Disney's animated short Lorenzo has its European premiere in Annecy, France.
It is based upon pencil sketches and a story idea created by Disney
veteran Joe Grant 20 years ago!
Walt Disney World's version of Mission to Mars - developed with NASA -
debuts in Tomorrowland. It replaces the Flight to the Moon attraction (which opened
in December 1971). Guests first enter a viewing area known as Mission Control, which is modeled after a typical
mission control center with chairs and control panels for about ten seated Audio-Animatronic "technicians" whose
backs are to the audience. Facing the audience is the Audio-Animatronic flight director Mr. Johnson (voiced by radio
& TV announcer George Walsh) who shows film clips and explains how man has made numerous advances in
space travel. After the pre-show, guests board their spacecraft - a circular theater with stadium-like seating featuring
circular flat screens on the ceiling and floor. Third Officer Collins (voiced by veteran Pete Renoudet) serves as the
guests' in-flight narrator.
(Mission To Mars will close its doors October 4, 1993 and later re-open as the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien
Encounter. Today the area is known as Stitch's Great Escape!)
Disney Channel airs episode 33 of MMC. Today is Anything Can Happen Day!
Bear in the Big Blue House - Live on Stage opens at Disney-MGM Studios
in Florida. The interactive stage show will run through August 2001.
Disney's animated series Kim Possible premieres on Disney Channel with 3 back-to-back episodes. The series revolves around the life of Kimberly Ann Possible (voiced by Christy Carlson Romano), a junior adventurer who deals with super-villains trying to take over the world and her own family &
school life. The debut episode "Crush" finds Kim taking on the evil Dr. Drakken - who is using stolen Japanese
game technology to build a giant robot! In episode #2 "Sink or Swim," Kim, on her way to a cheer competition with
the Middleton Cheer squad, gets stranded at an old camp with Ron Stoppable. "The New Ron" - episode #3 - finds Ron gaining attention with a haircut Kim convinced him to get.
BBC-TV in England returns to the airwaves after a
near 7-year absence (due to the second World War).
In an attempt to emphasize continuity, the first day's program includes
the cartoon Mickey's Gala Premier - the same Disney cartoon that
had aired on September 3, 1939 (two days after the Nazi
invasion of Poland). Originally released July 1, 1933, the cartoon features several famous Hollywood film actors from the 1930s.
Alexander P. de Seversky, an aviation pioneer, inventor, and
influential advocate of strategic air power, is born in Tbilisi
(the capital and the largest city of Georgia; a sovereign state
in the Caucasus region of Eurasia). He is famous as the author of the
influential 1942 book,Victory Through Air Power, which Disney adapted into
a motion picture and released in July 1943. Seversky served as the film's technical
consultant. Appearing less than six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941
and the United States' entry into World War II, his book was extremely popular, influential, and controversial.
Major Seversky advocated the formation of an independent air force, the development of long-range bombers
and a commitment to strategic use of air power to win World War II.
Disney World announces that the Cinderella Castle apartment will be
completely decorated and upholstered as a 'royal bedchamber', which
can sleep up to four people. It will become available as a once-in-a-lifetime experience
during the Year of a Million Dreams celebration taking place at all eleven Disney theme parks. An
overnight stay in the apartment will be a prize randomly awarded to a guest at the Magic
Kingdom, or any park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Actor Jordan Fry - the voice of Lewis in Disney's 2007 Meet the Robinsons - is born in Washington.
Walt Disney pens a letter of agreement between himself and writer Cameron Shipp, who is to write a serialized biography of Disney for the Saturday Evening Post.
(It will take another 6 years before the series of articles appears in print.)
Disney's Donald Duck film Mr. Duck Steps Out, directed by Jack King
and written by Carl Barks, is released. Donald visits the house of his new love
interest for their first date. But their time alone is soon interrupted by Huey, Dewey and Louie who
have followed their uncle and compete with him for the attention of Daisy! Clarence Nash supplies the voices for
Donald as well as Daisy, and Huey, Dewey & Louie.
The Disney Channel Premiere Film Back Home debuts.
Disney Channel debuts the That's So Raven episode "Mismatch Maker." The
episode is directed by Fred Savage (star of the TV series The Wonder Years.)
Disney releases the album Disney Girlz Rock featuring Hilary & Haylie Duff,
Raven, Everlife, Christy Carlson Romano, Christina Aguilera, and Aly & AJ.
