A new version of the CircleVision 360° film America the Beautiful debuts
in Disneyland. The film has been re-shot using the 9-camera CircleVision format (as opposed to the old 11-camera Circarama format).
Voice actor and character actor John Fiedler, known to Disney fans as
the voice of Piglet in countless Winnie the Pooh movies and TV specials,
passes away at age 80 in Englewood, New Jersey (one day after the
death of Paul Winchell). Fiedler's long list of Disney credits include The Emperor's New Groove, The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove and The Fox and the Hound. (A stage, film, television & radio performer, he is also remembered as the nervous Juror #2 in the feature 12 Angry Men and as Mr. Peterson, a timid patient on the television sitcom The Bob Newhart Show.)
The Disneyland Railroad's newest locomotive No. 5 Ward Kimball officially goes into service. It is named for the late Ward Kimball, Disney animator, musician, and railroad fan.
Disney Channel kicks of the second season of Phil of the Future with
episode 22 - "Versa Day."
Publisher and Disney Legend Didier Fouret is born in Paris, France. He played a key role in bringing Disney's cast of characters to children and their parents throughout France. In 1979
he developed a restaurant for the French pavilion in EPCOT's World Showcase.
Disney's animated feature Dumbo is released in Denmark.
Disney's live-action comedy Herbie Goes Bananas - starring Cloris Leachman &
Harvey Korman and the adventure film The Last Flight of Noah's Ark - starring
Elliott Gould & Ricky Schroder, are both released in the U.S.
Herbie Goes Bananas, the fourth in a series of films about a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, loosely
picks up where the 1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo left off. It will be the last theatrical Herbie film for 25 years
until the release of Herbie: Fully Loaded in 2005.
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark centers on fast-living pilot Noah Dugan (Elliott Gould), who due to his love of
gambling, owes a large sum of money. He turns to his old friend, a greasy shyster named Mr. Stoney (played by
Vincent Gardenia) who sends him on an unglamorous and risky job: to pilot a B-29 bomber plane filled with
animals to an island for a new religious mission.
Mo Vaughn, the popular Anaheim Angels first baseman, along with boys and girls from the "Gene Autry RBI League," participate in a mini cavalcade and ceremony with the Dapper Dans on Main Street in Disneyland. The Dapper Dans lead the audience in "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."
The Orange County Star Wars Society holds the
Second Annual Star Wars Fan Day at Disneyland.
Disney Channel Asia airs High School Musical for the first time.
"Disneyland Salutes Benny Goodman" is performed for the first of an eight-day engagement at the Anaheim park. Guest soloists Peanuts Hucko and Louise Tobin as well as alumni of the Benny Goodman orchestras are featured. (A legendary bandleader & clarinetist who passed in 1986, Goodman can be heard in Disney's 1946 Make Mine Music. He also performed live at Disneyland back in 1961.)
Animator Ward Kimball (one of Walt's "Nine Old Men") collected old railroad ephemera, was
an avid train enthusiast
and was a founding
in Perris, California.
Disney's Mickey Mouse film The Fire Fighters, directed by Burt Gillett, is released to theaters. Chief Mickey and Horace Horsecollar respond to save Miss Minnie from a blazing emergency!
Actor Patrick Cassidy first steps into the role of Radames in Disney's
At about 9 p.m., a Walt Disney World monorail catches fire while en-route
from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom. Over two hundred passengers are safely
evacuated from the elevated tracks by ladders and cherry-picker cranes.
Disney Channel debuts "Tanner," the 5th episode of the series Phil of the Future. It is directed by Joana Kerns (who portrayed Maggie on the hit series Growing Pains between 1985-1992).
Disneyland Salutes Benny Goodman
"I think that I have just remembered something. I have just remembered something that I forgot to do yesterday and shan't be able to do tomorrow. So I suppose I really ought to go back and do it now." -Piglet
Walt Disney throws a "shindig on account of the studio saying goodbye to Columbia and hello to United Artists." Columbia Pictures had dropped the distribution of Disney cartoons earlier in
the year. United Artists (founded in 1919 by D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks)
will now be distributing Disney shorts. The celebration starts at 8PM at the Disney Studio on Hyperion Ave.
Twenty-five year-old Milt Kahl from San Francisco begins what will be a long and
illustrious career at the Disney Studios. Since late 1933, Kahl has been struggling to find work as an
illustrator. It was Ham Luske (the first animator cast by Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) who
has recommended Kahl come down to Los Angeles and work at Disney. Considered by many to be one of the
finest animators ever to work for Disney, Kahl will go on to become one of Walt's Nine Old Men.
The Orlando Evening Star runs the headline "Let's Go! 2nd Stage Launched." In the article, attorney Paul Helliwell (who is involved in Disney's secret purchase of Central Florida land) confirms that
the still-anonymous buyer has completed nearly all of the land purchases for a mystery project.
The Walt Disney Company holds a special celebration for the 40th anniversary of the
Walt Disney Archives and for Dave Smith, the founder and chief archivist of the Walt
Disney Archives. The occasion also marks Smith's fortieth (and final) year at Disney.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces the winners of the
37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Awards at a gala held at
the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown, Los Angeles.
Among the winners:
-Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade for both Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound
and Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control
-Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb for Outstanding Writing in Animation
The Disney-owned ABC picks up a total of 10 awards.
16 Wishes, a Canadian-American television teen film starring Debby Ryan and Jean-Luc Bilodeau, premieres on Disney Channel. Ryan plays Abby Jensen, a teen who can't wait to grow up.
Disneyland hosts the start of the Great American Race with a record 94 antique cars
and trucks taking part in the transcontinental road rally.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
A one-of-kind map of Disneyland sells at auction for $708,000, a record for a
Disney map and among the most expensive Disneyland items ever sold on the
open market. Walt Disney and artist Herb Ryman drew the map in 1953 — in just one weekend
— as a presentation for investors for the then-in-the-planning park (which opened July 17, 1955). Collector Ron
Clark acquired the map about 40 years ago from a former Disney employee. The sale was part of a wider
Disney auction at Van Eaton Galleries.