The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad airs on
The Disney Channel .... 4 days after it has been announced that Disney World is
going to close the classic Mr. Toad attraction in Fantasyland.
ABC-TV's The Wonderful World of Disney airs the movie Tower of Terror for the first
time. Starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst, a disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel
where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier. It is an early attempt at turning
a theme park attraction into a movie.
A touring exhibition of design art (from the Walt Disney Imagineering archives)
called Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance is
displayed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Walt Disney Records releases Christy Carlson Romano: Her Greatest Disney Hits - featuring the new single "Dive In" written by Christian music singer Cindy Morgan.
Disneyland presents a special nighttime event called Disney Villain Diva's
Enchanted Evening. Limited to 500 guests (at $150 per person) the spellbinding event
includes evening admission to the Disneyland park, a beverage reception, a festive feast, an
opportunity to purchase limited-edition Villains merchandise & meet the creators and artists of the merchandise, and a commemorative gift.
It is announced that The Walt Disney Company (which pulled its TV advertising
September 11) has begun an aggressive new marketing and publicity campaign to
court vacationers. The company is spending tens of millions of dollars advertising on television.
The Orlando Business Journal announces that Walt Disney World guests will start
to receive a daily copy of USA Today in their hotel rooms instead of the
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy-drama High Heels and Low Lifes, starring Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Kevin McNally, Mark Williams, Danny Dyer and Michael Gambon. When two friends overhear plans of a bank robbery happening in their London neighborhood, they devise a plan to blackmail the thieves. But when one simple phone call pitches them into a
world of very unsavory characters, they realize they have taken on far more than they bargained for.
Disney Channel debuts "I Almost Drowned in a Chocolate Fountain," the third episode of Wizards of Waverly Place.
Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy-drama Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche. A widower (Carrell) finds out the woman he has fallen in love with (Binoche) is the girlfriend of his own brother (Dane Cook).
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Three Orphan Kittens, directed by David Hand,
is released. When a trio of stray cats find themselves in the blistering cold snow, they seek refuge in an inviting-looking house, where they proceed to wreak havoc on the place, much to the dismay of the house cook. (The short will win an Academy Award for Best Cartoon and inspire the sequel More Kittens.)
A letter from Disney marketing genius Kay Kamen (mailed from Paris and
postmarked October 26) is received by Ruth Ivener, vice-president of Kay Kamen
Ltd., in New York. The letter contains a flurry of business details and jokes about Kamen's fear of flying.
Kamen is currently in Paris, France and is expected to return to New York on October 28. Tragically, at age 56,
Kay Kamen and his beloved wife, Katie, will perish two days later in an Air France crash over the Azores
(a group of islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean).
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Anything Can Happen Day.
The Disneyland television series airs
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The first half features the story of writer
Washington Irving followed by Disney's 1949 animated version of his classic tale.
Donald Duck is shown for the first time in the People's Republic of China.
Chinese television launches a weekly half-hour of old Donald Duck and
Mickey Mouse cartoons.
Disney's Cured Duck - featuring Donald Duck and Daisy - is released. Directed by
Jack King and written by Roy Williams, Daisy refuses to let Donald leave the house until he learns to control
his bad temper!
WDW's original monorail track
ran in a loop directly through
the concourse of the
Contemporary Resort, to the
Polynesian Resort, the Magic
Kingdom gate and the Ticket &
Transportation Center. In 1982
the monorail was extended
with a four mile run to Epcot,
including a scenic loop
through Future World.
Dear departed brother Dave, He chased a bear into
Donald Duck premieres in China
Actor Bob Hoskins is born in Suffolk, England. Disney fans know him for his roles in such family films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit (as Eddie Valiant), and Disney's A Christmas Carol (as Mr. Fezziwig and Old Joe). His Touchstone/Hollywood credits include Nixon, Passed Away, Super Mario Bros., and Hollywoodland.
(Although not a Disney productions, Hoskins appeared in the 1991 feature film Hook, as Smee.)
"Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!" - a new, live musical production is presented
aboard the Liberty Belle Riverboat in Disney World's Magic Kingdom. A limited-engagement show, the 15-minute performance features an energetic cast of musicians and singers, as
well as characters from the Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film The Princess and the Frog.
Haunted Mansion tribute to Dave Burkhart - artist, model maker, show designer and field art producer
Try Anything Once, the first solo album created by Alan Parsons following the
split of The Alan Parsons Project, is released. Among the twelve tracks; an instrumental
titled Breakaway (written by Parsons). The song will be featured at the Tomorrowland Terrace in Tokyo
Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates the Year of the Bat
at Conservation Station with family-friendly activities.