Epcot's newest gallery exhibit, Echoes of Africa, opens in the American Adventure.
Walt Disney World announces that its theme and water parks will operate on an
abbreviated schedule on Friday September 3, due to the threat of Hurricane Frances.
Downtown Disney will close at 6 p.m. and Pleasure Island will not open for the evening. On this day, Frances will
strike the Bahamas directly, pass directly over San Salvador Island and very near to Cat Island. The storm will move west northwest and weaken through the day ... eventually dropping down to a Category 3 by 2:00 p.m.
Comedienne, writer & actress Barbara Jo Allen, the voice of Fauna
(the green good fairy) in Disney's 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, is
born in New York City. Barbara is also the voice of Scullery Maid in Disney's 1963
The Sword in the Stone. In the 1960s, she did a recording for the character of Madame Leota
for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ... but she was later replaced by Eleanor Audley (whose
voice can also be heard in Sleeping Beauty).
Paul Terry premieres his sound cartoon RCA Photophone system in New York
City for a short called Dinner Time. As Walt Disney is working on his own cartoon with sound,
he will later attend a showing of Dinner Time ... only to be disappointed by the quality of the audio.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Puppy Love - featuring the voices of Walt Disney
as Mickey and Marcellite Garner as Minnie - is released.
In this short directed by Wilfred Jackson, Mickey and Pluto come to call on Minnie and Fifi. But trouble starts
when Pluto exchanges the chocolates Mickey was going to give to Minnie with the bone he has for Fifi!
Children's Fairyland, USA (the first theme park created to cater to families with
young children) opens on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. The park
will be nationally recognized for its unique value and even Walt Disney will visit often to gather ideas. He will
later hire Fairyland's first director, Dorothy Manes, to work at his park! (Today known as simply Children's
Fairyland, the park continues to delight children and their parents with whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides,
friendly animals, wonder-filled puppet shows, and inspired live entertainment.)
The New Mouseketeers perform at the Magic Kingdom and appear in
a Main Street parade at Walt Disney World. (They will appear 3 times a day through the 5th.)
The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction opens in Disneyland's Frontierland.
The "wildest ride in the wilderness" takes guests careening through dark caverns and abandoned mines. Imagineer
Tony Baxter modeled the attraction after the scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The exciting Big
Thunder Mountain replaces the more sedate Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.
(A second Big Thunder will open at Disney World in November 1980.)
Disney's long-running television series airs for the last time on NBC under the name
The Wonderful World of Disney. Seven days later it will debut as Disney's Wonderful World.
(It is the 5th title since the show's 1954 debut.)
Disneyland's Adventure Thru Inner Space attraction closes in
Tomorrowland. It had first opened in August 1967. (The attraction will later be replaced with Star Tours.)
Actress Allison Miller is born to American parents in Rome, Italy. Her many television credits include the ABC series A Million Little Things as Maggie Bloom.
The Disneyana Convention 1997 kicks off for 5 days at Walt Disney World.
Tropical Serenade - also called The Enchanted Tiki Birds - at Walt Disney World
closes for extensive renovations. (It will reopen in April of 1998 as The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under
Kim Possible: The Secret Files is released direct-to-video and
The Brave Little Toaster (first released in1987) is released to DVD.
This day's broadcast of the Today show features Josh Strickland
and Jenn Gambatese, who portray Tarzan and Jane in the new
Disney musical Tarzan. They are joined by composer Phil Collins for a behind-the-scenes look at the
ChuckMcCann, a film, television, stage and voice actor,
is born in Brooklyn, New York. A comedy giant to a generation
of kids who grew up watching his children's shows in the New York
metropolitan area during the 1960s, he relocated to Los Angeles in the
1970s where he began getting voice work for cartoons. McCann's
Disney credits included DuckTales, The New Adventures of Winnie the
Pooh and TaleSpin. He also appeared in the 1974 feature film
Herbie Rides Again. Originally hired by WED as the voice of Dreamfinder
(for Epcot's Journey into Imagination), McCann left the project before it
was completed. (He was replaced with Ron Schneider.)
"But, when you have to resort to turntables, trick lights, flashing lights, fire and all that, you're
actually saying, I need this because what I do is not all that together." -drummer Buddy Rich
"In the case of Pluto, the man most responsible for defining the character, giving
him the personality we know and love, was animator Norm Ferguson, known to
his friends and colleagues as Fergy." -Film Critic Leonard Maltin
The television special The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic airs
on ABC. Narrated by Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf the snowman), the program tells the story of how Walt Disney
Animation Studios' 2013 3D computer-animated film Frozen was created, and the unique impact it has on worldwide
The seasonal Disney World event Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off
for the first time this year. The annual Magic Kingdom tradition will continue
on select evenings through October 31.
The Light Between Oceans, a Touchstone/DreamWorks film, is released. A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. But when the couple meet the child's biological mother, they must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of four people.
Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the film stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy-drama A Simple Twist of Fate, written by
and starring Steve Martin. Martin plays music teacher Michael McCann, whose life is emotionally closed off
from the world, until an orphaned baby shows up at his house. The cast includes Alana Austin, Gabriel Byrne, Laura
Linney, Catherine O'Hara, Stephen Baldwin, and Michael Des Barres.
Actor Keanu Reeves is born in Beirut, Lebanon. Best known for his starring roles in such blockbuster films as The Matrix and The Day the Earth Stood Still, he voiced Duke Caboom (a daredevil toy) in Pixar's Toy Story 4.
Threatening weather conditions from Hurricane Dorian prompts Walt Disney World to rearrange — and sometimes curtail —the next day's operating hours for its theme parks.
Disneyland Forever, a nighttime spectacular that used fireworks, projection mapping, fire, lasers, and searchlights to depict scenes from Disney films, runs for the last time
at the Anaheim park. Originally premiering in May 2015, the show had closed in September 2016 and then reopened last June.
Actor, comedian and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez is born Eugenio Alexandrino González Derbez in Mexico City, Mexico. He has supplied voices for the Spanish Latin American versions of many animated features, including Disney's Mulan and Mulan 2. Derbez also portrayed Hawthorne in Disney's 2018 live-action feature The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Comedian, actor and singer Eddie Collins passes at age 57 in California. Best known for voicing Dopey in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), he also appeared in such films as The Bluebird (1940) with Shirley Temple, and The Return of Frank James (1940).
Disney Junior – Live on Stage! (originally Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! until 2011), a live show attraction featuring puppets of characters from Disney Junior's popular television programs, closes at Disney's Hollywood Studios.