2004:
The Food Network airs "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings" hosted by Sandra Pinckney.
1936:
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.
1941:
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.)
1944:
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.
1947:
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).
1952:
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 ShopaholicEvan AlmightyBeyond the Sea, and Sea of Love.)
1953:
Disney releases the animated Goofy short Father's Weekend.
1971:
Actor Josh Lucas, who portrayed Coach Don Haskins in the Walt Disney Pictures 2006 release Glory Road, is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1976:
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.)
1995:
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.
1999:
At Disneyland, the 20th Century Music Company opens on Main Street. The shop offers Disney CDs and videos, including ones featuring Disneyland entertainers.
2002:
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.
2003:
The That's So Raven episode "A Dog by Any Other Name" 
airs for the first time on Disney Channel.
2006:
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.


JUNE
2008:
Some 8.9 million viewers watch the debut of the Disney Channel Original Movie
Camp Rock, starring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. The film centers on a
teen girl who desperately wants to spend her summer at a prestigious rock 'n' roll camp.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg visits Walt Disney World to take part in 
the first annual "Excellence in Action" education reform summit, presented by The 
Foundation for Excellence in Education and held at the Contemporary Resort.

The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, and televised on ABC. Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program goes to Eartha Kitt
(for the second year in a row) for her role of Yzma on Disney's The Emperor's New School.

Disney's Hollywood Studios host the third (of 4) Star Wars Weekends. Celebrity guests 
include Amy Allen and Matthew Wood.
1958:
Actor Chuck Wagner - "The Beast" in Beauty and the Beast, in both the
 Broadway and Toronto productions - is born in Nashville, Tennessee.
1938:
Walt Disney and his wife Lillian arrive in Manhattan, New York by train on this 
Monday morning. They are on their way to New Haven, Connecticut and 
Cambridge, Massachusetts where Walt will receive honorary degrees from the 
universities of Yale (on June 22) and Harvard (on June 23).
Actor Robert Taylor (who happens to also be on board the train) poses with Walt for the New York press.
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1973:
Disney releases the live-action western One Little Indian starring 
James Garner, Vera Miles, Pat Hingle, and Jodie Foster.
Walt Disney World's telephone system was the first totally electronic system to use 
underground cable instead 
of standard poles with 
overhead lines.
Vista-United Telecommunications, the telecommunications company created to service all Disney resorts in Florida, was responsible for installing the nation’s first commercial fiber-optic phone cable!
The Reluctant Dragon debuts
"It was cool for a couple of weeks, but how much bad golf can you play?" -John Goodman


1951:
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 SimpsonsFuturamaRugratsAll Grown Up!, and Tiny Toon Adventures.)
1983:
Singer-songwriter and musician Grace Potter is born in Vermont. Disney's Hollywood Records has released albums by Grace Potter 
& The Nocturnals and Potter wrote and performed the song "Something That I 
Want" for the Tangled soundtrack. Her first Christmas song "Naughty, Naughty, 
Children" was used for a 2011 Prep & Landing television special (on which 
Potter also voiced a character).
1975:
Noah Z. Jones, animator, writer and illustrator best known for creating Disney Channel's series Fish Hooks, is born in Fairport, New York.
2011:
In episode three of My Yard Goes Disney, a family wants to bring the
 experience of a Disney cruise to their backyard with a Mickey-shaped pool.
June 20
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!