Mannheim Steamroller make their Disney World debut at Epcot - as part of the Flower Power Concert Series. They perform at the America Gardens Theatre. (In 1999 Mannheim Steamroller released Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse,a unique collection of well-known Disney tunes).
"Walt Disney loved America because his dreams came true ... The entire world owes Walt a great debt. He achieved much, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is that he made children of us all."
Don Brodie, the voice of the Carnival Barker in the 1940 Disney classic
Pinocchio, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A veteran actor and director of more than 250 film and television productions, he played bit parts like the gasoline attendant in Disney's 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain. Brodie also
portrayed the "Old Hag" for Disney animators working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Legendary comedian, actor and entertainer Bob Hope is born in England. Hope's first
of many connections to Disney was in 1939 when he presented the Short Subject Award and personally handed
Walt the Oscar for Ferdinand the Bull. In 1965 Hope appeared on the television special Jack Benny Visits
Walt Disney, and in 1971 took part in NBC-TV's Grand Opening of Walt Disney
World. Hope was at the Walt Disney World Tencennial in 1981 where he helped
lead a thousand piece marching band and eight years later spoke at the ribbon
fabrication tools to be used in the restoration of the real theater.
John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth United States President, is born in
Brookline, Massachusetts. The youngest elected to office, at the age of 43,
events during JFK's administration include the Space Race. One of the 10 wealthiest U.S.
Presidents, visit him and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Disney and NASA announce that Buzz Lightyear (the Disney/Pixar character) will
visit space for real when he becomes part of Discovery's crew on May 31. Lightyear is
scheduled to take to space on Discovery’s STS-124 mission stowed inside a locker in the space shuttle's crew
compartment. The toy astronaut will mark an educational partnership between NASA and Disney.
Versatile Emmy-winning comic actor Harvey Korman, best known for his funny
contributions to TV's "The Carol Burnett Show," passes away in Los Angeles,
California at age 81. His Disney credits include voice work for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the
1980 feature film Herbie Goes Bananas, the 1965 television episodes of The Adventures of Gallegher, and an
uncredited role in the 1963 Son of Flubber. He also appeared in the Disney Channel film Gone Are the Dayes
and was cast in the 1989 short-lived Mel Brooks' Touchstone/Disney sitcom The Nutt House. (Korman
appeared in many of Brooks' films such as Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety.) Cartoon fans know Korman as
the voice of the The Great Gazoo on countless episodes of The Flintstones during the 1960s.
"He always made it real, always made it work." -Mel Brooks
Actress, singer, and dancer Kaycee Stroh is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fans of all
3 High School Musical films know her as Martha Cox. She also had a recurring role
in the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as Leslie.
Mulan merchandise debuts in Disney Stores. (The film will premiere June 5.)
Bob Hope born
Disney's interactive 40-city train tour, to promote the upcoming movie Disney's A
Christmas Carol, pulls into Williams Depot in Arizona for 3 days. The free
traveling experience includes a 3D sneak peek of the film (to be released in November), carolers, decorations,
authentic artifacts (on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London) and giveaways.
Thousands of fans turn out at Disney's Hollywood Studios to see singer
Kris Allen celebrate his crowning achievement as the new American Idol.
The 23-year-old singer from Conway, Arkansas takes part in a party-filled procession through
the Florida theme park followed by an appearance at the American Idol attraction.
On the same day, Disney's Hollywood Studios hosts the second Star Wars Weekends
of the 2009 season. Celebrity guests include Peter Mayhew and Matthew Wood.
Disney/Pixar's Up is generally released in North America. Directed by Pete Docter (of Monsters,
Inc. fame), Up features the voices of Edward Asner as Carl Fredricksen, Christopher Plummer as the villainous
Charles F. Muntz, animator Bob Peterson as Dug and young Jordan Nagai as Russell.
Included is the very first teaser trailer for Toy Story 3 (to be released in June 2010.)
Playing in front of Up is the Pixar CGI animated short film Partly Cloudy. Gus, a lonely and insecure gray cloud, sculpts dangerous babies to be delivered by Peck, his stork partner. As Gus' creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck has to figure out a way to handle his cargo and his friend's bad temperament.
Disney animator Eric Larson arrives at work to discover his wing of the Disney Studio empty! Some 300-plus employees are outside on a picket line participating in a labor strike against the studio.
The strikers are mostly assistant animators, inkers, and painters who want union representation, higher wages,
and job security. None of the animators who are Walt's Nine Old Men - which include Larson - join the strikers.
Disney is in the midst of production on Dumbo. (The strike will last for 5 weeks.)