Mighty Sound releases Got No Strings, the newest album from singer
Michelle Shocked. The most kid-friendly of Michelle Shocked's three simultaneous June 2005
releases, Got No Strings is a collection of Disney soundtrack tunes.
Actress Kim Rhodes is born in Portland, Oregon. Fans of The Suite Life of Zack &
Cody know her as Carey Martin, a headlining singer at the Tipton Hotel as well as the mother of Zack and Cody.
(Soap opera fans will recognize Rhodes from both Another World and As the World Turns.)
WDW's Mission to Mars debuts
"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard our McDonnell-Douglas DC-88 space liner for today's Mission to Mars. The captain has asked that you remain in your seats at all times. And please, no smoking."
-Tomorrowland Cast Member
Disney's Nightmare Ned airs on ABC-TV with two new episodes -
"Girl Trouble" and "Canadian Bacon."
Celebration, Florida (the town that Disney built) is located on the south side of Route 192, five miles south of Walt Disney World at the intersection of I-4 and
U.S. Highway 192 East.
Toy Story 3 is featured in Apple's iPhone OS 4 Event with Steve Jobs demoing a
Toy Story 3 themed iAd written in HTML5.
"Disneyland presents Top 40 Night" takes place in Anaheim to help celebrate the
park's 25th birthday. Nighttime entertainment includes K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Shalamar, Papa Doo
Run Run, and Teddy Buckner & His Jazz All-Stars.
Disney storyman and artist Del Connell is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. First hired at
Disney's Hyperion Ave studios in 1939, Connell worked under Joe Grant in the Character Model Department.
His contributions included sculpting animation models for Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia and The
Reluctant Dragon, and creating, writing, and storyboarding the short The Pelican and the Snipe. Just prior to
being drafted into the U.S. army, Cornell (along with Bill Peet) spent a year adapting Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in
Wonderland" into a feature film. From 1954-1987 he wrote and/or edited thousands of stories for Western
Publishing comic books for various studios including Disney. Connell also wrote and sketched the very earliest
drafts of Disneyland's first guest brochure.
The Tony Awards (honoring distinguished achievement in Broadway theater) are
presented at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Disney's The Lion King takes home 6
awards for Best Musical, Director, Choreography, Scenic Design, Costume Design, and Lighting Design. Director
Julie Taymor becomes the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical!
The cast of The Lion King performs "Circle of Life."
Tron: Uprising, an animated science fiction television series and part of the Tron
franchise, premieres on Disney XD. Set between Tron and Tron: Legacy, Uprising features the voices
of Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Lance Henriksen and Paul Reubens.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The Mickey Mouse cartoon Squatter's Rights,
directed by Jack Hannah and featuring the voice of Jim Macdonald as Mickey, is released. Chip 'n' Dale take up residence in Mickey's stove while Pluto tries to chase them out!
Milt Albright is born in Kearney, Missouri. He will begin to work for Disney in 1947
as a junior accountant. In 1953 he will become Disneyland's first official employee.
Future Disney Legend (Class of 2005)
Actor and writer Bill Hader, the voice of Fear in Pixar's 2015 Inside Out,
is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Taking advantage of the city of Anaheim's new policy giving tax incentives for building luxury resorts, Disneyland submits plans to add a fourth themed-hotel. Disney proposes a
700-room, four-diamond hotel and a parking structure on 10 acres at 1401 Disneyland Drive, at the north end of the Downtown Disney parking lot. Construction on the hotel would start in 2018 with a slated opening in 2021.
Richard Gerth, the Grand Floridian's beloved longtime greeter, passes away at age 92.
The Walt Disney World cast member served as a greeter at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for nearly 30
years, starting in 1991, and earned the Disney Legacy award in 2013. Known for his straw hat – which he would tip
to welcome guests – Gerth became seen as a grandfatherly figure for visiting families, who would come back to visit
and take photos with him year after year.
"With his trademark smile, a twinkle in his eye, and a tip of his straw boater hat to
everyone he met, Richard Gerth was an indelible part of millions of Walt Disney World memories, and we will all miss him greatly."
-Walt Disney World president George A. Kalogridis
"This guy was just about as important as any attraction at Walt Disney World – Richard was there with a handshake and a smile that could get you through the day – and beyond. We’ll miss you Richard. RIP." -Actor & Disney fan John Stamos