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    This Day in Disney History

    September 26

    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 2 days to meet with a group of investors and he needs something to present. The work Walt and Herb will do together over the upcoming "lost weekend" will help define the look of Disneyland and 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.)

    1981:
    Walt Disney (a new version of the popular long-running series that first started out on ABC as Disneyland) premieres on CBS with part one of the 1969 hit The Love Bug. It is the first time the series airs on a Saturday. (This makes Disney's show the first prime-time series to have appeared on all three major networks.)

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

    2001:
    Disney World hosts the seventh annual Latin Rhythm Nights Festival at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.
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    This Day in Disney History

    September 27

    1938:
    Disney's first full-length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released in Sweden.

    1947:
    Disney's 9th animated feature film, "Fun and Fancy Free" (featuring two stories) is released. The two segments include Mickey and the Beanstalk and Bongo The Bear. This marks the beginning of sound effects man Jim MacDonald as the voice of Mickey Mouse (as Walt Disney is too busy). Walt has hand-picked MacDonald to follow in his footsteps. (After this picture, MacDonald will be Mickey's voice for the next 3 decades.)

    1955:
    On a stopover at Idyllwild Airport in New York City (later named John F. Kennedy Airport) Walt Disney is interviewed for radio. He is quizzed about the upcoming release The Great Train Locomotive Chase.

    1982:
    At EPCOT's Future World, the attractions Energy Exchange, FutureCom, Kitchen Kabaret Revue, Universe of Energy and Harvest Theater all debut.

    2001:
    At a rally at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, to announce new measures for airline safety (since the September 11th terrorist attacks) 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."

    2003:
    The Sioux City Arts Center (in Iowa) holds an opening night reception for a new exhibit, "The Animation Art of Ron Clements," dedicated to legendary Disney artist and film director, Ron Clements. Clements, who was born in Sioux City, worked on such classics as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, The Rescuers, Pete's Dragon, Aladdin, and Treasure Planet.
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    This Day in Disney History

    September 28

    1925:
    Walt Disney's short, Alice Chops the Suey (an Alice Comedy) is released.

    1931:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "The Clock Store" is released.

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

    1955:
    The ABC television series Disneyland airs "Bongo."

    1982:
    At EPCOT, Canada, China, and France open around the World Showcase.

    1996:
    Disney World's Grand Prix Raceway changes its name to Tomorrowland Speedway.

    2002:
    The Backlot Theater at the Disney-MGM Studios, which showed "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," closes its doors. The popular stage production had run for 7 years.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is presented a "Thea" award from the Themed Entertainment Association for outstanding achievement in the "Themed Hotel" category.
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    This Day in Disney History

    September. 29

    1934:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon "Mickey Plays Papa" is released.

    1986:
    Disneyland's Magic Eye Theatre opens in Tomorrowland.

    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.

    Disney World announces plans for an attraction and merchandising area based on their 1992 animated feature Aladdin. "The Magic Carpets of Aladdin" will take Magic Kingdom guests on a carpet ride in the Adventureland area of the park
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    2002:
    The Disney-owned Anaheim Angels wrap up their regular season with a 7-6 victory over Seattle. At 99-63, it is the most successful season in franchise history.
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    September 30

    1933:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Steeple Chase" is released.

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

    1963:
    The "Babes in Toyland Exhibit," located on Disneyland's Main Street, closes after a near 2-year run.

    1971:
    Disney World's Preview Center, located on Buena Vista Boulevard, closes. It featured displays of models and drawings of Disney's new theme park (which will open the following day). The boulevard is later renamed Hotel Plaza and the Center will become the headquarters for the Amateur Athletic Union.

    1980:
    The first guest is carried on Disney World's Big Thunder Mountain. (The attraction's official opening date will be October 1st.)

    1982:
    Pepsi-Cola's sponsorhip of Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue ends. (A sponsor since 1955, Pepsi's relation with Disney had been damaged in 1971 when Coca-Cola signed on for co-sponsorship of other attractions.) Eastman Kodak will take up the sponsorhip of the Golden Horseshoe Revue the next day.

    1993:
    General Electric's contract as sponsor of the Horizons pavilion at Disney World's EPCOT runs out on this day, Disney will continue to operate the attraction until late 1994.

    The Dapper Dans (the popular Disney barbershop harmony group) are heard on an episode of The Simpsons.

    2003:
    The Lion King Special Edition Soundtrack is released. It features a new song from Elton John and Tim Rice plus a remix of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."

    Mickey's PhilharMagic, a new computer-animated 3D film attraction at Disney World's Magic Kingdom, opens. (An official grand opening ceremony will be held on October 8th.)

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    This Day in Disney History

    October 1

    1929:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon "Mickey's Choo Choo" is released.

    1932:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "Bugs in Love" is released.

    1935:
    Actress Julie Andrews (of Disney's Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries) is born Julia Elizabeth Wells in England. (In 1962 Walt Disney will first discover her in a stage production of Camelot.)

    1956:
    The five-millionth guest enters Disneyland.
    1971:
    Almost 10,000 visitors converge near Orlando, Florida, to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World. The park features 6 lands, 23 attractions and 6,200 Cast Members.William Windsor, Jr. and his family are the first guests at the new park (they slept in their car overnight). Disney World also debuts 2 property hotels, The Contemporary Resort and The Polynesian Resort (both built by U.S. Steel). The 15-story Contemporary is the closest to the Magic Kingdom and houses over 1,040 rooms. The Polynesian, decorated like the south sea islands of the Pacific, features rooms with names like Samoa, Oahu, and Bali Hai.

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

    1981:
    Ten years after opening, total attendance at Walt Disney World is 126 million.

    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.

    1988:
    The Caribbean Beach Resort opens at 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.

    1999:
    A statue honoring Roy O. Disney, Walt's older brother, is unveiled at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. (It will be dedicated on October 25th.)

    The Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Line's second ship) is christened by a laser-projected Tinker Bell. (The liner had already embarked on its maiden voyage last August.)

    2001:
    Walt Disney World's yearlong celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, originally scheduled begin today, is put off until December. Low attendance in the parks, 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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    Happy 33rd WDW!!!!!

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    This Day in Disney History

    October 2

    1959:
    Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone makes its debut on CBS-TV with an episode called "Where Is Everybody."
    The series is the inspiration for Disney World's 'Tower of Terror' park attraction. (Ironically an inspection certificate outside the tower's elevators has the number 10259 written on it. 10259 ... October 2 '59!)

    1971:
    The Liberty Square Riverboat opens at the new Disney World park with the Admiral Joe Fowler taking its first trip around the River of America. (The boat is named after a retired U.S. Navy admiral who was responsible for overseeing the construction of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.)

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    Didn't know that about the ToT date. Never even thought to look.

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    This Day in Disney History

    October 3

    1955:
    Disney's second TV show "The Mickey Mouse Club," is launched on ABC. It is a daily our-long series, showing cartoons, and introducing the talents of 24 kids known as the Mouseketeers. The show airs during the late afternoon/pre-dinner hour, primarily aimed at a pre-teen audience.

    1958:
    The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "The Nine Lives of Elfago Baca."(Elfego Baca is another of several miniseries developed by producer Walt Disney in hopes of matching the earlier success of the Davy Crockett programs.)

    1971:
    Peter Pan's Flight opens at Disney World. 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 Disney World's Village Marketplace.

    1997:
    The Epcot Space Celebration, a 5-day event co-sponsored by NASA, blasts off at Disney World

    1998:
    Disneyland's Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes closes forever.

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    October 4

    1993:
    Disney World's Flight to the Moon attraction closes. (It will be replaced in 1995 with ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.)

    1998:
    The animated series Rolie Polie Olie debuts on the Disney Channel.

    2000:
    A new Disney Store (and the first of the new generation Disney Stores) is unveiled at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. Mickey and Minnie are on hand for the grand opening celebration.
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    This Day in Disney History

    October 5

    1922:
    The Laugh-O-Gram animated short "Goldie Locks and the Three Bears," directed & co-animated by Walt Disney, is released.

    1935:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "Music Land" is released.
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    1949:
    Disney's 11th animated feature film "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" is released. The film features the voices of Bing Crosby (who narrates "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") and Basil Rathbone (who narrates the tale of "The Wind in the Willows").

    1955:
    In Anaheim, California, the Disneyland Hotel opens on a 60-acre site next to Disneyland.

    1982:
    Epcot's World of Motion is officially dedicated

    1992:
    The Walt Disney Story (an attraction on Disney World's Main Street USA) is shown for the last time.

    2002:
    Principal photography begins on Disney's Freaky Friday. (The film will be released in August 2003.)

    2004:
    Disney's Aladdin Special Edition DVD is released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiggerguy
    2004:
    Disney's Aladdin Special Edition DVD is released.
    And the mailman whould be here within 30 mins with it.....

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    This Day in Disney History

    October 6

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