The Disneyland television series
"A Day in the Life of Donald Duck," featuring Walt Disney, the Mouseketeers
and Clarence Nash (the voice of Donald).
Better Homes & Gardens runs an article about the new Disneyland park
titled "Land That Does Away With Time."
"This actress who is the voice of Kim Possible ... played Belle in Beauty and the Beast" is the answer given on today's airing of the TV game show Jeopardy.
A contestant correctly answers "Who is Christy Carlson Romano?"
The direct-to-video animated film Mulan II premieres. Preparing for their wedding, Shang
and Mulan are suddenly sent off on a secret mission.
Disney's Alice Comedy Alice Gets Stung is released. The last time actress
Virginia Davis will portray Alice, Julius goes rabbit hunting while Alice goes bear hunting.
The Alice Comedy Alice's Little Parade, starring Margie Gay, is released.
Julius the cat leads an all-out war against the mice - only to wind up defeating the rodents single handedly.
Actor/musician Bill Mumy is born Charles William Mumy, Jr. in San Gabriel, California.
He appeared in 1964 episodes of the Disneyland TV series playing the role of Freddy Gray in "For the Love of
Willadean: A Taste of Melon" and "For the Love of Willadean: Treasure in the Haunted House."
Mumy's feature film credits include the 1962 Sammy The Way Out Seal (as Petey Loomis) and the
1969 Rascal (portraying Sterling North). As an adult, he wrote music for Disney's Adventures in Wonderland
and even did voice-over work for the animated Buzz Lightyear: Star Command. Between 1961-1963
Mummy appeared on 3 different episodes of The Twilight Zone; most notably playing the role of Anthony Fremont
in "It's A Good Life." (TV fans know him best for his role as young Will Robinson on the classic 1960s series
Lost in Space, which co-starred Guy Williams - previously known as Disney's Zorro.)
Hollywood fixture & gossip columnist Hedda Hopper passes away. In 1938 Hopper began
writing a newspaper column, "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood," for the Los Angeles Times. A year later she spun the
column off into a 15-minute radio program. A Disney fan, she had a framed vintage Mickey Mouse print that was signed
"To Hedda From Walt," hanging in her office. In 1952 Walt actually wrote Hedda a humorous letter inviting her to stop by for a ride on his Carolwood Pacific Railroad! Walt even appeared on her January 1960 TV special,
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood. (One of the many Hollywood characters who stroll about the Disney-MGM
Studios/Disney's Hollywood Studios interacting with guests, is very reminiscent of Miss Hopper!)
Teenage/adult romantic comedy author Meg Cabot is born Meggin Cabot in Bloomington, Indiana. Her "The Princess Diaries" series of novels were the inspiration for two
Disney feature films of the same name.
Actor Lee Thompson Young, star of Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson
(a series which ran between 1998-2001), is born in Columbia, South Carolina.
In 1999, Lee starred in Johnny Tsunami, a Disney Channel Original Movie, as Sam Sterling.
Television's The Wonderful World of Disney airs the
episode "You Ruined My Life."
to help cope with the heavy load of movies that Touchstone Pictures
is dealing with. Arachnophobia will be Hollywood Pictures' first release - in 1990. Although then-Disney chief Michael Eisner at first intended Hollywood Pictures to be a full-fledged studio, like Touchstone, its operations were
later scaled back and its management merged with the flagship Walt Disney Pictures studio. Its most profitable film
to date is The Sixth Sense, which grossed over $200 million at the North American box office.
Drummer, sound effects genius, and the second voice of Mickey Mouse, James
Macdonald passes away at age 84 in Glendale, California. Born in 1906, he was the original
head of Disney's sound effects department and began voicing Mickey in 1947. For over 50 years Macdonald created
sound effects that have become an integral part of Disney films and theme parks. Recently, Macdonald had been
scheduled to contribute sounds to the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney parks in Tokyo and Florida.
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases the thriller Run starring Patrick Dempsey and
Kelly Preston. It is Hollywood Pictures' third feature.
