Disney Channel premieres the original movie Go Figure starring Jordan Hinson.
Katelin Kingsford (Hinson) an Olympic hopeful figure skater wants to train with a Russian figure skating coach
named Natasha Goberman (played by Cristine Rose). But in order to attend the school that Goberman works
at, Katelin has to get a scholarship playing on the girls hockey team.
Disney-MGM hosts the fourth (of 6) Star Wars Weekends. Celebrity guests include Jerome
Blake and Brian Gernand.
Actress Hattie McDaniel - Aunt Tempy in Disney's Song of the South and the first
person of African descent to be nominated & win an Academy Award - is born in
Wichita, Kansas. Movie fans will recognize McDaniel for her Oscar-winning role of Mammy in the classic
1939 film Gone With The Wind.
Imagineer, horticulturalist & Disney Legend Morgan "Bill" Evans is born in
Santa Monica, California. He guided the landscape design of Disney theme parks for half a century,
most notably the original Disneyland park. As a young man, Evans transformed his father's garden into a
nursery business selling rare and exotic plants to the Hollywood elite. One of his customers was Walt Disney
himself who asked Evans to landscape the grounds of his Holmby Hills home and surrounding gardens.
Impressed by Evan's skill, Disney hired him to transform 80 acres of Anaheim orange groves into a lush theme
park. After Disneyland opened in July 1955, Evans stayed on with Disney, working as a landscape planner,
consultant, and maintenance supervisor. He later lent his expertise to Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland, and
Disneyland Paris as well as Disney World's Polynesian Resort.
Child actor & Disney Legend Kevin Corcoran is born in Santa Monica, California.
His live-action Disney credits include Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959),
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with the Circus (1960), and Pollyanna (1960).
Over 100,000 people attend a free outdoor premiere of Disney's Pocahontas
on the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park. Shown on four 80-foot high
screens, it is the largest opening ever for an animated film. A majority of the tickets were given away in
advance in a random lottery to those who responded to newspaper advertisements. Pocahontas will be released to select theaters in the U.S. June 16 and generally released June 23.
The BET Soundstage Club opens at the site of the former Neon Armadillo Country & Western Club at Disney's Pleasure Island.
The 24th Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television in 1997, are held. Among the winners:
-Best Director: John Woo – Face/Off
-Best Writer: Mike Werb and Michael Colleary – Face/Off
-Best Single Genre Television Presentation: The Shining (ABC)
-Best Genre TV Actor: Steven Weber – The Shining (ABC) as Jack Torrance
To mark the return of The Indiana Jones Spectacular to Disney-MGM Studios after a six-month hiatus for refurbishments, Disney invites 500 Floridians, mostly from the Orlando area, with the last name "Jones" to be in the audience for the grand reopening show!
Disney's The Jungle Book 2 is released on video and DVD. Originally released in theaters February 14, 2003, the animated sequel features the voices of John Goodman (as Baloo), Haley Joel Osment (as Mowgli), Tony Jay (as Shere Khan), and Phil Collins (as Lucky).
A brush fire continues to burn near Walt Disney World. A smoky odor and light haze surround the resort property. In Osceola County, parts of U.S. 192 remain closed.
The Hannah Montana episode "Ooh, Ooo, Itchy Woman" debuts on Disney Channel. It is the ninth episode of the hit series starring Miley Cyrus.
Disney Channel Australia airs High School Musical for the first time.
Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle
is larger and
more ornate than Disneyland's
Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Thelma Howard, the Disney's live-in housekeeper and cook for 30 years (beginning
in 1951 at the age of 38), passes away just shy of her 80th birthday. Nicknamed "Foo-Foo," Walt often referred to her as "the real-life Mary Poppins." As a housekeeper for the Disney family, she
received a few shares of Disney stock as a Christmas gift as well as for birthdays and special events.
She lived frugally throughout her life, apparently not knowing the rising value of the stock ... actually made her a
multi-millionaire at the time of her death!
