Today, 9th October....
1919: Walt Disney, who has served as a Red Cross volunteer in France, arrives back in the United States. Aboard the SS Canada, he pulls into New York Harbor after a long slow trip. (Walt will be discharged the following day and arrive back in Chicago the day after that.)
1956: Walt Disney pens a letter to the future (to be placed in a time capsule) from his Burbank, California studio entitled: PREDICTION OF ENTERTAINMENT IN WORLD 50 YEARS FROM NOW. He predicts that the world will be overturned by technology.
2001: Disney re-releases its 1937 classic Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs on DVD.
2003: Actress Julie Andrews takes a spin on Cinderella's Golden Carrousel as five members of television's "The Brady Bunch" make an appearance at Disney-MGM Studios as part of Disney World's Magical Gatherings celebration. (They joins dozens of celebrities this weekend who are
helping Disney World open new attractions and shows.)
Epcot closes at 3:00 pm for a special evening press event for the opening of Mission:SPACE. The dedication is presided over by Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner, Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and NASA President Sean O'Keefe. In attendance are legendary astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim
Lovell and Wally Schirra. The event also includes beamed in remarks and well-wishes from Russian Cosmonaut Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA International Space Station science officer Ed Lu (who are both aboard the International Space Station).
The B-52s perform on the Fountain Stage in Epcot prior to the evening's display of Illuminations.