Walt Disney World's It's a Small World attraction officially closes
for renovations. (It is scheduled to reopen Spring 2005.)
Actor-comedian & composer Roy Atwell - the voice of Doc in
Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - is born in Syracuse, New York.
Athlete-turned-actor Roscoe Lee Browne - the voice of Arrow in Disney's 2002
Treasure Planet - is born in Woodbury, New Jersey. His Disney credits also
include the 1988 Oliver & Company and the 1973 live-action feature The World's Greatest Athlete.
Disney's Alice Comedy Alice's Knaughty Knight, featuring Lois Hardwick, is released.
The 48th Alice Comedy released, Pete, dressed in a suit of armor, steals away the object of Julius the cat’s
affection. In an attempt to win her back, Julius fashions his own makeshift suit of armor using mostly junk that he
finds lying around.
Actor, writer, television producer, musician and voice actor Lorenzo Music is born
Gerald David Music in Brooklyn, New York. He voiced characters for such Disney television shows as TaleSpin, Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, and Darkwing Duck. (He is best remembered as the voice
of the cartoon cat Garfield and the voice of Carlton the doorman on the CBS television sitcom Rhoda.)
Disney's 4th World's Fair exhibit, "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,"
finally makes its New York debut after weeks of technical problems.
Disney Channel airs episode 7 of MMC. Today is Guest Day!
Actress Kay Panabaker, who lent her voice to Monsters Inc., is born in Orange, Texas.
Also appearing on an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and 13 episodes of Phil of the Future, television
fans will recognize her as Nikki on the short-lived but popular series Summerland and as Lindsey on
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The Theater of the Stars, a 1500-seat amphitheater opened since the park's debut
and located just to the right of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at
Disney-MGM, temporarily closes. It will be moved to make way for
the construction of the new Sunset Boulevard area.
The popular Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire hits the big screen with
The Lizzie McGuire Movie starring Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Clayton Snyder, Ashlie Brillault, and Jake Thomas. The film was primarily shot on location in Rome with some
scenes shot in Los Angeles at Ren-Mar Studios (where the series was filmed).
The That's So Raven episode "Teach Your Children Well" airs for the first time
on Disney Channel.
At 9:02 a.m., Disneyland welcomes 12-year old Emmalee Mason of Colorado Springs,
Colorado - the honorary two-billionth guest to visit a Disney Park! Emmalee is presented
with a giant golden key and a lifetime pass to all 11 Disney Parks around the world.
Disney's Hollywood Studios) was so crowded that officials had to
close its parking lot at only 9:15
a.m. - just about an hour after
The annual Dreamers and Doers Awards are handed out at Epcot.
The program honors well-rounded students who have shown academic success, leadership, character and
community involvement. Among the 100 honored are Floridians Owen Fasolas, a senior at Winter Park High,
Hayley Nielsen, a fifth-grader from T.W. Lawton Elementary in Seminole County, and Christopher Dela Cruz,
an eighth-grader at Orlando St. John Vianney Catholic School. The honorees receive the red-carpet treatment, including a welcome from Disney characters, a confetti shower and a performance by former American Idol
contestant Diana DeGarmo.
Today is the first day of EPCOT Center site tours for Cast Members and their
families. Narrated tours for the soon-to-be-open theme park leave every half hour.
(EPCOT will have its grand debut on October 1.)
Grumpy: "Ask her who she is, and what she's doing here!"
Doc: "Ah, yes. What are you, and who are you doing here?"
Today is Brothers and Sisters Day
Lincoln debuts at World's Fair
Actor Dwayne Johnson also known by his former ring name The Rock, and
occasionally credited as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, is born in Hayward, California.
A former professional wrestler, his Disney credits include the live-action features The Game Plan and Race to Witch
Mountain, and the animated Moana (voicing the character Maui).
Both Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros make their DVD debuts under
the Gold Classic Collection banner.
Disneyland Resort Ambassador Liz Hetzel, along with Disney's Senior Vice President
of Corporate Responsibility, Jennifer Anopolsky, host Disney's Environmentality
Challenge at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The challenge is a statewide competition for fifth
graders who develop environmentally friendly programs as a class.
The Disney film Portraits of Canada, produced in conjunction with Telecom Canada, is released at the opening of Expo '86, the world exposition held in Vancouver, Canada.
A Circle-Vision film, it is directed by Jeff Blyth (whose credits include Wonders of China and American Journeys.)
Cinematographer, animal trainer, logger and explorer S. Lloyd Beebe is born in
Huntingdon, a community within Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. He and his wife
Catherine were founders and owners of Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, Washington (which originally started as a
filming location for Walt Disney in the early 1950’s). They worked many years with the Disney Studios, filming
numerous animal pictures such as Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, White Wilderness, The Vanishing Prairie,
Jungle Cat, and The Incredible Journey.
Thor premieres at Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Stars Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky arrive at the red carpet in a personal fleet of Acura S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles inspired by the film. Also in attendance is Walt Disney Company President and CEO Robert Iger.
(Based on the comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics, the film will be generally released in the U.S. on May 6.)
John Lasseter (animator, director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios) receives an Honorary Doctorate degree from
Pepperdine University. He encourages the graduating class of more than 500 students to
"never let anyone kill your dreams."
In its original conception, Disney-MGM Studios was to operate not only as a theme park, but also as a fully functioning television and movie production.
Several feature films, including the comedy Ernest Saves Christmas and the musical Newsies, were produced there before its opening as a theme park.
This caused trouble with MGM, who filed suit against Disney in 1988 alleging that using the park as a working production studio violated the terms of their
contract. Disney later countersued, and the case was settled in 1992. The verdict allowed Disney to continue using the MGM name and logo on films
produced at the theme park facility and MGM to open a movie-themed theme park of its own, which it did in Las Vegas in 1993 (later closing in 2000).
The New York Times acknowledges the great success of Disney's Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs with an editorial on this day titled "Prosperity Out of Fantasy." The
article reports: "Figments of Disney’s imagination have already sold more than $2,000,000 worth of toys since
the first of the year."
At an early morning dedication ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney
World Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announces that the "crowning jewel"
of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will officially open on May 28.