Three-time Emmy-winning, two-time Oscar winning actor, Oscar-nominated
screenwriter, Grammy-winning narrator, published playwright, novelist and
short-story writer Peter Ustinov passes at age 82 in Genolier, Switzerland. He
starred in Disney's 1968 live-action feature Blackbeard's Ghost as Captain Blackbeard and was the voice of
Prince John and King Richard in Disney's 1973 animated feature Robin Hood.
Original Mouseketeer MC & 1992 Disney Legend Jimmie Dodd, the adult leader on television's Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A talented guitarist and musician, Dodd was originally hired by Walt Disney as a music writer. He went on to write and compose "The Mickey Mouse Club March" and all the daily opening songs for the show.
(In 1937, a young Dodd traveled to Hollywood to play in a band led by Louis Prima ... who would later contribute greatly to Disney's animated feature The Jungle Book.)
Disney's Mickey Mouse short The Opry House is released. It is the first time Mickey is seen wearing his trademark white gloves!
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Elmer Elephant is released. Directed by Wilfred
Jackson, the short tells the story of a timid elephant named Elmer who saves Tillie (a tiger he has a crush
on) from a fire.
The Disney short A Gentleman's Gentleman featuring Pluto is released. Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Mickey Mouse sends Pluto out to get the Sunday paper, but the pooch looses the dime in a grate. His effort to retrieve the coin with bubble gum only makes things messy.
Disney releases the animated Goofy short Father's Day Off, directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy's wife leaves Goofy at home alone to tend to the household chores. With Goofy in charge, anything that could possibly go wrong does!
The Disneyland Railroad’s newest engine; the Fred S. Gurley Engine No. 3, is
commissioned into service. Built in 1894 by Baldwin Locomotive Works, it is
named for 1958 Santa Fe Railroad President Fred Gurley. Originally in service since 1895 (it had been used
to haul sugar cane on a New Orleans plantation), it is the oldest of any of the engines in the Disney Parks.
The very first Disney Store opens - in the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. It is Disney's first retail store outside of a theme park or resort.
The Atlanta Braves put Disney's Wide World of Sports into motion when their
exhibition game with the Cincinnati Reds launches competitive play at the brand new
sports complex in Florida. A capacity crowd watches the Braves beat the Reds 9-7. Reds outfielder Deion Sanders records the first hit, steals the first base and scores the first run in the new Disney complex. But it is Fred McGriff of the Braves who smacks the complex’s very first home run!
In Florida, animator Marc Davis (one of Walt's "Nine Old Men")
adds his signature and handprints in cement in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater replica at the Disney-MGM Studios.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs the movie "Balloon Farm." Rip Torn plays Harvey H. Potter, a friendly newcomer to a drought-ravaged farm town, who surprises everyone by growing an amazing crop of brilliantly colored balloons in his field.
Disneyland officials lift the ban on park employees wearing mustaches - an edict that had been put into effect in 1957 by Walt Disney himself!
Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases High Fidelity starring John Cusack.
Wetzel's Pretzels opens a store and kiosk in the Downtown Disney area of Walt
A Disneyland Resort Pin Trading Night is held in the Pacific Ballroom at the
Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim.
Disney Channel premieres the That's So Raven episode "Ye Old Dating Game."
Jimmie Dodd is often remembered for the "Doddisms" (short, simple sayings) that he
used on The Mickey Mouse Club. The
following William Penn quote was a favorite of Dodd's: "I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do, to any fellow being,
let me do it now and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
"My dear friend Jimmie Dodd was the heart and the soul of The Mickey Mouse Club." -Annette Funicello
Hong Kong Disneyland announces the countdown to the launch of the "It’s a Small World" attraction, scheduled to open April 28, 2008. The attraction will feature over 200 hundred Audio-Animatronics figures representing children from around the world (dressed in their national costumes), landmarks from numerous countries and, for the first time ever, 38 Disney characters.
A circuit breaker trips at Disney's Epcot Center, causing parts of the
park to lose power and some rides to close down temporarily.
Actress Amy Bruckner - best known to Disney Channel fans as comical sister
Pim Diffy on the series Phil of the Future - is born in Conifer, Colorado. She has
also lent her voice to episodes of American Dragon: Jake Long.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year wins Favorite Movie at Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards held in California. Among the Disney winners are High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens for Favorite Actress, Jonas Brothers for Favorite Group, Miley Cyrus for Favorite Female Singer, and Selena Gomez (from Wizards of Waverly Place) for Favorite TV Actress.
Disney World is visited by 85,123 guests on this day!
Disney Store celebrates its 25th anniversary at stores nationwide. In recognition of this important
milestone, Disney Store gives the first 250 guests at each location silver commemorative Mickey Mouse ears.
The Sorcerer's Hat debuts at Disney-MGM Studios. It is now the icon of Disney-MGM replacing the
Earful Tower. Built in front of The Great Movie Ride, the structure was inspired by the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment
of Walt Disney's 1940 animated film Fantasia.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disney's Newsies celebrates its first anniversary on Broadway with a pre-Thursday
matinee cake-cutting at the Nederlander Theatre. Newsies officially opened on March 29, 2012,
after playing an acclaimed run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.