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Great Moments in Disney History

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Great Moments in Disney History

July 3, 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.

July 4, 1956
Walt Disney and his brother Roy visit Marceline, Missouri - their boyhood home and inspiration for Main Street USA.

July 4, 2009
An Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama joins the newly renamed "Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty's Leaders" at Walt Disney World Resort. The eight-month makeover includes new presidential speeches, music, lighting, and other nods to advanced technology.

July 6, 1925
Walt and Roy Disney put down a $400 deposit on a lot at 2719 Hyperion Avenue, in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, where they plan to build a new studio. The single-story building will serve as the Disney's base for the next fifteen years.


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July 13, 1955
Eighteen-year-old Bob Penfield begins working at Disneyland four days before the Park's grand opening. He will go on to work for Disneyland for the next 42 years, making him the longest-working Cast Member in history!

July 14, 1919
Disney animator Walt Stanchfield is born in Los Angeles, California. He worked on every full-length animated feature film from "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" (1949) through "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986).

July 14, 1934
Disney's Silly Symphony "The Flying Mouse" is released.


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July 14, 1946
Original Mouseketeer -- the youngest male to audition -- Carl "Cubby" O'Brien is born in Burbank, California.

July 15, 1912
Imagineer and writer Al Bertino is born in California. He will go on to help design such Disneyland attractions as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, The Haunted Mansion, and the Country Bear Jamboree.

July 17, 1955
Walt Disney's first theme park "Disneyland" debuted at 2PM Sunday afternoon in Anaheim, California. Ronald Reagan (who later became President of the United States), Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, the Mouseketeers, Thurl Ravenscroft, California Governor Goodwin J. Knight and over 28,000 guests witnessed the opening of Walt's dream. This was the biggest live telecast to date, broadcast on ABC.


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July 21, 1924
Actor Don Knotts is born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He appeared in Disney's "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (1975), "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" (1977), "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" (1979), and voiced Turkey Lurkey in "Chicken Little" (2005).

July 21, 1939
The Mickey Mouse short, "The Pointer," is released.

July 21, 1952
Comedian/actor Robin Williams is born in Chicago, Illinois. He was the voice of Genie in Disney's "Aladdin" (1992), the Timekeeper in "From Time to Time" (1992), and starred in the live-action feature "Flubber" (1997).

July 23, 1908
Actor Karl Swenson, the voice of Merlin in Disney's 1963 release The Sword in the Stone, is born in Brooklyn, New York.

July 23, 1911
Disney background artist & Disney Legend Al Dempster is born in Atlantic City, New Jersey

July 23, 1931
Architect Arata Isozaki, the designer of the Team Disney Building near Orlando, Florida, is born in Oita, Japan. The building's oddly looped gateway suggests a giant pair of Mickey ears.

July 23, 1942
A letter written by Chester Feitel to Walt Disney indicates heightened security surrounding some of the military projects undertaken at the Studio.

July 23, 1951
Actress Edie McClurg, the voices of Carlotta in the 1989 classic The Little Mermaid, as well as Minny in the movie Cars and Cars 2, is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

July 23, 1956
Disneyland's Junior Autopia attraction debuts.

July 23, 1983
The first official Tokyo Disneyland video, Kingdom of Dreams and Magic, is released in Japan.

July 23, 1994
Disney's animated feature film "The Lion King" is released to theaters in Japan.

July 23, 1999
Inspector Gadget, starring Matthew Broderick, debuts.

July 23, 2002
Disney's "Tarzan & Jane" is released straight to DVD and video.

July 23, 2002
The soundtrack for the upcoming Disney film "The Country Bears" is released.

July 23, 2003
Reports emerge that Walt Disney World will run national TV ads about a single ride. The company's new campaign will be centered around Epcot's thrilling attraction, Mission: Space (which begins operation August 15).

July 23, 2004
An exclusive sneak peek preview of the film The Incredibles is held at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, CA.

July 23, 2009
At Comic-Con 2009, veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join TRON producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger for an unprecedented presentation featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3D adventures Disney's A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and TRON.

July 23, 2012
Typhoon Vicente shuts down Hong Kong Disneyland early.

July 23, 2013
In Florida, one of the original Pleasure Island clubs is torn down as the Disney Springs project moves forward.

July 24, 1966
New Orleans Square is dedicated by Walt Disney and the mayor of New Orleans, Victor Schiro at Disneyland USA. At the celebration, Mayor Schiro will take time to play the drums with the Dixieland Jazz band "Firehouse Five Plus Two". This will be Walt's last public appearance at Disneyland due to his health.

July 24, 2009
"G-Force," a comedy-adventure about covert government agents that just happen to be guinea pigs, premieres. It's producer Jerry Bruckheimer's first 3D film and is directed by Academy Award-winning visual effects master Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr.

July 28, 1931
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "The Cat's Out," directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released. The plot centers around a cat who after being struck on the head begins hallucinating all sorts of creepy things!


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July 28, 1995
The 400th Disney Store opens in Rochester, New York at 271 Greece Ridge Center Drive.

July 28, 1998
Disney's first cruise ship, The Magic, is christened!

July 31, 1929
The Mickey Mouse film The Karnival Kid is completed. Minnie Mouse also appears. Mickey Mouse speaks his first words: "Hot dog!"


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