Morocco - the first new World Showcase pavilion to be added to the original roster since the park's 1982 opening - debuts at EPCOT.
At Disneyland Paris, a major fire damages portions of the Sequoia Lodge hotel
at 6:45 a.m., forcing hundreds of groggy guests to flee. Thankfully, most guests are already awake ready for the park's Saturday opening, but about 100 people flee with little more than the pajamas on their backs.
Apple Computer begins sponsorship of EPCOT's Innoventions East.
Nurse-turned-actress, comedienne, writer, director, television producer and daytime television host Bonnie Hunt is born in Chicago, Illinois. Her Disney voice credits include Sally in the 2006 Cars, Flint in the 2001 Monsters Inc., and Rosie in the 1999 A Bug's Life.
Actor Mickey Rooney, the voices of Sparky in the 2001 animated release Lady and the Tramp II: Scamps' Adventure, and Adult Tod in the 1981 The Fox and the Hound, is born Joe Yule, Jr. in Brooklyn, New York.
Actor Jason Alexander, the voice of Hugo in Disney's 1996 release The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its sequel The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, is born Jay Scott Greenspan in Newark, New Jersey.
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Actor Michael Douglas, who portrays Danny in the 1972 live-action Napoleon and Samantha, is born New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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.
Actor/singer Roger Bart - the voice of young Hercules in Disney's 1997 animated feature - is born in Norwalk, Connecticut.