The Disneyland Resort unveils two new attractions: The Many Adventures of
Winnie the Pooh and Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage.
A dark ride based upon the 1977 film of the same name, The many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaces the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland. It is the second version of the attraction, as one opened in Florida in 1999. (Honk Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland Park will eventually get versions as well.)
Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage opens at Disney California Adventure. Segments from Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley, The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House help provide life lessons to kids. (Already running at Disney-MGM since 2001, a version will later open at Walt Disney Studios Park in France.)
The That's So Raven episode "Dissin' Cousins"
airs for the first time on the Disney Channel.
Ghosts of the Abyss, a documentary film by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media,
is released to U.S. theaters. Veteran filmmaker James Cameron delves into the inspiration for his 1997
Oscar-winning film Titanic by traveling to the mammoth cruise liner's final resting spot. Accompanied by a team of historians and friend/actor Bill Paxton (who played Brock Lovett in the 1997 film), Cameron uses unprecedented technology to take the viewer on an unscripted tour of the famous 1912 wreckage. With the help of two small, purpose-built remotely operated vehicles, nicknamed "Jake" and "Elwood", the audience can see inside the Titanic. Paxton
narrates the 90-minute long documentary.
To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disneyland, the Dapper Dans
of Florida are flown in to assist their compatriots. Over the next 4 days,
both quartets perform on Main Street; one quartet working the day shift
and the other working in the evening.
A press preview day is held at Euro Disney. Everything to experience at the park
is free to all lucky visitors. (The park will open to the public the next day.)
Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage! begins performances at the Videopolis
Stage in Disneyland. A similar show to the one already running at Disney-MGM in Florida, it will
"officially open" the following day. (The show will run for over 3 years and serve as a development platform
for an adaptation of the animated film for Broadway.)
Winnie the Pooh celebrates his 80th birthday by receiving the 2,308th star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. Pooh is one of a select few animated characters to be
honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - an honor that is perfectly timed to the global 18-month long
Pooh anniversary celebration Disney kicked off in December 2005. (The only other Disney characters to be given
a star - as of this day - is Mickey, Donald, and Snow White.) On the same day as the Walk of Fame ceremony,
Walt Disney Home Entertainment releases Pooh’s Grand Adventure -The Search for Christopher Robin, for the
first time ever on DVD.
Walt Disney Records releases The Wild Soundtrack from the newest computer-animated film, The Wild. The soundtrack features performances from Everlife, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,
and Eric Idle & John Du Prez.
The Walt Disney Company Foundation makes a $1 million donation to UNICEF
at the Gala Dinner of the 6th Annual Global Travel & Tourism Summit in
Washington, DC (held by the World Travel & Tourism Council).
The Grand Canyon flight of the "Happiest Balloon on Earth" is conducted at 11:33
a.m. from a location called "Quartermaster" at Grand Canyon West, about 110 miles outside Las Vegas. Though several pilots have flown over the Grand Canyon and dropped below the rim,
this flight is a "first" from the Canyon floor. The Mickey-shaped balloon is in the midst of an 11-city tour.
Legendary comedian and actor Jonathan Winters passes away at the age of 87 in California. Born in November 1925, the wildly inventive funnyman appeared on the NBC-TV special
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World as he attended the park's three-day opening festivities in October 1971.
Winters also starred in Disney's 1977 comedy television special Halloween Hall O' Fame, playing the dual role of a night watchman and a talking pumpkin. Winters supplied the voice for The Thief in the 1995 Miramax animated Arabian Knight (a film originally conceived in the 1960s and titled The Thief and the Cobbler). He also made guest appearances on The Mouse Factory and The Muppets. Winters voiced the role of the Magic Carnival Baker in Disney's MathQuest With Aladdin (a 1997 computer game). He released comedy albums on the Verve Records label for over 50 years, receiving 11 Grammy nominations, including eight for Best Comedy Album. With a career spanning more than six decades, Winters also appeared in hundreds of television shows and films - including the classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
April is 1964/65 New York World's Fair Month
Singer, songwriter, and actress Joss Stone is born in Dover, Kent, England. First rising to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album The Soul Sessions, she and singer Patti LaBelle recorded a version of "Stir It Up" for the 2005 Chicken Little soundtrack. (The song was first recorded by LaBelle for the 1984 action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop,)
Actor, singer, dancer, and director Joel Grey is born Joel David Katz in Cleveland, Ohio. He supplied the voice of Beppo Brown in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Oil on Candace," appeared
on the ABC series Alias in 2005 (playing an imposter of the show's main villain, Mr. Sloane) and appeared on a 2009 episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy. (Grey is best known for portraying the Master of Ceremonies in the
Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret on Broadway as well as in the 1972 film adaptation.)
Actress Kelli Garner is born in Bakersfield, California. She played Marcie in the 2009 feature G-Force.