In its earliest stages of planning, 
Walt Disney World 
was regarded as a top-secret 
project and was given 
code names like 
Project Winter and 
Project X.
1981:
   Walt Disney (a new version of the popular long-running
series that first started out on ABC in 1954 as Disneyland) premieres on CBS
 with part one of the 1969 hit The Love BugIt is the first time the series airs on a
 Saturday. (This makes Disney's show the first prime-time series to have appeared on all three major networks!)
2004:
Walt Disney World's theme parks close for the day as Hurricane Jeanne strikes 
Florida! It is WDW's third closing in its history and second time in 2004. Jeanne is the 10th named storm,
the 7th hurricane, and the 5th major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.
1924:
Cartoonist Tony Sgroi is born in Massachusetts. He created such Disney comics 
for Dell Publishing as Robin HoodStormy the ThoroughbredYoung Davy CrockettMan in SpaceMars and 
Beyond and Spin & Marty. (He also worked as a storyboard artist, layout and model designer for Hanna-
Barbera, UPA, Warner Bros., and Filmation.)
1936:
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Three Blind Mousketeers, directed by 
David Hand, is released. The trio of Mouseketeers must find different ways to escape 
the clutches of the devious Captain Katt. 
1948:
Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John, whose version of "Part of Your World"
appears on the CD Disney's Music From The Park, is born in Cambridge, England.
(A four-time Grammy award winner, she co-starred with John Travolta in the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway
 musical Grease which became one of the most successful films and movie soundtracks in Hollywood history.)
1953:
Walt Disney phones artist Herb Ryman at his home on this Saturday 
morning to inquire about the possibility of Ryman drawing some overall
concept sketches of a new theme park. (Walt's brother Roy is to leave for New York on Monday to
meet with possible investors.) Although Ryman isn't a Disney employee at this time ... he agrees to meet Walt at
the studio. When he arrives at the Disney lot - Walt is anxiously waiting out front! The work Walt and Herb will do 
together over the upcoming "lost weekend" will help define the look of Disneyland. (Ryman, a master artist and 
teacher - and later an Imagineer - will have a career spanning more than fifty years as a production designer, art 
director and illustrator at many top Hollywood studios.)
1956:
The Disneyland television series airs the episode "Searching for Nature's
 Mysteries" (a part-preview, part-making-of the featurette Secrets of Life).
1967:
Compass East Corporation (made up of many dummy companies responsible for 
purchasing the Florida land for the new Disney World theme park) is renamed the 
Walt Disney World Company.
1984:
Disney World's Frontier Shooting Gallery changes its name to 
Frontierland Shootin' Arcade.
2000:
Wild Life, a Disney animated feature originally to be released in 2002, is put into 
turnaround (or canceled). Described as a retro-1960's New York version of My Fair Lady, some of the 
Disney staff believe the story is not strong enough.

Filming begins for the Lizzie McGuire episode "When Moms Attack" (which will air 
on Disney Channel January 26, 2001).

The Disney-owned Lyric Street Records releases Brand New Year, a Christmas 
album from country music trio SHeDAISYA country music group founded in the late 1980s by 
sisters Kristyn Robyn Osborn, Kelsi Marie Osborn, and Kassidy Lorraine Osborn, their first album for Lyric Street 
was The Whole SHeBANG, issued in 1999 and later certified platinum in the United States. (SHeDAISY 
appeared on the Disney Channel television program So Weird in 1999 and the ABC Network program The Drew 
Carey Show in 2001.)
2001:
Disney's touring production of Beauty and the Beast opens at the Denver Center
 for the Performing Arts in Colorado. (The show will run through October 7th.)

Disney World hosts the seventh annual Latin Rhythm Nights
Festival at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.

It is reported that Richard W. Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Motion Pictures
 Group, has been elected (along with 4 others) to the Los Angeles Orthopedic
 Hospital Foundation's board of trustees. The hospital is a recognized world leader in research,
 teaching, and patient care in orthopedic medicine. (Cook began his career in 1970 as a ride operator at
 Disneyland.)
1995:
Walt Disney Records releases The Music of Disney's CinderellaReleased in conjunction
with the 1995 video release of Cinderella, this album is not the original soundtrack recording - but a
contemporary version of the original music.

