Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard, adjacent
to the historic El Capitan Theatre, begins serving the public the same day
Herbie: Fully Loaded is generally released. The film features the Aly & AJ re-make of
"Walking on Sunshine" (originally a hit for Katrina & The Waves).
Walt Disney's older brother Roy O. Disney enlists in the
U.S. Navy along with his friend Mitch Francis. Roy will first be
assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station outside of Chicago, and
eventually be transferred to Charleston, South Carolina - where he will be
responsible for transporting material between New York and France.
(Roy will later marry Mitch's sister Edna!)
Character actor Richard Eastham is born in Opelousas, Louisiana. His Disney credits
include the live-action features That Darn Cat! and Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus. (A familiar face on
television, Eastham's credits include episodes of Dallas, The Waltons, Barnaby Jones and Perry Mason.)
Disney re-releases Dumbo in theaters for the second time.
Disney's Lady and the Tramp, the studio's first feature-length cartoon produced in CinemaScope, is generally released. Directed by Clyde Geronomi, Wilfred Jackson, & Hamilton Luske,
the film features the voices of Peggy Lee (who has also co-written the music), Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, and Bill
Thompson. A romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt, the idea for the
film comes from a short story by Ward Greene entitled "Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog."
The Walt Disney Archives is established on the studio lot in Burbank,
California - with help from David R. Smith - and charged with recording
and preserving the history of Disney. Smith's connection with Disney dates back to 1967 when, as a
librarian at UCLA, he compiled an extensive bibliography on Walt Disney, spending over a year researching all
Disney publications and productions.
Terra McNair, a member of Disney Channel's The All New Mickey
Mouse Club (for seasons 4-5) is born in San Jose, California.
Disney's 23rd animated feature film The Rescuers is released in U.S. theaters. Two mice,
of the Rescue Aid Society, search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters. The movie features
the voices of Bob Newhart (as Bernard), Eva Gabor (as Miss Bianca), Joe Flynn (as Mr. Snoops), and Geraldine
Page (as Madame Medusa). The song "Someone's Waiting For You," written by Carol Connors (lyrics), Ayn Robbins
(lyrics), & Sammy Fain (music), will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Also released along with The Rescuers is the live-action short A Tale of Two Critters, about a bear cub and a
raccoon who become fast friends when they're swept away down a river, away from their families.
Videopolis - a high-tech nightclub style outdoor entertainment
venue - opens in Disneyland's Fantasyland.
Actress Lindsay Ridgeway, who portrays the little girl in the Tower of Terror
pre-show video, is born in Riverside, California. Seven-years-old at the time the short was filmed, three years later Ridgeway was cast in the Disney movie of the same name. Fans of the ABC-TV series Boy Meets World will remember her as younger sister Morgan.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (distributed by Touchstone Pictures) is
generally released the day after its NY City premiere. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg, it is a joint venture between Walt Disney Pictures
and Amblin Entertainment.
Disney's Hercules has its California premiere at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.
It will be generally released June 27.
Disney's animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire is released in Columbia. A young
adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.
The Disney Channel debuts the Lizzie McGuire episode "Lizzie's Nightmares."
Walt Disney Records releases The Cheetah Girls Special Edition, the soundtrack from the Disney Channel Original Movie.
Six classic Disney tunes are chosen as part of The American Film Institute's top
100 songs. Broadcast on CBS-TV,
AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs is hosted by John Travolta.
Disney is represented in the list with -
"When You Wish Upon A Star" (from Pinocchio) at #7
"Some Day My Prince Will Come" (from Snow White) at #19
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (from Mary Poppins) at #36
"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" (from Song of the South) at #47
"Beauty and the Beast" (from Beauty and the Beast) at #62
"Hakuna Matata" (from The Lion King) at #99.
The first of two special on-line Disney auction charity events (to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation) begin. Packages to bid on include a private boat ride with a Walt Disney Imagineer on Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland and two tickets to the July 6, 2006 sold out
Pirates of the Caribbean: A Moonlit Voyage event. (The second auction begins July 6.)
Virgnia Davis, who starred in Walt Disney's early Alice Comedies, appears in
person at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in Hollywood, California.
In Florida, Radio Disney hosts The Disney Channel's So Hot Summer Concert featuring Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus of the Disney Channel hit show performs twice as Hannah at Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon.
Actor, voice actor, impressionist, comedian and screenwriter
Paul Frees (born on this day in
1920) is probably best known to Disney fans as the Haunted Mansion's "Ghost Host."
But did you know he supplied the ending narration for the 1970 20th Century Fox feature Beneath the Planet of the Apes?
Epcot's newly-updated American Adventure debuts. It now includes
moments from 9-11-2001, current military operations, and other
A Red Carpet Premiere for Ratatouille takes place at the
Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.
Disney-MGM Studios celebrates the 30th anniversary of Star Wars
with the fourth (and final) Star Wars Weekends for 2007. Celebrity
guests for the next 3 days include Anthony Daniels and Bonnie Piesse.
