Welcome to our weekly coverage of Disney History. This week we are highlighting important events that occurred July 4 – July 10 from 1918 through 2009.
- July 4, 1927 – Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film Trolley Troubles premieres at the Criterion Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
- July 5, 1988 – The Maelstrom opens in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion featuring boats patterned after viking ships. The Maelstrom remained open until October of 2014 when it closed for the lengthy transformation into Frozen Ever After (which just opened on June 21, 2016).
- July 6, 1918 – British actor, Sebastian Cabot is born in London, England. Cabot is the narrator of the film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974), and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). He also starred in The Jungle Book (voice of Bagheera) and The Sword in the Stone (voice of Sir Eric). Sebastian Cabot died on August 22, 1977.
- July 7, 2000 – The Disney Ambassador Hotel first opens its doors at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
- July 8, 2009 – John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering, dug the first bit of ground at what would become Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
- July 9, 1956 – Actor Tom Hanks, the voice of Sheriff Woody in the Disney/Pixar Toy Story films is born in Concord, California. Hanks portrayed Walt Disney in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks.
- July 10, 1981 – Disney’s animated The Fox and the Hound premieres in U.S. theaters.
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