Scott Carpenter, the 4th American astronaut in space, is born in Boulder, Colorado.
His Disney credits include the 1986 TV special The Living Seas. The Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station (an
underwater habitat) was on display at Epcot in January 1998. Originally a test pilot, Carpenter became the second
American to orbit the Earth in May 1962. He also attended the grand opening of Disneyland's Space Mountain in 1977.
opens to the public. Located south of EPCOT, it is Disney's 5th theme park in
the world. Although it rains throughout the day, the park is packed. It is the largest
opening day press event in Disney World history. Attractions in the park include Walt Disney Studios Animation
Studios (where guests can watch story personnel, animators, artists and technicians produce motion pictures), The
Great Movie Ride, SuperStar Television, and The Monster Sound Show. The Great Movie Ride, a replica of the
entrance to Graumann's Chinese Theater, features a courtyard for celebrity handprints and signatures. A program
called "Star Today" will allow celebrities over the years to leave their mark. The very first "Star Today" is original
Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Released on this same day at the Animation Studios is a 9-minute short titled
"Back to Neverland." The special film features Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams. Among the Hollywood legends
visiting the park are George Burns and Bob Hope (who help cut the filmstrip ribbon dedicating the Studios).
In 2008, Disney's Hollywood
Studios hosted about 9.61
million guests, ranking it the
fourth-most visited amusement
park in the United States, and
seventh-most visited in the
world. That was the first year
the park was known as Disney's
Hollywood Studios, as prior to
2008 it was called
"The world you have entered was created by the Walt Disney Company & is
dedicated to Hollywood - not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream & wonder & imagine, a place where illusion & reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was - and always will be."
Robert Louis Stevenson's story Kidnapped is first published in Young Folks
magazine. The full novel will be published in book form the following July and seventy-four years
later - Disney will release the classic story as a live-action film directed by Robert Stevenson
(a descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson).
The Disney Alice Comedy Alice's Wild West Show - starring Virginia Davis as Alice - is released. Alice and her friends put on a Wild West Show for the neighborhood kids!
Trolley Troubles, to Winkler Pictures - a distributor in New York City.
Walter E. Disney, of Los Angeles, receives patent #2,201,689 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, for the "art of animation" camera. The multiplane camera allows for a more realistic three-dimensional image as well as depth and richness to the animation. The device uses up to seven layers of artwork (painted in
oils on glass) shot under a vertical and moveable camera.
Disney's Donald Gets Drafted (the first of what will be many Donald Duck World War II shorts) is released.
Actress Joanna Lumley, the voice of Aunt Spiker in Disney's 1996 James and the Giant Peach, is born in India. (Comedy fans will recognize her from the BBC series Absolutely Fabulous.)
The rights to use Donald Duck as the official mascot and insignia of the University of
Oregon is granted by Walt Disney Productions. (Following Disney's death in 1966, it will become
apparent that a formal contract does not exist to allow the school the rights to Donald's image. But in 1973, a written
contract will be signed between Oregon's athletic department and Walt Disney Productions, allowing the continued
use of the famous cartoon character. Eventually, in 1984, Donald Duck - during the year of his 50th birthday - will be
named an honorary alumnus of the university!)
In a dedication ceremony in Florida, the "Empress Lilly,"
an historic replica of a three-decked Mississippi boat (complete with paddle wheel) is
christened by Walt Disney's widow, Lillian, for whom it is named. The new Walt Disney
World landmark, which contains 3 restaurants - Fisherman's Deck, Steerman's Quarters, and the Empress Room,
is unveiled at the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village. The Empress Room and Steerman's Quarters serve dinner
only while Fisherman's Deck features a character breakfast; one of the few character breakfasts available at this
time on WDW property. (The Empress Lilly will close on April 22, 1995 and reopen as Fulton's Crab House in
March 1996 ... minus the paddle wheel.)
Card Walker steps down as chairman of Disney, turning the job over to Ray Watson.
The film-making team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker sign a two-year deal with Disney. (Within a week, they will begin work on the film, Ruthless People.)
Walt Disney: An American Original by author Bob Thomas is released.
Originally written in 1976, the book has been revised.
Actress Luana Pattern, who appeared in such Disney films as Song of the South, So Dear to My Heart, and Follow Me, Boys! passes away in California.
Disneyland Paris presents its "Festival of Flowers" around the park.
Disney's ABC Saturday morning cartoon Mickey Mouse Works debuts on television.
