1909:
Disney Legend and animator Milt Kahl is born in San Francisco, California.
 One of Walt's "Nine Old Men," he started his career, at just 16 years of age, in the art department of the
 Oakland Post Enquirer (later called the Oakland Tribune) doing pasteups, layouts and spot cartoons - for $25 a week. Kahl first joined the Walt Disney Studios at age 25 in June 1934. Over the next 42
 years he helped bring to life such classics as Pinocchio, BambiSong of the SouthAlice In
 WonderlandLady and the TrampRobin Hood, and The Rescuers.
2005:
Disney's On The Record - a touring musical revue - 
begins a series of performances in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Kim Possible SoundtrackDisney's Karaoke Series: Kim PossibleRadio Disney Jams 7, and Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding Album are all released on Walt Disney Records.
1935:
Disney's 50th Silly Symphony cartoon The Golden Touch (directed by Walt Disney and animated by Norm Ferguson & Fred Moore) is released. Greedy King Midas is granted his wish that everything he touches turns to gold. But his wish turns sour when everyone and everything he loves - including food - turns to gold as well!
1970:
The Wonderful World of Disney presents "Disneyland Showtime," featuring The Osmond Brothers, Kurt Russell, Kids of the Kingdom, The Sound Castle, and The Dapper Dans. The new Haunted Mansion attraction (opened since August 1969) is the setting for this TV overview of the park's musical attractions.
1975:
The Lake Buena Vista Village, an area of shops along the shores of Lake Buena
 Vista at Walt Disney World, officially opens. It provides the first non-park
 shopping at Disney World and is promoted as a "restful shopping atmosphere similar to a New England
 seaside village."  (It will be renamed Walt Disney World Village before being re-christened as the more
 familiar Disney Village Marketplace.)
1987:
The Wonderful World of Disney airs the 1971 Disney feature
"Bedknobs and Broomsticks."
1998:
In Anaheim, California, the Grand Hotel, located just east of Harbor Blvd on
 Freedman Way, is imploded at 6:45 a.m. by Controlled Demolition, Incorporated in a
 blast that lasts just over twenty seconds. A crowd of about 200 spectators watch from the Santa Ana
 freeway's Freedman Way off ramp. Other spectators observe the building's destruction from their rooms in the
 Disneyland and Disneyland Pacific Hotels, and even atop the Matterhorn. The Grand was once a first class, 242
 room, high-rise hotel across the street from Disneyland. The metal components of the building will be recycled, and
 the concrete will be pulverized on-site to form the base of the new Disneyland Pumbaa Parking Lot.
1999:
Elton John appears on TV's The Tonight Show, promoting Disney's Broadway show Aida (which will debut in 2000), for which he has written the music.
"It was a romance from the start.
 The minute you know you can
 make a drawing move, the static
 drawing loses its appeal:
 movement is life. Animation
 represents the greatest
 breakthrough in 20th Century art."
-Disney Legend Wolfgang 'Woolie'
 Reitherman (one of Walt's
"Nine Old Men")

1912:
Actor Wilfrid Brambell, who portrayed Willie Bannock in Disney's 1964 
The Three Lives of Thomasina and Bill Gaye in Disney's 1962 
In Search of the Castaways, is born in Dublin, Ireland. 
(Beatle fans know him best as "Paul's grandfather" in A Hard Day's Night.)
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2009:
Typhoon Lagoon, Walt Disney World's 56-acre water park reopens 
after being closed for refurbishment. 
1985:
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, a film about an American couple who find a 
family of surviving Apatosaurs (Brontosaurus) in Central Africa, is released. It is 
Disney's Touchstone Pictures third release and features the music of Jerry Goldsmith.
2006:
The "Happiest Balloon On Earth" takes to the air for the very first time in Pendleton,
 Oregon at Wildhorse Resort. The test flight lasts an hour and is captured on video from the ground and a
 following helicopter. Celebrating Disneyland's 50th anniversary, the 100-foot tall Mickey-shaped balloon (also
 known as "Ear Force One") will officially begin an 11-week tour in Tucson, Arizona on March 30.

Actor and television producer Britt Lomond passes away at age 80 in California. He
 played the role of Capitán Monastario in the first season of Disney's Zorro.


"Milt was a fantastic animator and perhaps my closest friend at the studio." -Marc Davis 
"He (Milt Kahl) would talk about work ethic and if he saw you were trying hard, it didn't even matter if you kind of stunk, if you were really trying your hardest ... he didn't like lazy people." -animator Brad Bird
"Animation requires a pretty good draftsman because you've got to turn things, to be able to draw well enough to turn things at every angle. You have to understand movement, which in itself is quite a study." -Milt Kahl
1947:
Voice actor and impressionist Tony Pope is born near Cleveland, Ohio. He did a parade of
voices for the Little Golden Books-and-Records series and the classic Disney read-alongs. His Disneyland Records
work led to voicing Goofy for eleven years in films & shorts (such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Sport Goofy in Soccermania), theme park rides, and TV cartoons.

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1972:
Disney releases The Biscuit Eater to theaters. Based on a novel by James H. Street, the film tells the 
story of two Georgia boys; Lonnie (played by Johnny Whitaker) and Text (George Spell), who ignore their racial 
differences to team up and befriend a feral German Wirehaired Pointer named Moreover. The Biscuit Eater also 
features Earl Holliman and Pat Crowley (as Lonnie's parents).
March 22
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!