Actress Julie Andrews takes a spin on Cinderella's Golden Carrousel as
five members of television's "The Brady Bunch" make an appearance at Disney
-MGM Studios as part of Disney World's Magical Gatherings celebration. They join
dozens of celebrities this weekend who are helping Disney World open new attractions and shows.
Epcot closes at 3:00 pm for a special evening press event for the
opening of Mission: SPACE. The dedication is presided over by Walt Disney Co.
Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner, Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and
NASA President Sean O'Keefe. In attendance are legendary astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim
Lovell and Wally Schirra. The event also includes beamed in remarks and well-wishes
from Russian Cosmonaut Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA science officer Ed Lu - who are both aboard
the International Space Station.
Sugar Ray and The B-52s perform on the Fountain Stage in Epcot after the
Mission: SPACE ceremony and prior to the evening's display of Illuminations.
The Apollo Theater in Los Angeles, California premieres Disney's Alice comedy film Alice Rattled by Rats. The short won't be officially released until November.
The Goofy cartoon The Olympic Champ, directed by Jack Kinney, is released.
Goofy tries his hand at track and field with the kind of hilarious results one has come to expect from the Goof.
ABC-TV's Disneyland series airs the second episode of "The Saga of Andy Burnett."
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs episode 127 - part 2
of "Moochie of the Little League."
Walt Disney Presents airs the episode "The Plausible Impossible" on ABC-TV.
Ronald Miller, Walt Disney's grandson, is born to Ron Miller and
Diane Disney in Los Angeles County, California.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of "Savage Sam" on NBC-TV.
A film sequel to Old Yeller based on the novel of the same name by Fred Gipson,
"Savage Sam" is directed by Norman Tokar, and stars Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran.
(Kirk and Corcoran wil be named Disney Legends 40 years later on this same day.)
Walt Disney is honored for "advancing the cause of international understanding
and friendship through motion pictures and television" at a meeting of People to
People (a service organization based in Kansas City). Seated next to Walt is
J.C. Hall (founder of Hallmark Cards) and entertainer Bob Hope!
The CBS-TV series Walt Disney airs part 1 of "Freaky Friday."
Disney's long-running television series debuts under the new title The Magical World of Disney on NBC.
Singing group 98 Degrees, featuring Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Jeff Timmons, and
Nick Lachey, visit Animal Kingdom to tape the holiday special Walt Disney World's
Very Merry Christmas Parade.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Don't Look Under the Bed first airs on television.
Disney re-releases its 1937 classic
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs on DVD.
Walt Disney pens a letter to the future (to be placed in a time capsule) from
his Burbank, California studio entitled:
PREDICTION OF ENTERTAINMENT IN WORLD 50 YEARS FROM NOW.
Mr. Disney believes that the world will be overturned by technology.
Disney inducts the 2006 Disney Legends at The Walt Disney Company headquarters in Burbank, California. Songwriter Sir Elton John and news anchorman Peter Jennings are among the 12 inductees to receive the award.
Walt Disney, who has served as a Red Cross volunteer in France, arrives back in
the United States. Aboard the SS Canada, he pulls into New York Harbor after a long slow trip.
(Walt will be discharged the following day and arrive back in Chicago October 11.)
"When you're lying on your back
and see all the smoke billow up
around the windows before you
rocket off, that's just like it is
inside the space shuttle."
Tiger Town, the very first Disney Channel television film, debuts. The film stars Roy
Scheider as an aging baseball player for the Detroit Tigers, and Justin Henry as a young fan who believes in him.
Tiger manager Sparky Anderson, who is managing the team in real life, appears frequently throughout the
movie, as does Mary Wilson, a former Supreme, singing the national anthem.
High School Musical on Tour, a new stage version of the hit Disney
Channel movie, begins a series of performances at Bushnell
Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Connecticut.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is widely released in theaters in the United Kingdom.
Disney welcomes a new Mary and Bert when Scarlett Strallen and Adam
Fiorentino join the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam
Theatre in New York City. Strallen was in the London version of Mary Poppins in fall 2005 and
returned to the show in the spring 2007 after a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Life on Mars, a new science fiction crime drama distributed by Disney-ABC
Domestic Television, premieres on ABC-TV. Actor Jason O'Mara plays police detective Sam Tyler
who suddenly finds himself inexplicably transported from 2008 to 1973.