Each half-hour episode will contains a selection of cartoons that vary in length from 90 seconds to 12 minutes.
Disney's The Emperor's New Groove is released to home video and DVD.
Because the city of Anaheim, California, receives two to five emergency calls a day from Disney (including heart attacks and heat stroke as well as accidents) two teams
of paramedics will be stationed at the two Disney theme parks beginning on this
day. The 12 paramedics, who are expected to shave precious minutes off response time to any accident in the
parks, will officially work for the city of Anaheim (however, Disney will pay the city $1.4 million a year to cover the labor
costs, and will provide housing and transportation in the resort). Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, already has
paramedics within its parks. The Disneyland Resort is getting them now because of the recent expansion.
Animal Kingdom's thrill ride "Countdown to Extinction" changes its name to "Dinosaur!".
The Sherman Brothers (a songwriting team whose music can be heard in countless
Disney films and attractions) are honored at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in
California. Actor Dick Van Dyke appears with his own Barbershop quartet "The Vantastix." Accompanied by the
Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra, they perform Sherman songs from Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (which
both featured Dick Van Dyke).
Disney World's Pleasure Island officially
opens on this day in 1989 too. (Although
Disney has been admitting guests since April 28.)
The Disney Channel airs episode 6 of
MMC. Today is Music Day!
Largely New York opens at the St. James Theatre in New York City. Among the
show's producers is The Walt Disney Studios. (It will run for 144 performances.)
The Anaheim Bulletin reports that Disney has purchased land in Anaheim, California for an amusement park.
The article "Gay '90s Favorite From Main Street, Disneyland" appears in Better Homes
& Gardens. The article features Disneyland recipes that "recapture the treats of yesteryear."
The Disneyland television series airs "The Yellowstone Story / Bear Country."
Corbin Bleu, star of Disney Channel's Jump In! and smash hit High School Musical releases his debut album, "Another Side," on Disney's Hollywood Records.
Art Stevens, an animator, writer, title designer,
and producer at the Disney Studios, is born in
Roy, Montana. He began his career in 1939 as an in-betweener
(an artist who makes the drawings between the animator's key poses)
on Fantasia and Bambi. He retired in 1983.
At EPCOT, The Good Turn Restaurant (opened in The Land since the park's debut
in 1982) closes. It will become Garden Grille Restaurant.
Today is Mother Goose Day
Among Stevens' credits as an animator - Peter Pan,
101 Dalmatians, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery
Day, Robin Hood, Mary Poppins and the underwater
sequence in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. He co-
directed The Rescuers with Wolfgang Reitherman
and John Lounsbery. Stevens also provided story
concepts and did animation for three landmark
were produced and directed by Disney animation
legend Ward Kimball for the Disneyland TV series
in the 1950s: "Man in Space" (1955), "Man and the
Moon" (1955) and "Mars and Beyond" (1957).
Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrates its 20th anniversary. The park opens an hour early, at 8:00 am, with a special rope-drop ceremony to kick off the birthday celebration.
The first phase of Kidani Village, the second time-share extension of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, formally opens. The name comes from the Swahili word for “necklace” and is meant
to represent the resort’s layout. Meanwhile the Animal Kingdom Lodge building itself is renamed Jambo House.
Entrance price: $29 for Adults - $23 for Children (ages 3-9)
Disney's educational propaganda short Water, Friend or Enenmy is released through the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. Aimed at the Latin American audience, it teaches how to avoid cholera, typhoid and dysentery in drinking water.
Newsies, the breakout new American musical, receives 8 Tony® Award nominations
including Best Musical. The DIsney production is also recognized with nominations for Best Performance by a
Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman), Best Book of a
Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best
Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), and Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).
Peter and the Starcatcher, developed in a multi-year process by Disney Theatrical Productions, and produced on
Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions,
receives nine nominations including Best Play.
With a flourish of confetti, Italian music, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tutto Italia in the
Italy Pavilion at Epcot reopens its doors after a major renovation, along with the new
Tutto Gusto wine cellar next door.
Princess Merida, Disney's newest princess from the upcoming Disney/Pixar film Brave, makes her debut at Epcot. Although she is officially scheduled to begin greeting guests on May 15th at the
Magic Kingdom, Merida appears in various outdoor locations in Future World on this day, welcoming park guests in
her Scottish brogue.
Disney VoluntEARS kicks off their 30th anniversary celebration.