Hello friends! We’re just about a month away from the big 60th Celebration/Summer Kick Off!
Here’s what happened on this week, in Disney History:
April 20th, 1945
Disney’s Goofy short “African Diary” (directed by Jack Kinney) is released. I remember watching this as a kid, and it’s still one of my favorites!
April 21st, 1965
The World’s Fair in New York City opens for the second and final season. The fair includes Disney-created attractions for Ford, GE, Pepsi, and the State of Illinois.
April 22nd, 1998
Animal Kingdom opens in Walt Disney World! Two of the three major “lands” will open on this date: Africa and DinoLand USA. Asia opened in 1999.
April 23rd, 1957
The Midget Autopia opens in Disneyland, becoming the THIRD (and smallest) Autopia track. It joins the Tomorrow Autopia, and Junior Autopia in Fantasyland. It was located next to the Storybook Canal Boats, for guests who were too small to ride the other tracks. Midget Autopia closed in 1966 and was donated to Walt’s hometown Marceline, Missouri.
April 24th, 1989
MMC- Also known as The All New Mickey Mouse Club debuts! The cast over the years featured young, soon-to-be famous stars such as: Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gossling, and more. I loved watching MMC as a kid! (Along with Mousercize)
April 25th, 1953
Ron Clements is born in Sioux City, Iowa. Ron will eventually become an animator/director/writer who’s Disney credits include: Aladdin, Hercules, Princess and the Frog, and Treasure Planet. Seeing Pinocchio at age 9 is what made him decide to pursue animation.
April 26th, 2004
Michael Eisner makes Forbes’ list of worst CEOs in America.
April 27th, 2001
Disneyland’s Rocket Rods close after being open for only a few years. Plagued with problems, the ride was supposed to be undergoing refurbishment from Sept. 2000 to Spring 2001, but mechanics and designers just couldn’t make it work. Essentially a faster version of the People Mover, the Rocket Rods took guests through the buildings that contain Star Tours, Star Trader, & Starcade. Did you ever ride the Rocket Rods? They were pretty awesome when they worked!
That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading, and remember to check in every Tuesday for another edition!