Welcome to Magical DIScoveries – our weekly coverage of Disney History. This week we are highlighting important events that occurred August 29 –September 4. Join us as we look at facts relating to Walt Disney, Disney Parks, Disney films, Disney Legends, and more.
Disney History- August 29 through September 4
August 29, 1964
Disney’s Mary Poppins is released on August 29, 1964. The film, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke will receive 5 Academy Awards. Mary Poppins is a beloved part of Disney history.
August 30, 1994
A ground breaking ceremony is held for the Disney Wedding Pavilion located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on August 30, 1994. Disney’s Wedding Pavilion will open on July 15, 1995, accommodating up to 300 guests. The pavilion can host up to six (6) ceremonies per day.
August 31, 2005
The Walt Disney Company announces it will pledge $2.5 million to aid relief after Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast on the morning of August 29, 2005. Katrina caused significant damage to the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
September 1, 1957
Singer/songwriter, Gloria Estefan is born in Havana, Cuba on September 1, 1957. Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio created Bongo’s Cuban Cafe. Bongo’s Cuban Cafe is located in Disney Springs. Estefan participated in Walt Disney World’s 15th and 25th anniversary celebrations. She also appeared on the cover of the The Disney Channel Magazine in 1992.
September 2, 1979
The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction opens in Disneyland on September 2, 1979. As one of the most beloved Disney attractions, the opening of “the wildest ride in the wilderness” is significant in Disney history.
September 3, 1939
British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, interrupts a Disney cartoon showing on the BBC television service to declare war against Germany. Britain, along with France, declare war on Germany two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
September 4, 1913
Disney Legend, Masatoma Takahashi is born in Fukushima, Japan on September 4, 1939. Masatoma Takahashi is the man who brought a Disney park to Japan.