Sarah Uriarte Berry and Donny Osmond join the cast of Disney's Broadway
hit Beauty and the Beast. Berry returns to the role of Belle as Osmond steps into the part of
Gaston for the first time.
It is reported that The Walt Disney Company has sold 125,000
digital copies of films through Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store
in less than a week, generating $1 million!
Disney pop duo Aly and AJ are nominated for "Contemporary Inspirational Artist of the Year" (also known as Christian Artist of the Year) for the 2006 American Music Awards.
Journey Through Time, the biggest pin trading event of the year in Disney World, kicks off at Epcot's World ShowPlace.
Touchstone Pictures releases the psychological thriller Cold Creek Manor in over
2,000 U.S. theaters. Documentary filmmaker Cooper Tilson (played by Dennis Quaid) along with his
wife (Sharon Stone) and kids move into a decaying rural estate. As they begin to renovate, they discover their
new country home harbors secrets, conceals a horrific past, and may not be free of the former inhabitants!
Disney's second Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon Oh, Teacher is released. Directed by Walt Disney, Oswald's sweetheart is stolen by a schoolyard bully.
Actor Adam West, the voices of Ace in the 2005 Chicken Little and
Uncle Art in the 2007 Meet The Robinsons, is born in Walla Walla,
Washington. He supplied the voice of Timothy 'Fearless Ferret' North on Disney's Kim
Possible - a washed-up actor who believes he is the superhero he portrayed on television
... a nod to West's 1960s TV role of Batman! West also voiced a wise old parrot in a 2011
episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. (Fans of Family Guy know him as the voice of
Mayor Adam West - an intense, soft-spoken, delusional politician.)
Actor Jeremy Irons, one time narrator of Epcot's Spaceship Earth, is born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. He also portrayed H.G. Wells for The Timekeeper attraction's Circle-Vision 360° film From Time to Time (which first ran during the 1990s in many Disney parks). Irons voiced the villainous Scar for the animated feature The Lion King (a role which won him an Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting).
The Mickey Mouse cartoon Pluto's Party is released. Directed by Milt Schaffer, Mickey holds
a big birthday party for Pluto!
The Disneyland television series airs the episode "The Great Cat Family."
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrives in Los Angeles, California during his
thirteen-day U.S. visit. He is suppose to tour Los Angeles housing projects, while his wife and children
visit Disneyland. Although he wishes to accompany them to Disneyland, he is turned down when security officials
cannot guarantee his safety. The disgruntled Premier and his family attend a luncheon at Twentieth-Century Fox
Walt Disney gives what will turn out to be his last press conference. He speaks about
the development of the Mineral King ski resort in southern California. Disney’s Sky Crown Resort will feature
skiing, an alpine village, skating rink, a 5-story hotel, dormitories for young people, and restaurants. (Disney's
plans will quickly be put to a stop when critics and environmentalists feel the untouched land would be desecrated.
Congress will eventually vote to turn Mineral King into a part of Sequoia National Park.)
Disneyland's Monsanto Hall of Chemistry is removed to make way for the new
Adventure Through Inner Space attraction.
Raquel Herring, a member of Disney Channel's
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Miami, Florida.
is also known for her roles in the Disney Channel films Stuck in the Suburbs and Read It and Weep along with her
younger sister Kay.
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is released.
The Harsh Light of Day, the third album by pop-rock band Fastball, is released on Hollywood Records.
In response to recent world events in Washington, DC, New York City, and elsewhere, the Walt Disney World Resort further heightens security measures on property.
Investor and billionaire Sid Bass informs Disney CEO Michael Eisner that the Bass
family must sell a combined 135 million shares of Disney stock, representing 6.7% of
the company total shares, worth $2.2 billion. At this time, the Bass family is the largest shareholder in
the The Walt Disney Company. Bass is being forced to sell his Disney holdings as a result of a margin call.
The Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream attraction has a soft opening at Disney-MGM Studios. Taking guests on a journey from Walt Disney’s birth in 1901, to his career and future plans for The Walt Disney Company, the attraction will be formally dedicated on December 5.
Recording begins for Disney's upcoming animated feature Cinderella. The film will feature
tunes by the songwriting teams of Mack David, Al Hoffman, & Jerry Livingston, and Paul J. Smith & Ned Wallace.
Snow White was the first film ever to have a complete merchandising campaign
ready to roll on the day the
able to purchase Snow White
mementos from Sears and
"Physical distance is no longer a barrier to communication. Today, the entire world is our next door neighbor."