Mission: SPACE officially opens
"As you can see, astronaut flight training isn't like anything you've ever experienced before. It is intense. And, if you would like to opt out, you can sign up for Mission Control training in the advanced training lab. Just ask any member of the ISTC crew for directions. As for the rest of you, report for your pre-flight briefing. It's go time."
Some 4.6 million viewers tune in to watch "Franken Girl," the third
season debut of the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.
Singer-songwriter John Lennon, who rose to worldwide fame as one of
the founding members of The Beatles, is born in Liverpool England.
In August 1965 Walt Disney met with Brian Epstein - manager of The Beatles - to discuss the possibility of the
popular Fab Four performing songs for the upcoming film The Jungle Book. Later Lennon supposedly
nixed the idea and Walt ended up using semi-soundalikes to voice what wound up being vultures in the film.
In late 1973 Lennon visited Disneyland with his son Julian, girl friend May, ex-wife Cynthia (mother of Julian),
and friends Mal Evans (once a Beatles roadie) and Jesse Ed Davis. Lennon, who had not seen Julian in 4 years,
thought the Anaheim park was a good place to reconnect with his 9-year-old son.
On December 29, 1974 Lennon, while staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Hotel (today known as Disney's
Polynesian Resort), signed the paperwork that officially broke up The Beatles. Although the group hadn't worked
together since 1970, it took another 4 years for the proper legal paperwork to be agreed upon. He was the last
Beatle to sign the documents thus ending The Beatles at Walt Disney World.
Peter Docter, director of Pixar's Monsters, Inc. and Up, is born in
Bloomington, Minnesota. Starting at Pixar at age 21 (the third animator on the staff
and the tenth person hired by the company), he's also been an integral part of such classics
as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bugs Life, Cars, and Wall-E. Docter has also contributed voices
for Up, The Incredibles, and Monsters, Inc. Docter directed a special segment of Up for the
A ramp that leads from westbound Interstate 4 directly into the parking garage of
Disney World's Disney Springs opens. The Florida roadway is part of the infrastructure improvements
with the expansion (and renaming) of the Downtown Disney entertainment district. Motorists traveling from
Orlando can take Exit 67, marked with signs indicating the way to Epcot and Disney Springs. Midway through
that ramp, a new spur on the right-hand side leads into the 4,000-slot parking garage.
Invisible Sister, a Disney Channel Original Movie, based on the book "My Invisible
Sister" by Beatrice Colin and Sara Pinto, premieres. Cleo's (Rowan Blanchard) science project
goes awry when she accidentally makes her sister (Paris Berelc) invisible.
Little Einsteins, an interactive animated children's television series on Playhouse
Disney, debuts in the U.S. with the episode "Ring Around the Planet". The educational
preschool series has been developed for television by Douglas Wood who created the concept and characters, and
a subsequent team headed by Emmy Award-winning director Aidan Abril and JoJo's Circus co-creator Eric Weiner,
and produced by Curious Pictures and The Baby Einstein Company.
Actor Anthony Marcus "Tony" Shalhoub is born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He voiced
Jerry Valentine on the ABC sitcom Dinosaurs, the Emir in the Gargoyles episode "Grief", and Luigi in Pixar's Cars franchise. Shalhoub also played Kevin Conway in the 1998 Touchstone Pictures film A Civil Action
and Tommy Sanz in the 2004 film The Last Shot.
Touchstone Pictures releases the film Crossing the Bridge. Set in the 1970s, three teenage buddies, tempted by the promise of a lot of cash, confront their values and ethics when a pal asks them to
smuggle drugs across the U.S./Canada border bridge. The film stars Josh Charles, Jason Gedrick, Stephen Baldwin, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy-drama Holy Man, starring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Preston, Robert Loggia, Jon Cryer, and Eric McCormack. An
over-the-top television evangelist finds a way to turn television home shopping into a religious experience... and takes America by storm!