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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!

Disney Halloween Movies for the Whole Family

Hi everyone, this years Halloween is going to be a lot different because of the pandemic. I was going to write about how Halloween first came about, but I thought that wouldn’t be constructive with what is going on in the world today, so I thought it doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are with family or friends, whether you have them at home or you spend your time connecting with them via Skype, FaceTime or some other way. I thought you could still share a movie together as if your were actually there with them. The movies I have chosen is for the whole family, something for everyone so enjoy!

Movies to Enjoy with Your Family

Halloweentown [1998]

This comedy adventure is one of the most beloved Halloween movies of all time. Halloweentown follows the story of a young girl called Marnie and her family on a rollercoaster of adventures. On Marnie’s thirteenth birthday she discovers that she’s a witch, just like her mother and grandmother before her, but not just any witch – a Cromwell witch whose destined for great things but for now she needs to aid her grandmother in saving Halloweentown against the evil forces that wish to destroy it.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge [2001]

Marnie and her grandmother work together to foil the plans of a wicked warlock’s son before he can use powerful spells to create chaos in the world. Marnie and her sister Sophie have to go back to Halloweentown, to investigate why the town seems to have lost its magic. Turns out, an evil warlock has stolen their grandmother’s book of spells, and he wants to use it on humans — to turn them into the costume they were wearing on Hallows Eve, permanently.

Halloweentown High [2004]

When a supernatural teen who comes from a family of witches brings some monster friends into her “mortal world,” she bets her family’s magic that nothing will happen to them whilst in the mortal realm — while at high school they are disguised as foreign exchange students, her school — and her magic — is threatened by an evil enemy.

Return to Halloweentown [2006]

Marnie is all grown up, this time headed to Witch University in Halloweentown on a full scholarship. But there are still some secrets left for her to uncover before she graduates. Excited about learning alchemy and amulets, potions and portents, Marnie travels through the portal to become Witch University’s most famous coed. But everything is not what it seems. There’s a new school rule: No magic allowed! Marnie also learns about an ancient prophecy — and it turns out she holds the key to revealing the ultimate secret. With the help of old friends Ethan and Benny the Skeleton, and new friends Professor Periwinkle and Aneesa the Genie, will Marnie make the right choices in time for Halloweentowns’ 1,000 Year Anniversary Celebration?

Hocus Pocus [1993]

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century for practicing dark magic — are now conjured into the present day. The Sanderson witches run amok in Salem and are literally digging up old friends from the past, find they are running out of time in a desperate attempt to preserve their youth…

The Haunted Mansion [2003]

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Twitches [2005]

Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives, in the magical realm of Coventry..

Twitches Too [2007]

Alex and Camryn now know that they’re royalty, but they can’t quite agree on how to handle their new titles. What they can agree on? Uniting against a new supernatural villain. After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, they soon discover that their biological father who as been missing for years is still alive but trapped in the shadowlands. Can these siblings set a side their differences and come together to save the day?

Girl vs Monster [2012]

The night before Halloween, Skylar a fearless teenage girl discovers that she is a fifth generation monster hunter and unleashes a wild monster called Demetria who is determined to get rid of her before she can continue the family tradition. Now with the help of her friends she must rescue her parents from captivity and defeat Demetria in the process, all before going to the party of the year and meet up with her crush of the century.

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S [2018]

In cheerleader Addison’s world, zombies are real—but they’re not so scary! In fact, the government has discovered a way to keep the zombies from eating human brains, and now the two species co-exist peacefully (or, at least, they should). But as the Zombietown kids and the humans struggle to integrate at the local high school, Addison collides with zombie Zed and learns an important lesson.

Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2 [2020]

A follow up to the first movie, continuing the adventures of the students at Seabrook High Addison and Zed with their budding romance and the beginning of the school becoming an integrated place is about to be threatened by the arrival of a truckload of werewolves.

Tower of Terror [1997]

Down-on-his-luck journalist named Buzzy Crocker who just lost his job and now writes for a supermarket tabloid, travels with his niece Anna to the Hollywood Tower Hotel that’s believed to be haunted by five guests who disappeared in an elevator back in 1939. He’s determined to get a story out of the myths (whether he has to fake it or not), but he soon finds that the hotel IS really haunted and he and his niece have to figure out how to break the curse before they face the same fate as those who haunt the hotel!

