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    Today, 8th December....

    1888: Herbert Disney is born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is the oldest child of Flora and Elias Disney.

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    Today, 9th December....

    2002: The soft opening of Tower of Terror 4 (featuring new random drop sequences goes into operation at Disney-MGM Studios.

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    Today, 10th December....

    1954: Chris Miller, Walt Disney’s grandson is born in Monterey County, California.

    1969: Composer Leigh Harline passes away in Los Angeles. Among his best known Disney tunes….When You Wish Upon A Star.

    2003: WDW begins placing motion sickness bags in the capsules of their newest Epcot attraction, Mission:SPACE.

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    Today, 11th December....

    1992: Walt Disney Pictures releases The Muppet Christmas Carol - the fourth feature film to star The Muppets, the first distributed by Disney, and the second produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. The film is directed by Jim Henson's son, Brian Henson

    2004: Mickey's Magical Gathering, a brief show featuring Disney characters and area performers appear for a free holiday gathering at Dallas' City Hall.

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    Today, 12th December....

    1927: Disney's Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks is released. This silent black & white animated piece is the first ever Disney Christmas themed short.

    2005: It is reported that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe topped the British box office with the biggest-ever opening weekend receipts for a Disney film.

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    Today, 13th December....

    1966: Walt's wife Lily writes his annual birthday letter to sister Ruth. Her opening words include: "As you have probably surmised things have been a little irregular around here with Walt being ill and so your birthday remembrance from him is a little late. I know it comes with his best wishes that your day was a nice one and the hope that you will find something special to get for yourself with this check." Lily writes of her daughters and grandchildren and assures Ruth that her brother will write as soon as he is back in the office. (Walt will pass two days later.)

    1975: Disney announces it will begin construction of EPCOT in 1976, instead of 1977 as originally planned.

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    Today, 14th Decembr....

    1938: An afternoon story meeting takes place at the Disney Studio.
    Walt and his staff discuss Sequence 10 of Pinocchio.

    1966: Lilly Disney visits her ill husband Walt at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California. She is encouraged by the strength Walt shows. His brother Roy pays him a visit at night and they talk about company matters, EPCOT, and Disney World. Walt looks at the ceiling and points out the design of the new Florida park to a teary-eyed Roy. After he leaves, Walt asks to have his bed raised so he can look toward the nearby Disney Studios. At Roy's orders, every one of the studio's lights is left on to shine through the night.

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    Today, 15th December....

    1966: Walter Elias Disney passes away at St. Joseph's Hospital of acute circulatory collapse (caused by lung cancer) just ten days after his 65th birthday. When the news of Walt's death reaches Disneyland in Anaheim, consideration is given to closing the park for the day, but instead it is kept open (as Walt would have wanted), but the flags on Main Street USA are lowered to half-mast. Disney will be cremated two days later.
    (His brother Roy will postpone his planned retirement and start construction in Florida on Walt's latest project, Disney World.)

    On the CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite,
    commentator Eric Sevareid states this about Mr. Disney:
    "He was a happy accident, one of the happiest this century has experienced. And judging by the way it’s behaving, in spite of all Disney tried to tell it about laughter, love, children, puppies, and sunrises, the century hardly deserved him."

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    Today, 16th December....

    1966: At 5:00 p.m. on this Friday, a private service is held for Walt Disney's immediate family at Little Church of the Flowers of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. No announcements of the funeral are made until after it has taken place.

    1994: After extensive renovations, Walt Disney World's Snow White's
    Adventures reopens as Snow White's Scary Adventures.
    Meanwhile over in Tomorrowland, the new ExtraTERRORestrial Alien
    Encounter offers a soft opening.

    1997: Ninety-eight-year-old Lillian Bounds Disney dies peacefully in her sleep at her home in West Los Angeles, after suffering a stroke the day before. (Her husband Walt had died thirty-one years ago and a day in the early morning of December 15, 1966.)

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    Today, Wednesday 17th December....

    1966: Roy Disney announces to Disney management and the Imagineering team that the company will continue to be run according to Walt's wishes. (Walt Disney passed away two days ago.) He states that Walt's first name will be added to the title of the Florida theme park project.

    1971: Roy O. Disney (Walt's brother & the builder of Walt Disney World) decides not to attend the Disneyland Christmas Parade with his wife, son and grandchildren. Although he is not feeling well, he insists that they go on without him. (Sadly he will slip into a coma and pass away 3 days later.)

    1990: Honey I Shrunk the Audience Movie Set Adventure opens in the backlot annex area of Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World.

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