The Disneyland television series airs "From Aesop to Hans Christian
Anderson." Walt hosts a cartoon tribute to the old storytellers of the past.
Disney Channel is nominated in nine categories for the 32nd Annual Daytime
Emmy Awards (more than any cable network). Its sister studio, Walt Disney
Television Animation, is honored with seven nominations (more than any animation
studio). Programs nominated include Kim Possible, Lilo & Stich: The Series, and
Rolie Polie Olie. (Winners will be announced May 20.)
Actor Eric Blore - the voice of Mr. Toad in Disney's 1949 The Adventures of
Ichabod and Mr. Toad - passes away in Hollywood, California.
Walt Disney World welcomes its 50-millionth guest - Susan Brummer!
Disneyland's Safari Outpost opens in Adventureland.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney World is planning a
space exploration attraction that has intrigued NASA. The Space Pavilion,
expected to open at Epcot in 2003, would feature a series of interactive exhibits and shows
describing space exploration, culminating in a motion-simulator ride similar to what NASA
astronauts use to prepare for space flight.
Disney World's Blizzard Beach water park opens for the season.
Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold hold a SaveDisney.com briefing and reception
for shareholders of the Walt Disney Company in Philadelphia, the day before
Disney's Annual Shareholder Meeting. The rally draws 800 people.
That evening, Michael Eisner, Robert Iger, and the Disney board of directors
meet. Eisner offers to resign, but the board opposes and instead agrees to cede the title of chairman to
The ABC-TV comedy series According to Jim airs part 2 of "When You
Wish To Be A Star," an episode filmed aboard the Disney Magic. It is the first time ever
an entertainment program has been filmed aboard either of the premier Disney Cruise Line ships.
In an attempt to appeal to the adult record-buying public,
Disneyland Records runs an ad in Billboard. The spot promotes "3 exciting new albums" -
Yarns and Songs by Fess Parker, Folk Songs From The Far Corners by Frances Archer & Beverly Gile, and
Echoes of Disneyland featuring Dee Fisher at the Disneyland Wurlitzer organ.
ABC and Disney Channel sweep the 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards with nine wins.
Among the winners is Disney Channel's That’s So Raven for Outstanding Children’s
Program and Outstanding Performance, Children’s Program for star Raven Symoné.
The fourth annual ESPN The Weekend kicks off at Disney-MGM Studios. The three-day
event is hosted by former NBA All-Star David Robinson and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy Wild Hogs starring Tim Allen,
John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy. When a group of suburban biker wannabes
looking for adventure hit the open road, they get more than they bargain for when they encounter a New Mexico
gang called the Del Fuegos.
Adult Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd wrote the original
theme song for TV's the
"Mickey Mouse Club."
Disney is shut out at the 1943 Academy Awards, held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
(hosted by Jack Benny). Although nominated for Best Sound Recording for Saludos Amigos, Walt Disney
Sound Department is edged out by RKO Radio Studio Sound Department for This Land Is Mine. Songwriters Charles
Wolcott & Ned Washington's tune "Saludos Amigos" loses to "You'll Never Know" (from the film Hello, Frisco, Hello) in
the Best Music, Song category. Disney's animated Reason and Emotion is beat out in the Short, Subjects, Cartoon
category by MGM's Yankee Doodle Mouse.
The Disney Channel airs "Alive or Dead," the 25th episode of the
series The Edison Twins.
Epcot's Space Pavilion announced
Disney Cruise Line announces that construction has started in Germany on two
new ships - the Disney "Dream" and the Disney "Fantasy" - that will be stationed
at Port Canaveral, Florida (starting sometime in 2011). A steel cutting ceremony to honor
the occassion takes place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The Donald Duck short Dude Duck, directed by Jack Hannah, is released.
Donald goes on vacation to a dude ranch to relax ... but meets a totally uncooperative horse!
Hedda Hopper's gossip column in the Los Angeles Times includes these words:
Johnny Appleseed, the legendary man who went through the wild west in the old
days planting apple trees, is certainly getting a play here [in Hollywood, that is].
Walt Disney's doing a cartoon fantasy based on the character.
"Over the past few months, a campaign of misinformation and distortion has been waged against us. And tomorrow -- at our annual shareholders meeting -- we're going to have the opportunity to set the record straight. The fact is the Walt Disney Company is the number one family entertainment company in the world.
A recent survey by 'Fortune' Magazine placed us at the top in terms of the most admired entertainment companies." -Disney President & COO Robert Iger (March 2, 2004)
Walt Disney, still in New York, continues to re-negotiate a deal with Charles Mintz of Winkler Productions for the next series of Oswald cartoons. Mintz raises his offer from the day before to $1750 per film plus 50 percent of the profits. Walt will agree only if Mintz can produce the contract immediately ... but Mintz claims he cannot.