She's from the leash and license set ... he's footloose and collar free!
Two tiny heroes, one big adventure!
A comedy with great taste.
Award-winning comedian-actor George Carlin passes away at age 71 in Los
Angeles, California. Carlin was the voice of Fillmore the VW bus in Disney/Pixar's Cars and Zugor the
old hermit ape in Disney's Tarzan II. Known for his raunchy, but insightful humor, Carlin was best known for
his routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television."
"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?" -George Carlin
Disney Legend Paul Frees, one of the most successful
voice actors of all time, is born Solomon Hersh Frees in
Chicago, Illinois. His large body of Disney work includes Goofy's
Freeway Troubles, The Absent-Minded Professor, and the voice of Ludwig
Von Drake for many TV episodes of Disney's anthology series. Frees' park
attraction credits include Adventures in Innerspace, Pirates of the
Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion as the famous Ghost Host. (Frees
also voiced both John and George for the 1960s cartoon series based on
The Beatles, characters for The Flintstones, and the Burgermeister for the
1970 TV holiday special "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town.")
Disney releases the live-action feature film Scandalous John starring Brian Keith,
Alfonso Arau, Michele Carey, Harry Morgan, and John Ritter. A crotchety old ranch owner named
John McCanless fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, regardless of the law.
It is widely believed that producer, director, editor, animator, writer, publisher,
storyboard artist, and all-around fun guy Floyd Norman is born on this day in
California. Growing up in Santa Barbara, he began drawing before he could even walk! Norman's Disney credits
include Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, Sword in the Stone, The Hunchback of
Notre Dame, Mulan, and Dinosaur. His Pixar credits include Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.
Walt Disney Archives established
Walt Disney receives an honorary degree from Yale University in New Haven,
Connecticut. Also receiving at the commencement ceremony are Lord Tweedsmuir, the governor
general of Canada, Justice Stanley Reed of the U.S. Supreme Court and German novelist Thomas Mann.
"He has accomplished something that defied all the efforts and experiments of the laboratories in zoology and
biology; he has given impressive significance to the word anima in animated; he has given animals souls. ... His
work has the elements of a great romantic art; the beautiful, the fantastic, the grotesque, all combining in
irresistible and ineffable charm." -Professor of English William Lyon Phelps
The new Luxo Jr. Audio-Animatronic (the small hopping desk lamp included in
Pixar's corporate logo) premieres at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disneyland by Starlite, a 7-day promotion to get more guests in
the park at night for the extended summer hours, kicks off in
Anaheim. This evening's entertainment features country music
singer/guitarist Roy Clark.
Touchstone Pictures release the comedy Betsy's Wedding, written and
directed by Alan Alda.
Disneyland Cast Members Tom and Janice Nabbe are married. Tom's career started when
he was just 12-years-old - as the park's first Tom Sawyer. (He will transfer to Walt Disney World in Orlando as
part of its opening crew in 1971, and later be named a Disney Legend.)
Disneyland Grad Nite '78 is held, featuring the live sounds of Papa
Doo Run Run, High Inergy, Rose Royce, and Billy Preston.
Selected Disney credits:
-Donald in Mathmagic Land
-Great Moments with Mr.
-The Shaggy Dog
-The Ugly Dachshund
"I made my first trip (to the Walt Disney World property) in 1971 as the company’s recently hired
archivist. At that time, Orlando was a sleepy little town — a place you quickly passed through on the
way to Miami." -Dave Smith
The 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Brave is generally released in U.S.
theaters. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, Brave tells
the story of a skilled Scottish archer named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who defies an age-old custom,
causing chaos in her kingdom. It is the first movie ever to use the Dolby Atmos sound format.
A live stage production of Walt Disney's "Summer Magic" is performed in the
William H. Inman Humanities Theater at Walters State Community College in
Morristown, Tennessee. Originally a live-action feature film released in 1963, the musical has been
brought to the stage by director Jerry Maloy. In attendance are Mary Costa, the native Knoxvillian whose voice
was used in the animated feature "Sleeping Beauty," Richard Sherman, who with his brother Robert wrote some
of Disney's most beloved music, and Eddie Hodges, who played Gilly in the original 1963 "Summer Magic."
Actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout David Lander is born
in Brooklyn, New York. First known for his role of Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on the sitcom
Laverne & Shirley (from 1976 to 1982), his Disney voice credits include Recess, A Bug's Life, 101
Dalmatians: The Series and Jungle Cubs.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disney California Adventure hosts the premiere of The Lone Ranger.
About 3,000 fans line more than 1,500 feet of red carpet to greet Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and
the rest of the cast for the Gore Verbinski-directed blockbuster due out July 3. Held at the park’s Hyperion Theater,
The Lone Ranger brings to the big screen beloved characters from the 1949-1957 TV series, which in turn
was adapted from a 1933 radio show.