The Academy Award-winning Disney/Pixar animated feature The Incredibles is
released on DVD. Included as a bonus feature is Mr. Incredible and Pals - an animated Pixar short.
Walt Disney Records releases 2 CDs - The Ice Princess soundtrack (a compilation of
music by such artists as Diana DiGarmo, Michelle Branch and Jesse McCartney) and
Although open to guests since March 13, Crush 'N' Gusher, a water coaster in
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World, has an official debut. The first water
coaster to be built for a Disney water park, local swimmers slosh and ride the new attraction as soap star Kirsten
Storms (from "Days of Our Lives") emcees the event.
Actor J. Pat O'Malley is born in Burnley, England. His Disney credits include Robin Hood (as the
voice of Otto), The Jungle Book (voicing both characters Col. Hathi the Elephant and Buzzie), Mary Poppins (playing
various secondary roles), Son of Flubber (as the Sign Painter) and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (voicing both
Colonel and Jasper). O'Malley also played the role of of Perkins, the English servant assigned to watch over Monty
Markham in The Adventures of Spin and Marty. Along with Paul Frees, O'Malley voiced many of the pirates for
Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Nick Stewart (sometimes credited as Nicodemus Stewart), the voice of Br'er Bear in the 1946 Song of the South, is born in New York City.
Jack Lindquist, Disneyland's first advertising manager who went on to become
President of Disneyland, is born in Chicago, Illinois. While an advertising manager, Lindquist created
Disney Dollars. An employee from September 1955 until his retirement in November 1993, he received a commemorative
window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland (that reads "J.B. Lindquist, Honorary Mayor of Disneyland") and
was named a Disney Legend in 1994. In 2010, Lindquist's memoir entitled "In Service to the Mouse: My Unexpected Journey to Becoming Disneyland's First President" was published by Chapman University Press/Neverland Media.
David Silverman, co-director of Monsters, Inc., is born in New York City. (He's also directed episodes of the TV animated series The Simpsons.)
Tenor Bob Mathis of the Dapper Dans of Disney World, performs with the popular barbershop quartet for the last time. A member since their inception, he leaves to direct a choral society in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Walt Disney Company airs Young Harry Houdini as part of their recently
relaunched "Disney Sunday Movie" on ABC-TV. The two-hour made-for-TV film stars Will
Wheaton and Jose Ferrer and features an introduction by the relatively new Disney CEO, Michael Eisner.
PB&J Otter, a half-hour animated television series, premieres on Playhouse Disney (the brand name for Disney Channel's preschool programs). A total of 65 episodes will be produced over the course of its three season run.
The Disneyland Resort in California officially welcomes its 450-millionth guest, first-
time visitor to Disneyland, Mark Ramirez of Texas, a civilian production management
specialist for the U.S. Air Force. Ramirez, his wife, and three daughters are honored during a
ceremony where he is presented with a lifetime pass to the Disneyland Resort (Disneyland and Disney's
California Adventure), a stay at the new Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and a gift pack. He is also given the
honor of changing the official attendance sign at Disneyland's Train Station from 400 million to 450 million.
The Lizzie McGuire episode "The Rise and Fall of Kate"
debuts on the Disney Channel.
Singer-songwriter Phil Collins (known for his music in Tarzan) is among the 10
inducted as Disney Legends. In honor of the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland
Paris, all of this year's inductees are of European origin.
In another first for Disney and Apple, High School Musical, Disney Channel's hit, becomes the first full length movie to be sold on Apple's iTunes Music Store.
The revised film America the Beautiful opens at the Circle-Vision 360° Theater at Walt
Disney World, replacing Magic Carpet 'Round the World. Originally shot as a Circarama film for the
1958 World's Fair in Brussels, it debuted at Disneyland in 1960 and was later re-shot in 1967 as a Circle-Vision 360 film. The movie opened at the Magic Kingdom on November 25, 1971 and played until March 15, 1974.
This revised version now includes scenes of Philadelphia for the upcoming American Bicentennial.
Christopher Michael Sanders, film animator and voice actor best known for co-directing the Disney animated feature Lilo & Stitch, and providing the voice of
Experiment 626 & Leroy for Disney's Leroy & Stitch, is born in Colorado. A 1984
graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he has also served as a storyboard artist, artistic director, and
character designer on Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Mulan.
Audio-animatronics was originally
a creation of Lee Adams, who
started his career with Disney as
an electrician at the Burbank,
California studio and was one of
Disney's original Imagineers. The
first Disney Audio-Animatronic
was the giant squid in the movie
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,
which was created by Adams!
The 1944 Academy Awards are held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with hosts John Cromwell and Bob Hope. Although Disney's animated Goofy short How to Play Football is nominated for Short Subjects, Cartoon ... MGM's Mouse Trouble takes home the Oscar.
Andrew Jackson, the seventh United States President, is
born in the Waxhaws area near the border between North and
South Carolina. Jackson was the first president to be exhibited in a Disney park ...
a mannequin of "Old Hickory" was part of the Davy Crockett exhibit in Frontierland, later
moved to Tom Sawyer Island (a decade before "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln").
Visit Jackson and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Disney's Donald Duck short The Riveter - directed by Dick Lundy - is released.
An unhappy Donald lands a job working high steel as a riveter for construction foreman Pete.
Disney Afternoon Avenue, a colorful street of cartoon buildings located between It's a Small World and Videopolis, opens at Disneyland. Inspired by the success of the two-hour programming block Disney Afternoon (which will run through 1997) guests can meet TaleSpin star Baloo and Rescue Rangers stars Chip 'n' Dale and Launchpad McQuack. (This area will be eliminated 6 months later, when construction begins for Mickey's Toontown.)
Walt Disney World guests and cast members pause to catch a glimpse of space shuttle Discovery as it soars over the early evening Florida sky. The seven-member crew lifts off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:43 p.m. EDT to deliver the final set
of power-generating solar array wings and a new crew member to the International Space Station.
2002 Disney Legends inducted
"I'll have the music, and then I'll just turn the microphone on, press Play and Record and sing. And whatever comes out ends up being the melody." -Disney Legend Phil Collins
"Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission."
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Gun Shy, a new sitcom produced by Walt Disney Productions, debuts on CBS-TV.
Based on Disney's popular comedy-western films The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and The Apple Dumpling
Gang Rides Again (1979), it stars Barry Van Dyke (son of Dick Van Dyke), Tim Thomerson, and Geoffrey Lewis.
(It will only run for 6 episodes before being cancelled.)
We Love Mickey!, a multimedia show on Main Street, U.S.A. at Hong Kong
Disneyland premieres. The nighttime spectacular showcases cutting-edge visual effects and lighting
all over the buildings of Main Street.
Two Much, a romantic screwball comedy film based on Donald Westlake's novel of
the same name, is released in U.S. theaters by Touchstone Pictures. An unscrupulous
con man, played by Antonio Banderas, runs an ongoing scam that involves deceiving grieving widows. Distributed
in the U.S. by Buena Vista Pictures, the film also stars Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Danny Aiello, Joan Cusack, and Eli Wallach.