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    Today, Sunday 21st September....

    1947:Walt Disney appears on a live radio broadcast of The Edgar
    Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show. Walt promotes his newest picture, Fun and Fancy Free (which features Bergen as himself).

    1996:IllumiNations 25 - a new show to celebrate Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary - debuts at Epcot (although it will have an official debut in October).

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    Today, Monday 22nd September....

    1984:Michael Eisner is elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walt Disney Productions (replacing Ray Watson) and Frank Wells is elected President and Chief Operations. At this time, Walt Disney Productions is approximately $900 million in debt. (By 1987, Walt Disney Productions will be worth $340 million!)

    1991: Disney World's 20th Anniversary Surprise Celebration Parade kicks off down Main Street USA.

    2003Starting on this day, a new program allows Disney World guests to have lunch or dinner with a Walt Disney Imagineer at the Hollywood Brown Derby (located in Disney-MGM Studios)

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    Today, Tuesday 23rd September....

    1938: Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Brave Little Tailor is released. The most elaborate and expensive Mickey Mouse cartoon ever produced to date, it will be nominated for an Academy Award

    1971:The Dapper Dans (a barbershop quartet soon to be a staple at Disney World) perform their first set at the GAF Photo Shop on Main Street. Jerry Siggins, Bob Mathis, Dick Kneeland, and Bub Thomas sing for Cast Members and their families a week before the grand opening of Walt Disney World in Florida.

    1980: The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction debuts at Walt
    Disney World with a soft opening. Designed by Imagineer Tony Baxter and ride design engineer Bill Watkins, it has been manufactured by Arrow Dynamics (a roller coaster design company based in Clearfield, Utah).

    1984: Michael Eisner and Frank Wells officially become Chairman and President of Walt Disney Productions.

    2001: A new attraction "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream," showing memorabilia about Walt Disney's career and heritage to the public for the first time, opens at Disney-MGM in Florida.

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    Today, Wednesday 24th September....

    1985:The Lotus Blossom Cafe restaurant opens in EPCOT's China Pavilion

    1999:Previews begin for the London West End production of Disney's musical "The Lion King" at the Lyceum Theatre.

    2001:Tapestry of Dreams opens at Epcot (replacing Tapestry of Nations).

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    Today, Thursday 25th September....

    2004:In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Jeanne - which is expected to come ashore late in the evening or early the following day - Walt Disney World closes its theme parks at 7 pm.

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    Today, Friday 26th September...

    1953:Walt Disney phones artist Herb Ryman at his home to inquire about the possibility of Ryman drawing the first overall concept sketch of a new theme park. (Walt's brother Roy is to leave for New York in a few days to meet with possible investors.) The work Walt and Herb will do together over the upcoming "lost weekend" will help define the look of Disneyland and later hopefully intrigue investors. (Ryman, a master artist and teacher will have a career spanning more than fifty years as a production designer, art director and illustrator at many top Hollywood studios.)

    1984: Disney World's Frontier Shooting Gallery changes its name to Frontierland Shootin' Arcade.

    1986:The Magic Eye Theater (presented by Kodak) opens at Disneyland's Tomorrowland

    2004:Walt Disney World's theme parks close for the day as Hurricane Jeanne strikes Florida! Jeanne is the tenth named storm, the seventh hurricane, and the fifth major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. (Millions in Florida will be left without electricity.)

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    Today, Saturday 27th September....

    2001:At a rally at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, to announce new measures for airline safety (since the September 11th terrorist attacks) U.S. President Bush urges citizens to:
    "Fly and enjoy America's great destination spots. Go down to Disney World in Florida, take your families and enjoy life the way we want it to be enjoyed."

    2005:Sotheby’s and The Walt Disney Company conclude the celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 75th anniversary with an auction of 75 statues of Mickey - which have toured the country since Mickey’s 75th birthday on November 18, 2003

    2008:
    The live ‘Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends’ show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom closes after running for 10 years

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    Today, Sunday 28th September....

    1953:Artist Herb Ryman and Walt Disney sketch out plans for an amusement park to be built in California.

    Meanwhile in New York, Walt's brother Roy meets with the 3 major TV networks, seeking financing for Disneyland. Unfortunately CBS TV executives are not interested. NBC's parent company RCA, stalls in making a commitment. But ABC's Leonard Goldenson eagerly agrees to participate! (The final agreement - which won't be signed until April 1954 - will include a $500,000 investment from ABC-Paramount, guarantee for $4.5 million line of credit, in return for 35% interest in Disneyland and a weekly one-hour TV program with Disney films and production for TV.)

    1982:At EPCOT Center, Canada, China, and France open around the World Showcase as the park has a soft opening in preparation for its grand opening.

    Annual passports (special year-long admission passes) are introduced at Walt Disney World.

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    Today, Monday 29th September....

    1998: The popular Disney barbershop harmony group, the Dapper Dans appear on an episode of TV's Home Improvement. They appear as the 'Flannels' singing a rendition of the Tool Time theme song

    2000: In Disneyland, Mickey's Mouseworks opens on Main Street

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    Today, Tuesday 30th September....

    1928:
    A second recording session for Steamboat Willie takes place in New York with conductor Carl Edouarde and a 15-piece band. The first session on September 15 was a disaster as the musicians couldn't play in time with the animated film. This time Walt is prepared to deal with the problem of synchronization. Ub Iwerks has made a special print of the film with an animated bouncing ball - on both the sound track and the film. The ball rises and falls to the accent of the beat, thus creating a visual signal and a soft audio click. Instead of being projected above the band, Iwerks's print is projected directly down onto Edouarde's printed score. The session takes place in just three hours and is a complete success!

    1961: Legendary trumpet player & vocalist Louis Armstrong performs at Disneyland for the shooting of an upcoming television episode - Disneyland After Dark (to be broadcast in April 1962).

    1991: U.S. President George Bush and his wife Barbara speak at a luncheon in the Grand Harbor Ballroom at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Walt Disney World. The event is for participants in the Daily Points of Light Celebration.

    2006: "Dream Along With Mickey" - a new live show debuts at Disney World. It is part of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration and will be performed daily at the Castle Forecourt stage in the Magic Kingdom.

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