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Great Moments in Disney History

October 1, 1971
Walt Disney World opens

October 1, 1971
Walt Disney World Resort has its grand opening, attended by almost 10,000 Guests.

October 1, 2009
The Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes Guests at the Presidio in San Francisco. Museum founder Diane Disney Miller provides an amazingly intimate look into the life of one of the most creative pioneers ever known, Walt Disney.

October 3, 1912
Van France, founder of the Disney University, is born. He will become a Disney Legend.

October 3, 1955
"Mickey Mouse Club" debuts on Television.


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October 5, 1949
"The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," including two segments based on "The Wind in the Willows" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is released.

October 6, 1987
"Lady and the Tramp" becomes the seventh Walt Disney classic to be released on video.

October 6, 2001
Disney's "House of Mouse" debuts the episode "Clarabelle's Big Secret."

October 10, 1957
"Zorro" debuts on Television


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October 12, 1911
Disney Legend Bill Anderson is born in Smithfield, Utah. Credits during his 44 years with Disney will include several TV series, and such live-action features as "The Barefoot Executive," "The Apple Dumpling Gang," and "The Shaggy D.A."

October 13, 1940
Disney Legend Dave Smith, Disney's official Archivist, and the ultimate authority on all things Disney, is born in Pasadena, California.

October 13, 1987
Actor Fred MacMurray is inducted as the first Disney Legend ever in a ceremony at the Disney Studio Lot.

October 13, 1993
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is released


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October 14, 1971
Walt Disney World's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction (based on the 1954 Disney film) opens at the new Magic Kingdom. It features 14 submarines in an 11.5-million-gallon tank of water.

October 15, 1923
Walt Disney received a telegram from New York cartoon distributor Margaret Winkler offering to pay $1500 each for the first six of his Alice Comedies.

October 16, 1923
The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is founded as a partnership when Walt and his older brother Roy sign a contract to produce a series of animated short subjects entitled "Alice Comedies."

October 16, 1925
Actress Angela Lansbury is born in London England. Ms. Lansbury was the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney's "Beauty and The Beast," and the star of the live-action "Bedknobs and Broomsticks."


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October 17, 1937
Donald's nephews — Huey, Dewey, and Louie — are introduced in Disney's "Silly Symphony" comic strip.

October, 17, 1986
"The Color of Money" is released.

October 18, 1967
Disney's 19th animated feature film "The Jungle Book" is released. Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of the jungle is the last animated feature personally supervised by Walt Disney.

October 20, 1901
Academy Award®-winning composer-songwriter and Disney Legend Frank Churchill is born in Rumford, Maine. Some of his best-known songs include "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?," "Whistle While You Work," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come."

October 20, 1931 Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "The Fox Hunt" is released.

October 20, 1935
Actor Jerry Orbach, the voice of Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast," is born in the Bronx, New York.


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October, 22, 1979
100,000,000th Guest visits the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

October 24, 2001
The Walt Disney Company acquires Fox Family Worldwide.

October 25, 1985
Mickey's Character Shop opens at Disney's Village Marketplace.

October 27, 1954
Walt Disney's very first television series, "Disneyland," premieres on ABC. The show marks Disney's pioneering step into the new medium.

October 29, 1979
The 100-millionth Guest enters Walt Disney World Resort.

October 29, 2009
"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" flitters onto Disney DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The tale unfolds Tink's adventures beyond Pixie Hollow as she sets out to save the Pixie Dust Tree.

October 31, 1912
Animator Ollie Johnston is born in Palo Alto, California. He will become one of Walt's "Nine Old Men," working on countless Disney animated classics, and be named a Disney Legend.


 
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