1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome both old friends and new to the all new Walt Disney Secrets :-D Please take a moment to say hi

Disney History

Discussion in 'General' started by Isafari, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 24th June....

    1893: Roy Oliver Disney (older brother of Walt) is born in Chicago, Illinois. He will be the middle of 5 children. Roy will go on to serve as president of Walt Disney Productions from 1945 to 1968 and chairman of the board from 1964 until his death in 1971.

    1913: Alan Alexander Milne (future creator of Winnie-the-Pooh) marries Daphne de Selincourt. In 1920, they will have a son and name him Christopher Robin.

    1956: Walt Disney appears on Ed Sullivan's 8th Anniversary Show. Walt along with Ronald Reagan, Natalie Wood, Robert Walker, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sing "Happy Anniversary" in a tribute to Sullivan.

    1994: At Epcot, the Electric Umbrella fast-food facility opens in Communicore East.

    1998: Jacqueline D'Ambrosi, a 9-year-old from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, becomes the 600-millionth person to walk through the turnstiles of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World! With a click of the turnstile at 7:37 a.m., Jacqueline is immediately mobbed by Mickey Mouse and a cast of other Disney characters. She is awarded lifetime passes to the Florida park, and to Disney's 3 other theme parks, for her and her family.
     
  2. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 25th June....

    1985:
    At about 9 p.m., a Walt Disney World monorail catches fire while enroute from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom. Over two hundred passengers are safely evacuated from the elevated tracks by ladders and cherry-picker cranes.
     
  3. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 26th June....

    2002: Walt Disney World (and other Orlando, Florida attractions) are featured on Family Vacations in Orlando - broadcast on the Travel Channel.
     
  4. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 27th June....

    1991: Mickey's Mart - a Walt Disney World souvenir shop in Tomorrowland - closes. It will later be known as Mickey's Star Traders.
     
  5. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 28th June....

    1955: Walt Disney writes a letter to his employees from the Disney Studios and others who assisted on the creation of his new Anaheim park, inviting them to attend the grand debut on July 17. (He is concerned that there won’t be enough people scattered throughout the park for the television cameras.)
    As we come down the homestretch in the building of Disneyland, I knew you are as happy as I am with the way in which this dream of ours is coming to full life. Your contribution to the construction, the development and the details of the park has made it possible for us to foresee that we will open Disneyland, virtually completed.
    The few days remaining before our television preview on Sunday, July 17th, will be all important to us, but I know that we can count on you and every one of your fellow employees to do your utmost to meet our schedule.
    I would like to cordially invite you and your family to participate with us in the thrill of the Disneyland premiere. Within the next few days, we will have your preview tickets available. They will be distributed to you at Disneyland and will assure you and your family of a wonderful afternoon, as our guests, on all the rides and amusements in Disneyland.
    I am sure your family will be as proud of your effort as all of us are.
    Sincerely, Walt Disney


    1988: The opening of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort ushers in an era of accelerated hotel building at Disney World, during which 10 new resort hotels have been added to date. The Grand Floridian, located at 4401 Floridian Way, is the third Magic Kingdom monorail resort located on the beaches of the Seven Seas Lagoon between the Polynesian Resort and the Magic Kingdom. The luxurious hotel - the crown jewel of the Walt Disney World resorts - is themed to be reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Victorian Florida. Also opening in the hotel is Flagler's restaurant, 1900 Park Fare restaurant, M. Mouse Mercantile shop, Narcoossee's restaurant, Victoria and Albert's restaurant, and the Grand Floridian Cafe restaurant. (In 1997 the hotel's name will be changed to The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa when a top-of-the-line facility spa and health club is added.)

    2004: It is announced that after years of research and testing, Walt Disney Imagineering has perfected a new innovation in fireworks launch
    technology. The new technology uses compressed air to lift fireworks, virtually eliminating the need for smoke-producing black powder and other materials at launch. This significantly reduces ground-level smoke and noise while continuing to provide an entertaining show.

    2008: It is reported that Walt Disney World is shutting down the six nightclubs at Pleasure Island to make its party district at Downtown Disney more family friendly. Such clubs as BET SoundStage Club, Mannequins Dance Palace, and 8Trax will close after September 27. During the next few years, Disney will reopen the Pleasure Island venues with a broader mix of restaurants and shops.

    2008: A baby elephant is born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Twenty-six-year-old Moyo gives birth to a 327-pound male elephant after 21 months gestation. This newest addition is the heaviest elephant calf ever born at the theme park. (The baby will be named Tsavo - pronounced sah-vo - a few weeks later.)

    2009: Annual Passholders get a sneak preview of Disney World's updated attraction The Hall of Presidents (which has been closed since late 2008). Now featuring 44th U.S. President Barack Obama, it is scheduled for a July 4th weekend grand reopening.
     
  6. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 29th June....

    2002:Mickey's Star Spangled Pin Event takes place at Disney World's Contemporary Resort.
     
