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July 21

July 21, 2005 – The Roller Coaster Raging Spirits Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

Raging Spirits


On July 21, the TokyoDisney Sea roller coaster attraction Raging Spirits opened in the Lost River Delta area. Set in the exhumed ruins of a ceremonial site, guests are taken through thrills such as spurts of fire and streams of water, culminating in a 360-degree loop before a plunge into a sinkhole. From the top of the attraction, guests have stunning aerial view of the Tokyo DisneySea park.

July 20

July 20, 1994 – The Final Episode of Dinosaurs Premieres


“Oh, sure, some sacrifices had to be made along the way: a forest here, a few species there, but in the end, wouldn’t you trade all that for great advancements like, uh…microwave toast?”

On July 20, 1994, the series finale of the comedy series Dinosaurs premiered on ABC. A joint production between Jim Henson Productions, and Walt Disney Productions, Dinosaurs was the idea of Jim Henson and Alex Rockwell, and ran for four seasons before being cancelled in 1994. The show follows the Sinclairs, a prehistoric blue-collar family. It starred Stuart Panking as the voice of Earl Sinclair, Jessica Walter as the voice of Fran Sinclair, and John Kennedy as the voice of Baby. The show won an Emmy in 1991 for Art Direction.

The final episode, “Changing Nature,” begins with a news anchor announcing the migration of the Bunch Beetles back to Pangea. Earl and family are out in the park to see the migration, but Earl is having trouble working the grill. Everyone waits anxiously for the beetles to return, but the beetles don’t appear. While the rest of the family is concerned, Earl thinks that it doesn’t make any difference one way or the other. Four days later, the beetles have disappeared, and the cider poppies have become overgrown. Finally, one of the beetles arrives at Earl’s house, but he doesn’t know where the other beetles are. The beetle explains that he only has two weeks to live, and has to head to the swamp to mate, but he’s lost. Unfortunately, when Charlene takes him to the swamp, she finds that it has been replaced by a wax fruit factory. She then finds that the workers there have killed all the Bunch Beetles.

Earl and Fran work hard to clear the poppies within the house, and when they turn on the news, they find Charlene announcing that she knows why the beetles have disappeared. Earl’s boss B.P. Richfield is watching the news and gets an idea to use Earl as part of a task force to get rid of the cider poppies. Unfortunately, the task force’s idea to solve the problem is to cover the entire planet with a dangerous pesticide. The pesticide is sprayed, killing all the poppies – but killing all plant life of the planet as well, leaving nothing but a desolate wasteland. This has the devastating effect of killing the global food chain. When Earl and friend Roy go to Richfield, he gives them their idea to create clouds from volcanoes to make it rain by dropping bombs in the volcanoes. This then causes global temperatures to drop significantly, causing another major problem. Richfield isn’t worried about the world possibly coming to an end, and Earl decides to spend his last moments with his family, apologizing for what he had done. The family huddles together as the snow continues to build outside, freezing them inside their home.

July 19

July 19, 2013 – The Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie Premieres


“Come on. They sing for no reason, they come out of the water and their hair is totally dry, the girls never surf as well as the boys, and they sing for no reason. I had to mention that one again cause even a second time, I don’t get why.”

On July 19, 2013, the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie premiered. It was the only DCOM to premiere in 2013, and became the second highest rated film with 8.4 million viewers on its first airing. The movie was dedicated to Annette Funicello, the original beach movie star who had passed away on April 8, 2013. The film was directed by Jeffrey Hornaday, with story by Vince Marcello and Mark Landry. The film starred Ross Lynch as Brady, Maia Mitchell as Mack, Grace Phipps as Lela, Garrett Clayton as Tanner, Kevin Chamberlin as Dr. Fusion, Steve Valentine as Les Camembert, and Barry Bostwick as Mack’s Grandfather.

The movie centers around teenagers Brady and Mack, a couple who have spent all day surfing. Mack tries to tell Brady something important, but gets distracted by the news of forty-foot waves the next day. In Mack’s grandfather’s house, there is another distraction in the form of Brady’s favorite film: Wet Side Story. Mack’s Aunt Antoinette shows up, revealing Mack’s news in front of Brady: Mack is leaving the next day. Brady is upset, as Mack will be heading to an exclusive private school back East. Mack asks for one more day to surf the big waves, but Aunt Antoinette won’t have it. Brady and Mack argue, but Mack says it’s her choice and she didn’t know how to tell Brady; Mack had made a deal with her Aunt to go to private school after her mother died. Mack wants to fulfill her mother’s dream of going to college, and breaks up with Brady.

