The 12th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off in Florida.
Also, the America pavilion debuts National Treasures, an exhibit of significant artifacts from US history.
Disney's live-action comedy The Game Plan, starring Dwayne "The Rock"
Johnson, is released to theaters.
A second sneak preview of Phineas and Ferb (a new cartoon series) airs on Disney
Channel with the episode "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror!" - following the
network debut of Disney's 2005 feature Sky High.
The Mickey Mouse short On Ice, directed by Ben Sharpsteen, is released.
Mickey shows off his skating talents for Minnie, but winds up rescuing Donald when he's nearly blown
over a frozen waterfall. Meanwhile, Goofy tries a new form of ice fishing.
The Fantasound surround sound system to be used in theaters for Fantasia is first
tested. It is an early stereophonic sound process developed by sound engineer William E. Garity and sound
mixer John N.A. Hawkins. Garity has taken separate recordings of each orchestra section and mixed them to produce four distinct audio tracks, which are then recorded as optical tracks on a separate reel of film. The four tracks will drive some 54 different speakers positioned around a theater showing Fantasia.
(Fantasound will lead to the development of the 5.1 surround format of today.)
The Third Annual Dixieland at Disneyland event is held for the next two evenings
from 8pm to 2am. Musical guests include the great Louis Armstrong, The Dukes of Dixieland,
Teddy Buckner, The Firehouse Five Plus 2, Young Men From New Orleans, New Orleans All-Stars,
Clara Ward Singers, and The Albert McNeil Choir.
Actress Maria Canals-Barrera is born in Miami, Florida. Fans of Disney Channel know her as
Theresa Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place and Mitchie's mom Connie Torres in both Camp Rock films. (She is
also the voice of Shayera Hol/Hawkgirl in the animated Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.)
In the early morning hours of this day, a baby giraffe is born at Disney's Animal
Kingdom. Bonsu (a name inspired from the Akan language in Ghana and meaning biggest and strongest fish
in the sea) enters the world at 6-feet tall and 155 pounds. He is the fourth male, and 11th giraffe overall to be born
at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since the park opened in 1998. Amazingly, Bonsu is also the fourth giraffe to be born
at the theme park in 2008.
Disney Channel presents a 3D experience for the first time on Indian television with
the debut of Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds concert 3D movie.
At the National Movie Awards, Wall-E wins for Best Family Film. (It is a British movie award
voted for by the public.)
Bambi becomes the ninth "Walt Disney Classic" to be released on video.
The Writers Club honor Walt Disney with a Hollywood party given to celebrate
the creator of Mickey Mouse and the Silly Symphonies. Such notable guests attending
include Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard.
Company. The site will be updated every two to three weeks with content designed to inspire the imagination
of the entire family through creative projects, activities and games.
ABC Studios premieres its newest series No Ordinary Family on ABC-TV. The sci-fi
drama stars Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell whose family has gained special super abilities after their plane crash
landed in the Amazon River.
Gunther R. Lessing, a lawyer who became vice president and general counsel of
Walt Disney Productions, passes away only a year after his retirement. Originally born in
Germany in 1885, Walt Disney first hired Lessing to represent his company in 1929. This was during the early
Mickey Mouse years, when Disney was batting with his states-rights distributor Patrick A. Powers.
Lessing stayed with the studio for 35 years.
ABC-TV debuts the new comedy-drama Ugly Betty starring America Ferrera.
The series revolves around Betty Suarez, an ordinary girl from Queens who tries to fit into the anything-
but-ordinary world of high fashion, and is based on Fernando Gaitán's Colombian telenovela soap opera
Yo soy Betty, la fea. The series will run for 4 seasons.
Actress and singer Anndi McAfee is born in Los Angeles, California. Her Disney
voice credits include Lloyd in Space, Recess and Gargoyles. McAfee also appeared in 3 episodes of the ABC
sitcom Home Improvement.
The 17th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival kicks off for the
next 46 days at Epcot. The culinary event, named one of the Best Food and Wine Festivals by the
Travel Channel, runs through November 12 and includes daily Eat to the Beat pop concerts.
"Frankenweenie Weekend" kicks off for the next 3-days at Downtown Disney
West Side (in Florida) to promote the upcoming stop-motion animated movie Frakenweenie. The celebration of Tim Burton's work with Disney offers guests movie screenings, a
"Frankenweenie" picture spot and character meet-and-greets with Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Frankenweenie opens in U.S. theaters October 5.
"Herb was a place master. He understood production design and used historical context to bring
real meaning to the places he created at Disneyland." -Imagineer Eddie Sotto on Herb Ryman
The Miami Herald reports that:
"With the opening of EPCOT Center next fall, Disney officials hope to launch an entirely new generation of lovable, laughable characters. To that end, they have banned Mickey Mouse from the elaborate new theme park and declared it the
domain of new characters. Dozens of characters will be born on the stages of
EPCOT Center, and artists are now striving to develop individual personalities and voices for every one of them. A single character, if he captures the public
imagination, could be worth millions to the company."
Disney holds a special ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $140 million
redesign of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The three-year project includes
a redesign of all guest rooms, complete transformation of the Dolphin Resort lobby and renovation of all meeting
The ABC-TV special Storybrooke Has Frozen Over airs. The first Season Four
special for ABC's Once Upon a Time, it brings viewers up to date.
This is followed by the fourth season premiere of the ABC fantasy-drama
Once Upon a Time with the episode "A Tale of Two Sisters."