The Broadway cast of "Mary Poppins" performs "Step in Time" live at the 61st
Annual Tony Awards held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. "Mary
Poppin's" Bob Crowley takes home a Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Musical. "Mary Poppins" is also
nominated for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Gavin Lee as Bert), Best
Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Rebecca Luker as WinifredBanks), Best Costume Design (Bob
Crowley), Best Choreography (Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear), and Best Lighting Design for a Musical
(Howard Harrison). Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Walt Disney Theatrical, the
musical will continue to run through March 2013.
Disney Legend Becky Fallberg is born in Los Angeles, California. She joined the Studio in 1942 after graduating high school and studying art for one year at Los Angeles City College. Within months of joining Disney, Becky was promoted from telephone operator to painter, working on animated training and propaganda films, including Victory Through Air Power. Fallberg ultimately worked her way up to manager of the Ink and Paint department!
Disney.com announces that for the first time ever the site will stream full-length
movies online, featuring selections from the Wonderful World of Disney. The
films will first air on ABC as part of the network’s weekly Wonderful World of Disney presentation on Saturday
nights throughout summer 2008. The full-length films will then be available for free streaming on Disney's site.
Severe weather in Central Florida, including a radar-indicated tornado, force
Disney World officials to temporarily close several rides at some theme parks.
Cinderella Castle was
completed in July 1971, after
about 18 months of
construction. It is 189 feet tall
- more than twice the size of
Sleeping Beauty Castle!
Pocahontas premieres in NY City
"I'd rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you." -Princess Pocahontas
Disney's "People and Places" documentary Wales is released. One of 17 travelogues that will be released over the next two years, this particular featurette tells the story of the Welsh people.
Disney producer Harry Tytle is called into Walt’s office. Animator Chuck Jones at
Warner Brothers has called applying for a job and Walt wants Tytle's opinion. (Jones will work for Disney for
"To the best of my knowledge, he is a very nice fellow personally and considered to be one of the best directors on the outside." -Harry Tytle
Disneyland's Grad Nite '80 takes place with live entertainment provided by Kool & The Gang, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Teri DeSario, Papa Doo Run Run, and Shalamar.
The comedy feature Big Business, produced by Touchstone Pictures, is released to
theaters. Mismatched sets of identical twins, played by Better Midler and Lily Tomlin, cross paths for the first
time as adults, following a big business deal.
Actress Kelly Vitz is born in Hollywood, California. She played the role of Magenta in Disney's 2005 Sky High.
The 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Brave is shown at the Seattle International Film Festival. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney
Pictures, Brave tells the story of a skilled Scottish archer named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing
chaos in her kingdom. It is the first movie ever to use the Dolby Atmos sound format. Brave will be generally
The 66th Annual Tony Awards, recognizing achievement in Broadway productions during the 2011–2012 season, is held at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre is awarded to Newsies – Alan Menken (music)
and Jack Feldman (lyrics). Best Choreography is given to Christopher Gattelli – Newsies.
Peter and the Starcatcher, developed by Disney Theatrical Productions, receives 5 awards - more than any
other play! The categories include Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Christian Borle),
Best Scenic Design of a Play (Donyale Werle), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paloma Young), Best Sound
Design of a Play (Darron L. West), and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jeff Croiter).
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 an evening performance.
Disneyland's Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland opens in Frontierland.
Originally called Mule Pack from 1955-1959, the attraction will run through 1973.
Animator and character designer Harald Siepermann is born in West Germany. His first
feature film credit was for the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in which he worked as a sketch artist.
Siepermann continued to work for Walt Disney Animation Studios, focusing on character design, for many of the
Disney's animated features, including Mulan in 1998, Tarzan in 1999, The Emperor's New Groove in 2000,
Treasure Planet in 2002, Brother Bear in 2003, and the 2007 live action film, Enchanted.
The 28th Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television in 2001, are held at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. Disney's 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is awarded Best DVD Classic Film Release.