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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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    Today, Wednesday 1st October....

    1955: Mickey Mouse appears on the cover of this week's TV Guide magazine. (The Mickey Mouse Club is scheduled to air on ABC October 3.)

    1971: Almost 10,000 visitors converge near Orlando, Florida, to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World, which includes the Magic Kingdom - Disney's second theme park, and two resorts.

    1972:
    Nearly 11 million people have visited Walt Disney World since its opening!

    1979: Ground is broken for EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World.

    1982: EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World has its grand opening with more than 100 television crews from all over the world covering the event. Bands and orchestras play to the huge crowds and Walt Disney's wife Lillian helps in the dedication. EPCOT is an acronym coined by Walt Disney in 1966 meaning Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It is Disney's third theme park

    1986: The second major anniversary celebration, in honor of Walt Disney World's 15th anniversary, begins. Upon arriving at the Magic Kingdom, guests are greeted by a large Mickey Mouse clock in the courtyard area outside of the turnstiles; all the numbers on the clock are 15. Also on this day, the Diamond Horseshoe Revue becomes known as the Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree.

    1988: The Caribbean Beach Resort opens at Walt Disney World. Featuring 2,112 rooms, it is the first moderately priced resort on Disney property. The Caribbean is set on 200 acres of land to the south-east of Epcot

    1991: Walt Disney World's Surprise Celebration - to honor the park's 20th anniversary - begins.

    2001: Walt Disney World's yearlong celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, originally scheduled to officially begin today, is put off until December. Low attendance in the parks since the terrorist attacks on September 11th against the U.S., and the current state of the economy are the probable reasons. Although many of the planned events for the celebration are held - the park keeps a low profile.
     
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    Today, Thursday 2nd October....

    1981: At Disney World, the live stage show "Disney World is Your World" begins performances on the Tomorrowland Stage in the Magic Kingdom.

    1987: Disney Dollars debuts in EPCOT Center. They are the same $1 and $5 bills that are being used in Disneyland
     
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    Today, Friday 3rd October....

    1971: Peter Pan's Flight opens at Walt Disney World, on the park's third day in business. Based on the 1953 animated film, guests board vessels (attached to rails above) and "soar" over the skies of London

    1996: The World of Disney (the world's largest Disney store) opens at Walt Disney World's Village Marketplace in Florida.

    Epcot's new IllumiNations 25 officially debuts to the public (although it has been entertaining guests since September).

    The Flying Fish Cafe opens at the Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World
     
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    1982: Fortune magazine features a cover story on Florida's newest theme park - EPCOT Center. An article entitled Disney Gambles on Tomorrow, explains that "The success of Epcot is critical to Disney's future prosperity, for the fabled entertainment company has recently suffered unaccustomed reverses."

    1993: Disney World's Mission to Mars attraction, running since June 1975, closes in Tomorrowland. (It will be replaced in 1995 with
    ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.)

    2006: The Spangler family from Randolph, Ohio spend the morning at Disney World as the Magic Kingdom's only guests! The family of four are the
    first big winners of Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration
     
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    Today, Sunday 5th October....

    1992: The Walt Disney Story (and attraction on Walt Disney World’s Main Street) is shown for the last time when the Main Street cinema closes. The cinema will be refurbished and reopened as a merchandise location in 1998.
     
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    Today, Monday 6th October....

    1927: Walt Disney watches the Warner Brothers preview of The Jazz Singer (one of the first films to feature sound) at the Warner Theatre in New York City. Walt realizes that he needs to add audio to his cartoons.

    1992: Walt Disney World announces plans to build three resorts - with sports, music, and wilderness themes - that will offer over 4,500 rooms.
    The Florida resort also plans to build a new water theme park.
     
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    Today, 7th October....

    1971: The Disney animated and live-action feature film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks premieres in London, England. (It will be released in the U.S. two months later.)

    1990: Legendary animator Myron "Grim" Natwick passes in Los Angeles, California, at age 100. Best known as the creator of the animated character Betty Boop, he also worked on Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    2006: A female giraffe is born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The calf is the first offspring for her mother, a 9-year-old giraffe named Aibuin
     
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    Aah I've really enjoyed reading these facts Isa! I shall be coming back for more.... X
     
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    Today, 8th October....

    1996: A full-service spa and health center opens at Disney World's Grand Floridian Beach Resort. It will now be called Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

    2001: Epcot's Journey into Your Imagination ride closes for renovations. The character Figment will be added and the attraction will reopen in June 2002 as Journey into Imagination with Figment.

    2002: Walt: The Man Behind The Myth (originally broadcast on TV in September 2001) is released on DVD

    2003: Mickey's PhilharMagic, a new computer-animated 3-D attraction, has its official grand opening in the PhilharMagic Concert Hall at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Pop idols Howie Dorough of The Backstreet Boys and Joey Fatone of 'N Sync are on hand for the premiere.

    Over at Epcot, the Wayne Brady Show tapes at the American Gardens Stage. Guests include tennis star Serena Williams, soap opera heartthrob Cameron Matheson, astronaut Jim Lovell, and members of the original Brady Bunch Show.

    In the evening, the Magic Kingdom hosts a live performance of the Brian Setzer Orchestra on the Castle Forecourt stage. Afterwards the park officially debuts a new pyrotechnic show called Wishes. The Disney World premiere includes an introduction by actress Julie Andrews
     

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