Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with Goofy and Pluto visit
Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, a Red Cross Shelter and
home to many New Orleans Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Animation work begins on Walt Disney's Alice Comedy film, Alice Rattled by Rats.
Actor Brian Murray, the voice of John Silver in Disney's 2002 release Treasure Planet, is born in South Africa.
Disney World's popular Night of Joy event (in its 10th year) kicks
off with performances by Christian music acts. This year's event will be
held for 2 weekends (Sep 10 & 11 and 17 & 18) with such musical acts as Carman, Steven Curtis Chapman, 4HIM, Shirley Caesar, Bruce Carroll, and Susuan Ashton. All attendees are given a cassette tape of Night of Joy music.
Disney releases the Hollywood Pictures live-action feature film Money for Nothing to
U.S. theaters. Based on the life of Joey Coyle, an unemployed longshoreman in Philadelphia who, in
February 1981, found $1.2 million in the middle of the street after it had fallen out of the back of an armored car,
the film stars John Cusack.
The 3rd Annual ABC Primetime Preview Weekend begins at Disney's
The Feisty Fall Sculpture Event featuring Donald Duck debuts for three
days at World of Disney (located in Disneyland's Downtown District).
The Disney Afternoon, a created-for-syndication two-hour television programming
block, first airs. The show is broken up into four half-hour segments, each of which contain a cartoon series.
(The Disney Afternoon will run until 1997 and even lead to a temporary area at Disneyland called
Disney Afternoon Avenue.)
Walt Disney World honors the crew of the NASA space shuttle
Endeavour mission and the achievement of teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan.
This is the first official appearance of the STS-118 crew since returning to Earth on August 21. Epcot and Magic
Kingdom hold ceremonies (which include a dedication at Mission: SPACE) and allow school children to interact with
the Endeavour astronauts.
Disney Legend Ralph Kent (a 41-year veteran) passes away in Orlando, Florida. He
worked for Walt himself beginning back in the early 1960s as an art director. Retired since 2004, Kent was also a
merchandise artist, marketer, and Director of Walt Disney Imagineering East overseeing Florida staff support for
EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland. Known by some as "The Keeper of the Mouse," Kent trained other artists to
draw the mouse uniformly, and helped determine which merchandise would carry his image. A friend of many in the
collecting world of Disneyana, Kent was a collector of comics, chess sets, and animation.
"D23 is an unprecedented way we opened doors to Disney to fans in a way they can’t get
through any other venue." -Steven Clark, head of D23
"I always wanted to be Geppetto." -Ralph Kent
Actor Jacob Young - who played the role of Lumiere in Disney's Broadway hit
Beauty and the Beast - is born in Renton, Washington. (The Emmy Award-winning actor is best known to fans of All My Children as J.R. Chandler.)
The Silly Symphony short King Neptune, directed by Burt Gillett, is released.
Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger launches the
first-ever D23 Expo with an hour-long presentation in the Anaheim
Convention Center Arena in California. Following the presentation, the 2009
Disney Legends Awards are handed out at a ceremony hosted by ABC personality Tom
Bergeron. It is the first time the awards are ever handed out off Disney property. This
year's Disney Legends Award honorees include Robin Williams and Betty White. The D23 Expo will continue with
special events, guest speakers, and exclusive screenings through Sunday September 13.
Also at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment announces the
launch of the new Diamond Collection - the definitive collection of the Walt Disney
Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray
Hi-Def. As part of the new Diamond Collection criteria, each film (starting with Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs in October) will be thoroughly restored to the highest level of picture and sound and feature
groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content.
A morning story meeting for Fantasia takes place at the studio's conference room.
Among those present - Walt Disney, orchestral conductor Leopold Stokowski, composer Deems Taylor (who
will act as the film's Master of Ceremonies), animator Dick Huemer and artist-writer Joe Grant.
"I think it's great and it's quite honoring, and more than anything, I just thank Disney for honoring exploration and education. This is not a me thing, this honors all teachers and students and space explorers and my crewmates." -Barbara Morgan
The Walt Disney World
Preview Center (at one time
located near the intersection
of Interstate 4 and State
Road 535) became
the first building on
WDW property to open to the
public in 1970.