Brady  heads out to save Mack from a huge storm that is brewing

Brady heads out to save Mack from a huge storm that is brewing

The next day, as Mack packs to head East, she finds her grandfather’s legendary surfboard and decides to hit up the forty-foot waves. Brady finds her and watches her as she heads out to surf, trying to find the perfect wave. Mack’s grandfather finds Brady and warns him that the sky doesn’t look good, and although it is deemed dangerous to surf, Mack continues to stay in the water. Brady heads out to bring Mack back in, but the two get caught in the large wave. The two manage to reach the surface, and are shocked to find themselves in what seems to be the set for Wet Side Story. Brady embraces it immediately, while Mack thinks they’ve died. The two stick out, and the surfers don’t take well to outsiders. The bikers then enter the bar where the bikers and surfers hang, and find themselves in the middle of a surf and turf war. Brady explains what’s going on to Mack, who is still nonplussed by the situation. Brady then continues to insert himself into the musical numbers while Mack watches, impressed.

Mack is once again thrown by the fact that they are stuck in the 1960s as she needs to get on a plane to the East, and Brady thinks that there needs to be storm to get them home. Mack and Brady end up at the shindig at Big Momma’s, the surfer and biker joint, when the bikers crash the party. Mack is frustrated at Brady’s attitude at the party, and the pair finds themselves dancing. Unfortunately, Mack and Brady end up changing the film, where the two leads, Lela and Tanner, end up falling for Brady and Mack instead of each other. The movie is then thrown off course, and Mack and Brady realize that they’ve changed everything. The two head to the secret hideout of the movie’s villain, Les Camembert, who has created a large weather altering machine. If Mack and Brady don’t fix the film, then the two won’t be able to get home. Brady and Mack come up with a plan to get Tanner and Lela fall for each other instead of them.

Mack infiltrates the biker girls' sleepover to get closer to Lela and fix the relationship mess

Mack infiltrates the biker girls’ sleepover to get closer to Lela and fix the relationship mess

Mack ends up at the biker girls’ sleepover, and she questions why the girls let boys decide everything for them. Meanwhile, Brady hangs out with the surfer guys at Big Momma’s, and finds that Tanner doesn’t care if a girl is a surfer or a biker, so long as she has something special. Mack ends up with a biker chick makeover, much to Brady’s amusement. Mack worries that they will remain stuck in the film, but Brady wants to stay because the two of them can stay together. Mack and Brady try to get Lela and Tanner to end up alone so they can get to know each other as people. Mack develops a friendship with Lela, who opens up to Mack with a big secret: she wants to surf. She convinces Lela to start surfing, and offers to have Brady teach her. Meanwhile, Les Camembert is testing his weather altering machine with his assistant, Dr. Fusion, which causes Mack and Brady to panic, as the storm is approaching. The situation is even worse when the two realize they are becoming part of the film, and burst into an involuntary musical number.

As Mack and Brady work on a plan, they are attacked by Les Camembert; meanwhile, Lela and Tanner meet by chance and start falling for each other, realizing that they’re meant to be before realizing that Mack and Brady must be in trouble. Mack and Brady are held captive in the lighthouse, and Lela and Tanner ask for everyone’s help in Big Momma’s, begging for everyone to work together to stop Les Camembert’s plans. Once the surfers and bikers see how much in love Lela and Tanner are, they have no choice but to work together. In the lighthouse, Mack finally admits that she doesn’t want to leave Brady and head to private school. The bikers and surfers show up just in time to save the day, and cause the machine to blow, creating the massive storm needed to get Mack and Brady back home. Lela and Tanner ask them to stay, and Lela gives Mack a special friendship necklace. Finally, Brady and Mack are able to take the giant wave back home, having saved the film. Mack then gets a chance to ride the forty-foot swell, and nails it. In the end, Mack tells her aunt that she doesn’t want to go, and want to stay with Brady and her grandfather, and make her own decisions. The movie ends with a big musical number on the beach.

July 18

July 18, 1956 – The Special Short Film Jack and Old Mac is Released to Theaters


“Go Mac, go Mac, go…run to the barnyard, join the fun…”

On July 18, 1956, the special short film Jack and Old Mac was released to theaters. It was directed by Bill Justice, with story by Dick Kinney and Roy Williams.

The first record, “The House that Jack Built,” takes specific words from the popular rhyme and turns them into drawings. This is then followed by an updated version of “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” turning into “Old McDonald Had a Band.” Old Mac plays the piano, while his wife chops firewood. The members of the farm accompany Old Mac, singing of the pig that plays the saxophone, the dog that plays the bass, the cow that plays the horn, and the horse that plays the drums. Old Mac then gets chickens to play the piano for him while everyone dances in the barnyard. Finally, Old Mac’s wife, having had enough of chopping firewood while her husband plays the piano, stops the party by hitting him over the head with a rolling pin.

July 17

July 17, 1912 – Radio and Television Personality, and Disney Legend Art Linkletter is Born

Art Linkletter

“Things work out best for the people who make the best of the way things work out.”

