Barbra Streisand, backed by a symphony orchestra, records "Some Day
My Prince Will Come," for Buena Vista Home Entertainment's DVD
edition of the 1937 Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
West Coast Singers presents "The Beauty of Broadway: An Evening With Susan
Egan and the West Coast Singers," a benefit concert for the chorus which
includes a silent auction. The event takes place at the Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood. (Egan's
Disney credits include Hercules, Lady and the Tramp II, the Disney Channel's Gotta Kick It Up and
Disneyland Resort Paris kicks off the special season event
"Disney's Easter Festival".
After nearly a year of refurbishment, the Fantasyland attraction It's A Small
World reopens in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The aging attraction
received a new sound system, paint, lighting, costumes for the dolls, and queue configuration.
For the second consecutive year, Raven-Symoné wins an NAACP Image Award
in the Outstanding Performance in the Youth/Children's Program category for
her starring role on Disney Channel's That's So Raven.
Seventy-five statues of Mickey Mouse (created to celebrate Mickey’s 75th
birthday) are unveiled at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza in front of the Ronald
Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Washington, D.C. exhibition is the
only place, outside of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, where all 75 statues will be exhibited together.
Bright Lights is released. It is directed by Walt Disney himself with Hugh Harman
and Rollin "Ham" Hamilton providing the animation. In this short, Oswald attempts to see
a female performer for free by sneaking backstage!
Actor Patrick McGoohan, the voice of Billy Bones in Disney's 2002 animated
feature Treasure Planet, is born in Astoria, New York. He also starred in the Disneyland 3-part
"The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" as Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow. (Though born in America, McGoohan
rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s & 1960s in such programs as "Danger Man" and
Lois Wilson is born in Ocala, Florida. She worked at Walt Disney World for 25 years as a wardrobe hostess at the Yacht and Beach Club Hotel and the Grand Floridian Resort.
Singer Ruth Pointer (of The Pointer Sisters) is born in East Oakland, California. She sang "Streets of Gold" for the 1988 Disney animated feature Oliver and Company.
Stage & screen actress Glenn Close - the voice of Kala in Disney's Tarzan and Tarzan
II - is born in Greenwich, Connecticut. She also played the role of Cruella de Vil in both live-action
features 101 Dalmatians and its sequel 102 Dalmatians. (Close is best known for her role as deranged stalker Alex
Forrest in the 1987 Fatal Attraction and more recently the FX TV series Damages.)
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan and the heroic
Mars adventurer John Carter, passes away in Encino, California. (He had
always hoped that one day Disney would produce an animated feature about his jungle hero.)
Disney's True-Life Adventure short Water Birds wins an Oscar (Short Subjects, Two-Reel) at the 25th Academy Awards. Held at both the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and the Century Theater in New York, it is the first Academy Awards ceremony to be televised on national television. In Hollywood, the event is hosted by Bob Hope and the music awards are presented by Walt Disney himself.
The Disneyland TV series airs "Magic and Music" - the show's 95th episode.
Disney, Oklahoma ("The Island City") is officially incorporated.
The town is named for former Oklahoma Legislator Wesley E. Disney (who is of no relation to Walt Disney).
Walt Disney Productions releases The Shaggy Dog - the studio's first live-action comedy. The film centers around Wilby Daniels (played by Tommy Kirk), a teenage boy who is transformed into a sheep dog when he accidentally happens across a magical but cursed Borgia ring. Fred MacMurray (in his first of what will be 7 Disney films) plays Wilby's father Wilson Daniels. Also appearing are such familiar "Disney teens" as Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, and Kevin Corcoran. Veteran Disney voice actor Paul Frees has a rare on-screen appearance in the film as well! The film also features a sheepdog from California named Sam.
Also released - the fifteenth People and Places film Cruise of the Eagle and
the live-action short Nature's Strangest Creatures.
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Daniel Boone: The Promised Land." It is the concluding episode of a 4-part mini-series.
Actor Billy "Pop" Attmore, a member of the 1970s TV series The New Mickey
Mouse Club, is born in Landstuhl, Germany. He also played the role of Thad in
Treasure of Matecumbe, a Walt Disney Productions family adventure film released in 1976.
The Penny Arcade, the Main Street Bookstore, and the House of Magic (all located on Main Street USA in Walt Disney World) close. The space will become part of the Main Street Athletic Company.
Elton John appears on TV's The Rosie O'Donnell Show, promoting Disney's new
stage musical Aida, for which he has written the music.
The Disney/Jumbo Pictures animated release Doug's 1st Movie has its premiere.
Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is released to video and DVD.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat premieres.
The trailer for Pirates 3: At World's End debuts to the general public during ABC-TV's Dancing with the Stars.
Victorian-style resort (with
an amazing five-story grand
lobby) situated on the
shores of WDW's South Seas
The Genesis Awards are handed out at the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Higglytown Heroes episode "Kip's Shadow" wins for Best Children's Programming.
The stage musical Aida, presented jointly by Stage Entertainment and Disney Theatricals, debuts in Switzerland at the Musical Theatre in Basel.
(It is the first production of Aida ever staged in Switzerland.)
The 15th International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off at Epcot. This year's event has been expanded to 75 days.
After more than a year of negotiations, Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral strike a deal that will keep Disney ships sailing out of Brevard County, Florida for the next 15 years.
Walt Disney World Boys and Girls Club (located in Orlando's Pine Hills) opens.
Made possible in part from a $1 million contribution from Disney, the club offers educational programs.
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Disney releases the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey Down Under. Directed by Charles
Nichols, Mickey is in Australia - driving Pluto crazy with a boomerang and getting involved in chaos when he
encounters a giant emu and tries to steal her egg.
"I write to escape ... to escape poverty." -Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Alamo honors the life of actor Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett in the Disney miniseries Davy Crockett King of The Wild Frontier, with a tribute at the Texas historical shrine. Parker passed away at his home in California, yesterday Thursday, March 18.
"You know when we called Walt Disney and asked him to present the music award tonight, we said, 'Walt with all the songs you've
commissioned for your pictures and what with Fantasia and all, you would be the right man to do it. After all, think about how much
you have done for music and Hollywood.' And his warm reply was 'I would have thought it was the other way around'. In any case
Walt fought his way through all the Oscars in his living room to our stage tonight. One of the great theatrical inventors of modern
times, Mr. Walt Disney." -Bob Hope
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