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September 26

September 26, 1953 – Walt and Herb Ryman Discuss Disneyland Plans


“Herbie, we’re going to build an amusement park.”

On September 26, 1953, Walt Disney called Herb Ryman to come to the Disney Studios as soon as possible. Ryman had worked for the studios in the 1940s, even as part of the South America goodwill trip, but had left to work at another studio while pursuing a career as an artist. Ryman came to the office and was told about Walt’s idea for an amusement park known as Disneyland. When Ryman voiced that he’d like to see it, Walt responded “You’re going to [draw] it.” Ryman had balked at this, especially being given the weekend to do it, as Roy was to talk to the bankers on Monday. Walt offered to stay with Ryman, and the two worked over 42 hours to create the initial rendering of what would become the Happiest Place on Earth.

September 25

September 25, 2007 – The Rascal Flatts Album Still Feels Good is Released Through Lyric Street Records


“I wanna know everything about you then, and I wanna go down every road you’ve been.”

On September 25, 2007, the fifth studio album by country recording artist Rascal Flatts, entitled Still Feels Good, was released through Disney-owned Lyric Street Records. The album spawned five singles, including “Take Me There” and “Here,” which both peaked at number one on the US Country charts. The album itself peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts, selling 547,000 copies in its first week.

September 24

September 24, 1985 – The Lotus Blossom Café Opens in Epcot’s China Pavilion


“Chow down on Chinese favorites – like pot stickers, egg rolls, orange chicken, shrimp fried rice, beef noodle soup, and more.”

On September 24, 1985, the quick service restaurant Lotus Blossom Café opened in World Showcase’s China pavilion within Epcot. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with appetizers and entrees available. It features quick-to-order Chinese fare, with entrees including Beef Rice Bowl and Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry over Rice. Desserts include two types of ice cream popular in China: caramel-ginger, and lychee. The restaurant also sits close to the Temple of Heaven, giving guests a view of the centerpiece of the pavilion.

September 23

September 23, 1949 – The Goofy Short Film Goofy Gymnastics is Released to Theaters


“Don’t be a spineless weak-kneed no good nincompoop!”

On September 23, 1949, the Goofy short film Goofy Gymnastics premiered in theaters. A segment of this short was featured in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney.

The short begins with Goofy home from a day of work, exhausted. As he leafs through a magazine, he finds an advertisement for a workout program that promises fame, money, and fortune. He sends away for a home gym kit, and he quickly sets it up when it arrives. He starts with the barbell exercises first, but is unable to lift the weight and ends up hurting himself. When he finally is able to lift the barbell, a fly lands on him and sends him crashing through the floors of his building. He sets out to start the second exercise: chin-ups. He is able to do them, until it is revealed that he is moving the bar to meet his chin rather than the other way around. Goofy then moves on to the cable expanders, while ominous music plays in the background. He gets caught in the cables, which sends him flying around the room and destroying the equipment in the process. In the end, Goofy is tired to the point where he just falls asleep.

September 22

September 22, 1965 – The Goofy Short Film Goofy’s Freeway Troubles is Released to Theaters


“With increasing frequency, new sections of freeway are being opened around the world.”

On September 22, 1965, the Goofy short film, Goofy’s Freeway Troubles, premiered in theaters. It was the last Goofy film produced in the golden age of Disney short films, until How to Hook Up Your Home Theater in 2007. The short is directed by Les Clark, with story by William R. Bosché.

The short begins with an explanation of freeways, along with the rules associated with them – and the drivers that ignore the rules. Goofy plays the roles of Driverius Timidicus (the timid driver), Neglectorus Maximus (the careless, distracted driver), and Motoramus Figitus (the impatient driver with road rage). Other freeway driving problems are discussed, using the example of Stupidicus Ultimas, the driver that never takes care of anything. His car is ragged, and he hasn’t taken it in to get anything checked. On the freeway, his tire blows, and he ends up causing a traffic accident as he loses control. Other problems present themselves, with much the same result: traffic accidents. Stupidicus also overloads his car with items that fly out of his car when he suddenly stops. Stupidicus is also not smart when it comes to getting gas, and he ends up running out of fuel on the busy highway. The narrator then explains rules for drivers if they run into any problems on the road; he also explains that the physical and mental health of the driver is just as important as the mechanical health of the car.

September 21

September 21, 1996 – The IllumiNations 25 Evening Show Begins its Run


“Join us now as the countries of the World Showcase welcome all of you to our world wide family.”

On September 21, 1996, the 25th anniversary edition of the IllumiNations evening fireworks show, titled IllumiNations 25, began its run near the World Showcase of Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. This version of the show, sponsored by General Electric, featured new music, including the song “Remember the Magic,” which was used as a salute to the World Showcase. This version of the show ran until May 18, 1997; a second version of the 25th celebration show, featuring the classical music from the original show, began May 19, 1997, and ran until January 31, 1998.

September 20

September 20, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Monkey Business is Released to Theaters


On September 20, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Monkey Business premiered in theaters. It was the 33rd Alice Comedy released, and the 17th to feature Margie Gay as Alice. The short has since been considered a lost film.