On This Day in Disney History

Hi everyone, I hope you are all staying well, and keeping safe too… I am one of those people that like to always keep myself busy, that way I can stay alert and sane especially in times like these. You need to make sure that you stay busy and active, not just your body, but your mind too, as like your body, your mind needs exercising, otherwise it will get lazy and sluggish. “An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body” George S. Patton Jnr.

Today’s post is about… On this day in Disney history. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Disney, let’s face it what’s not to love… So I wondered what could have happened in the world of Disney over the years on this day.

What Happened on This Day

1905:

Eleanor Audley, was the actress behind the voices of the evil Maleficent in Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and Lady Tremaine in the 1950 Cinderella, was born in New York City. (On both films, animator Marc Davis created the characters’ facial features to resemble that of Audley). She also was the original voice of Madame Leota for the Haunted Mansion attraction. (Fans of the 1960s sitcom Green Acres may remember Audley for her role of Eunice, Oliver’s mother).

1906:

Imagineer and Disney Legend William Cottrell is born to English parents in South Bend, Indiana. His Disney credits include Pinocchio, The Reluctant Dragon, and Alice in Wonderland. Cottrell was the first president of what is today known as Walt Disney Imagineering! (He was also the brother-in-law of Lillian and Walt Disney).

“He (Cottrell) was a talented writer and helped shape how we referred to events and attractions at Disneyland. For instance, he encouraged us to quit using the term “ride” and to refer to attractions as an “experience,” which is exactly what they are – an experience.” -Imagineer John Hench

1919:

Character actor Alan Young was born Angus Young, in North Shields, Northumberland, England. He was the voice of Scrooge McDuck (a cartoon character created in 1947 by Carl Barks). For over 30 years. Young’s credits include “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Mickey’s Twice upon a Christmas,” “The House of Mouse,” “Duck-Tales,” and many Disney television shows and video games. Young also appeared in the 1978 -action feature “The Cat From Outer Space” as Dr. Wenger and voiced toy maker Hiram Flaversham for the 1986 “The Great Mouse Detective.” TV fans will always remember him best as Wilbur Post from the classic 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed”. Alan Young passed at age 96 in May 2016.

1932:

Disney’s Silly Symphony cartoon Babes in the Woods was loosely based on the “Hansel and Gretel” story & the nursery rhyme “Babes in the Woods” is released. Directed by Bert Gillett, two lost children chance upon a village of elves but meet an evil spooky witch! Babes in the Woods is the third Silly Symphony produced in color.

1941:

The Disney cartoon Thrifty Pigs (made for the National Film Board of Canada) is delivered.

1959:

Actress Allison Janney, the voice of Peach in Disney/Pixar’s 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Dayton, Ohio. She also supplied the voice of Charlene Doofenshmirtz on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. (Janney is best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing).

1961:

The NBC-TV series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of “The Light in the Forest.”

1962:

Academy Award-winning actress, director & producer Jodie Foster is born in Los Angeles, California. She made her feature film debut in Disney’s 1972 Napoleon and Samantha, playing the role of Samantha. Foster’s other 1970s Disney live-action credits include Candleshoe as Casey, in the original version of Freaky Friday as Annabel Andrews and One Little Indian as Martha. In 2005, she starred in Touchstone’s psychological thriller mystery Flightplan. Foster’s first started acting in commercials at age 3, and her first significant role was in the 1976 film Taxi Driver

1966:

Actor Jason Scott Lee, the voice of David Kawena in Disney’s 2002 Lilo & Stitch, is born in Oahu, Hawaii.

1971:

Walt Disney World’s new Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, located at 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, opens in Florida. Built in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, adjacent to Bay Lake and Disneys’ River Country (a now-defunct water park), Fort Wilderness is designed with a rustic theme.

1978:

A 90-minute television show air’s on The Wonderful World of Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday. Guest appearances include Gerald Ford, Billy Graham, Lawrence Welk, Willie Nelson, Gene Kelly, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Edgar Bergen, Jodie Foster, Goldie Hawn, Eva Gabor, Anne Bancroft, Jo Anne Worley, and Johnny Carson.

Animator, writer, director, and producer Daniel Chong was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Beginning his career as a storyboard artist for numerous animation studios including Walt Disney Animation and Pixar, his film credits include Bolt (2008), Cars 2 (2011), and Inside Out (2015) and the television specials Toy Story of Terror! (2013) and Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014).

1983:

Actor Adam Driver is born in San Diego, California. He gained recognition for playing Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). 

1987:

Ben Clopton, an artist best known for his work on Walt Disney and Harman-Ising animated cartoons, passes away in Montana. Hired by Walt Disney in February 1927, he began working under animator Ub Iwerks as an in-betweener. His first cartoon was Alice’s Three Bad Eggs, but later assisted Iwerks in drawing the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Plane Crazy. In spring 1927 Clopton left the Disney studio.

1989:

The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon, the third and last made-for-TV sequel of The Parent Trap, debuts. Hayley Mills reprises her role as both Susan and Sharon.

1990:

Disney World’s Beach Club Resort can be found at 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, is now open. This deluxe Disney property takes after a luxurious Victorian Cape Cod Resort and features Stormalong Bay an enormous swimming pool. Also debuting in the hotel is the Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium Shop.

