2002:
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." 
-Bob Hope
1889:
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.
1903:
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 cutting for
Disney-MGM Studios dedication. (His hand prints are in the cement of the forecourt of
The Great Movie Ride.) Hope later was a guest on NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary
of WDW and in 1999 participated in the very first Disneyland Christmas lighting
ceremony (one of his last official appearances). Bwana Bob's a small, freestanding
store in Walt Disney World's Adventureland (originally called the Adventureland Kiosk)
is actually a tribute to legendary Bob Hope!

"This is the biggest vacation-entertainment complex in the world. And to think it all started
with a gentle mouse, a bad-tempered duck and seven mixed-up dwarfs. It's a fantastic achievement. They took a swamp and 
turned it into a Magic Kingdom. It wasn't easy. Have you ever tried to relocate 8,000 angry alligators?" -Bob Hope (1971)
1906:
Author Terence Hanbury White (also known as T. H. White) is born in Bombay,
 India. One of his most memorable stories "The Sword in the Stone" (a 1938 fantasy of the boyhood of King Arthur) was the inspiration for Disney's 1963 animated feature The Sword in the Stone.
1937:
Disney's Donald Duck short Modern Inventions, directed by Jack King, is released. Donald (voiced by Clarence Nash) visits "The Museum of Modern Marvels," and experiences various futuristic electronic appliances and inventions. This short is Donald's first solo appearance and the 
first time he exhibits his trademark fist-shaking temper tantrum!
1953:
Composer Danny Elfman is born in Amarillo, Texas. His unique music can be
 heard in such Disney/Touchstone films as the 2010 Alice in Wonderland, the 2007 Meet the Robinsons, the
 1997 Flubber, the 1993 Nightmare Before Christmas, and the 1990 Dick Tracy.
(As a singer-songwriter, Elfman led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1978 until its breakup in 1995.)
1957:
The Disneyland television series airs "The Liberty Story" (essentially a promotional film for the upcoming Disney theatrical release Johnny Tremain).
1959:
The television series Walt Disney Presents airs the episode "I Captured the King of the Leprechauns." It features Walt Disney himself throughout the entire program, playing a rare starring role along with actor Pat O'Brien.
1963:
Actress Lisa Whelchel, a member of the 1977-1978 TV series The New Mouseketeers (and the 70's sitcom Facts of Life) is born in Texas.
1973:
Carl Barks - Disney Studio illustrator & creator of 
Donald Duck comic books - states:
"The thing that I consider most important about my work is this: I told it 
like it is. I told my readers that the bad guys have a little of good in them, 
and the good guys have a lot of bad in them, and that you can't depend 
on anything much; nothing is always going to turn out roses." 
1989:
The Disney Channel airs the 26th episode of MMC. Today is Music Day!
1991:
Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 100-millionth guest!
2000:
Singer Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night) brings his Joy To The World 2000 tour to the Walt Disney World Resort for three days.
2006:
Today is Memorial Day.

The Disneyland Resort hosts the premiere of Disney/Pixar's Cars.
1928:
A gag meeting for the second Mickey Mouse short is held at Walt Disney's house. Walt tells Wilfred Jackson and other members of his staff the idea of producing a sound cartoon.
Grauman's Chinese Theater - the
 replica that has been standing in
 Disney's Hollywood Studios since
 opening day, was built from the
 original blueprints of the real
 thing in Hollywood. The copy is
 so good that the owners of the
 original theater asked Disney to
 borrow molds and other
 fabrication tools to be used in the restoration of the real theater.
1917:
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.
2008:
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 31Lightyear 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
1984:
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.
1998:
Mulan merchandise debuts in Disney Stores. (The film will premiere June 5.)
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2009:
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.)
Cars premieres
1941:
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.)
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1961:
Singer-songwriter and musician Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas.
She contributed 3 songs to Disney's Brother Bear 2 soundtrack in 2006 - "Welcome To This Day," "Feels Like Home" 
(with Josh Kelley), and "It Will Be Me". (A Grammy and Academy Award-winner, Etheridge has sold 
over 27 million albums worldwide.)
Hope (left) with Walt Disney
2011:
A new immersive water play area opens at the newly enhanced Disneyland Hotel. The centerpiece of the improved pool area reflects Disneyland's nostalgic iconography with a 
classic Disneyland block signage and monorail replica.

MAY
Comedian Bob Hope spoke at the ribbon cutting and dedication of Disney-MGM Studios (along with George Burns) in 1989. Both men's handprints are in
the cement in the forecourt of the Great Movie Ride. Hope was also on hand for the theme park's groundbreaking back in March 1985. He was no stranger
to the Florida resort ... in October 1971 Hope took part in Walt Disney World's 3-day opening festivities.

Photo by Bernie at Disney.Rocket9.net
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