The 1945 Academy Awards are held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with hosts Bob
Hope and James Stewart. Walt Disney Studio Sound Department (nominated for The Three Caballeros)
loses to RKO's The Bell's of Saint Mary in the Sound Recording category. The Disney team of Edward Plumb, Paul
J. Smith and Charles Wolcott - nominated for the music in The Three Caballeros, are edged out by Georgie Stoll for
his score for Anchors Aweigh. Although nominated for Short Subjects, Cartoon - Disney's Donald's Crime is beat out
by MGM's Quiet Please.
In a ceremony prior to the park's opening, Disney Legend Bob Gurr receives a window on Disneyland's Main Street USA. Gurr's Disneyland designs include the Autopia, the Monorail, Omnimovers, and the Main Street Vehicles.
Walt Disney Pictures releases the comedy feature College Road Trip. When an overachieving high school student (played by Raven-Symoné) decides to travel around the country to
choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father (played by Martin Lawrence) decides to
accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow. This comical adventure also features
Brenda Song, Donny Osmond, and Will Sasso.
Disney's Donald Duck short Golden Eggs is released. Having a hard time harvesting eggs
from the henhouse, Donald goes in disguise as a hen to get them!
"All the school shop classes were my passion. Wood and metal shop taught me a lot about how to find the easiest way to build something. Skills that would make designing Disneyland Attractions so much simpler." -Disney Legend Bob Gurr
This year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off in Florida. Running
through May 20, the festival features traditional topiaries, HGTV stars, and the Flower Power concert series.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Bringing Down the House, a comedy film written by Jason Filardi and directed by
Adam Shankman, is released by Touchstone Pictures. Lawyer Peter Sanderson (played by
Steve Martin) wants to dive back into dating after his divorce and has a hard time meeting the right women. But
he lucks out with online dating and meets a fellow lawyer. The two agree to meet in the flesh, but the woman he meets, an escaped convict named Charlene (Queen Latifah), is not what he expects. Distributed by Buena
Vista Pictures, the cast includes Eugene Levy, Kimberly J. Brown, and Angus T. Jones.
Moana is released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray (2D and
3D) and DVD in the U.S. The Blu-ray release also introduces a short film featuring Maui and Moana, titled Gone Fishing. First released in theaters in 2016, Moana features the voices of Auliʻi Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, and Jemaine Clement.
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, a trackless dancing cars ride located in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, officially opens to guests. The attraction features Luigi, the Italian roadster who runs the Casa Della Tires shop in Radiator Springs. Guests ride in the car vehicles as they move and spin to Italian music. It is the first attraction at the Disneyland Resort to use a trackless ride system.
"The Happiest Show on Earth"—a runway fashion event featuring a Mickey-inspired collection designed by couture brand Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, takes place at Disneyland (the first fashion show held at the park in 40 years). The show also serves as Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2018 runway show and closes out fashion week celebrations around the world.
Pinocchio is released on VHS and DVD under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection banner. Included is A Wish Come True: The Making of Pinocchio, a short documentary narrated by voice over artist Mark Elliot.
Actress Rachel Weisz is born in Westminster, London, England. She portrayed Evanor, the Wicked Witch of the East, in Disney's 2013 Oz the Great and Powerful.
Special effect animator Cy Young is born in Suzhou, Jiangsu, Qing China. Hired by Disney to be head of his new special effects animation department (along with animator Ugo D'Orsi), his credits included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Fantasia, and Dumbo. Young left the studio after the 1941 Disney animators' strike and worked as a staff artist and clerk at the Air Force, where he worked on various projects.
Blizzard Beach in Walt Disney World reopens almost a full year after the Florida
theme park closed its gates due to the coronavirus health crisis. While capacity is limited at the ski resort-inspired water park, Disney is not currently requiring reservations for Blizzard Beach as it for its four traditional theme parks. (Typhoon Lagoon, Disney World’s other water park, remains closed.)
The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, California. Among the winners: