2001:
 Singer Taylor Dayne offers her last performance in Disney's Broadway 
musical AidaShe has played the role of Amneris since February 2001. 
Idina Menzel will step into the role 5 days later.
2005:
It is reported that an 11-year-old boy from Chicago (who battles cerebal 
palsy) has convinced his family to donate the $2500 they had saved up 
for a Walt Disney World vaction to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
1904:
Director R. G. Springsteen is born Robert G. Springsteen in Tacoma, Washington.
 He directed segments of Disney's TV series Mickey Mouse Club (as well as episodes of BonanazaWanted:
 Dead or Alive, and Gentle Ben).
1905:
Animator/cartoonist Lynn Karp is born. Between 1935 and 1941, he will work as an animator at 
Disney on such films as Pinocchio and Fantasia. In the late 1940s, he will draw comics for Hi-Jinx (B&I 
Publishing Co.), Barnyard Comics, and produce some premium giveaway comics for Disney.
1955:
Five-year-old Elsa Marquez is welcomed as the one-millionth guest 
entering Disneyland (just 7 weeks after the park's grand opening)!
1974:
Kevin Osgood, a member of Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club series (for 
seasons 2-5), is born in San Diego, California.
1981:
Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the voice of Young Simba in Disney's 1994
 animated feature The Lion King, is born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His Disney
 credits include the 1995 film Tom and Huck as Tom Sawyer and the 1998 teen-comedy film I'll Be Home for 
Christmas. Fans of the ABC/Touchstone sitcom Home Improvement will remember him as Randy Taylor.
1994:
The Disneyana Convention 1994 kicks off for 4 days at Walt Disney World.
1995:
Night of Joy 1995 begins at Disney World's Magic Kingdom featuring Carman, 
Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Shirley Caesar, and Point of Grace. 
An annual event, it will also be held September 9 and 16. Night of Joy 1995 will be filmed and broadcast live 
on both the Trinity Broadcasting Network and on the Family Channel.
1996:
Disney's musical "Beauty and the Beast" plays its 1000th performance on Broadway! (The show had opened at the Palace Theatre in April 1994.)
1998:
Disneyland's Submarine Voyage attraction closes with a 7 a.m. ceremony officiated 
by U.S. Navy Commander Robert Thomas. Starting in June 1959, the Nautilus and seven sister 
submarines - the Triton, Sea Wolf, Skate, Skipjack, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Ethan Allen - had 
allowed 38 Disneyland guests at a time to take their own voyage to the "North Pole." (20,000 Leagues Under 
the Sea was the Florida counterpart of the Submarine Voyage.)

It's official ... the Walt Disney World attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is permanently 
closed. On this day work begins on Mr. Toad's home as it will become The Many Adventures of Winnie the
Pooh. One of the park's opening day attractions, it was modeled after the Disneyland attraction. Despite the 
ride's popularity and many protests, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride entertained guests for the very last time yesterday.
2000:
A lineup headed by Christian music female vocalist of the year Jaci Velasquez, 
former female vocalist of the year CeCe Winans and Gospel rockers the 
Newsboys perform during the 18th annual Walt Disney World Night of Joy.

The Disney Channel Original Movie The Other Me, starring Andrew Lawrence as 
Will Browning and his clone Twoie, debuts.
2002:
Disney World's 2,112-room Caribbean Beach Resort closes for renovation. In a 
first for Disney World, the entire hotel is shut down while the resort's restaurant is updated. (It is expected 
to be completed for the December holidays.)

As part of the One Hundred Mickeys exhibit, the Disneyland Resort hosts the 
"Where's Mickey?" pin event.
2003:
Disney's Teacher of the Year is announced on TV's The Wayne Brady Show.
 John Passarini, a physical education teacher from Wayland, Massachusetts is the lucky winner. He was 
selected from more than 185,000 nominees!

Reruns of Disney's successful animated series Recess begin airing on Disney
 Channel. The fan-favorite "The Experiment/The Great Jungle Gym Standoff" is shown on this day. (With
 roughly twenty-six airings a week, at the time, Recess was the most-played show on the channel, having
 more airings than shows still running!).
2004:
Disney Legend Frank Thomas, one of Walt's "Nine Old Men," passes 
away at age 92 in California. His Disney credits during his 43-year career include 
animating Thumper and Bambi on the ice in Bambi, Lady and Tramp eating a romantic spaghetti 
dinner in Lady and the Tramp, and Mad Madam Mim in the Sword in the Stone. A native Californian, 
Thomas played piano for the Disney Dixieland jazz group, The Firehouse Five plus Two. 
2006:
The 24th Night of Joy (an annual 2-day Christian music event) 
begins at Walt Disney World. This evening's entertainment lineup features
Barlow Girl, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Rebecca St. James, David Crowder Band,
Vicky Beeching, Matthew West, Todd Agnew, and Building 429.

Disney Channel debuts the new animated series The Replacements, the 
15th Hannah Montana episode - "More Than A Zombie To Me," and the 
50th episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody - "Volley Dad."
"Frank was a giant in our field and he meant everything to me and to all of us who love the art of animation. 
Besides being one of the key guys to help elevate animation from a novelty to an incredible art form, he was so 
generous in passing along his knowledge and experiences to the generations that followed. The books that he 
wrote with Ollie had a big impact on so many of us working in animation today. Frank was one of my main 
mentors and a tremendous influence on me. I feel very privileged to have known him."
-Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Lasseter on Disney Legend Frank Thomas

2007:
The Emmy Awards are broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los
 Angeles, California. "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" is awarded Outstanding Children's Program
 beating out nominees "Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," and "That's So Raven."
1986:
Actor Jake Sandvig - Lash in Disney's 2005 Sky High - is born in Clovis, California.
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1993:
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases The Joy Luck Club, a film about the 
relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers. 
Based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Amy Tan, the film is produced by Oliver Stone.


In Memory of Frank Thomas (1912-2004)
Submarine Voyage closes
Disney's Tron was the first
film in motion picture
history to make
extensive use of
computer
imagery.
On July 24, 2008 Disney 
surprised San Diego Comic Con 
attendees with test footage 
from a sequel to Tron.
1943:
Engineer and noted pioneer in computer graphics Alvy Ray Smith is born. Receiving his
 bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University in 1965, ten years later he was
 recruited to join the new Computer Graphics Laboratory at New York Institute of Technology, one of the leading
 computer graphics research groups of the 1970s. There he worked alongside a young computer scientist named
 Ed Catmull (who later became president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios). When
 their work was brought to the attention of George Lucas, they were hired away to start the the Lucasfilm Computer
 Division ... which eventually became Pixar.
1962:
Meet Me at Disneyland (a limited TV series broadcast live on KTTV directly from the 
Anaheim park) airs episode 13 "Talent on Parade." The action starts on Main Street as the 
Seven Dwarfs march toward the camera to the sound of "Heigh Ho." Variations of the song are used throughout 
this final episode of the series to introduce each of the acts including Kay Bell and the Spacemen, The Clara 
Ward Singers, The Firehouse Five, and Inglewood Toppers Band. Running since June, Meet Me at Disneyland 
was designed to boost park attendance during the 1962 summer weeknights.
1989:
Magic Kingdom hosts Night of Joy 1989 for the first of two evenings at Walt
 Disney World. Musical acts include Margaret Becker & the Reckoning, Shirley Caesar, Phil Keaggy,
 Petra, Rez Band, Michael W Smith, and Take 6.
2012:
Amusement Today announces the winners of its prestigious 2012 Golden Ticket 
Awards (presented to the "Best of the Best" in the amusement industry) at an 
awards show hosted by Dollywood in Tennessee. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Walt 
Disney World’s Epcot wins Best Outdoor Night Show Production. This year’s Publisher’s Pick Awards include 
Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., for its imagination and creativity in introducing a new $1.1 billion 
makeover, headlined by Cars Land.

Amusement Today also announces that Disneyland is donating two vehicles from 
the iconic Matterhorn Bobsled ride at Disneyland to the National Roller Coaster 
Museum and Archives.

The second (and final) Night of Joy 2012 takes place at Disney World in the Magic 
Kingdom. This evening's entertainment includes MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, LeCrae, 
Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean.
September 08
"You had to always watch out that he (Pinocchio) moved and acted in a very innocent, unskilled 
way. Every movement had to be as if he was born today and had no history." -Frank Thomas
2013:
The night before the official debut of the re-imagined California Grill, Disney hosts the first resort-based Disney Parks Blog meet-up; offering readers an early opportunity
to experience the Disney World restaurant, taste the new dishes and meet the
chefs behind the amazing menu.