Month: July 2017

Disney History for the Month of August

Each month, we look at the days worth celebrating by cracking open the vault and noting what happened in Disney history.

8/1 — Paul Bunyan Released (1958)

I remember watching this classic in school during “Tall Tales” week.

8/2 — DCA Initial Brainstorm (1995)

Disney execs meet to discuss Disneyland Resort’s 2nd gate. What a wild Pandora’s Box that meeting turns out to be…

8/3 — Mickey Mouse Watch Introduced (1933)

Coolest accessory around to be worn by lame Robert Langdon in “The Da Vinci Code”

8/4 — Animal Kingdom Groundbreaking (1995)

LOTS of ground to be broken…

8/5 — Adventures Thru Inner Space Opens in Disneyland (1967)

Another ride I’ll never ride…

8/6 — Vietnam “Yippie” Protest in Disneyland (1970)

Possibly the weirdest day in Disneyland history.

8/7 — Wayne Knight’s Birthday (1955)

Voices in Hercules, Tarzan and Toy Story 2.

8/8 — Bambi has World Premiere in London (1942)

Disney’s 5th animated feature film

8/9 — Haunted Mansion Opens in Disneyland (1969)

Housing 999 happy haunts… but there’s always room for one more.

8/10 — Walt Disney Plans for NY’s World’s Fair (1959)

After reading an article, Disney’s ’60s are going to change drastically.

8/11 — Robin Williams Passes Away (2014)

Tragically, the star of Aladdin and Flubber ends his life.

8/12 — Remake of Pete’s Dragon Released (2016)

So now there are two “Pete’s Dragon”s I haven’t seen…

8/13 — Cat Nap Pluto Released (1948)

And featuring Figaro from Disney’s Pinocchio!

8/14 —  Steve Martin’s Birthday (1945)

The voice of the 50th anniversary and the coolest Main Street Magician there ever was.

8/15 — Make Mine Music Released (1946)

Disney’s 8th animated feature film

8/16 — Fess Parker Born (1924)

The guy played Davy Crockett. You know, “born on a mountaintop in Tennessee…

8/17 — Davy Crockett Born (1786)

And ol’ Fess Parker wouldn’t have anyone to play without this American legend being born!

8/18 — Carnation Plaza in Disneyland Opens (1956)

Now closed, Carnation Plaza spawned the wonderful “Date Nite at Disneyland

8/19 — John Stamos Enters the World (1963)

Owner of the original Disneyland sign as well the heart of every girl I ever dated.

8/20 — Demi Lovato Born (1992)

I’m not supposed to know who this is.

8/21 — Winnie-the-Pooh Doll Is Given to the Actual Christopher Robin (1921)

Spawns endless Character Breakfasts.

8/22 — Skeleton Dance is Released (1929)

Most famous non-Mickey black-and-white cartoon?

8/23 — Vera Miles is Born (1929)

Actress from A Tiger Walks, Follow Me, Boys! and One Little Indian.

8/24 — Premiere of Saludos Amigos (1942)

Disney’s 6th animated feature film

8/25 — Disneyland Hotel Holds Its “Official” Grand Opening (1956)

60 years later, I’ll have a boozy dinner at Steakhouse 55. Surely nothing happens between those dates.

8/26 — Walt Disney enlists in the American Ambulance Corps (1918)

Walt proves to be a badsass; lies about how old he is to enlist.

8/27 —  World Premier of Mary Poppins (1964)

“A man has dreams of walking with giants…” (sob sob sob)

8/28 — Mickey’s Follies Is Released, Along with “Minnie’s Yoo-Hoo” (1929)

“Neither fat nor skinny/She’s the horse’s whinny/She’s my little Minnie Mouse!”

8/29 — Disney Announces an Agreement to Acquire the Muppets (1989)

Spoiler Alert: It goes horribly south.

8/30 — Fred MacMurray is born (1908)

The FIRST Disney Legend. Star of The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Follow Me, Boys! and The Happiest Millionaire

8/31 — Walt Shares Ideas about an “Amusement Park” with a Train (1948)

As a Disney Theme Park fan, I feel like this is kind of important…

11 / D23 Part 1: Theme Park Announcements

This week we check in on Disney’s D23 Expo and break down the theme park announcements, from Disneyland to Disney World, from Star Wars to Marvel and all points in between.


10 / 4th of July Disney Parks Special

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE it’s that time of year again — Independence Day! We take a patriotic tour of the Disneyland and Disney World, but first, we share an American cocktail — Frozen Red Stag Lemonade — and talk news! Pirates Changes, Lincoln, Jim Beam, Siemens, Tom Sawyer… God Bless America!