Ten of the original Mouseketeers gather in front of Sleeping Beauty
Castle in Disneyland to sing, dance, and share memories. They are joined
by 1,000 honorary Mouseketeers, who help them unveil the world's largest
pair of Mouseketeer ears on the anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club.
Disney's second TV series Mickey Mouse Club is
launched on ABC. It is a daily series featuring the talents
of 24 kids known as the Mouseketeers (though over the next 4 years
the show will have a regular but ever-changing cast of preteens).
Mickey Mouse Club also features cartoons, educational segments,
singing, dancing, serialized adventures, and special guest stars. Led
by adult leaders Jimmie Dodd and cartoonist Roy Williams, the show
airs during the late afternoon/pre-dinner hour, primarily aimed at a
pre-teen audience. (The Mouseketeers have already made their first
1955.) Today is Fun With Music Day.
Screen and stage actor Claud Allister, whose Disney voice credits include The
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (as Rat) and The Reluctant Dragon (as Sir
Giles), is born in London, England.
Van France, Disney Legend & founder of the University of Disneyland training
center (now called the Disney University) is born in Seattle, Washington. His
progressive concepts in guest services provided the foundation for training every new Disney Cast Member
since Disneyland's opening in 1955.
Actor Steve Susskind, whose Disney voice credits include Monsters Inc. and
The Emperor's New Groove, is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Growing up in Forest Hills, NY, at age 15, Susskind formed the popular 60's singing group The Roomates,
along with his best friend Bob Minsky. Susskind moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and began doing voice-overs
for countless commercials and movie trailers. His most noted film appearance was Friday the 13th - Part 3.
The Disneyland television series airs part 1 of the 1953 "Rob Roy."
The TV series Walt Disney Presents (formerly known as Disneyland) airs episode
100 "The Nine Lives of Elfago Baca." Elfego Baca is a miniseries (starring Robert Loggia) developed
by producer Walt Disney in hopes of matching the earlier success of the Davy Crockett programs. It is based on a
legendary real-life marshal-lawyer who lived during the mid-1800s.
Vaudeville actor, newspaper cartoonist, Disney voice actor and future Disney
Legend Pinto Colvig loses his battle with lung cancer at age 75. He was best known
as the voices of Disney's Goofy, Practical Pig - the pig who built the "house of bricks" in the Disney short
Three Little Pigs, both Sleepy and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the barks for Pluto
the dog! He was also the original Bozo the Clown - a part he played for 10 years starting in 1946.
Colvig was also one of the pioneers in advocating warning labels about cancer risk on cigarette packages
in the USA.
day in business. Based on the 1953 animated film, guests board
vessels (attached to rails above) and "soar" over the skies of London.
Actress Neve Campbell, the voice of Adult Kiara in Disney's 1998
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, is born in Ontario, Canada. (Scream film fans know
Campbell from her role of Sidney Prescott, while fans of TV's Party of Five recall her as Julia.)
Expo Robotics (located in Epcot's CommuniCore West) closes. The show featured
industrial robot arms performing stunts.
The World of Disney (the world's largest Disney store) opens at Walt Disney World's Village Marketplace in Florida.
Epcot's new IllumiNations 25 officially debuts to the public (although it has been entertaining guests since September).
The Flying Fish Café opens at the Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney Records releases Mouse House: Disney's Dance Mixes.
The Epcot Space Celebration, a 5-day event co-sponsored
by NASA, blasts off at Disney World.
Disneyland's Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes unexpectedly closes.
(It will reopen the following June.)
Epcot's Discovery Center closes. Located in Innoventions East, it helped guests explore the subjects of Future World and World Showcase in more depth. The area occupied by the center will later become Mouse Gear (the largest retail store in any theme park).
Disney Channel Italia (or Disney Channel Italy) officially begins broadcasting in Italian on Telepiù (an Italian digital satellite television platform).
ABC-TV premieres the seventeenth episode of Disney's Recess, "Gus's Last Stand/Operation Field Trip."
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is released on DVD and
home video as is Disney's 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
The Riverside Building at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California,
the new home of ABC, is dedicated.
The Disneyland Resort hosts the 'Nightmare Before Christmas Enchanted
Evening' to celebrate the Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington from the film
Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas descends upon the Haunted Mansion attraction to bring
his vision of the holidays to life.
