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    Today, 14th July....

    1955: Final construction and preparation take place in Anaheim on Walt's new theme park (just 3 days before the big grand debut). During a test ride, Disneyland's Casey Jr. Circus Train almost tips backward while traveling uphill! Lead weights will be added to the front, allowing it to temporarily run on the park's grand opening day. (On July 18 the attraction will close for the day allowing the steep uphill grade to be reduced.) Over in Tomorrowland, final details are added to the Disneyland Moonliner Rocket. A worker suspended from a crane 76 feet above the ground places the pointed silver top of the rocket in place.

    1975: The Disney company announces plans to build an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (or EPCOT) in Florida.

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    Today, 15th July....

    1941:
    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sends federal labor conciliator Stanley White to Hollywood, California. White is to make an attempt to settle the Disney workers' strike

    1995: In Florida, Disney's Wedding Pavilion - located south of the Grand Floridian Beach Resort - opens. Built on a private island surrounded by Seven Seas Lagoon, it is a glass-enclosed Victorian-style Non-Denominational chapel.

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    Today, 16th July...

    1954:More that 180 acres of south Anaheim orange groves officially belong to Disney as of this day. He will use the California property to build a theme park. To finance the project, Walt has sold avacation home and even borrowed against his life insurance.

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    Today, 17th July....

    1929: Actress Helene Stanley - the live-action model & singing voice for Disney's 1950 Cinderella, and the live-action model for the 1959 Sleeping Beauty - is born in Gary, Indiana. She also portrays Polly Crockett in the 1955Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

    1955: Television crews, Walt Disney, Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan,
    Bob Cummings, the Mouseketeers, Thurl Ravenscroft, California Governor
    Goodwin J. Knight and over 28,000 guests witness the opening of Disneyland
    in Anaheim, California. Broadcast on ABC, it is the biggest live telecast to date!

    1971: Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy Cricket, passes away at the Virgil Convalescent Hospital in Hollywood, California

    2002: An electrcial fire at around 3:30 in the morning at Walt Disney World's Epcot forces the theme park to close for the day. The fire cuts electricity to several areas of the Florida resort.

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    Today, 18th July....

    1955: Disneyland in Anaheim, California first opens to the general public at 10 a.m. on this humid day with admission costing $1.

    Dave MacPherson, a 22-year-old college student from Long Beach, is the first paying guest into the new park (he has waited on line all night to purchase the first ticket). MacPherson will win lifetime passes (good for any three persons and himself) to the Anaheim park (and eventually the Florida and France theme parks as well).

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    Today, 19th July....

    1934: Disney signs a contract with the Lionel Corporation to produce a Mickey Mouse wind-up hand-car.

    2005: A tragedy is averted when famed sports agent Drew Rosenhaus performs life-saving CPR on a 3-year-old at Walt Disney World. After being pulled from the kiddie pool at the Grand Floridian, the young child from Chicago is revived by Rosenhaus (who is in town for a function at ESPN Club).

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    Today, 20th July....

    1969: The historic Apollo 11 moon landing is televised on Disneyland's Tomorrowland Stage. Neil Armstrong (who in July 2005 will take part in the re-opening of Disneyland's Space Mountain) becomes the very first human to set foot on the moon. Also playing a key role in the lunar landing is Stephen Bales, a member of mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He was inspired to become an aeronautical engineer by a 1950s Disney television show that predicted how men might travel to and explore the moon.

    1985: Virgil Waytes, Jr. becomes the 200,000,000th guest at Walt Disney World

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    Today, 21st July....

    1986: At a press conference on the Empress Lilly at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida, Disney CEO Michael Eisner announces plans for a new addition - to be called Pleasure Island. (Construction will begin in August.)

    1999: Disney Wonder - the second of the Disney cruise ships - visits Southhampton, England on her delivery voyage from Italy (where she was built) to Florida. The vessel is 965 feet long and can hold a maximum of 3,325 passengers.

    2003: An unfortunate accident occurs at Disney World's Animal Kingdom when a giraffe is struck and killed by lightning.

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    Today, 22nd July....

    1986: Floyd Gottfredson, the man who gave Mickey Mouse his comic strip personality, passes away at his Southern California home. He will be named a Disney Legend in 2003.

    1994: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction opens on Sunset Boulevard at Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios. A simulated freefall thrill ride, it is themed after the popular television series The Twilight Zone, hosted and created by Rod Serling.

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    Today, 23rd July....

    1931: Architect Arata Isozaki, the designer of the Team Disney Building in Orlando, Florida, is born in ?ita, Japan. The building's oddly looped gateway suggests a giant pair of Mickey ears! Team Disney Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is the administrative headquarters of the Walt Disney World Resort. It sits across from Downtown Disney near the Walt Disney World Casting Center.

    2003: It is reported that for the first time Walt Disney World will run national TV ads about a single ride. The company's new campaign will be centered around Epcot's thrilling attraction, Mission: Space (which begins operation August 15).

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