A star-powered, 16-act Christian music lineup kicks off the 28th Night of Joy at
Walt Disney World. After 2 years at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Night of Joy 2010 returns to the
Magic Kingdom. The special-ticket event features live performances (over the next two nights) on several
stages throughout the park. This night's entertainment includes such names as Casting Crowns, Tenth
Avenue North, Barlow Girl, and Point of Grace.
Amusement Today announces the winners of its prestigious 2009 Golden Ticket
Awards. Presented to the "Best of the Best" in the amusement industry calculated from an international
poll conducted by Amusement Today, this year's winners include IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth at
Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center for Best Outdoor Night Show Production.
Illustrator and voice actor Bret Iwan, the fourth official person to voice
Mickey Mouse, is born in California. With the passing of Wayne Allwine (the third
official voice of Mickey) in 2009, Disney looked within the company to find someone to
perform the recognizable voice. Iwan won the role after a company-wide search where a
animator friend from Pixar submitted Iwan as a possibility. In a final audition, Russi Taylor, the
voice of Minnie Mouse and the widow of Wayne Allwine, helped in selecting Iwan. (The only
other two to voice Mickey full-time was Walt Disney himself and sound effects artist Jimmy Macdonald.)
The Disney short Pluto's Fledgling, directed by Charles Nichols, is released.
Big-hearted Pluto helps Orville the bird learn to fly.
The very first Night of Joy ever takes place at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
Performers include Leon Patillo, Shirley Caesar, Petra, Phil Keaggy, Sheila Walsh, Benny Hestor, David
Meece, and Scott Wesley Brown. Leon Patillo has the distinction of being the very first performer to headline
Disney's Night of Joy. It will become an annual contemporary Christian music event and one
of only two Christian rock festivals to be held yearly in the Orlando, Florida area.
Magic Kingdom host Night of Joy 1999 at Disney World from 8:00PM to 1AM.
Performers include Michael W. Smith, Fred Hammond, Deliriou5?, Jaci Velasquez, Avalon, Audio Adrenaline,
and Out of Eden.
The Tatooine Traders merchandise shop (attached to the Star Tours attraction)
opens at the Disney-MGM Studios. Previously called the Endor Vendors shop, Tatooine Traders
features a wide variety of Star Wars merchandise.
Disney releases the live-action feature film Zorro the Avenger to theaters in Japan. The film is a compilation of six Zorro television episodes (currently a hit on American TV).
Ray Watson (Chairman of Walt Disney Productions) and Phil Hawley (senior director)
meet with Dennis Stanfill (formerly of the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation), to
interview him for the position of Disney's new CEO.
The United States Postal Service issues a 32-cent postage stamp depicting Disney's
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (as part of its series of memories of the 1930s).
Katie, a syndicated talk show co-owned and hosted by former CBS Evening
News and Today anchor Katie Couric, debuts. It is co-produced by ABC
Entertainment and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. This premiere
telecast of Katie will be rated as the highest daytime talk show debut in the last decade.
"I think this is just the beginning of what is really an exciting opportunity for us."
-Bob Iger on the first D23 Expo
Disney Chief Operating Officer Thomas Staggs announces that ground will be
broken on "Star Wars"-themed lands at Disneyland and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2016. The 14-acre "Star Wars" areas represent the largest expansions in the Burbank-based company’s history for a single-themed area at its parks.
Hurricane Irma forces Walt Disney World to shut down for only the 5th time (due to
weather) in the resort's 45-year history. This marks the second-straight year Disney World has shut its
gates because of severe weather: Hurricane Matthew forced it to close last October. Although the hotels remain open,
the parks will be closed through Monday, September 11. It is the first time WDW will be closed for 2 days in a row.
Hurricane Irma is the most intense Atlantic hurricane observed in over a decade. (WDW closed twice in 1999 due to Hurricanes Frances and Floyd. In 2001 the parks were evacuated after the September 11 attacks. Hurricane Jean
forced a closure in 2004 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.)
Disney Legend Xavier "X" Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passes
away at the age of 98. First starting at Disney in 1938, he went on to help bring to life a number of beloved
Disney Parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics
as Pinocchio and Fantasia.