Alice in Wonderland: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Almost Alice are both
released on the same day. The soundtrack CD features Danny Elfman's score and Almost Alice
features a collection of various artists' music inspired by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (to be released
March 5). Almost Alice includes Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performing "White Rabbit" and Plain White T's
performing "Welcome to Mystery."
Also released by Disney Interactive Studios - a video game based on the film for the Wii, Nintendo DS
and Windows PC.
The Atlanta Braves play their first spring training game of the season against a
Major League team, when they lose to the New York Mets 4-2 at Champion
Stadium located in Walt Disney World.
Episode 33 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs on television. Today is Surprise Day
with country/folk singer-songwriter Larry Groce performing his hit song "Junk Food Junkie."
The 18th annual International Flower and Garden Festival begins at Epcot.
Running through May 15, the event features beautiful topiaries, fun concerts, educational
demonstrations,and celebrity appearances. For the first time ever, the Festival is being sponsored
by HGTV, who will showcase their television personalities on the HGTV stage.
Guitarist Larry Carlton is born in Torrance, California. Known for his smooth jazz sound,
Carlton is a four-time Grammy Award winner. Two of his songs, "Sea Space" and "Bubble Shuffle," can be
heard in the Tomorrowland area of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. (Before his transition to a solo
career, Carlton was one of the most in-demand studio musicians of the past three decades. His catalog of
work includes film soundtracks, television themes, and work on more than 100 gold albums.)
D23′s Disney Fanniversary celebration continues its 10-city tour with a stop at
San Diego MOPA-Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater in San Diego, California.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disney's Frozen wins Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards held at the
Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It is the first win for the pioneering, 91-year-old Walt Disney Animation
Studios in the 13-year-old feature-animation category. Directors Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee and Producer Peter Del
Vecho accept the award. "Let it Go," from Frozen, wins Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures,
Original Song. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accept the Oscar. Among this evening's
performers is Idina Menzel singing "Let it Go." Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin are given Academy Honorary
Awards for extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.
Actress/director Bryce Dallas Howard is born to Cheryl and actor/director Ron Howard in Los Angeles, California. She appeared in Touchstone's 2004 release The Village as Ivy Elizabeth Walker, the 2011 Disney distributed feature The Help as Hilly Holbrook, and played the role of forest ranger Grace Meacham in Disney's 2016 re-make of Pete's Dragon.
James Lipton, writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City, passes away at age 93. In addition to voicing The Director in the 2008 Disney animated film BOLT, he did guest spots on The Simpsons, According to Jim and Arrested Development. Lipton was best known as the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series Inside the Actors Studio.
Donald Kushner, a producer who has worked with animation, live-action, and theater productions, is born in Rhode Island. In 1977, Kushner formed a partnership with filmmaker Steven Lisberger. They went on to create the film Tron for Walt Disney Pictures. Kushner acted as executive producer for the 2010 sequel Tron: Legacy.
The 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off in Florida.
Actress, comedienne and writer Larraine Newman is born in Los Angeles, California.
First known as an original member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, her Disney film voice credits include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E, Up, Tangled, Toy Story 3, Wreck-it Ralph, and Inside Out. Newman's television credits include The Buzz on Maggie, Doc McStuffins, and Milo Murphy's Law.
Animator, character designer, and layout artist Bob Givens is born in Hanson, Kentucky. Joining the Walt Disney Studio in 1937 (on the recommendation of school classmate and Disney staffer Hardie Gramatky), Givens worked as an animation checker on several of short subjects (mostly involving Donald Duck), before working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. He later left Disney and went on to work at such studios as Warner Bros. Cartoons and Hanna-Barbera.
United States Steel Corporation, more commonly known as U.S. Steel, is founded.
Formed by financier & banker J. P. Morgan by financing the merger of Andrew Carnegie's Carnegie Steel Company with Elbert H. Gary's Federal Steel Company and William Henry "Judge" Moore's National Steel Company, it played a major part in the construction of the 15-story Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. U.S. Steel manufactured the nearly 500 rooms for the building’s main trapezoidal tower in a purpose-built factory on Disney property a few miles from the site. There, workers not only built the individual room chassis—each approximately 9 feet high, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet long—but also installed interior finishes and furniture, including the television set. Once the modules arrived at the site, they were craned directly into the super-structure and hung on cables from its top bracing. To this day, each room is suspended above the still-operating hotel’s central atrium.