1996:

Disney Online officially launches its Internet Disney Store.

1998:

VH1 airs Hollywood & Vinyl: Disney’s 101 Greatest Musical Moments – a look back at musical moments in the history of Disney animated feature films from the last 75 years.

2000:

The Wonderful World of Disney airs the movie Santa Who? Starring Leslie Nielsen, for the very first time.

The made-for-television fantasy-comedy centres on Santa Claus (Nielsen) developing a case of amnesia right before Christmas. The cast includes Steven Eckholdt, Robyn Lively, Max Morrow, Aron Tager, and Tommy Davidson. Thinking him to be a homeless man, a news reporter named Peter Albright (Eckholdt) gets amnesiac Santa a job as a department store Santa and tries to find his family. Directed by William Dear, Santa Who? is distributed in the U.S. by Buena Vista Television.

This film marks the second of what will be three times where Leslie Nielsen plays Santa Claus. He played Santa in the 1991 film “All I Want for Christmas.” He will later play the jolly old elf in an episode of the 2003 animated TV series “Chilly Beach.”

2004:

Disneyland’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade returns for the holiday season.

Santa Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale visit shoppers at New York City’s World of Disney store.

Comic-actor Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear and the star of The Santa Clause films and the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Walt Disney Pictures releases National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage as a treasure hunter & historian on hot pursuit of a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the American Revolutionary War. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the films also stars Jon Voight, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist. National Treasure was filmed primarily in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Utah. Most scenes were filmed on location, with the exceptions of the Independence Hall scene, which was filmed at a replica of Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm.

2005:

The month-long Festival of the Seasons kicks off at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

Disney’s stage musical Aida begins previews in Munich, Germany at the Deutsches Theatre. It will officially open November 22.

2007:

The Disney feature Enchanted has its U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. In attendance are members of the cast including Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Earlier in the day, Dempsey and Adams visit MTV’s TRL, shot at MTV Studios in New York City’s Times Square.

2008:

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts breaks ground for its first family destination resort in Hawaii with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony on its 21-acre oceanfront property, located at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development on the western side of O’ahu. Scheduled to open in 2011, plans include 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas.

2011:

Disney Cruise Line kicks off its holiday season on this day with the first of three Thanksgiving voyages. All three ships (Magic, Wonder and Dream) will offer traditional Turkey Day activities with feasts and football games broadcast live on the outdoor jumbo screens by the pools. Mickey, Minnie and friends will also appear in their Thanksgiving attire.

Mickey, Minnie and Disney take part in the Festival of Lights parade on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The event, in its 20th year, brings out thousands of parade revellers to Michigan Avenue at Pioneer Court and kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Disney VoluntEARS celebrate National Family Volunteer Day by helping assemble 26,341 food boxes (421 tons of food) at the Orange County Food Bank (in California) for local seniors in need this holiday season.

2012:

Although scheduled for a grand debut on December 6, Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World has a soft opening on this day.

2013:

At a special ceremony in Orlando, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announces the winners of the 20th Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. This year, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts receives three awards:

Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland for Outstanding Achievement.  

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle, part of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, for Outstanding Achievement – Participatory Character Greeting.
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary at Disneyland park, receives the Thea Classic award.
  • Each of the winning projects will be recognized at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held April 5, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Diane Disney Miller, the elder and only biological daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, passes away at the age of 79 at her home in Napa, California. Miller founded the Walt Disney

Family Museum, which opened in 2009 in San Francisco’s Presidio, as a tribute to her family’s legacy.

 “As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Co. and in the hearts of fans everywhere.” – Disney CEO Robert A. Iger

Snow falls on Hollywood Boulevard as Disney premieres Frozen at the El Capitan Theatre, with guests carrying cups of hot chocolate past lit up pine trees, snow banks and ice sculptures. The animated musical revolves around princess Anna – Disney’s 12th princess, who must team with a mountain man and his sidekick reindeer to find her sister, the Snow Queen, and end an icy spell that has trapped a kingdom in an eternal winter. Frozen will debut November 27.

“Never Land Rescue” a DVD collection of Jake and the Never Land Pirates is released.It includes the episodes “Neverland Rescue” Full Length Adventure, “It’s a Pirate Picnic / The Key to Skull Rock,” “The Golden Twilight Treasure / Rock The Croc!,” “Jake and Sneaky Le Beak / Cubby the Brave,” and “Jake’s Special Delivery / Seahorse Saddle-Up!” Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a musical and interactive children’s animated television series shown on Disney Junior.

2016:

Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. the soundtrack to the 2016 Disney animated film Moana, is released by Walt Disney Records. It features songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i, with lyrics in English, Samoan, Tokelauan, and Tuvalu. The two-disc deluxe edition includes the score, which was composed by Mancina, as well as demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks. 

2019:

Frozen stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame simultaneously. The unveiling takes place at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle Ave, near the Pantages Theatre.

Disney+ is launched in Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

Thankyou for stopping bye and taking the time to read my post. Stay well and especially keep yourselves safe. See you all next week!

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