-Jeremy Irons narration for Epcot's Spaceship Earth
The Library of Congress selects Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be placed on
Rising Disney star Demi Lovato films the first episode of her to-air-in-2009 Disney series "Sonny with a Chance." The show is about a teenage girl, played by Lovato, who is given the chance to join the cast of a popular teenage soap opera featuring her teen idol.
Disney Channel debuts its new series The Suite Life on Deck in the UK.
(It will premiere in the U.S. September 26.)
Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day
Actress Kim Richards is born in Mineola, New York. One of the most popular child actresses of her
era, Richards appeared in such Disney live-action films as The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton, Escape to
Witch Mountain, No Deposit, No Return, and Return from Witch Mountain. Coincidentally she appeared in Disney's
2009 Race to Witch Mountain - a nod to the series of films in which she starred as a child. (Fans of the 1970 sitcom
Nanny and the Professor will remember Richards as Prudence Everett.)
The 2009 Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest is held in Marceline, Missouri. The eleventh year for this celebration of the life and work of Walt Disney (whose
family once lived in Marceline) Toonfest features a parade, a silent auction, exhibits, and special guest cartoonists.
The day after the debut of Captain EO in Disneyland, the park holds a 60-hour
press party for the Michael Jackson 3D film - staying open from 10 a.m. on this
day until 10 p.m. on September 21. Each party guest receives a coupon, validated when they
see the film, which can be redeemed for a complimentary starfighter T-shirt.
"Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" airs on the ABC-TV series Walt Disney Presents.
Touchstone Pictures releases the drama A Thousand Acres, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards.
Duffy the Bear, already popular at Tokyo DisneySea, makes his first appearance at
the Disneyland Resort at a special event for Annual Passholders at Disney California Adventure. The character will officially premiere to the public at both Disneyland and Epcot on October 14.
Stage, film, and TV actor Ernie Sabella is born in Westchester,
New York. Disney fans know him as the voice of warthog Pumbaa for Disney's
The Lion King and in multiple sequels, spin-offs and video games. In 1996 he was
nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Animated Character Performance for his part in
Timon & Pumbaa. Sabella also appeared in episodes of Disney Channel's That's So Raven
in the recurring role of Mr. Petrachelli, and as himself on the 1996 broadcast of Walt Disney
World Very Merry Christmas Parade. In 1999, he played the role of Mr. Bundles in Disney's
TV movie Annie. (Sabella has also worked with actor Nathan Lane, the voice of Disney's
Timon, in such features as Guys and Dolls, Mousehunt and A Funny Thing Happened on
the Way to the Forum.)
For the final time in history, a space shuttle soars into the skies over Florida and the
Walt Disney World property. Space Shuttle Endeavour makes a morning "ferry flight" mounted atop a
NASA-modified 747 airliner. Taking off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, it is destined for the California
Science Center in Los Angeles for its permanent display.
The Walt Disney Studios begin production on Saving Mr. Banks, the account of Walt
Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary
Poppins. Tom Hanks will essay the role of the legendary Walt Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever
been depicted in a dramatic film). Saving Mr. Banks will film entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to
include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank. Filming is scheduled to conclude around
Thanksgiving 2012 with hopes of a 2013 release.
It is reported that Marvel Studios will be moving closer to the Mouse House. After setting
up shop at the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus (formerly known as Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios) in
2008, Marvel is getting ready to pack up and settle into new office space in Glendale, just minutes from the Walt
Disney Studios. The move, expected to be completed by spring 2013, will relocate Marvel's film team closer to the
Burbank-based Disney lot but also around some of the comicbook company's other divisions.
"When I first saw Mineral King five years ago, I thought it was one of the most beautiful spots
I had ever seen and we want to keep it that way." -Walt Disney
The 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festivals begins in Florida.
Featuring fantastic special events, culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and the ever-popular
World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths, the 53-day event will run through November 10.
Disney announces that Brandon Peters and Ken Facey have been selected as
Disney Ambassadors, representing more than 74,000 Walt Disney World cast
members as part of the 2017-2018 Walt Disney World Ambassador team. (Every two
years, thousands of cast members are invited to participate in the ambassador selection process, which includes several rounds of interviews.) Following a three-month training in Florida and California, Peters and Facey will
begin their two-year term, which lasts from Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018.