Muppet*Vision 3D first
opened (on this day) at
version was opened at Disney's
California Adventure in
Hollywood Pictures Backlot on
Henson directed the film and
supplied the voices for Kermit
the Frog, Waldorf and the
The 4th annual Star Wars Weekends blasts off for the first time
this season at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. For only the second time in
its history, the event will be held for 5 consecutive weekends. With the exception of
1997, the 2000 and 2001 events were held over 4 weekends.
The 30th Daytime Emmy Awards are presented at New York City's Radio City
Music Hall. Disney's Teacher's Pet wins for Outstanding Special Class Children's Animated Program and
actor Shia Lebeouf, of Disney Channel's Even Stevens, wins for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series.
The Lizzie McGuire episode "My Fair Larry" debuts on Disney Channel.
"When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there."
-Jim Henson (1936-1990)
French author Charles Perrault passes away at age 75 in Paris, France.
Often referred to as the "Father of the fairy tale," Perrault was responsible for laying the foundations of a
new literary genre with such classics as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.
Actor Taylor Holmes - the voice of King Stefan in Disney's 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty (his last credited screen role) - is born in Newark, New Jersey.
Walt Disney applies for a trademark for "Mickey Mouse" for use in motion pictures.
Kevin McDonald, the voice of Pleakley in Disney's 2002 Lilo & Stitch (as well as Lilo & Stitch: The Series) is born Montreal, Canada. McDonald also appeared in the 2005 live-action Sky High, as Mr. Medulla. (Comedy fans may remember him as a member of the Canadian troupe - Kids In The Hall.)
The Disney barbershop harmony group, The Dapper Dans appear on The
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Tenor John Sherburn, lead Creighton Hogan,
baritone Jerry Siggins and bass Doug Scott will be guests on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
for the next three weeks, as the show's regular band are "withholding their services" as per their
membership in Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians. (The previous contract had expired on
April 30 which led to an impasse with the TV networks resulting in a work stoppage.) Because the
Dapper Dans perform acapella (and without their organ chimes) they are not in violation of the union’s action.
An animation cel and background from Disney's 1934 Mickey Mouse cartoon Orphan's
Benefit are sold for $286,000. It is the highest price ever paid (at this time).
Episode 17 of MMC airs on Disney Channel.
Model/actress Christie Brinkley appears on Guest Day.
Muppet creator, filmmaker, and television producer Jim Henson dies of pneumonia
less than 24 hours after being rushed to a New York hospital. The fifty-three-year-old was
misdiagnosed earlier in the week and had he been put on antibiotics only 8 hours earlier, it is believed Henson
would have survived. A memorial service for Henson will air on PBS and draw millions of viewers and dozens of
celebrities in reverence for his life and work. (He was completing negotiations with the Disney company to include
his Muppets at their theme parks at the time of his death.)
Actor Marc John Jefferies, who appeared in the 2003 live-action The Haunted
Mansion, is born in New York City. He also lent his voice to the 2001 Monsters, Inc.
Actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, the voice of Ferb on Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb, is born in London, England.
park at Disney World. The attraction is housed in a 500-plus seat multi-
media 3-D theater located in a further expansion of the backlot annex area.
The Disney-MGM Studios hosts the third in the Countdown Series Pin Events. This event offers more exciting pin releases and Disney artist signings.
Pin traders head off to sea aboard the Disney Pin Trading Cruise. The
3-night trip includes "Captain Mickey's Treasure Hunt," a pin scavenger hunt during which guests scour the ship
and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, for hidden treasures.
Two Gun Goofy, a Disney short directed by Jack Kinney, is released by RKO. In this cartoon, Goofy is made sheriff of a small western
town after accidentally foiling a stagecoach robbery!
Disney's animated The Jungle Book is released in Hong Kong.
Players from the Chinese National Baseball League visit Disneyland in California. The
players are visiting the United States in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
The reality mini-series Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream debuts on Disney Channel.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, is
released in U.S. theaters. Based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel
in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, it is the second (and the last) Narnia film to be distributed by Disney. The Pevensie
siblings are pulled back into the land of Narnia, where they discover that thirteen hundred years in Narnian time has
passed since they left. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct, Narnia has been conquered
by the Telmarines, and it is now under the control of the evil King Miraz. The cast includes Georgie Henley, Skandar
Keynes, Anna Popplewell, and William Moseley.
Walt Disney and his wife Lillian arrive in St. Louis, Missouri (after a brief stopover in Walt's boyhood town of Marceline). They have traveled to St. Louis in order to attend an awards ceremony, being held the following day.
Disney-Pixar's newest animated feature Up
has its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
In Memory of Jim Henson (1936-1990)
It is no coincidence that Muppet*Vision 3D opened on May 16, 1991 exactly one year after Jim Henson's untimely passing at the age of 53.
Disney opened the attraction on this day as to honor the memory of the Muppet creator. Henson in 1989 had agreed to sell his company to Disney,
which led to the creation of the Muppet*Vision 3D show at the then-Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Henson's death ultimately scuttled the deal,
but in 2004, Henson's heirs agreed to sell the rights to most of the non-Sesame Street Muppets to Disney.
Disney releases the live-action biographical sports drama Million Dollar Arm. Based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who were discovered
by sports agent J.B. Bernstein after winning a reality show competition in India, the films stars Jon Hamm,
Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal and Alan Arkin.
The Disney Store celebrates the grand reopening of its remodeled 4,400-square-foot
store at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, New York. The reopening ceremony at
10 a.m. features a meet-and-greet with Donald Duck and Daisy Duck.
The Walt Disney Company announces the newest class of Disney Legends. To be inducted later this year at the 2019 D23 Expo, they include architect/master planner Wing Chao, actor Robert Downey Jr., film director Jon Favreau, actor James Earl Jones, actress/singer Bette Midler, director/choreographer Kenny Ortega, choreographer Barnette Ricci, broadcaster Robin Roberts, anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, actress Ming-Na Wen, and
film score composer Hans Zimmer.
Actress Ivy George is born in Los Angeles, California. She played Young Maya in episodes of Disney Channel's Girl Meets World and supplied the voice for Young Rapunzel in Tangled: The Series.