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September 17

September 17, 2004 – Eleven New Inductees are Named Disney Legends

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“We owe so much to this group that represents the best of Disney – their work is the arc that connects Disney’s history with our success today.”

On September 17, 2004, the newest group of Disney Legends were honored at a special ceremony at the Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The ceremonies were presided over by then CEO Michael Eisner, who originally created the honor in 1987. The honorees that were present participated in the handprint ceremony, with their handprints then hung in the plaza for all to see. Among those honored were film and television producer Bill Anderson, actor Tim Conway, Imagineer Rolly Crump, Imagineer Alice Davis, actress Karen Dotrice, actor Matthew Garber, ABC Chairman of the Board Leonard Goldenson, Imagineer Bob Gurr, conductor and orchestrator Irwin Kostal, Imagineer Ralph Kent, and animator and story man Mel Shaw.

February 21

February 21, 1997 – Club Disney Opens

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“Imagination-powered play site”

On February 21, 1997, the first of five children’s play centers known as Club Disney opened in Thousand Oaks, California. It was billed as an exploratory entertainment area for children aged between four and ten, along with their parents. There were four themed areas within Club Disney: Pal Around Playground, Curiosity Castle, Starring You Studio, and the Chat Hat. Activities for the kids ranged from dressing up in Disney costumes, to playing in an enormous jungle gym, to exploring the latest CD-ROM activities. One other club opened in California, as well as one in Colorado, and two in Arizona. After the five clubs were established, Disney Corporate determined that there was not enough return on investment, and closed all five clubs in November of 1999. The name now belongs to play areas established within Disney park resorts.

May 19

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May 19, 1941 – Dancer, Singer, and Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess is Born

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“After being in seventy-five amateur shows, I was ready for a job where I’d just be dancing. I wanted to pay my dues and get some professional experience.”

On May 19, 1941, Robert Wilkie Burgess was born in Long Beach, California. He first began dancing and playing the accordion at age 5, and when he auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club at age 13, he had already won several amateur talent competitions with his tap and jitterbugging skills. At his audition, he was prepared to audition for acting more than dancing, reading for a role in the upcoming serial The Adventures of Spin and Marty. However, the role had already been cast, and Burgess was directed to the Mousketeer auditions instead. He auditioned with a barefoot jazz number to “Rock Around the Clock,” and won a coveted role on the show. After the show ended, he moved back to his parents’ house in Long Beach and was one of the few Mouseketeers to have a smooth transition from child star to normal adult. He entered a dance contest with his girlfriend, winning the chance to star on The Lawrence Welk Show, and stayed on the show until its final episodes in 1982. Burgess currently runs a dance studio in Long Beach that specializes in ballroom dancing.