Due to complications created by Hurricane Frances, the Disney Cruise Line
sends its two ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, to Port
Everglades in Fort Lauderdale (instead of Port Canaveral) to disembark.
Master animator, artist and Disney Legend Robert Fred Moore is
born in Los Angeles, California. Despite limited formal art training, he rose to
prominence at Disney very quickly in the early 1930s due to his great natural talent and
the tremendous appeal of his drawings. "Freddie" worked on such Disney classics as
Pinocchio, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Fantasia, Dumbo and Peter Pan. He later
become resident specialist on animating Mickey Mouse. Moore's animation of the earlier
Mickey design is especially memorable in the 1938 short Brave Little Tailor - the last
significant appearance of the "pie-eyed" Mickey. Moore later redesigned the character
for his landmark role as The Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia, a look which remains
Mickey's official look to this day! (Unfortunately a fatal car accident ended Moore's promising career in 1952.)
Disney's second Silly Symphony cartoon El Terrible Toreador, directed by Walt
Disney and featuring the music of Carl Stalling, is released. A barmaid, a Mexican officer and
a terrible toreador form a love triangle, as they dance, skip, kiss, and romp to the tune of Bizet's "Carmen."
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs for the final time on NBC-TV.
Starting with the next episode the series will be titled The Wonderful World of Disney.
Jason Blain Carson, a member of Disney Channel's The All New Mickey Mouse Club
(for seasons 4-5) and later part of the country group Shiloh, is born in Mesa, Arizona.
Morocco - the first new World Showcase pavilion to be added to the original roster
since the park's 1982 opening - debuts at EPCOT. Located between France and Japan, the
Morocco pavilion re-creates the architecture and atmosphere of Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech. It is the first
country in World Showcase sponsored by the government and not a corporation. The king of Morocco actually sent
his royal craftsmen to lay all the tile work, carvings and paintings in the pavilion!
The Disney board asks for, and receives, Ron Miller's resignation. (Despite rumors, Michael
Eisner president of Paramount Pictures, is not chosen as new CEO at this time.)
At Disneyland Paris, a major fire damages portions of the Sequoia Lodge hotel
at 6:45 a.m., forcing hundreds of groggy guests to flee.
Thankfully, most guests are already awake ready for the park's Saturday opening, but about 100 people flee
with little more than the pajamas on their backs. Disney officials give these guests a free spending spree in
the park's shops to re-clothe themselves. The blaze is extinguished in three hours, but guts much of the roof of
one section, and damages dozens of rooms.
The Themed Entertainment Association presents its 1996 THEA
Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The winners include
Epcot's Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure - The Temple of the Forbidden
Eye, and the Disneyland Paris attraction Space Mountain - From the Earth to the Moon. (The THEA award
is named after the Greek Goddess, Thea, who symbolizes the form and substance of imagination.)
Disneyland's Circle-Vision theater, which offered daily showings of America
the Beautiful, the last film Walt Disney worked on, closes in Tomorrowland.
Opened since 1955, the theater (originally called Circarama) will subsequently be integrated into the
Rocket Rods preshow.
Labor Day: At Walt Disney World, Mr. Toad takes his last Wild Ride as the
popular Fantasyland attraction is scheduled to close after this day.
At Disneyland, the Hercules Victory Parade makes a final appearance.
The 1998 Official Disneyana Convention takes place at Walt Disney
World's Contemporary Resort for the next 5 days.
The 1999 Disneyana Convention kicks off for 5 days at Disney World.
Disney World presents its 19th annual celebration of contemporary Christian
music at the Magic Kingdom. Night of Joy 2001 features performances by seven acts over the
course of two evenings. The entertainment begins each evening at 8 p.m. (after regular Magic Kingdom
closing), with musical performances by artists such as Jars of Clay and Michael W. Smith at stage
locations throughout the park.
Disney's "Playhouse Disney - LIVE" (a 10-city mall tour featuring a live stage
show for preschool children) kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio, at The Avenue at
Tower City Center.
For the second evening in a row Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
hosts their 20th anniversary Night of Joy concerts. Performers include Michael
W. Smith, Petra, Jaci Velasquez, Plus One, Audio Adrenaline, Stacie Orrico and Joy Williams.
Raven-Symoné (of Disney Channel's That's So Raven)
sings the national anthem at the White House.
Disney's El Capitan Theatre kicks off a limited engagement
of an all new digitally enhanced The Little Mermaid.
When Fred Moore animated
Mickey Mouse in the Fantasia
segment "The Sorcerer's
Apprentice," he drew the
character for the first time with
eyes that had pupils!
Disney World's 25th annual Night of Joy kicks
off for 2 evenings in the Magic Kingdom.
Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood presents the 1967
animated classic The Jungle Book (through September 23).
Today is the final day for Golden Dreams, a film about the history of California,
featured at Disney California Adventure Park. An original opening day attraction, Golden
Dreams starred Whoopi Goldberg as Califia, the Queen of California. It is scheduled for removal to make
way for the "Voyage of the Little Mermaid" a new dark ride attraction.
Songwriter Hall of Famer Diane Warren is born in Van Nuys, California. Her music
can be heard in such Disney & Touchstone films as Snow Dogs, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Pearl Harbor,
and My Favorite Martian. Fans of pop and country music know Warren from such penned hits as "Because
You Loved Me" and "Un-Break My Heart." (As of 2006, her songs have received six Academy Award
nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, and seven Grammy Award nominations.)
Morocco Pavilion opens at EPCOT
The astronauts aboard the orbiting Space Shuttle and International Space
Station pack up Buzz Lightyear in preparation for the ride home the following
day. The 12-inch action figure, who has been at the station for more than a year, will return to Earth September 11.
Last day for Golden Dreams
"I consider Fred Moore to be one of my favorite Disney animators." -Disney Legend Floyd Norman
The Disney short No Sail, directed by Jack Hannah, is released. Goofy and Donald
Duck go sailing in a coin operated rented boat, but have to deal with sharks when they run out of nickels!
Today is the last day Disney fans can wander and splash around in the Bountiful
Valley Farm area of Disney California Adventure. The farm area in A Bug’s Land is set to close the
following day so workers can start building the entrance to Cars Land, which is under construction south of the
farm area. The 12-acre Cars Land is scheduled to open in 2012.
Film, theatre and television actor Thomas Everett "Tom" Scott is born in
Massachusetts. First known to film fans for his performance in That Thing You Do!, Scott supplied the
voice of Milo's dad in Disney's 2011 Mars Need Moms. His live-action Disney credits include
Air Buddies and Snow Buddies (as the voice of Buddy) and the 2009 Race To Witch Mountain.
Disney theme parks welcome their 1 billionth guest - Mary Smith from Illinois!
After walking through the main gate of Walt Disney World, she is awarded a lifetime pass for her and her family,
and a cross-country flight to Disneyland.
Night of Joy 1990 kicks off for the first of two evenings at WDW's Magic Kingdom. Acts
include Shirley Caesar, Carman, Steven Curtis Chapman, DeGarmo & Key, Petra, and Rez Band.
The two-part Darkwing Duck episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" airs as an hour-length
TV special as part of a larger TV special, "The Darkwing Duck Premiere and Back to
School With the Mickey Mouse Club." (It serves as the show's pilot.)
Cars 2 receives its first two nominations of the season from the Hollywood Post
Alliance. (The HPA is the trade association of motion picture post production professionals and businesses
in Hollywood.) Film editor Stephen Schaffer, A.C.E. is nominated for Outstanding Editing - Feature Film. Sound
editors Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, and Michael Silversis are nominated for Outstanding Sound - Feature
Film. Winners of the 2011 HPA Awards will be announced on November 10 at a gala event in Los Angeles.
Walt Disney Imagineering tops the new Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California
Adventure park with its crowning feature – a cupola modeled after the one which
White and the Seven Dwarfs).
Former Disney senior executive Bob Lambert, who helped Disney move from film to
digital production, dies at his Glendale, California home at age 55. It was while working for
Disney Feature Animation, that Lambert realized a method to replace cel animation with CGI production. He chose
Steve Jobs’ Pixar to design the software and supervised the collaborative process between the companies.
Starting with Disney in 1985, Lambert served as president of technology operations and licensng and chairman of
Disney’s inter-divisional technology board, mapping technology and innovation approaches in new media with
Disney’s worldwide business units and technology partners.
Night of Joy 2012 kicks off for the first of two evening at Magic Kingdom in Walt
Disney World. This evening's entertainment line-up includes Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin,
NEEDTOBREATHE, RED, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor and Disciple.
"We’re merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily on our way to nowhere in particular!"
-Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Amusement Today announces the winners of its prestigious 2013 Golden Ticket Awards
from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. Best Outdoor Night Show Production is awarded to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. Among the Best Coasters are Disneyland's Space
Mountain at the #2 spot and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at the #4 spot.
"Here you had the Nine Old Men...Milt, Frank, Ollie, Marc, and the others, most of whom studied extensively at Chouinards.
Then you had Freddie Moore, a kid who played baseball who one day walked in off the street and into the studio, sat down
and started drawing...and stunned everyone at how good he was!" -animator/director Don Bluth