Today In Disney History ~ August 9th

Today In Disney History ~ August 9th

The Haunted Mansion opened on August 12, 1969. The ride was first announced in 1961, and advertised to open in 1963, with construction beginning in 1962, but Disney’s involvement in the 1964 World’s Fair slowed this progress. Walt’s Death in 1966 also delayed the ride as it was redesigned after his passing.
The first images of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion showed the house as a run down manor on a hill above Main Street. Walt it seems didn’t like the idea of a run down home in his park, haunted or not, so they instead built the mansion in a more grand manner modeling it after the Shipley-Lydecker home that was built in Baltimore in 1803.
In 2001 the Nightmare Before Christmas seasonal layover appeared and on May 9, 2015 the Hatbox Ghost that had originally part of the attic scene when the Mansion first opened. The Hatbox Ghost was removed shortly after the attraction’s debut because the effect that  his head to vanish from atop his shoulders and reappear alternately inside his hatbox just didn’t work well enough for Imagineers.
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The Hollywood Walk of Fame awards people and fictional characters of notability in the film, television, music, radio and theater industry a star a a permanent public monument in honor of their achievements. There are fifteen fictional characters that has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of the fifteen eleven were for motion pictures and four are in television. All five of the Disney fictional characters that have received a star in the Motion Picture category of the Walk of Fame.  Mickey Mouse was the the first animated character to receive a star in 1978 in honor of his 50th anniversary.
Donald Duck was inducted on August 8, 2004,and received the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 2,257th star in honor of his 70th birthday. His star can be found at 6840 Hollywood Blvd in front of the Walt Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre and Disney store in Hollywood. Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Michael Eisner were in attendance for the ceremony.

donald-duck-walk-of-fameOther Disney characters with a Walk of Fame star include Snow White (1987); Winnie the Pooh (2006); and Tinker Bell (2012).

TMSM Today in Graphic by Sherry Rinaldi DeHart, additional images from toptenz.net

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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