Today in Disney History

 
The Walt Disney Company:  May 9, 2005
Walt’s nephew Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold, former Board of Directors members, file a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against The Walt Disney Company and several other Board members alleging that the Board made numerous false statements to the shareholders about the on-going CEO search to try and induce shareholders to vote for the incumbant board during the 2005 Annual Meeting.

 
Walt Disney Studios:  May 9, 1953
Walt Disney’s classic cartoon For Whom the Bulls Toil, starring Goofy is released.   Goofy accidentally outsmarts a bull in the middle of the road while driving through Mexico . The villagers then decide that Goofy would make the perfect matador!

 

Walt Disney Studios:  May 9, 1941
Walt Disney’s cartoon A Good Time for a Dime, starring Donald Duck is released.  Donald visits a penny arcade where he finds a risque nickelodeon show featuring  Daisy dancing in the show!

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Disneyland:  May 8, 1991
Newspapers report that The Walt Disney Company has proposed a $3.1 billon project to build a new theme park called WESTCOT in Anaheim next to the company flagship park, Disneyland.  Initial plans call for building hotels, retail space and a second theme park (patterned after Epcot) on 470 acres.   (Ultimately WESTCOT never transpires as originally proposed, though a modified form with an entirely different theme park concept, revised hotel and retail spaces do open a decade later in the form of Disney’s California Adventure, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Downtown Disney).

 
Walt Disney World:  May 8, 2000
2000 young visionaries from around the globe meet at Walt Disney World for the 3-day Millennium Dreamers Celebration.  The celebration was in collaberation with McDonalds and UNESO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and set out to find and celebrate the accomplishments of children ages 8-15 from every corner of the globe.  The celebration was considered to the most far-reaching recognition program for children ever created, and conceived as a way to identify and recognize children in the world who are making a positive difference in their communities.

Dadisms

A few years back I got a little gift from a former co-worker who shares my birthday.  It was the first time in 6 or 7 years of working together that we were actually together in the same place on our birthday, and he wanted to commemorate it.  It was a little gifty-type book that Hallmark sold, but it’s pretty cool.  It’s called “DADisms :  What He Says AND What He Really Means.”   Perhaps some of you have seen it or received it yourself from some oh-so-caring individual in your life.  While some could potentially take offense at these statements/definitions and sometimes translations even, I found them to be pretty darn funny and I thought you might as well.  So I might just share a few of these pearls of wisdom with you from time to time.  But first, from the back cover…..

Dadisms (n):  Those idiomatic sayings Dad uses to cajole, shame, motivate, inspire, threaten, and – most of the time – bewilder his offspring.

Dadisms (the book):  A hilarious Parent-to-English guide to the true meaning of such sayings as: 

  • Dadism #13 :  “No pain, no gain.”    –  A somewhat feeble attempt at motivational speaking, this one is used to inspire a child to run one more lap, lift one more bushel, or endure one more round of multiplication tables.  Kids really hate this one. 

This book really has nothing to do with being a DIS Dad at all… but it’s been sitting on my desk the past few years, and I picked it up this morning for the first time in months and thought some of you might get a kick out of seeing these too.  It was written by the artist who draws the comic strip CATHY, so it is from a decidedly female point of view, but many of the “isms” quoted are fairly universal amongst Dads. 

Here are some for today:

Dadism #7:  “Look it up in the dictionary”    –  This dadism is used to foster educational self-sufficiency, resourcefulness and initiative.     TRANSLATION:  “Are you nuts?  I have no idea how to spell pnuemonia, and I’m too damned old to learn!”

Dadism #18:  “Whatever it is, the answer is “no”.”     – Here’s one of Dad’s preemptive strikes.  This one sends the message, loud and clear…I’m in no mood for requests of any kind. And my mood is not likely to change until after the game.

Dadism #64:  “I never talked to my old man like that!”        TRANSLATION:  “I can’t think of a snappy comeback right now, so I’m going to play the guilt card.  After all, it works for Mom.”

Dadism #85:  “So you think you’re smart, do you?”       – What he means is “I knew my kid would be smarter than I am someday, I just didn’t expect that day to come so soon!”

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Walt Disney:  May 7, 1950:
The Lilly Belle, the first engine of the Carolwood Pacific Railroad – Walt Disney’s backyard train at his Carolwood Drive home in Holmby Hills, California officially rolls down the track for the first time. The Carolwood Pacific is a 1/8th scale train and has 2,615 feet of track, including a 46 foot long trestle and a 90 foot long tunnel his wife Lillian’s flower beds!  The track is controlled from a little barn that servces as headquarters for the train’s operations and control the switches.  It could also serve as Walt’s workshop and a place to relax with friends.  The Carolwood Pacific is credited with becoming part of Walt’s inspiration for the creation of Disneyland later in the decade.
 
 
Walt Disney World:  May 7, 1993
The World Roller Hockey League Rink opens on an outdoor rink near the beach at Disney-MGM Studios. Used by a professional inline hockey league, it will last just one season.  Games were played with a ball instead of a puck, and were taped and aired on ESPN during the short, two month season, later replaed on Canada’s TSN. 

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The Walt Disney Company:  May 6, 1940
Walt Disney Studios completes a move into new quarters in Burbank, California.
  
Walt Disney World:  May 6, 1969:
In Yucatan, Mexico, imagineers Roger Broggie and Earl Vilmer, find and purchase five train engines that will be rebuilt and used for the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s new Florida theme park.
 
 
Walt Disney World:  May 6, 1988
At EPCOT Center, NORWAY, the second new World Showcase pavilion to be added to the original roster opens.  The pavillion combines the four primary architectural styles found throughout Norway:  Oslo, Bergen, Setesdal and Alesund.  A recreation of a Viking Stave Church is found at the entrance to the pavilion, and a full-scale Viking longboat moored at the water’s edge.  It includes the Fjording and Puffin’s Roost shops, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe a quick service style restaurant, as well as the full-service Restaurant Akershus which features traditional Nordic fare inside a recreation of the famed medieval castle in Oslo bearing the same name.   The pavilion also features the second ride-based attraction in the World Showcase, Maelstrom.  This adventure is the first water-based ride to turn guests around and go backwards, and takes guests through fanciful scenes of Norway’s colorful Viking past, through mythic troll forests and into in the modern age of off-shore oil drilling, a large part of Norway’s current economy.  Following the ride, guests enjoy a 5 minute travelogue film all about Norway and its’ people.