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September 23

September 23, 1955 – The Vinyl Record Firehouse Five Plus Two Plays for Lovers is Released Through Good Time Jazz

On September 23, 1955, the vinyl record Firehouse Five Plus Two Plays for Lovers was released through the Good Time Jazz label. The Firehouse Five Plus Two was a Dixieland band composed of members of the Walt Disney Company, led by Nine Old Men animator Ward Kimball, and featured Danny Alguire (assistant director at Disney), Harper Goff (Imagineer), Clarke Mallery (animator), Monte Mountjoy (jazz musician), Ed Penner (story writer), and Frank Thomas (Nine Old Men member). Later members included George Bruns (composer), Eddie Forest (Disney Studios orchestra drummer), Don Kinch, Jimmy MacDonald (head of the sound department and voice actor for Mickey Mouse), George Probert (assistant director), and Dick Roberts (professional banjo player). The album featured classic songs such as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Love Songs of the Nile.”

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May 18

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May 18, 1910 – Artist, Imagineer, and Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond is Born

“A Dorothea Redmond watercolor painting is a wonder to behold.” – Stacia Martin, Disney artist and historian

On May 18, 1910, artist Dorothea Holt Redmond was born in Los Angeles, California, and would receive her degree in interior design from the USC School of Architecture. Afterwards, she attended the Art Center College and got a degree in illustration. In 1938, she was hired by Selznick International Pictures, contributing her skills to such films as The Young in Heart and Gone With the Wind, and was considered one of the most talented illustrators in the business. She left to work at an architectural firm, and in 1964, she joined WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering). Her first project was to transform Disneyland’s Red Wagon Inn to the more upscale Plaza Inn, which would go on to become Walt’s favorite place to bring guests. Her other big project was to create the interior paintings for the Royal Suite, which was a hideaway for the Disney family (its location, above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, is now known as the Dream Suite). Redmond did a multitude of work for Walt Disney World, working prolifically on Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Main Street. Her most well-known work is for the murals covering the passage through Cinderella’s Castle, which were replicated in Tokyo Disneyland almost ten years later. After ten years at Disney, Redmond retired. She was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2008. She passed away on February 27, 2009.

December 31

December 31, 1899 – Harrison Hightower III Mysteriously Disappears

“1899年に起きたオーナーの謎の失踪事件以来、恐怖のホテルと呼ばれるようになった「タワー・オブ・テラー」。”

According to legend: on December 31, 1899, antiques collector and builder of the Hotel Hightower, Harrison Hightower III, disappeared mysteriously after his acquisition of the Shiriki Utundu idol. Of course, this is part of the story of the Tower of Terror attraction in Tokyo DisneySea, and the character of Hightower was made to resemble Imagineer Joe Rohde. The story of the attraction is that after Hightower’s disappearance, the New York City Preservation Society took over the restoration of the hotel, and now offered tours to the public, with terrifying results.

October 20

October 20, 2008 – The Blue Sky Cellar Preview Center Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Step into the minds of Walt Disney Imagineers to see how “blue-sky” ideas turn into reality—from concept to completion.”

On October 20, 2008, the preview center Blue Sky Cellar officially opened in Disney California Adventure. Replacing the Seasons of the Vine Theater, the area served as a place where Imagineers could show sketches and models depicting proposed and upcoming attractions; attractions presented there have included Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Silly Symphony Swings, World of Color, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School, Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, Fantasy Faire, Mickey & the Magical Map, Market House, and Pixar Pier. Although it originally closed on September 29, 2013, it was reopened on April 13, 2018, as it was used to showcase the plans for what would become Pixar Pier.

August 21

August 21, 2011 – The Second D23 Expo Comes to a Close

“The Ultimate Disney Fan Event”

On August 21, 2011, the second biennial D23 Expo had its final day. Featured at the Anaheim Convention Center, the final day featured 15 exhibitions and panels for Disney fans to peruse, including a panel about the evolution of Marvel comics by Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada; a conversation with Steve Pilcher and Tia Kratter, called The Art of Brave; and a special discussion with film preservationist Ed Hobelman and Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter, called MORE of the Wonderful World of Vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

July 19

July 19, 1989 – Ub Iwerks and the Nine Old Men are Honored as Disney Legends

“Collectively, they helped establish The Walt Disney Company…the impact of their work is immeasurable.”

On July 19, 1989, the Disney Legends Award Ceremony was held at the Walt Disney Studios. The focus of the ceremony were the animators that helped make the Walt Disney Company and Disney Animation: animator and Imagineer Ub Iwerks, and Nine Old Men animators Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Woolie Reitherman, and Frank Thomas. This group was considered the “Founders Circle” of the Walt Disney Company. Of those being honored, only Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, and Ward Kimball were alive to attend the ceremony.

October 20

October 20, 1993 – Ten New Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“The stuff Legends are made of…”

On October 20, 1993, ten new inductees were added as Disney Legends in a special ceremony held at the Walt Disney Studios. The ten inductees included Card Walker; former President of the Walt Disney Company; Donn Tatum, senior executive; Clarence Nash, original voice actor of Donald Duck; Jimmy MacDonald, sound effects wizard and second voice actor for Mickey Mouse; Pinto Colvig, original voice actor for Goofy; actor Buddy Ebsen, who was best known for his role as George Russel in the Davy Crockett series; Irving Ludwig, film distributor who helped form the Buena Vista Distribution Company; matte artist Peter Ellenshaw; Harper Goff, Imagineer and artist; and Blaine Gibson, Imagineer and sculptor, best known for the Partners statue in the Disney Parks. The ceremony was presided over by Michael Eisner and Roy E. Disney, and of those honored, Tatum, Nash, MacDonald, Colvig, and Goff were honored posthumously.