2005:
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is released to DVD. Originally released in February
 2005, it features the voices of Jim Cummings (as Pooh), John Fiedler (as
 Piglet), and newcomer Kyle Stanger (as Lumpy). The animated film is the first
 in which Pooh narrates.

Walt Disney Records releases the CD Mousercise.
1968:
 In recognition of his distinguished public service and outstanding contributions to the
 United States and to the world, U.S. President Johnson presents a Congressional
 Gold Medal to the widow of the late Walt Disney. The Congressional Gold Medal is an award
 bestowed by the U.S. Congress and is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in
 the United States. Disney had also been awarded the Medal of Freedom back in September 1964.
1987:
The Wonderful World of Disney airs "Down the Long Hills."
1989:
Raymond A. Disney (one of Walt's brothers & the second child born to Flora & Elias Disney) passes at the age of 98. He had been in the insurance business.

Disney Channel airs the 23rd episode of MMC
Today is Anything Can Happen Day!
1991:
Walt Disney Pictures Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, starring Gabrielle Anwar
 and Cliff Roberston, is released. This true-life adventure tells the story of Sonora Webster, a
 teenage runaway during the depression, who wants to be a rider of diving horses.
2004:
Disney Interactive launches Toontown Online, a 3D multiplayer game.

It is announced that Disney has launched an 18-month publicity
campaign for its theme park in Hong Kong (which will open in 2005).
Oil millionaire, entrepreneur and Disney Legend Jack Wrather - the 
original owner and financer of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, 
California - is born in Amarillo, Texas. Making his first fortune in the oil industry, 
Wrather moved to California in 1946, convinced that the entertainment industry would experience 
huge growth in the post-war era and would be a profitable investment. There he met and married 
actress (and future Disney Legend) Bonita Granville in 1947, famous motion picture child star in 
the 1930s and 1940s. By the time Disney tapped him to build the Disneyland Hotel, Wrather was 
a movie producer, television producer, broadcast station owner and the operator of two small 
resorts. For almost 30 years, until his death in 1984, Wrather (along with his wife Bonita) enlarged
and improved the Disneyland Hotel. 
1918:
Award-winning matte designer, special effects creator, artist and
Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw is born in London, England.
Best known for his incredible matte paintings, he worked as a special effetcs
technician/matte artist on such Disney films as 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaTreasure 
Island, The Story of Robin Hood, and most famously Mary Poppins - for which he won an
Academy Award. He was also awarded an Oscar for the 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks
for art direction. His talent and experience in special visual effects was so respected that Disney 
called him out of retirement after 10 years to work on the 1979 nThe Black Hole. After he retired 
from the film business, he dedicated his life to fine art painting.
2007:
Thousands of colorful fireworks fill the nighttime sky over Barcelona, Spain as, for
the first time, the Disney Magic cruise ship enters the Spanish port city. 
It is Disney's first-ever foray into the European cruise market.
1934:
Hollywood Party - a musical film starring Jimmy Durante, directed by Roy Rowland and 
distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, premieres. It features 31 stars like Laurel and Hardy, The Three 
Stooges, George Givot, and Mickey Mouse - who introduces the Technicolor 7-minute cartoon sequence "The Hot 
Choc-Late Soldiers," created by the Disney Studio. (The film will be generally released June 1.)
MAY 24
At Disney's Haunted Mansion, 
the image of Madame Leota is 
that of former Disney Imagineer 
Leota Toombs Thomas. But 
Madame's voice is supplied by 
Eleanor Audley (the voice of 
Maleficent in Disney's
Sleeping Beauty).
Disney Magic visits Spain
2009:
Disney's stage musical Tarzan completes its Holland engagement at the 
Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, just outside Amsterdam after 900 
performances. The production, which opened in April 2007 has been seen by 1.6 million audience 
members during its run, making it one of the most successful musicals in Holland.
"What was Walt Disney like? That's what we'd all like to know, isn't it? Walt was the only person who was not an artist who could talk to you like an artist. The only problem you would have had with Walt was if you were not as enthusiastic about a project as he was." -Peter Ellenshaw (born This Day 1918)
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"Serpents and spiders,
 tail of a rat call in the
 spirits wherever
 they're at."
-Madame Leota
1997:
Disney's Nightmare Ned airs on ABC-TV with two new epsiodes -
"Tooth or Consequences" and "Show Me the Infidel."
1996:
Spy Hard, a comedy distributed by Disney's Hollywood Pictures, opens in theaters. Leslie 
Nielsen plays Secret agent WD-40 Dick Steele, in this parody of James Bond films. The cast includes Andy Griffith, Nicollette Sheridan, Charles Durning, John Ales, and Barry Bostwick.
2011:
Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward (pictured left)
 and his partner Kym Johnson win season 12 of the
 ABC-TV dance competition Dancing with the Stars.
 Hosted by Tom Bergeron, as of the 2011 season, 28 athletes have
 competed on the show, representing 20% of the contestants. (Back
 in 2006, Hines proclaimed "I'm going to Disney World!" when his
 team won Super Bowl XL.)