A 2-day Dapper Dans reunion begins at Disneyland.
The "25" is removed from Epcot's IllumiNations 25 (as Disney World's 25th anniversary celebration has ended) the same day IllUminations 98 debuts.
A month-long salute to African-Americans in history begins in Disney World. History, culture, music and dance take center stage at the 4 theme parks and the Downtown Disney entertainment complex.
It is reported that Disney executives are giving serious thought to letting LEGO (the Danish toy manufacturer) build its next stateside park on Disney World soil. (LEGOLAND California, the first park created in the U.S. by LEGO, includes rides, hands-on building challenges, interactive attractions, wild coasters, and shopping opportunities.)
The 30th Annual Annie Awards take place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Animator Doug Sweetland picks up an Annie for his work in Disney's Monsters, Inc. Daveigh Chase
wins an award for the voice of Lilo in Disney's Lilo & Stich. Veteran voice actor Corey Burton wins for the voice of
Ludwig Von Drake in Disney's House of Mouse. The Windsor McCay award (given to individuals for a lifetime of achievement in animation) is presented to Gene Hazelton, Floyd Norman and the Sherman brothers.
Disney World's Diamond Horseshoe Revue closes their saloon doors for
good with a final performance. As one of the Magic Kingdom's original shows from 1971, the 1-hour
Western saloon revue was performed up to 10 times a day! The Diamond Horseshoe Revue featured cancan
dancers, singers, a live band, and even comedian Wally Boag (who relocated from Disneyland to the Magic
Kingdom for the first three years). It will be replaced with Goofy's Country Dancin' Jamboree and by 2009 be
turned into a sandwich shop (with no entertainment).
Immediately following the New England Patriots' 32-29 Super Bowl
win over the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Tom Brady is captured on video
exclaiming: "I'm going to Disney World!" (The 34th episode of the long-running TV ad will
air all over the country the following morning.)
Baggy-trousered, banjo-strumming comedian Gene Sheldon
(a specialist in pantomime acting) is born Eugene Hume in
Columbus, Ohio. He was cast by Disney as the mute sidekick/servant Bernardo
(pictured right) on the 1957 hit television series Zorro. This led to roles in such Disney
features as Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With the Circus (in which he played Sam Treat, a
clown and animal trainer) and Babes in Toyland (as silent Roderigo).
The article "Clean Sweep For Disneyland" appears in the publication American
City. The article tells of the 64-member crew whose 24-hour job is to keep Disneyland clean.
(the 2nd voiceof Mickey Mouse) is
the silhouetted tympani player in
the Disney film Fantasia. Originally
a drummer, he was the creator of
hundreds of one-of-a-kind gadgets
and props used to make sound fx.
Directors at the Walt Disney Company sign the chief executive, Robert A. Iger,
to a new five-year contract. The agreement, which extends through Jan. 31, 2013, shows their
confidence in Iger's ability to navigate a turbulent economy and sweeping changes in the media business.
Disney Channel premieres the 3rd Phineas and Ferb episode "Flop Starz."
The animated series (which had two sneak previews in 2007) centers on Phineas Flynn and his English
stepbrother Ferb Fletche who each day embark on a grand project, much to the annoyance of their
controlling sister, Candace. The voice cast includes Vincent Martella (as Phineas), Thomas Brodie-Sangster
(as Ferb) and Ashley Tisdale (as Candace).
Writer, actor, director and comedian Terry Jones is born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, UK.
A member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Jones portrayed Mr. Toad in the 1996 live-action The Wind in the Willows
(later titled Mr. Toad's Wild Ride).
Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers film their "I’m
going to Disney World" commercial on the field following Pittsburgh’s 27-23 victory
over the Arizona Cardinals at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.
(This latest commercial is the milestone 40th of a series that began in 1987 following Super Bowl XXI.)
Rocker Bruce Springsteen even gets in on the act when he shouts "I'm Going to Disneyland!" following his
"In Hollywood gratitude is Public Enemy Number One." -Hedda Hopper (1885-1966)
Today is Freedom Day
Honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later.