2006:
Acoustic Hearts of Winter, a Christmas album from Disney pop artists 
Aly & AJ, is released on Hollywood Records. The first single from the album "Greatest Time Of
Year" is being used as a promotion for the Tim Allen Disney feature The Santa Clause 3.
Also released on Hollywood Records is the album V, Vanessa Hudgens's debut 
album. The actress is the first High School Musical cast member to release an album.
1993:
Kraft ends its sponsorship of EPCOT's The Land pavilion. 
Nestle will take over the following day.
1962:
Actor Patrick Bristow is born in Los Angeles, California. Fans of The Suite Life of Zack 
and Cody know him for his role of Patrick the sarcastic maître d' for the Tipton Hotel's restaurant. Bristow 
also appeared in an episode of That's So Raven.

Almost Angels, a Disney film about a group of boys in the 
Vienna Boys' Choir, is released.
2008:
The 13th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins a six-week run at 
Disney World. Big Bad Vood Doo Daddy kicks off the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

Disney Channel's latest music-and-dance television movie hit Camp Rock premieres 
in New Zealand.

In the U.S., Disney Channel debuts The Suite Life on Deck 
- a spinoff in which twins Zack and Cody Martin 
are relocated to a cruise ship.

Touchstone Pictures releases Miracle at St. Anna.

Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, accepts the first 
Randy Pausch Prize from Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology 
Center and presents the keynote address at the 7th International Conference on 
Entertainment Computing.

Actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and auto racing enthusiast Paul 
Newman passes away at age 83 at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut, of 
complications arising from lung cancer. Disney/Pixar fans know him as the voice of Doc Hudson 
(a 1951 Hudson Hornet) in the 2006 Cars and the short Mater and the Ghostlight. Disney/Pixar sponsored
Newman's race car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2005. An Academy Award-winner, Newman is best
remembered for his performances in such features as The Long, Hot SummerCat on a Hot Tin RoofThe
HustlerCool Hand Luke, and The Color of Money - a Touchstone Pictures release. He was also a
co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity.
1927:
Disney's seventh Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film The Ocean Hop  
premieres at the Colony Theater in New York City.
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1930:
Disney's Silly Symphony Monkey Melodies, directed by Burt Gillett, is released.
Monkeys and apes swing through the trees to the recent hit song "Abba Dabba Dabba" and other classical
 tunes and standards.
"The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films." -Paul Newman


SEASON 3 EPISODE 3
"No, I’m not. You’re not going to call me on Saturday morning at 10 A.M. and expect me to do a masterpiece that 
Roy could take and get the money. It will embarrass me and it will embarrass you. You know you’ve had this idea 
for a long, long time. Why did you wait for the Saturday morning before the Monday to come here and ask me to
make a fool of myself?" -Herb Ryman's initial reaction to Walt Disney's request on September 26, 1953
1958:
"Davy Crockett at the Alamo" airs on the ABC-TV series Walt Disney Presents.
2003:
Touchstone Pictures releases Under the Tuscan SunDiane Lane portrays a just-divorced
writer who buys a villa in Tuscany, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life. 
2010:
D23 holds the first public scavenger hunt at Disneyland.
1955:
The First Annual Horseless Carriage Day is held on Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.
In memory of Paul Newman (1925-2008)
Hurricane Jean strikes Florida
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1965:
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color premieres a new 3-part
 Gallegher serial The Further Adventures of GallegherTonight's episode "A
 Case of Murder," finds a newspaper reporter being suspected of murdering a British actor.
1998:
The sixteenth episode of Disney's Recess, "The Game/The Lost Ball" premieres on
ABC-TV. This is the first time actor Andrew Lawrence provides the voice of T.J.
1999:
Episode 39 of Disney's Recess, "The Madness of King Bob/Call Me Guy"
premieres on UPN and in syndication.
September 26
"Both the craft of programming and the craft of art can be very detailed and precise."
-computer scientist Ed Catmull