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    Today, Wednesday 6th August....

    1928....Poor Papa is released. This is Disney's first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short cartoon.

    1970....Hippies try to take over Disneyland when 750 of them infiltrate the park and take over the Wilderness Fort. They raise the Vietcong flag and pass reefers out to passersbys. Later, they march in a Main Street parade, and sing their own lyrics to "Zipadee Doo Dah" ("Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Mihn is going to win..."). More conservative park guests try to drown them out by singing "America the Beautiful." Before the confrontation can heat up, a platoon of Anaheim Police officers in full riot gear pour into the park from backstage areas! A riot is adverted, and for many years afterward Disneyland will selectively enforced a "dress code" at the park, occasionally refusing admission to "long-haired hippies".

    (This incident is the only time an outside security force has ever made a full-blown public appearance in the Anaheim park.)

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    Today, Thursday August 7th....

    1964....The Astro-Jets at Disneyland become known as the Tomorrowland Jets.

    1988....Awardm winning director and Disney veteran Wilfred jackson passes away. He started his career in 1928 as an unpaid helper at the Walt Disney Studios. During his 33 year carer, he worked on early Mickey shorts, the Silly Symphony cartoons and features such as Snow White and Peter Pan. He retired in 1961. Jackson will be named as a Disney Legend in 1998.

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    Today, Friday 8th August….

    1942….Disney’s 5th animated feature Bambi has its world premiere in London, England.

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    Today, Saturday 9th August

    1934….Walt Disney gives his animators an outline of what will be his first full length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    2001….Disney World hosts its first ever “Pins Around Our World” festival at Epcots World Showcase.

    2004….It’s a moist day for some Disney World guests as a water main on the 12th floor of the Contemporary Resort bursts. The water cascades from the 12th floor down to the 5th floor around 7pm. Hundreds of guests are evacuated and given the option of staying somewhere else.

    2007…. Disney World announces that beginning January 2008, Disney’s MGM-Studios will be known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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    Today, Sunday 10th August....

    1934....Walt and Lillian Disney sail for Hawaii from Los Angeles. It will be their first visit to the islands.

    1955....Chick Abott begins work at Disneyland as a ride operator on the Autopia. Abbot has to really pay attention as there is no track on the attraction (at this time) and drivers frequently crash into anything and everything including other cast members! He will go on to become a foreman at Disneyland for 36 years and be named a Disney legend in 2005.

    1994....The Concourse Steakhouse opens in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.

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    Today, Monday 11th August....

    1934....Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Orphan's Benefit is released. This short marls Donald Duck's first appearance with Mickey Mouse. It is also the first cartoon in which Donald loses his temper.

    2006....Mike Douglas, the singing voice of Prince Charming passes away on his 81st birthday at North palm Beach, Florida.

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    Today, Tuesday August 12th...

    1929:Walt Disney is granted a trademark for the use of the image of Mickey Mouse in motion pictures

    2000:The Disney Magic embarks on its first seven-day cruise. The luxury liner has previously only offered three- and four-day cruises

    2004....Manatees, dolphins, and turtles are evacuated from Mote Marine in Sarasota to Epcot’s Living Seas (and to SeaWorld) as Central Florida braces for Hurricane Charley - the third named storm, the second hurricane, and the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.






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    Today, Wednesday 13th August....

    1932: Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Nightmare is released.

    1942: Disney's 5th full length animated feature Bambi has its U.S. premiere at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Directed by David Hand, the voice cast includes Hardie Albright, Donnie Dunagan, Sam Edwards, and Sterling Holloway. (It will receive 3 Academy Award nominations.)

    2004:Walt Disney World and other anxious Orlando tourists and residents hunker down as Hurricane Charley with 110 mph winds hits Central Florida. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom all close at 1 p.m. It is the third closing in Disney World history.

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    Today, Thursday 14th August...

    1958:The grand opening of Disneyland's Alice in Wonderland dark ride takes place with a ceremony hosted by Walt Disney himself and Mouseketeer Karen Pendleton - dressed as Alice.

    1995:Michael Ovitz is appointed president of the Walt Disney Company under Michael Eisner. (He will leave after trying for 14 months to share power with Eisner.)

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    Today, Friday 15th August....

    1994:As part of the re-Imagineering of Future World's pavilions, the Spaceship Earth attraction at Disney's Epcot park closes. (The revamped attraction will open November 23, 1994 with 12 new scenes and a new musical score.)

    1999: Disney's newest ship the Disney Wonder embarks on its maiden voyage.

    2006:After nearly 13 years of entertaining Walt Disney World guests, Merlin performs his last Sword in the Stone show in front of Cinderella's Golden Carousal. Merlin has been challenging young guests to pull the sword from the stone several times a day in Fantasyland (at the Magic Kingdom) since 1994.

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