The Food Network airs "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings" hosted by Sandra Pinckney.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoons Moving Day and Mickey's Rival
are both released. Moving Day, directed by Ben Sharpsteen, features the character Peg Leg Pete
as a sheriff (voiced by Billy Bletcher) who evicts Mickey and Donald from their home. Mickey's Rival,
directed by Wilfred Jackson, features Mickey's nemesis Mortimer Mouse who tries to ruin Minnie's picnic.
The Disney animated/live-action feature film The Reluctant Dragon - starring
comedian Robert Benchley - debuts. Released by RKO Radio Pictures, the first third of the film is in
black-and-white and the remaining two-thirds are in Technicolor. The premiere, held at the Pantages Theater in
Hollywood, is disrupted by a mob of Walt's striking Disney cartoonists. The police actually cordon off Hollywood
Blvd. around the theater for fear of what the rampaging cartoonists might do. (This is the first Disney animated
feature to incorporate extensive live-action footage and the only theatrical release to feature Walt Disney himself.)
Original Mouseketeer Cheryl Holdridge is born in New Orleans,
Louisiana. Besides appearing on Mickey Mouse Club from 1955-1959, she also portrayed
Julie Foster on the classic sitcom Leave It to Beaver.
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Clown of the Jungle is released. While attempting to
photograph wildlife, Donald (voiced by Clarence Nash) is aggravated by the "clown of the jungle", the
Aracuan Bird (voiced by Pinto Colvig).
Actor John Goodman is born in Affton, Missouri. His Disney voice credits include Sullivan
Truck in Cars, James P. Sullivan in Monsters, Inc., Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove, Baloo in The
Jungle Book 2 and Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog. (TV fans will
know Goodman as Dan Conner on the long-running sitcom Roseanne and for his roles in such features as Confessions of a Shopaholic, Evan Almighty, Beyond the Sea, and Sea of Love.)
Disney releases the animated Goofy short Father's Weekend.
Actor Josh Lucas, who portrayed Coach Don Haskins in the Walt Disney Pictures 2006 release Glory Road, is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Walt Disney World's River Country (a water park adjacent to Disney's Fort
Wilderness Resort and Campground) opens. Inspired by Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, it is Disney's first attempt at a themed water park. Positioned on the shore of Bay
Lake near Discovery Island, River Country is filled with rocks and manmade boulders and features water slides and
an inner tube river. On this day, U.S. President Gerald Ford's daughter Susan helps with the official opening. (River
Country will close in November 2001, due in part to Florida Laws prohibiting the use of natural bodies of water for
water park use, but its success will later lead to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.)
The Walt Disney Company announces plans for a fourth theme park in Florida,
(at this time) called Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom.
The park is expected to cost $760 million to create.
The Walt Disney World attraction
ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter officially begins operation in Tomorrowland (replacing Flight to the Moon). A "theater-in-the-round" attraction, it is a darkly humorous science-fiction experience that used binaural sound to achieve many of its effects.
At Disneyland, the 20th Century Music Company opens on Main Street. The shop offers Disney CDs and videos, including ones featuring Disneyland entertainers.
The Recording Academy's Los Angeles Chapter honor Walt Disney Music President
Chris Montan, singer Janet Jackson, and film/TV composer Thomas Newman at its
annual Membership Awards Luncheon. Montan is responsible for overseeing music
for a wide variety of Disney projects including animated features, theatrical stage productions, video premieres,
musical event programming as well as other corporate and theme park-related shows.
The That's So Raven episode "A Dog by Any Other Name"
airs for the first time on Disney Channel.
Disney announces that actress Brittany Murphy will provide the voice for the fairy
Tinker Bell in an upcoming animated film. (The character of Tink has been silent
in the past.) Fans of the animated series King of the Hill will recognize Murphy
as the voice of Luanne Platter.
The Broadway company of Beauty and the Beast plays its 5,000th
performance! A celebration is held at Planet Hollywood following
the 8 PM show.
Ashley Tisdale and Miley Cyrus co-host this day's episode of MTV's TRL
(Total Request Live) with special guest Zac Efron.
Voice actress Tress MacNeille is born in Chicago, Illinois. Her Disney voice credits include
Anastasia Tremaine in many Cinderella video releases, Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, Hoonah in Brother Bear 2, Chip in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Fang in Dave the Barbarian. (MacNeille's
voice credits also include The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, All Grown Up!, and Tiny Toon Adventures.)
Singer-songwriter and musician Grace Potter is born in Vermont. Disney's Hollywood Records has released albums by Grace Potter