  7. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 30th June....

    2005: The United States Postal Service releases the second set of The Art of Disney stamps entitled "Celebration." They feature Mickey & Pluto, Alice & The Mad Hatter, Ariel & Flounder and Snow White & Dopey.
     
  8. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 1st July....

    1911: Entertainer Charles David Thomas is born in Lewistown, Montana. Better known as "Bub," he will go on to become one of the original singing Dapper Dans of Walt Disney World.

    1935: As of this date, any employee who has been with the Disney Studio a full year is granted a two-week vacation

    1988: The Norway Pavilion opens at EPCOT.

    1996: At Walt Disney World, the last of the Epcot resorts planned
    around Crescent Lake, Disney's BoardWalk Inn opens at 2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd. The resort re-creates the vacation charm of the Mid-Atlantic coastal cottages of the 1930s. It is located on a small lake on the Epcot-Studio waterway, visible to and just across from the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. The resort's Atlantic Dance Nightclub, ESPN Club, BoardWalk Bakery, and Spoodles Restaurant all debut as well. The BoardWalk Villas (a Disney Vacation Club property) opens on this day too.

    2003
    : The Florida Indoor Clean Air Act takes effect at Walt Disney World. It requires all enclosed indoor workplaces (including resort lobbies, convention spaces, common areas, dining locations and enclosed backstage areas) to be designated as non-smoking.

    2003:At Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Goofy's New Country Dance Party premiers at The Diamond Horseshoe.
     
  9. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 2nd July....

    1935: Artist John Lounsbery, from Ohio, is hired by the Disney Studio. As his starting salary is only twelve dollars a week, he must take a second job at night in store decorations at Sears. He will go on to become one of Walt's famous "Nine Old Men" and work at Walt Disney Productions until 1976.

    1997: AMC Theatres Pleasure Island 24 has a grand opening in Florida. Newly expanded from 10 screens to two dozen, the theatres also host a fund-raiser for Give Kids the World.

    2005: Disney announces that they have given 20,000 free tickets to poor families and the disabled to visit Hong Kong Disneyland on the last 2 days of August (before the new park officially opens to the public September 12).
     
  10. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 3rd July....

    1910: Marcellite Garner, the voice of Minnie Mouse beginning in 1928, is born in Redlands, California. She will begin her career in the ink and paint department at the Disney Studios.

    1957: Tamara Scheer, Walt Disney's granddaughter, is born to Ron Miller and Diane Disney in Los Angeles County, California.

    2008: A surprise preview for Walt Disney World park guests of the Fourth of July fireworks show entitled, “Disney’s Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” takes place at the Magic Kingdom.
     
  11. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 4th July....

    1862: A mathematics professor named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson goes rowing with Alice Liddell (the young daughter of a friend) and her sisters Lorina and Edith. He creates a story on the spot to amuse Alice and her sisters. Much of the story he invents is based on a picnic a couple of weeks earlier in which they had been caught in the rain. He will eventually write this story down and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will be published 3 years later on July 4 under Dodgson's pen name - Lewis Carroll.

    1956: Walt Disney and his brother Roy visit Marceline, Missouri - their boyhood home and inspiration for Main Street USA.
    That evening, approximately 6,000 persons from Marceline and surrounding communities gather at the new Walt Disney Municipal Park (located just south of the Marceline Country Club) to witness the dedication of a $78,500 swimming pool.
    “It is particularly thrilling to see this fine swimming pool here because when I was a kid here in Marceline we swam in a cow pasture pond – after we chased the cows out.” -Walt Disney

    1979: The first baby is born at Disneyland, California. Six-pound, 10-ounce Teresa Salcedo is born to Rosa and Elias Salcedo on a bench behind Plaza Inn. Mickey Mouse will later honor the Los Angeles family with a "Disneyland Birth Certificate No.1"!

    1988: "Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular" is broadcast on television.

    1998: Many towns across Florida including Walt Disney World cancel firework celebrations due to risk of setting additional forest fires in that state's worst fire disaster in fifty years.

    1999: Fantasy in the Sky, the nightly fireworks spectacle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, gives way to Red, White & Blue, an 18-minute show boasting patriotic music and more than 900 pyrotechnic devices. "Stereo" fireworks surround guests viewing from the shadows of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and points all around the Seven Seas lagoon. Plus the colorful Main Street Electrical Parade brightens the streets of the Magic Kingdom twice during the evening.

    2000: At Walt Disney World, a giant 1 and a half-ton, 24 by 13 foot cherry cobbler - that resembles the Star-Spangled Banner -is dished out to guests.

    2002: At Walt Disney World, 500 immigrants from 89 countries are sworn in as U.S. citizens.

    2004: A special Fourth of July fireworks show is held at Disney-MGM Studios. (This Florida park normally doesn't host fireworks.)
     
  12. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 5th July....

    1988: Epcot's Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion opens to guests.

