Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean reopens after being renovated.

Disney releases the comedy Jungle 2 Jungle starring
Tim Allen, Lolita Davidovich, JoBeth Williams, Martin
Short, Sam Huntington, and David Ogden Stiers.
Michael Cromwell (Allen), a self-absorbed, successful commodities
broker, learns he has a thirteen-year-old son named Mimi-Siku who
was raised in the jungle. Cromwell decides to bring the boy to New
York City and turns his life upside down in the process. The film is
an American remake of the 1994 French film Un indien dans la ville
(also known as Little Indian, Big City). Directed by John Pasquin,
Jungle 2 Jungle is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
Singer, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne, who played the role of Princess 
Amneris in Disney's Broadway show Aida in 2001, is born Leslie Wunderman in 
Baldwin, New York. Best known for her first dance-pop hit "Tell It to My Heart" and the follow-up ballad 
"I'll Always Love You," Dayne has performed in venues all over the world - including the House of Blues in 
Downtown Disney, Florida.
Film producer, writer and director Debra Hill (known for such classics as
 Halloweenpasses away in Los Angeles, California. In 1988, Hill signed a
 contract with Walt Disney Pictures for her Debra Hill Productions and produced the 1989 feature Gross 
Anatomy, short films for Disney theme parks and an NBC special for Disneyland's 35th anniversary.

It is announced that the Disney-based Mandeville Films (who are shooting
 The Shaggy Dog a sequel to the Shaggy Disney films of the past) will start production on a new Swiss Family Robinson feature in September at the
 Queenslands Warner Roadshow Studios in Australia.
The Alice Comedy Alice the Collegiate, with Margie Gay, is released.
Alice gets a job teaching football at a local college, where the star quarterback is none other than Julius the cat!

In the north of Spain, the third of the European Disney weeklies, 
Mickey – Revista Infantil Ilustrada (which means Mickey – Illustrated Child Magazine) is published by Editorial Molino.
Michael Eisner, who ran The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 2005, is born 
in Mount Kisco, New York (though he was raised in New York City). Prior to joining 
Disney, Eisner was President and Chief Operating Officer of Paramount Pictures Corp.
The 7th Emmy Awards are presented at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub
in Hollywood, California. Hosted by Steve Allen and broadcast on NBC, it is the first
Emmy Awards ceremony to ever be televised nationally. An Emmy for Best Individual Program of the Year, goes to
 the Disneyland television episode "Operation Undersea." A second Emmy for Best Television Film Editing goes to
 Lynn Harrison and Grant K. Smith for their work on the Disneyland episode "Operation Undersea." Producer Walt
 Disney's Disneyland series picks up a third Emmy for Best Variety Series Including, Musical Variety.
The Disneyland television series airs the episode "On Vacation,"
in which Jimminy Cricket takes a look at the friendship of
Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck.
Singer TJ Fantini, a member of Disney Channel's
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Belleville, Illinois.
Disney's Jungle Adventures On Ice swings into the Minneapolis Target Center.
Walt Disney Records releases That's So Raven Too, a collection from and inspired by 
the hit Disney Channel Original television series.

Disney's 1959 black-and-white The Shaggy Dog (starring Fred Mac
Murray) and the 1976 follow-up The Shaggy D.A. (starring Dean Jones) 
are both released to DVD.

Sons & Daughters, a new ABC sitcom television series about an extended blended family living close together in a neighborhood, debuts.

There is a "hidden floor" in the
 main building of Walt Disney
 World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It is used by
                              couples and                                others who
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The 1945 Academy Awards are held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with hosts Bob 
Hope and James Stewart. Walt Disney Studio Sound Department (nominated for The Three Caballeros
loses to RKO's The Bell's of Saint Mary in the Sound Recording category. The Disney team of Edward Plumb, Paul 
J. Smith and Charles Wolcott - nominated for the music in The Three Caballeros, are edged out by Georgie Stoll for
 his score for Anchors Aweigh. Although nominated for Short Subjects, Cartoon - Disney's Donald's Crime is beat out
by MGM's Quiet Please.
In a ceremony prior to the park's opening, Disney Legend Bob Gurr receives a window on Disneyland's Main Street USA. Gurr's Disneyland designs include the Autopia, the Monorail, Omnimovers, and the Main Street Vehicles.

