Tokyo Disney Resort's shopping,
dining, and entertainment complex
is called Ikspiari. Owned and
operated by The Oriental Land
Company, it is the Japanese
equivalent of the Downtown
Disney complexes in the U.S.
Disney parks. Featuring more than
100 shops, restaurants, cafes and
bars, as well as a 16-screen movie
theater, Ikspiari is located
between Maihama Station and
the Disney Ambassador Hotel.
The Orlando Business Journal reports that Walt Disney World has
received the Corporation of the Year Award from America's Blood Centers
in Washington, D.C. Disney World is recognized for outstanding contributions in blood
donations to the Central Florida Blood Bank. (America's Blood Centers is a national organization of
independent blood banks that supply nearly half of the nation's blood supply.)
Disney Channel receives 9 Daytime Emmy nominations, including 4 for
Bear in the Big Blue House, 2 each for Kim Possible and Even Stevens,
and 1 for Rolie Polie Olie.
The Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM/101.7 is purchased by Disney.
The film A Far Off Place, starring Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Embry, is released through Walt Disney Pictures & Amblin Entertainment. When an attack by an elephant poacher on
her African home leaves a teenage girl, Nonnie Parker, and her visiting friend, Harry Winslow, orphaned, the two teenagers set off to find the one man who can help them—Colonel Mopani Theron who leads an antipoaching squad. With the help of a native Bushman, Xhabbo, they set out on a 1,000-mile trek across the Kalahari desert.
Playing ahead of A Far Off Place is the animated short Trail Mix-Up featuring Baby
Herman and Roger Rabbit. During a picnic, Baby Herman follows a beaver into a
perilous sawmill - with Roger Rabbit in frantic pursuit.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated today, tomorrow and on Wednesday the 17th at Disney World's Pleasure Island.
Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter James Taylor - whose version of "Second Star to the Right" appears on the 1988 CD STAY AWAKE Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films - is born in Boston, Massachusetts. Taylor also sang Randy Newman's Grammy Award-winning song "Our Town"
for the Disney/Pixar Cars.
The Disneyland TV series airs "Saga of Andy Burnett: The Big Council." (It is the final episode of the Burnett serial.)
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Daniel Boone: The
Wilderness Road." It is the third episode of a four-part mini-series.
Art academic and executive, entrepreneur and former politician Robert J. Fitzpatrick is named president of Euro Disneyland. (The resort will open in April 1992, and Fitzpatrick will leave the company the following year.)
Hazel Gilman, Disney Studio nurse and songwriter (under the pseudonym "Gil George"), passes away in Burbank, California. Born in 1904, she was not only the Disney Studio nurse, but also acted as Walt Disney's personal nurse. "Gil George" was the name under which she co-wrote songs for Disney films and television shows, including Mickey Mouse Club.
Disney's family film A Tiger Walks, starring Brian Keith and directed by Norman Tokar, is released. Based on a novel of the same name by Ian Niall, it tells the story of a mistreated Bengal Tiger who escapes from a traveling circus.
Disney's first full length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released in the United Kingdom.
Voice actor Frank Welker is born in Denver, Colorado. Often referred to as a
"voice acting god" in Hollywood, Welker started out as an impressionist. His vast Disney credits
include Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams,
The Emperor's New School, Kim Possible, The Tigger Movie, Return to Neverland, Cinderella III:
A Twist in Time, and Bambi II. (Welker's non-Disney credits include
Scooby-Doo and Curious George.)
"I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others."
Disney's Donald Duck short The Flying Jalopy, directed by Dick Lundy and featuring the animation of Art Babbitt, is released. Donald (voiced by Clarence Nash) buys a dilapidated plane from crooked Ben Buzzard who tries to sabotage it in order to collect on a forged insurance policy. It is Dick Lundy's last short for Disney as he is going off to work for Walter Lantz
(and later Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).
Kim Irvine, Disneyland's art director, is honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Themed Entertainment Association. The daughter of Disney animators Harvey and Leota Toombs, Kim first took a summer job at WED in 1970 at the age of 18. Since then she's played a key role in such Disneyland projects as producing the Haunted Mansion's holiday overlay, enhancing "it's a small world" and creating trash cans to fit in with the different lands.
Walt Disney is interviewed on radio by NBC radio veteran,
Elza Schallert (an entertainment correspondent). The interview touches on the production of Snow White and the character of Donald Duck.
The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World unveils the first phase of the new
Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland with a "soft" opening. The Storybook Circus area
pays tribute to the traveling circuses of the 1950s and 1960s and features the first part of "Dumbo, the Flying
Elephant" (with Dumbo spinning clockwise for the first time in Magic Kingdom history), "The Barnstormer, Starring
The Great Goofini" (a family coaster attraction) and "The Fantasyland Train Station" (one of the three stops for
The Walt Disney World Railroad).
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Stormy the Thoroughbred, a live-action featurette is released to theaters. It tells the
story of a scrawny young colt who grows up to be a highly-prized polo pony.
Mulan is released to Disney Blu-ray and HD Digital the same day Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Blu-ray alongside its sequel in a Special Edition "2-Movie Collection."
Animation director, film director, screenwriter, producer, illustrator and voice actor Chris Sanders is born in Colorado. He is best known for co-writing and directing Disney's Lilo & Stitch (2002) and for creating and voicing Stitch in every Western-produced work in its franchise. His Disney credits also include The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Tarzan, and Leroy & Stitch.