Composer Paul J. Smith is born in Calumet, Michigan. Starting with
Disney in 1934, he went on to write scores for nearly 70 Disney animated shorts and
countless features (both animated & live-action). Smith won an Oscar for the music in
Pinocchio (along with Leigh Harline and Ned Washington) and appeared in Fantasia
as a member of the orchestra. Along with Hazel George, Smith wrote a number of songs for
Fun With Music Day for television's Mickey Mouse Club. Later he and Buddy Baker scored
music for theme park attractions such as Disneyland's Adventure Thru Inner Space. Smith
(who retired in 1962) was named a Disney Legend in 1994, nine years after his death.
(Smith's non-Disney credits include the 1950s TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver.)
The world premiere of Chicken Little takes place at the El Capitan Theater in
Hollywood, California. A computer-animated comedy, it is loosely based on the fable The Sky Is Falling.
Actor Sammy Ogg, who portrayed Joe Simpson on Disney's 1955-1957
serial The Adventures of Spin and Marty, is born in Lexington, Virginia.
Stand-up comedian & actor Kevin Pollak, who was Spinlok in Disney World's now
extinct Alien Encounter, is born in San Francisco, California. His Disney credits also include
the live-action films The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 as Cupid. (You may recognize Pollak from such
features as Avalon, Grumpy Old Men, and The Wedding Planner.)
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Swamp Fox: Brother Against
Brother." It is the second episode of an 8-part mini-series starring Leslie Nielsen as a real-life
American Revolutionary War hero named Francis Marion. Due to his irregular methods of warfare,
Marion is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare.
The Walt Disney Presents series airs the first episode of a two-
part Zorro adventure titled "El Bandido." It is a one-hour spin-off of Disney's popular
weekly series Zorro, which ran from 1957 to 1959.
The television series The Wonderful World of Disney airs the first episode of the
new serial Gallagher Goes West: Crusading Reporter. Tonight's episode "Showdown
with the Sundown Kid" finds young Gallagher heading west to become a newspaper reporter.
Gallagher Goes West, made up of 4 episodes in all, will air over the next 4 months.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs "Halloween Hall O' Fame," featuring Jonathan Winters on NBC. Winters plays a bumbling night watchman
for Walt Disney Productions who uncovers his pumpkin head alter ego (named Jack) hiding
from Halloween in a crystal ball. Together they show some classic Disney cartoons,
including Trick or Treat, Lonesome Ghosts, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
At the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood the 1993 The Nightmare Before
Christmas is shown along with the brand new Disney short John Henry.
Disney's animated retelling of the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man, features the voices of
Geoffrey Jones, Alfre Woodard, Tim Hodge and Dave Murray.
The Disneyland Resort hosts a costume party and screening of the
Tim Burton classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Beauty and the Beast becomes the seventh longest-running
show on Broadway with performance number 3,487.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Film Screening takes place at Disneyland.
The Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is presented a $5 million gift from the Walt
Disney Company Foundation (the largest donation ever made to Childrens Hospital
Los Angeles by a corporate foundation). It will be used toward the construction of a new hospital
building slated to open in 2009.
James McCown of St. Petersburg, Florida, rides Expedition Everest for the 1000th
time at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Riding with McCown (who calls himself "Yeti
Man" and wears furry gloves and a ski hat) is park guest Steven Nichols age 12,
from London, England.
The pavement at Epcot
was engineered by Disney and
Kodak photography to be
painted a specific custom
color of pink that makes the
grass look greener and
pictures look brighter!
John Adams, the second United States President, is born in
Braintree, Massachusetts. Regarded as one of the most influential Founding Fathers
of the United States, Adams was the father of John Quincy Adams, the 6th U.S. President. Visit
Adams and all our Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Disney's 1991 animated hit Beauty and the Beast is released to VHS and Laserdisc.
Starting on this day, Downtown Disney Florida hosts trick-or-treaters for a
free Happy Haunting event from 5 to 9 p.m. Today and tomorrow (Halloween),
children can dress up and collect candy at such stores as World of Disney, Team Mickey, Once
Upon a Toy, Pooh Corner, Disney’s Days of Christmas, World of Memories, Disney’s Pin Traders,
Mickey’s Pantry, Mickey’s Groover, DisneyQuest Emporium and Pin Cart West Side.
Rest in peace,
We all know you didn't do it.
World Premiere of Chicken Little
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place at the Magic
Kingdom in Disney World for the first of two nights. It is the first time
ever the ticketed event is held on the night before Halloween.
Disney Legend Paul J. Smith born
Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour pulls into New York City's Grand Central
Terminal for its 40th and final stop. Over the last 24 weeks, the special Amtrak train has visited 36
states to promote Disney's A Christmas Carol (which will open in theaters November 6).
Travel Channel Personality Andrew Zimmern attends the EPCOT International
Food and Wine Festival. The host of Travel Channel’s "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern," he is in
the middle of his third trip to WDW.
"Fear is the foundation of most governments." -John Adams
Haunted Mansion tribute to Cliff Huet - involved in the attraction's architecture & one of the primary interior designers
Disney's The Incredible Journey, narrated by Rex Allen, is released to theaters.
The live-action film, based on Sheila Burnford's book of the same name, tells the story of a cat named Tao
and two dogs named Bodger and Luath - who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. (In 1993
Disney will release a remake titled Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.)
"I was secure with my head. I knew I was a pumpkin mentally. There's a lot of seeds up there -
some gone." -Jonathan Winters on his role as Jack
"There’s nothing I don’t love about Walt Disney World." -Andrew Zimmern
The new 4,000-passenger Disney Dream floats away from its sheltered dock for
the very first time at the German shipyard where it is being built. Upon leaving the
dock, the Dream remains in the shipyard harbor to undergo a series of trials, testing technical systems such as
its stabilizers and rudders. The ship will stay berthed along the yard pier for at least another two weeks,
as interior construction continues. (The Dream is expected to depart the shipyard on the second weekend in
Disney's fourth Silly Symphony cartoon, Hell's Bells is released. Directed by animator Ub Iwerks (his first directorial outing at Disney), this short features the devils of hell gathering together for a mad frolic. With music by Carl Stalling, Hell's Bells is superbly animated with "disturbing" but amazing imageries not typically found in Disney family-oriented shorts of this era.
Winter, Disney's 4th and final "4 seasons" Silly Symphony, is released. Directed
by Burt Gillett, animals frolic in the new fallen snow, skating on an icy lake to such tunes as "Jingle Bells"
and "The Skater's Waltz."
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
So Dear to My Heart
The Vanishing Prairie
The Shaggy Dog
The Parent Trap
Donald Duck's 50th Birthday
Episode 2 of ABC-TV's Once Upon a Time, "The Thing You Love Most," premieres.
"Disney's Halloween Treat," a 47-minute Halloween-themed clip show, first airs on
The Wonderful World of Disney. Featuring a compilation of Disney animated shorts involving spooky
or supernatural themes as well as excerpted segments from Disney feature films, it is narrated by a
The soundtrack for Disney's Wreck-It Ralph is released.
The Walt Disney Company announces an outlay of $4.05 billion for the purchase
of the Lucasfilm company, founded by director George Lucas and the creator of
franchises like "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones." Disney also reveals that it plans to create a
new chapter in the famous galactic saga - "Star Wars: Episode 7" - to premiere in 2015.
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the
next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers." - George Lucas