throughout Disney theme parks and in Disney's The Rescuers Down
Under and Bambi II, is born in Los Angeles, California.
Broughton also conducted and supervised the recording of Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" for Fantasia 2000.
Theme park credits include:
O Canada! – Epcot
Spaceship Earth – Epcot
Cinemagique – Disneyland Paris
One Man's Dream – Disney's Hollywood Studios
Golden Dreams – Disney California Adventure
Seasons of the Vine – Disney California Adventure
It's Tough To Be A Bug – Disney California Adventure
Ellen's Energy Adventure – Disney's Hollywood Studios
Timekeeper – Magic Kingdom
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience – Epcot
From Time to Time – Disneyland Paris & Tokyo Disneyland
The Making of Me – Epcot
The Lizzie McGuire episode "Mom's Best Friend" debuts on the Disney
Channel as does the Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly, starring
Hilary Duff and Christy Carlson Romano.
Author Kenneth Grahame is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His most famous story The Wind in the Willows was re-told in Disney's 1949 animated feature The Adventures of Icahbod and Mr. Toad. His 1898 childrens book The Reluctant Dragon served as the key element for Disney's 1941 feature film The Reluctant Dragon.
Actor Sean McClory is born in Dublin, Ireland. His Disney credits include the live-action features
The Gnome-Mobile, The Happiest Millionaire, and Follow Me Boys!. McClory's career spanned six decades and
included well over 100 films and television series.
The Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice's Tea Party attractions both open in Tokyo Disneyland.
The television series The Disney Sunday Movie airs "Big Foot."
Disney On Ice begins a 4-day engagement at the
Tri-Cities Coliseum in Kennewick, Washington.
Actress Rhoda Williams - the voice of Drizella in Disney's 1950 animated
feature Cinderella - passes away at age 75 in Oregon. A star of radio, television, and
movies, Williams appeared on such programs as Dragnet, Ironside, The Twilight Zone, Marcus Welby,
M.D. and General Hospital.
In 1994 Disney World
dropped the word "Center"
and changed the letters to
Celebrities visiting Disney World's Magic Kingdom on this day include entertainer
Wayne Newton and St. Louis Cardinals All Star first baseman Albert Pujols.
Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, a baby zebra named Kidani is born. The first
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra born at the Walt Disney World, he is named for the
new expansion of Animal Kingdom Villas, which will be named Kidani Village.
Art director and Imagineer Marvin Davis passes away in Santa Monica, California, at
the age of 87. Retired since 1975, Marvin Davis (not to be confused with Marc Davis - one of Walt's Nine Old
Men) worked on the original concepts for Disneyland and later on such features as Moon Pilot, Babes in
Toyland, Bon Voyage and Big Red, as well as television projects like the Zorro television series. Davis was
responsible for designing the Alamo set for the Davy Crockett series and in 1962 received an Emmy Award for his
art direction on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Married to Walt Disney's niece, Marjorie Sewell since
"Marvin was a bulldog. He pushed things and kept pushing them until everyone, especially him, was completely satisfied with them. He was just extremely thorough and professional." -Marty Sklar
"Because Marvin had a rich background in live-action motion picture design, he had a strong sense and understanding of theater and how to give life or meaning to structures, which typically, most formally-trained architects aren't interested in. He knew how to create architectural form that had a message for people. For instance, his structures on Main Street U.S.A. are irrepressibly optimistic." -John Hench on Marvin Davis
THIS SITE MADE IN THE USA
Today is International Women's Day
Liza Hunter-Galvan wins the inaugural Disney’s Princess Half Marathon at Epcot
with a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 18 seconds! Galvan, originally from New Zealand, is a
two-time Olympic marathoner.
Margaret "Mank" Johnstone of Orange County, California, celebrates
her 107th birthday at Disneyland!
"Hear ye, hear ye! Our princess is 107 years old today!" -Disneyland Town Crier
The Disney studio completes the 22nd Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film Sky Scrappers, and ships it to Winkler Productions just days after negotiations with Charles Mintz (of Winkler Productions) breaks down. As Walt cannot come to an agreement with Mintz, it looks as if the Disney Studios will be giving up their character Oswald.
Disney's Goofy short A Knight for a Day, directed by Jack Hannah and featuring the
animation of Hugh Fraser, Eric Larson, Judge Whitaker and John Reed, is released.
Goofy (playing the role of Cedric) is preparing his knight, Sir Loinsteak, for a joust against Sir Cumference when an
accident demands that Goofy take his place!
NBC-TV airs part one of the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episode
"For the Love of Willadean." This two-part comedy-drama centers around Harley (played by Roger Mobley), a boy from the city whose family moves to the country. His friendship with J.D. (Michael McGreevey), a boy who lives on the same street, is tested when they both develop a crush on the same girl, Willadean (Terry Burnham). The cast also includes Billy Mumy and Ed Wynn.
Buena Vista releases Disney's animated and live-action feature film
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin to theaters. An upbeat Gold Rush era Western, the film is
based on the novel "By the Great Horn Spoon" by Sid Fleischman. The cast includes Roddy McDowall (as
Bullwhip Griffin), Suzanne Pleshette (as Arabella Flagg), Karl Malden (as Judge Higgins), Harry Guardino (as
Sam Trimble) and Richard Haydn (as Quentin Bartlett). Although a live-action film, The Adventures of Bullwhip
Griffin features an animated opening credits sequence and some clever cartoon interstitials and transitions by
veteran Ward Kimball (who is credited with "Titles & Things").
The Wonderful World of Disney features part two of "Menace on the Mountain."
U.S. President Reagan pays a visit to EPCOT, escorted by Dick Nunis, President of
Walt Disney World, and several hundred math and science students from Central
Florida. He first visits the American Experience attraction before making an afternoon speech at a podium
located on the World Showcase Lagoon, directly opposite of Spaceship Earth. Reagan speaks of the promise of
EPCOT Center and what it meant to his friend Walt Disney and to the world.
NFL wide receiver Hines Ward is born in Seoul, South
Korea, to an African American father and a Korean
mother. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998 and led them to a
Super Bowl victory in 2006 ... in which Ward proclaimed "I'm going to Disney World!" In 2011 he and Kym Johnson won season 12 of ABC-TV's Dancing With
the Stars. Hines is considered to be one of the best wideouts in the NFL because
of his great hands and his willingness to block.
Disney’s Doug Live! officially debuts in the ABC TV Theater at the Disney-MGM Studios
in Florida. The 30-minute musical stage show (which has been in previews since March 1) is based on the cartoon
series Doug. It will be performed 5 times a day through May 2001.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disney's fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful opens in conventional 2D, as
well as in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Based on L. Frank Baum's
Oz novels, Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel to Baum's 1900 introductory novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
When Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco), a small-time circus magician and con artis, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot - fame and fortune are his for the taking - that is,
until he meets three witches who are not convinced he is the great wizard that everyone has been expecting.