    1996: The 500th Disney Store opens - in the Metro Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

    2007: Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee announces that the 257-foot-tall Mickey Mouse arm, glove and wand logo structure at Epcot is coming down. The structure (up since Disney World's 2000 millennium celebration) leans on Epcot's previous and future iconic figure, the Spaceship Earth Pavilion.
     
  13. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 6th July....

    1925: Walt and Roy Disney put down a $400 deposit on a lot at 2719 Hyperion Ave., in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, California. They plan to build a new animation studio. (The single-story building will serve as the Disney's base for the next fifteen years.)

    2004: A 230-pound female African elephant calf is born in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
     
  14. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 7th July....

    1971:Animator and technical genius Ubbe Ert Iwwerks (also known as Ub Iwerks), who first met Walt Disney in 1919, passes away in Burbank,
    California. He contributed to many of Disney's early Mickey Mouse classics like Plane Crazy, Steamboat Willie, and Gallopin' Gaucho. He also invented the first multiplane camera in 1933, a device that used four layers of flat artwork before a horizontal camera to give animation depth. Iwerks built the device out of parts from an old Chevrolet automobile!

    2006: Disney's newest feature film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens in theaters the same day the attraction Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbosa (characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean feature films) have been added to the popular attraction. Disney Imagineers have also enhanced the attraction experience with an all-new dynamic digital sound design.
     
  15. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 8th July....

    1776: According to tradtion, the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is rung to summon citizens for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Today a replica of the Liberty Bell sits on display in Disney World's Liberty Square. The replica was cast from the mold of the actual Liberty Bell!

    1997: Michael Eisner attends the first preview of Disney's new musical
    The Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    2002:Academy Award-winning Disney animator/director Ward Kimball passes away of natural causes at Arcadia Methodist Hospital in Arcadia,
    California. He is 88. (A Disney Legend & one of Walt's "Nine Old Men," Kimball first joined the Disney Studios in 1934.)
     
  16. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 9th July....

    1998: Walt Disney World auctions off a limousine, 2 costume sewing machines, a sofa from the Empress Lilly riverboat, and a 4-foot tall beer stein. Four times a year since 1985, Walt Disney World has been holding auctions to unload items it no longer wants.

    1999: At Walt Disney World, Discovery Island (an 11-acre zoo whose attendance has been hurt by the 1998 opening of Disney's 500-acre Animal Kingdom) closes 25 years after it opened. The closure of Discovery Island means an end to Disney's second-oldest Central Florida attraction and marks the first time the company has closed one of its ticketed attractions.

    2007: Deconstruction of the 50-ton Mickey Mouse arm and wand, leaning on Epcot's Spaceship Earth, begins. Also coming down are the 36-foot-high "Epcot" letters and colored stars splashing across the sphere.
     
  17. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 10th July....

    2007: Disney College Program Cast Member Paul Sherrer (a former U.S. soldier) is honored for saving the life of a 4-year-old guest who had fallen into the marina at the Port Orleans Riverside in Florida. Vice President of Resort Operations and Transportation Kevin Myers presents Paul with a letter from Meg Crofton, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, commending him for his bravery.
     
  18. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 11th July....

    1998: Jodi Benson (the voice of Disney's Little Mermaid) appears at Walt Disney World for the first of a 2-day visit. She makes a special appearance in the morning at The Art of Disney (located in Downtown Disney Marketplace) to meet fans and sign "Mermaid" artwork purchased at the shop. In the evening she performs a concert backed by an orchestra at the open-air America Gardens Theater in Epcot's World Showcase. (The scheduled 2nd show of the evening is cancelled due to a thunderstorm.)

    2001: Magic Masters, the nation's largest chain of retail magic emporiums, opens its largest store in Downtown Disney West Side in Florida.
     
  19. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 12th July....

    1961: The first draft of a screenplay is completed for a new Disney film titled Mary Poppins.

    2000: The Tonight Show features a skit in which host Jay Leno steals a Disneyland Autopia car, and drives it onto the show with Donald Duck chasing him!
     
  20. Isafari
    Offline

    Isafari Wild Animal Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13,097
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    North East England
    Today, 13th July....

    1925: Walt Disney marries Lillian Bounds (one of his first employees) at her brother's home in Lewiston, Idaho.

    1955: Walt and Lillian Disney celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary at the not-yet-open Disneyland. Lillian Disney invites guests to a "Tempus Fugit Celebration," at six o'clock in the evening. As the guests arrive, they are transported down Main Street and into Frontierland via horse-drawn surreys. From there, everyone takes a ride around the Rivers of America aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat while sipping mint juleps. Although they are already engaged, Roy E. Disney (Walt's
    nephew) presents a ring to his fiance Patty. Afterwards guests head to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon for dinner and the very first (although unofficial) performance of a show called the Golden Horseshoe Revue, created by
    Wally Boag, the original Pecos Bill. (The record-breaking stage show will play an amazing 47,250 performances through 1986!)
     

Share This Page