MAY

Disney's Hollywood Studios was the first new gated park built during Michael Eisner’s tenure as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Because he knew of secret 
plans for a movie park to be built by Universal in Orlando (through his dealings with Paramount), Eisner directed the Imagineering team to begin work 
on Disney’s own movie park as soon as he became CEO. Although Universal was announced first, Disney's Hollywood Studios opened a year earlier, in 1989.
Photo by Bernie at Disney.Rocket9.net
"It was 1954 when I got a call that Walt was putting in something very special out there in
 Anaheim and I was asked if I would be interested in building a hotel next to it." -Jack Wrather
"Painting never comes easily to those who take it seriously. The more one
knows the harder it gets." -Peter Ellenshaw
1965:
Actor, comedian & singer John C. Reilly, the voice of the 2012 Wreck-It Ralph and
the 2018 sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He also 
portrayed Corpsmen Rhomann Dey in the 2014 live-action Guardians of the Galaxy and narrated Disneynature's 
2014 Bears.
May 24
Today is Tiara Day
2013:
The Monstrous Summer "All-Nighter" begins at the Disneyland Resort.
Thousands of people count down along with Mike and Sulley as fireworks light up the entrances to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

Down in Florida, guests meet outside of Magic Kingdom Park as early as
4:30 a.m. this morning to be among the first to enter and kick off Walt Disney 
World's "All-Nighter."

1910:
Animator Edward H. Love is born in Tremont, Pennsylvania. Working at various studios
during the golden age of animation, his early career included a near 10-year run at Disney starting in 1931.
Love's credits include the shorts Flowers and TreesMickey's MellerdrammerMickey's Trailer and
Wynken, Blynken & Nod. (He later worked for MGM, Walter Lantz Productions and Hanna-Barbera. Love was
given the Golden Award at the 1984 Motion Pictures Screen Cartoonists Awards.)
"I started there at $18 a week and I animated for the first six months at $18 a week. Walt (Disney) was away on
a trip to Europe and when he came back he raised me to $2. In those days it was a good raise." -Ed Love
2017:
Six years in the making, Pandora – The World of Avatar, is dedicated in Disney's Animal 
Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The new land, featuring rides, a restaurant and immersive entertainment,
is based on John Cameron's 2009 movie "Avatar." Attractions include Na’vi River Journey (where riders can see the bio-luminescence quality of the planet’s fictional plant life) and Avatar Flight of Passage (which places riders on devices
to make them feel as if they are flying on the back of a “Banshee,” the flying creatures on the fictional planet).
Disney's Pandora will officially open Saturday May 27.
2019:
The original Disney princess castle, Sleeping Beauty’s pink and blue palace at 
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, unveils a new look on this day. The castle has been 
blocked off from visitors since January, as groups of maintenance crews have been giving it a spruce. The castle 
now features brighter, more vibrant pink walls and blue rooftops, plus some sparkling gold shingles that look like 
"pixie dust." The crews also added some artistic tricks to make the castle seem bigger. A painting technique was 
used that involves painting the lower parts of the 70-foot tall castle walls in darker and warmer hues of pink paint, 
gradually getting lighter and cooler as it goes up to the top in order to blend in with the atmosphere. This tricks the 
eye into thinking the object in front of them is larger or taller than it is.

Aladdin is released in 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX
by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. A live-action 
adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name, it is 
directed by Guy Ritchie, and stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi 
Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy 
Magnussen. Alan Tudyk supplies the voice of Iago (Jafar's sardonic 
and intelligent scarlet macaw companion), and Frank Welker reprises 
his voice roles from the original animated version as Abu, Rajah and 
Cave of Wonders. The film follows Aladdin, a street urchin, who finds 
a magic lamp and must use it to win over Princess Jasmine and 
defeat the conspiring vizier Jafar.
1988:
Songwriter, composer, and screenwriter Tom Adair passes at age 74 in Hawaii.
Married to Frances Jeffords in 1949, they worked together on songs and teleplays for Disney. His credits include
the television series The Mickey Mouse Club.
1953:
Actor and voice artist Alfred Molina is born in Paddington, London, England. His Disney voice credits include Rango (2011) as Roadkill, Monsters University (2013) as Professor Knight, Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) as Double Dan, and Frozen II (2019) as King Agnarr.
2003:
Actor Cole Sand, Nelson in the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally, is born in Hollywood, California. He's also contributed to episodes of Modern Family and Star vs. the Forces of Evil.