Disney's live-action comedy film The World's Greatest Athlete, starring Tim
Conway, Jan-Michael Vincent, and John Amos, is released in theaters. A down on his
luck coach travels to Africa where he spots the world's greatest athlete and brings him back to the U.S. to
compete. Much of the film was shot on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
It will be the 10th-top grossing film released in 1973, just ahead of American Graffiti.
Boxing and baseball are today's special feature on episode 12 of The New Mickey Mouse Club. The Mouseketeers visit Johnny Flores' training camp for Golden Glove boxing and then travel to
a Little League baseball game to watch Katie Thorpe (one of the first girls to break into the all-boy sport) play ball.
Walt Disney’s 1951 classic Alice in Wonderland is released to hi-def Blu-ray
as a new 2-disc 60th Anniversary Edition.
The Visual Effects Society announces the winners of the 9th Annual VES
Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short is given to Pixar's Day & Night.
The spring issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands.
The cover story gives readers a stem-to-stern tour of Disney Cruise Line’s
newest ship, Disney Dream, a mighty 4,000 passenger vessel equipped with
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 is released direct-to-DVD.
In Memory of Jimmy Macdonald
FEBRUARY IS RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS MONTH
The U.S. Department of Defense leases the Disney Inn hotel at Walt Disney World and renames it Shades of Green. WDW will sell the property outright to the U.S. Military in 2004.
Select Disney voice credits:
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1989) - Humphrey the Bear
The Rescuers (1977) - Evinrude
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) - The Bees
In the Bag (1956) - Humphrey the Bear
Up a Tree (1955) - Chip
The Simple Things (1953) - Mickey Mouse
After more than 30 years of service, Tony Baxter steps down from his role of Senior
Vice President, Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering. He will stay on board
as an advisor to Imagineers. Baxter made his name at Walt Disney Imagineering starting in the 1970s
when it was still known as WED Enterprises.
"Today, while there is a new set of 'futures' to explore, the time has come for me to evolve my role at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Beginning this February, I will be transitioning to a position as a part time advisor. While I will not be here on a regular basis, I will
continue to be available to any and all of you as needs arise. Though my time will be limited, my passion for the magic WDI creates will
be just as strong." -Baxter's open letter to fellow Imagineers
Imagineer Tony Wayne Baxter is born in Los Angeles, California.
First hired at the Disneyland Resort in 1965 as an Ice Cream Scooper on Main Street U.S.A.
at the age of 17, Baxter went on to become Senior Vice President of Creative Development
at Walt Disney Imagineering. His Disney park credits during his 47-year career include Big
Thunder Mountain Railroad, the original Journey Into Imagination Pavilion, Star Tours and
the re-design of Star Tours, and Splash Mountain.
"I used to open the Carnation shop at six in the morning, and I’d see a delivery truck out front, bringing the milk and ice cream. And you
won’t believe this, but it’s true. A number of times, Walt himself drove the milk truck! Can you imagine? The man who built the park was
also delivering the milk and ice cream! He wanted to enjoy every aspect of this park he had created. He had a gift for keeping in touch with everyday people, because he learned from them, and he used what he learned to improve the park." -Tony Baxter
Disney's Frozen is the evening's big winner at this year's Annie Awards.
The 3D fantasy musical snags 5 Annies:
Best Animated Feature
Best Directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Best Music in an Animated Feature Production for Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez & Christopher Beck
Best Production Design
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf)
Other wins include -
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children: "Disney Sofia the First"
Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production: "Toy Story OF TERROR!"
Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production: "Disney Mickey Mouse"
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production: "Monsters University"
The June Foray Award is presented to legendary Disney costume designer Alice Davis (widow of animator
Immediately after their 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks in
Phoenix, wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Malcolm Butler of the
New England Patriots stand on the field amid a sea of confetti and screaming
fans and shout the classic words: "We’re Going to Disneyland!"
Disney World's first price increase takes effect. General admission for adults is
now $3.75 (from $3.50). A rise in ticket books will follow a few months later (from $4.50 to $4.95).