According to Jim, a new sitcom starring Jim Belushi in the title role as
a suburban father of five children, debuts on ABC-TV. Produced by Disney's
Touchstone Television, the series also features Courtney Thorne-Smith as Jim's wife Cheryl
and Kimberly Williams-Paisley & Larry Joe Campbell as her sister and brother.
A new shopping venue, Le Bat en Rouge, opens in
Disneyland's New Orlean Square.
During the Great War, Canadian officer Harry Colebourn boards
the S.S. Manitou (which is headed for England) along with a small cub bear
he has named Winnie. His regiment will ultimately be sent to the battlefields of France and
Colebourn will leave Winnie with the London Zoo.
(It is not uncommon for soldiers to have pet mascots.)
Walt Disney Records' releases both The Little Mermaid 2-Disc Special
Edition Soundtrack and Disney's Karaoke Series: The Little Mermaid.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases
The Little Mermaid 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD.
In 1986, the Golf Resort
at Disney World
changed its name
A story meeting takes place for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Among the
topics discussed - the bed building sequence, Snow White teaching the dwarfs how to say their prayers, and
title cards being used to show the passage of time.
Mickey Mouse Club premieres
Peter Pan's Flight debuts at WDW
Tough Guys, the 8th feature film released through Disney's Touchstone Pictures,
is released. A comedy starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach and Dana Carvey, it is directed
by Jeff Kanew.
Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company
M-i-c (See you real soon)
k-e-y (Why? Because we like you)
Actor Erik von Detten, who appeared in Escape to Witch Mountain (the 1995
television version) and the 2001 The Princess Diaries, is born in San Diego,
California. He is also the voice for the hyperactive Sid Phillips in Toy Story and Toy Story 3, and
Erwin Lawson in many of the Recess television episodes and video releases.
Walt Disney Pictures releases the comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
A premiere screening for Disney's Secretariat, a film about the 1973 Triple Crown winner, takes place at The Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington. The screening
is a benefit for the Secretariat Foundation, which supports charities that serve the Thoroughbred industry
through activities including veterinary research and Thoroughbred retirement. Co-produced with Mayhem
Pictures and starring Diane Lane as Secretariat's owner, Penny Chenery, the film will open October 8.
The Mechanical Cow, to theaters. Oswald sets up a milk stand with a robot cow ...
who gives milk like a gas pump!
Disney's Pluto short Lend a Paw is released to theaters. Pluto's conscience becomes the
battleground when he saves a small kitten from drowning and then has second thoughts when Mickey
welcomes the feline into his home.
The Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Delayed Date, directed by Charles Nichols, is
released. Mickey is late for a date with Minnie and has to get himself ready in a hurry with Pluto's help.
Perry Como with Mitchell Ayres' and His Orchestra record their version of "A Dream
Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" in New York City for RCA Victor Records. The song has
been written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for the Walt Disney film Cinderella,
which won't open in theaters until the following March. Como's recording will be released along with his version
of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" (also from Cinderella), later reaching #14 on the Billboard chart.
The fortieth episode of Disney's Recess, "Prickly is Leaving/Randall's Friends"
premieres on UPN and in syndication. Tim Curry guest stars as the voice of Dr. Slicer in
"Prickly is Leaving."
Disney Legend Tyrus Wong is awarded the Chinese American Heroes certificate
in San Francisco. Recently celebrating his 103rd birthday, Wong's cinematic artistry has been displayed and
enjoyed by many generations of movie goers around the world for more than seven decades. He began his career
in animation with Walt Disney in 1938, and when "Bambi" was conceptualized, Wong presented backdrop artwork
using Sung Dynasty landscapes which was instantly loved by Disney, and his artistry revolutionized animation.
Today much of his artwork is on display at Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco.
Droves of spiffed-up Disney guests arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios to celebrate
Dapper Day. The long-running unofficial Disney event is celebrated at Disney Parks throughout the country
where guests come dressed up in their favorite dapper attire.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Mickey Mouse Club, The Walt Disney
Family Museum hosts a 2-day program and celebration with a number of the
original Mouseketeers. In attendance are Bobby Burgess, Sharon Baird, Sherry Alberoni, Tommy Cole,
Darlene Gillespie, and Doreen Tracy. Special guests include Tim Considine and David Stollery, actors from the
Spin and Marty serial (which aired as part of Mickey Mouse Club).