On July 17, 1912, Arthur Gordon Linkletter was born as Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Abandoned at only a few weeks old, he was adopted by Mary and Fulton Linkletter. At age five, his family moved to San Diego, California, and after graduating from San Diego High School, he rode the trains and did odd jobs around the country. He would then attend San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in teaching, but would end up working as a radio announcer. This humble beginning in radio led to a full-fledged career in announcing, including the shows People Are Funny (which became a television program in 1954), Art Linkletter’s House Party, and Kids Say the Darndest Things. A friend of Walt’s, Linkletter offered his services to host the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland in 1955, as well as those of his friends Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings. On the park’s 50th anniversary, Linkletter opened the celebrations for the “Happiest Homecoming on Earth.” Known for his work ethic, good nature, and philanthropy, he was awarded with several honorary degrees throughout his life, as well as a National Humanities Medal and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2005, for his work in promoting Disneyland, Linkletter was awarded as a Disney Legend. In 2010, Linkletter passed away in his Los Angeles home at the age of 97.

July 16

July 16, 1954 – The Special Short Film Casey at the Bat is Released to Theaters


“Casey’s the guy with his eye on the ball, but mostly the ladies. Casey’s the guy who’s the idol of all – but mostly the ladies.”

On July 16, 1954, the segment turned short film Casey at the Bat was released to theaters. Originally based on the poem by Ernest Thayer, the short was a segment in the animated package feature film Make Mine Music. It was narrated by Jerry Colona.

The time is 102, and everyone is heading to the ball game to see the game between Mudville and Burbank, particularly Casey, “the pride of them all.” The game doesn’t look good for Mudville, as they are losing by two. Each batter before Casey is bumbling, but they somehow manage to load the bases just as Casey gets up to bat to bring them home. Although distracted by the ladies, Casey leaves the crowd to once again be the hero, full of swagger and bravado. The pitcher is afraid to throw the ball, sweating profusely. When the ball arrives, Casey refuses to swing, and the crowd argues with the umpire’s call of a strike. Casey is able to calm the crowd down, and waits for his new pitch, though he ignores it again, resulting in another strike. Finally, the ball comes for a third time. Unfortunately, there is no joy in Mudville, as Casey struck out, and is left crying in the rain, trying once again to hit the ball, but has seemingly lost his ability.

July 15

July 15, 1955 – The Special Short Film The Flying Gauchito is Released to Theaters


“It’s a tale told by an old gaucho from Uruguay.”

On July 15, 1955, the segment turned short film The Flying Gauchito was released to theaters. It was originally a segment of the animated feature film The Three Caballeros.

The short begins in Uruguay, where a little bird came out of his nest early in the morning to see a little gauchito sneak out to go hunting. The gauchito heads up the mountain range to hunt a condor, and spots a large bird in a nest, only to find that it was actually a flying donkey. The donkey spots the gauchito and steals his hat, and the gauchito works quickly to capture him. The gauchito sets to work training the donkey before setting off to the race at the fiesta the next day. With a grand prize of 1,000 pesos, the two plan on winning the race, although they are laughed at by the crowd. The race doesn’t begin very well, with the crowd laughing at the donkey’s slow pace. Finally, gauchito reveals the donkey’s wings, and the two fly down the track as fast as can be, winning the pesos. Unfortunately, the ruse is up when the donkey flies up into the air, taking the gauchito far away with him.

July 14

July 14, 1973 – The American Egg House Restaurant Opens in Disneyland

American Egg House

“As you dine with us in The American Egg House – where authenticity may also be seen in the surrounding décor – we hope that your visit into ‘yesterday’ is filled with pleasant memories of your own ‘home town’…”

On July 14, 1973, the restaurant The American Egg House opened on Disneyland’s Main Street. Sponsored by the American Egg Board, it was a popular location for breakfast when guests entered the park. The restaurant featured a turn-of-the-century décor to keep with the look and feel of Main Street, and served specialty omelets and egg dishes, as well as several sweet treats. The restaurant was closed on September 30, 1983.

July 13

July 13, 1955 – Walt and Lillian Disney Celebrate Their 30th Anniversary at Disneyland

Walt Lillian Anniversary

“Hope you can make it – we especially want you and, by the way, no gifts please – we have everything, including a grandson!”

On July 13, 1955, Walt and Lillian Disney celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at the yet to be opened Disneyland Park, four days before the official opening. Three hundred guests (including the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant) gathered for a “Tempus Fugit Celebration,” beginning with a tour of Main Street led by Walt, and were ferried to the Golden Horseshoe for dinner on the Mark Twain paddlewheeler. Guests there then experienced the first, if unofficial, performance of the Golden Horseshoe Revue, followed by impromptu dancing.

July 12

July 12, 1989 – The Star Tours Attraction Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

DROID DUO -- "Star Wars" droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the famous characters guests encounter in Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, a new 3-D attraction at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The attraction also is thrilling guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)


On July 12, 1989, the attraction Star Tours opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. The attraction was based on the Disneyland attraction of the same name that opened on January 9, 1987. Created in cooperation with George Lucas, the attraction is based on the hit Star Wars film trilogy. The film in the attraction was dubbed for Japanese audiences, featuring Nozawa Nachi as the voice of C-3P0. On April 2, 2012, the attraction was closed as part of a major overhaul that began with the Disneyland version in 2010. The remodeled version opened on May 7, 2013, under the new name Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.