Welcome one and all to another edition of “This Week in Disney History”!
Let’s dive in!
May 12th, 1937
Comedian George Carlin (the voice of Fillmore in Cars, and Zugor in Tarzan II) is born in New York City. Fillmore’s license plate reads “51237” as a reference to Carlin’s birthday. He was awarded five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
May 13th, 1992
Disneyland’s new nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic” is officially dedicated in Frontierland. Fantasmic holds a special place in my heart, because it (along with Main Street Electrical Parade) is one of the first shows/spectaculars I can remember seeing, and my dad would play the soundtrack for us all the time as kids.
May 14th, 1944
Filmmaker George Lucas is born in Modesto, California. Well known for his adventurous films which include the Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones movies (both series inspired rides in the Disney Parks), Lucas was also the executive producer for Captain EO.
May 15th, 1928
Plane Crazy, Walt Disney’s first silent short that will feature Mickey & Minnie Mouse premiers as a sneak preview on Sunest Blvd. in L.A.
May 16th, 2009
Disney-Pixar’s “Up” has it’s world premier at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
May 17th, 1950
Disney Legend, playwright, producer & award-winning lyricist Howard Ashman is born in Baltimore, Maryland. Howard co-produced The Little Mermaid with John Musker, and co-wrote a majority of the film’s songs with Alan Menken. He also worked on films such as: Oliver and Company, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors.
May 18th, 1999
The soundtrack for Tarzan is released on Walt Disney Records, and the song “You’ll Be in My Heart” will receive both an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
May 19th, 1971
Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes debut in Disneyland. It was originally opened as the “Indian War Canoes” in 1956.
May 20th, 1973
Disney World’s Tom Sawyer Island, Tom Sawyer Rafts, the Plaza Swan boats, and the Richard F. Irvine (WDW’s second Liberty Square riverboat) all first open at the Magic Kingdom.
May 21st, 1998
The new Tommorowland in Disneyland is unveiled after a very extensive makeover.
Can you believe the 60th Celebration kicks off NEXT WEEK? We had originally planned for this segment to end its run next week, but if you would like it to continue on, please let us know!
Have a magical day!