Walt Disney Pictures releases the comedy feature College Road TripWhen an overachieving high school student (played by Raven-Symoné) decides to travel around the country to
choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father (played by Martin Lawrence) decides to
accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow. This comical adventure also features
Brenda Song, Donny Osmond, and Will Sasso.
Disney's Donald Duck short Golden Eggs is released. Having a hard time harvesting eggs
 from the henhouse, Donald goes in disguise as a hen to get them!
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"All the school shop classes were my passion. Wood and metal shop taught me a lot about how to find the easiest way to build something. Skills that would make designing Disneyland Attractions so much simpler." -Disney Legend Bob Gurr

Michael Eisner born
The Disney short Mickey's Grand Opera, directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released.
Mickey conducts an opera starring Donald Duck and Clara Duck ... but it's Pluto who steals the show.
Riding the Road to the Future/Meteor Cycle Company/Our vehicles pass the test of time/Fast, Faultless and Fadless/Bob Gurr, Design Impresario.
More than 13,000 runners take part in Disney's Princess Half Marathon at WDW.
Gina Aalgaard Kelly of Lisbon, North Dakota wins the race in 1:23:58. The half marathon (originally designed 
for women - although more than 400 men participated this year) wraps up a weekend of events including the 
Princess and the Frog Family 5K, Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo on women’s health and wellness, as well as 
seminars on training, racing and nutrition.

Disney-Pixar's Up wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Annual Academy 
Awards. Up director Pete Docter accepts the award on behalf of the studio and his animation team. Michael 
Giacchino wins Best Music (Original Score) for his contribution to Up. The film was also nominated for best picture 
- the only animated film apart from Disney's 1991 Beauty and the Beast ever to get that honor (at this time)!
"Never did I dream that making a flipbook out of my third-grade math book would lead to this." -Pete Docter
 Stage, film, and television actress and singer Donna Murphy, the voice of Mother
 Gothel in Disney's 2010 animated Tangled, is born in Queens, New York.
(Star Trek fans know her as as Anij, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's love interest, in the 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection.)


This year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off in Florida. Running
through May 20, the festival features traditional topiaries, HGTV stars, and the Flower Power concert series.
March 7
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Bringing Down the House, a comedy film written by Jason Filardi and directed by
Adam Shankman, is released by Touchstone Pictures. Lawyer Peter Sanderson (played by
Steve Martin) wants to dive back into dating after his divorce and has a hard time meeting the right women. But
he lucks out with online dating and meets a fellow lawyer. The two agree to meet in the flesh, but the woman he meets, an escaped convict named Charlene (Queen Latifah), is not what he expects. Distributed by Buena
Vista Pictures, the cast includes Eugene Levy, Kimberly J. Brown, and Angus T. Jones.
Moana is released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray (2D and
3D) and DVD in the U.S. The Blu-ray release also introduces a short film featuring Maui and Moana, titled Gone Fishing. First released in theaters in 2016, Moana features the voices of Auliʻi Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, and Jemaine Clement.
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, a trackless dancing cars ride located in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, officially opens to guests. The attraction features Luigi, the Italian roadster who runs the Casa Della Tires shop in Radiator Springs. Guests ride in the car vehicles as they move and spin to Italian music. It is the first attraction at the Disneyland Resort to use a trackless ride system.
"The Happiest Show on Earth"—a runway fashion event featuring a Mickey-inspired collection designed by couture brand Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, takes place at Disneyland (the first fashion show held at the park in 40 years). The show also serves as Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2018 runway show and closes out fashion week celebrations around the world.
Pinocchio is released on VHS and DVD under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection banner. Included is A Wish Come True: The Making of Pinocchio, a short documentary narrated by voice over artist Mark Elliot.
Actress Rachel Weisz is born in Westminster, London, England. She portrayed Evanor, the Wicked Witch of the East, in Disney's 2013 Oz the Great and Powerful.
Special effect animator Cy Young is born in Suzhou, Jiangsu, Qing China. Hired by Disney to be head of his new special effects animation department (along with animator Ugo D'Orsi), his credits included Snow White and the Seven DwarfsBambiFantasia, and Dumbo. Young left the studio after the 1941 Disney animators' strike and worked as a staff artist and clerk at the Air Force, where he worked on various projects.
Blizzard Beach in Walt Disney World reopens almost a full year after the Florida
theme park closed its gates due to the coronavirus health crisis. While capacity is limited at the ski resort-inspired water park, Disney is not currently requiring reservations for Blizzard Beach as it for its four traditional theme parks. (Typhoon Lagoon, Disney World’s other water park, remains closed.)

The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, California.  Among the winners:
-Best Picture: Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
-Best Director: Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
-Best Adapted Screenplay: Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
-Best Cinematogrophy: Joshua James Richards – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) 
​-Best Movie Made For Television: Hamilton (Disney+)
-Best Score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste – Soul (Disney)