Looking for Miracles" by A.E. Hotchner - actor Paul Newman's long-time business partner for "Newman's Own" brand and Connecticut next-door neighbor!
At the MTV Movie Awards, Johnny Depp wins Best Performance for his role in
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Disney's swashbuckling
feature also wins Best Movie.
Army Wives, a new series for Lifetime produced by Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, premieres.
The Donald Duck short Winter Storage, featuring Chip 'n' Dale and directed
by Jack Hannah, is released. Winter is coming and the chipmunk duo's acorn inventory is
running low. What better place to stock up than Park Ranger Donald's tree seeding project!
Disneyland's Puffin Bakery, opened since July 1955, closes on Main Street.
The space will become the Sunkist Citrus House and in 1990 the Blue Ribbon Bakery.
In Memory of Wally Boag (1920-2011)
"My hero, the first comedian I ever saw live, my influence, a man to whom I aspired, has passed on.
Wally Boag." -Steve Martin's Twitter, This Day in Disney History 2011
Donn Tatum retires as chairman and chief executive officer of Walt Disney
Productions, becoming chairman of the executive committee. On this same day,
Card Walker is elected chairman of Walt Disney Productions.
Walt Disney Productions announces the creation of new divisions: Walt Disney Motion Picture and Television Production Division, Walt Disney Outdoor Recreation Division
(with Dick Nunis being named president), and Walt Disney Marketing Division.
Disneyland treats guests to a preview of a new fireworks show called "Magical."
The nighttime presentation features 750 discreet digital-control channels, Disney Air Launch system (which
creates less ground-level smoke than the former system using black powder) and the addition of six high-beam
lights shooting up behind the castle. "Magical" will officially begin its summer run June 12.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special hosted by John
Ratzenberger on ABC-TV. The special is directed, written and executive produced by Leslie Iwerks
(daughter of Don Iwerks and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks).
Disney's Hollywood Pictures premieres The Rock an action film starring Sean
Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. As much of the story primarily takes place on Alcatraz
Island (a small island in the San Francisco Bay area that once served as a lighthouse, a military fortification,
a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison) the film's grand debut actually takes place
on Alcatraz Island (today an historical site). The Rock will be generally released June 7.
Disney Legend Rue McClanahan passes away at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
at age 76. The Emmy-winning actress was best known for her role on the hit series The Golden Girls
(a Touchstone Television production which ran for 8 years starting in 1985).
Disney-MGM hosts the third (of 6) Star Wars Weekends. Celebrity guests include Warwick Davis and Don Bies.
Disneyland officially launched Star Tours – The Adventures Continue with a gala
ceremony in Tomorrowland. (The force is now strong on both coasts as Star Tours opened at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida just a few weeks ago.)
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure makes it official public debut on this same day at Disney
California Adventure. (Another Little Mermaid-themed attraction at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will debut in
a few years when the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World Resort is completed.)
Sadly on this same day, Disney Legend Wally Boag passes at the age of 90 in California. Born in Oregon in September 1920, Boag became an important part of Disneyland's live
entertainment in 1955 when he became a leading man at the park's Golden Horseshoe Revue. As Pecos Bill, he
entertained Disneyland park guests five days a week, three times a day, for nearly 27 years. Boag also provided
the voice of the Audio-Animatronics parrot, Jose, in the Enchanted Tiki Room, and opened the Diamond
Horseshoe Revue at Walt Disney World in 1971. (In 1981, he appeared on an episode of The Muppet Show.)
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The King of Swing Benny Goodman returns to Disneyland with his big band for the start of Date Night. Last week Goodman and his band had performed for Memorial Day weekend guests at Disneyland.
Girl Meets World begins its third season on the Disney Channel. The sitcom (a sequel
to Boy Meets World) had premiered in June 2014. The series follows Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley and
her best friend Maya as they navigate the challenges of junior high school.
The comedy Renaissance Man, starring Danny DeVito and directed by Penny
Marshall, is released by Touchstone Pictures. After getting canned from his advertising job, down-
and-out divorcé Bill Rago (DeVito) gets a position teaching English at a nearby army base. There, he takes on a
group of underachieving students from poor backgrounds who seem apathetic about their education.
Although frustrated, he finally turns the class around when he begins discussing "Hamlet." However, Sergeant Cass
(played by Gregory Hines), a hardened drill instructor, is skeptical of Bill's teaching methods.
Today is the final day of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which
includes the Garden Rocks Concert Series (with final performances by pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri).