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    June 15

    1944:
    This day's Disney Studio Labor-Management Commission newsletter notes:
    Ward Kimball's Huggajeedy 8 is doing a swell job of entertaining the boys in the hospitals. Next trip will be to the Norconia T.B. Ward, where they'll try a new act, complete with "chalk-talk," skits and jam session. This is in refernece to Kimball's musical group which will eventually turn into The Firehouse Five Plus Two.

    1967:
    The Club 33 restaurant (for members-only) opens at 33 Royal Street, in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. It is comprised of two dining rooms and several adjoining areas, all of which hold a wide array of magnificent antiques and original works of art.
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    1945:
    Walt Disney's wife Lillian christens the SS Rice Victory, a 10,500-ton U.S. warship.

    1955:
    Disney's 15th animated feature film Lady and the Tramp has its world premiere in Chicago. It is the first Disney cartoon feature filmed in CinemaScope. (It will be generally released 6 days later.)

    1956:
    At Disneyland, Tom Sawyer's Island and the Rafts to Tom Sawyer's Island debut in Frontierland.
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    1972:
    The Main Street Electric Parade kicks off at Disneyland.
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    1956:
    Disneyland's Storybook Land (including Canal Boats of the World) premieres. The canal, located in Fantasyland, contains 465,000 gallons of water in which 13 boats (powered by outboard motors) sail. The vessels are named Cinderella, Daisy, Aurora, Alice, Faline, Flora, Fauna, Flower, Katrina, Merryweather, Wendy, Snow White, and Tinkerbell. The ride is partly based on Madurodam, a tourist attraction in Holland that Walt Disney once visited.

    1996:
    The Haber family become the first to move into Disney's newest Florida community, Celebration.
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    1995:
    A bronze statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, called the Partners Statue, is installed at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney Word. It is identical to the statue created by Blaine Gibson first installed at Disneyland in November 1993.

    1996:
    Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame has its world premiere at the Superdome in New Orleans, utilizing six enormous screens, and a parade through the French Quarter.

    1998:
    In Florida, DisneyQuest opens in the West End area of Downtown Disney. Packed with 4 floors of high-tech, interactive virtual adventures, it is the first in a national chain of interactive entertainment centers.

    Disney's 36th animated feature Mulan (featuring the singing voice of Donny Osmond) opens nationwide in the United States and Canada. It is the first film primarily produced at Walt Disney Feature Animations Florida, Disney's state-of-the-art animation studio in Orlando. (The film will earn an amazing 10 Annie Awards.) Disney's Mulan Parade also premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios.
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    1929:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Choo Choo is released. It features the singing debut of Mickey and the song "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" - written by Carl Stalling and Walt Disney.

    1941:
    The Disney animated/live-action feature film The Reluctant Dragon - starring comedian Robert Benchley - debuts. Released by RKO Radio Pictures, the first third of the film is in black-and-white and the remaining two-thirds are in Technicolor. The premiere, held at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, is disrupted by a mob of Walt's striking Disney cartoonists. The police actually cordon off Hollywood Blvd. around the theater for fear of what the rampaging cartoonists might do. (This is the first Disney animated feature to incorporate extenisve live-action footage and the only theatrical release to feature Walt Disney himself.)

    1976:
    Walt Disney World's River Country (a water park adjacent to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground) opens.
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    1961:
    Disney's The Parent Trap, starring Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, and Brian Keith, is released. Mills portrays twins Sharon and Susan, who are reunited years after being separated by their divorced parents. The film features the songs "For Now, For Always," and "Let's Get Together," both written by the Sherman Brothers.

    1988:
    The Touchstone/Amblin Entertainment film Who Framed Roger Rabbit premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It will be generally released in U.S. theaters the following day. This film marks the first (and to date, only) time that characters from several animation studios - including Disney, Universal, MGM, Republic, Turner Entertainment, and Warner Bros. - appear in one film!
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    June 22

    1955:
    Disney's Lady and the Tramp, the studio's first feature-length cartoon produced in CinemaScope, is generally released. Directed by Clyde Geronomi, Wilfred Jackson, & Hamilton Luske, the film features the voices of Peggy Lee (who has also co-written the music), Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, and Bill Thompson. (The idea for the film comes from a short story by Ward Greene entitled "Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog.")

    1977:
    Disney's 23rd animated feature film The Rescuers is released in U.S. theaters. The movie features the voices of Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Joe Flynn, and James Macdonald. The song "Someone's Waiting For You," written by Carol Connors (lyrics), Ayn Robbins (lyrics), & Sammy Fain (music), will be nominated for an Academy Award.

    1988:
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is generally released.

    2001:
    Disney's animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire is released. The film includes the voice-over talents of Leonard Nimoy, Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Jim Varney, Don Novello, and David Ogden Stiers.

    2007:
    A Red Carpet Premiere takes place for the new Disney/Pixar animated feature Ratatouille at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.
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    1956:
    Disneyland's Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to Tomorrowland begin transporting guests across the park. Guests take off from a small Alpine chalet in Fantasyland and travel through the Matterhorn mountain on their way to Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland guests seated in Skwyay buckets pass over such attractions as the Richfield Autopia and the Goodyear PeopleMover on their way to Fantasyland.

    1995:
    Disney's 33rd full-length animated feature Pocahontas is generally released in the U.S. the same day The Spirit of Pocahontas opens at Disneyland's Fantasyland Theatre.

    2004:
    SamIAm starts this thread. It includes history and quizzes members on their Disney knowledge.
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    1893:
    Roy Oliver Disney (older brother of Walt Disney) 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.

    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.

    2007:
    The Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation host a prerelease charity screening for Disney/Pixar's new animated film Ratatouille at the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California.
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    1948:
    Disney's animated feature Dumbo is released in Denmark.

    1967:
    A new version of the CircleVision 360 film America the Beautiful debuts in Disneyland. The film has been re-shot using the 9-camera CircleVision format (as opposed to the old 11-camera Circarama format).

    2006:
    The Orange County Star Wars Society holds the Second Annual Star Wars Fan Day at Disneyland.
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    1956:
    At Disneyland, the Mule Pack (one of the park's original attractions) is renamed the Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules.

    1957:
    Disneyland's Viewliner (a predecessor to the monorail) debuts. The system is made up of two separate narrow gauge, miniature trains that operate alongside portions of the Disneyland Railroad main line. Billed by Disneyland as "the fastest miniature train in the world," it is Walt's first attempt at "mass-transit" in the park.
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    1938:
    Actress and Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont is born in London, England. Her Disney credits include Alice in Wonderland - as the voice of Alice, and Peter Pan - as the voice of Wendy.

    1979:
    Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, starring Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Harry Morgan and Ruth Buzzi, is released.
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    1940:
    Disney's Pluto cartoon Bone Trouble is released. It is the first cartoon directed by Jack Kinney.
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    1957:
    The Dave Brubeck Quartet record tracks for a Disney-themed record album titled Dave Digs Disney.

    1981:
    The Broadway at the Top show opens in the Top of the World at Disney World's Contemporary Resort.

    2007:
    Ratatouille, the eighth animated feature film produced by Pixar, is released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Brad Bird , Ratatouille features the voices of Patton Oswalt (as Remy), Lou Romano (as Linguini), Brian Dennehy (as Django), Brad Garrett (as Gusteau), Janeane Garofalo (as Colette), and John Ratzenberger (as Mustafa).
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