Invisible Sister [2015]

Cleo is a science geek and outsider at her school where she is constantly compared to her much more popular older sister, Molly. After successfully turning a moth invisible with her new science experiment, Molly also ends up accidentally getting affected by the new concoction and must find a way to turn herself back before she ends up stuck like that forever.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire [2000]

Adam and Chelsea won’t let anything get in the way of their plans for the night — especially being grounded. To distract their mom, they set her up on a date, but things don’t go as planned. When their little brother realizes the man they set their Mom up with is a vampire, they end up fighting for their (and their mom’s) lives in this horror-comedy.

Coco [2018]

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

The Wizard’s of Waverly Place: The Movie [2009]

The last thing teen wizard Alex wants to do is go on is a family vacation. Her parents (Maria and Jerry) insist that she comes along and while on vacation, a frustrated Alex wishes that her parents had never met. When Alex’s wish comes true and Maria and Jerry have no memory of their marriage and family, she and her brothers (Justin and Max) realize that they will cease to exist unless they can undo the spell. While Max babysits their quarrelling parents, Alex and Justin set off on a quest for a magical stone that pits sister and brother against each other in a battle between the young wizards.

Happy Halloween Scooby Doo! [2020]

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s favourite holiday is upon us! With fake monsters and candy galore, Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighbourhood pumpkin patch is tainted by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o’-lanterns and a king-size pumpkin leader that squashes everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang, who team up with their pals Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!

Spooky Buddies [2011]

The buddies are back, so join them on their Halloween adventure. Their journey takes them far across town to a mysterious mansion where something very spooky is going on. With the help of some unexpected new friends — including a friendly ghost — this exciting adventure is howling-good Buddy fun, as they try to save the world from some very bad dogs. In a race against time the Buddies and their new friends, Pip, Zelda, Rodney and Skip, must stop Warwick the Warlock — and save the world from his dastardly deeds.

The Black Cauldron [1985]

Taran is a young man who undertakes a heroic task in the magical and mystical land of Prydain. He sets out on his quest to prevent the evil Horned King unleashing the supernatural powers of the Black Cauldron on the people of Prydain. All he has is his magic sword and his travelling companions (the beautiful Princess Eilonwy, Gurgi the funny, furry creature and a clairvoyant pig) in the race to find the Black Cauldron first.

Now You See It… [2005]

Professional magician Mystic Max hosts a reality TV show. Allowing three winning teams of minors, would be TV directors and cameraman as well as the best young magicians to go on to a final competition at Hollywood’s Magic Mansion. — Allyson Miller the producer of the new reality TV show accidentally reveals something that was never meant to be seen on television.

Into The Woods [2014]

Into The Woods as a modern day twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk and Rapunzel – all tied together by an original story. It surrounds a baker and his wife’s quest to break a witch’s curse in order to start a family. Along the way, they encounter several well-known fairy tale characters and together they learn what happens after “happily ever after.”

Maleficient [2014]

As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king’s successor, then curses his new-born daughter, Aurora — realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.

James and the Giant Peach [1996]

When his parents are killed by a giant rhino, James Henry Trotter has to live with (and skivvy for) his nasty aunts Spiker and Sponge. However, after he is given magic crocodile tongues by a stranger, amazing things begin to happen. James escapes from his aunts by climbing inside a giant peach, and setting off with all the friendly, talking insects who live inside it. A mixture of live action for the out-of-peach sequences and animation for the main part of the story.

Monsters, Inc. [2001]

Top Scarer Sulley and his enthusiastic Scare Assistant Mike work at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream processing factory in Monstropolis. The main power source of the monster world is the collected screams of human children. However, monsters believe children are dangerous and toxic, and they are scared silly when a little girl wanders into their world. Sulley and Mike do their best to return the girl home, but they face monstrous intrigue and some hilarious misadventures along the way.

Keep safe and have a spooktacular Halloween. See you all next week!