- January 21 - Freaky Friday
- March 11
- April 15
- June 10 - The Boatniks (re-issue)
- June 19 - The Rescuers premiered in Washington, D.C.
- June 22
- June 24 - Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
- July 6 - The Rescuers (New York City, New York)
- November 3 - Pete's Dragon
- December 16 - Candleshoe
- Televangelist Pat Robertson founds the cable channel which will eventually become ABC Family, under the name of Christian Broadcasting Network.
- The Mickey Mouse Club premieres on January 16.
Theme park hapenings
- Disneyland's PeopleMover receives the SuperSpeed Tunnel, located inside what is now the upper level of Innoventions, a section of the ride which placed riders on a speedway using projections. In 1982, it was rethemed as the Tron SuperSpeed Tunnel, and placed riders and their PeopleMover in a light cycle race.
- January 2 - Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland closes at Disneyland to make way for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
- May 27 - Space Mountain, Starcade, and the Space Stage open in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
- June 11 - The Main Street Electrical Parade is introduced to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Around the same time, it is also reintroduced at Disneyland.
- January 13 - Orlando Bloom (actor)
- January 21 - Jerry Trainor (actor, comedian, and musician)
- January 31
- February 6 - Josh Stewart (actor)
- February 7 - Susanne Pollatschek (voice actress)
- February 17 - Erin Cardillo (actress)
- March 2 - Heather McComb (actress)
- March 24 - Jessica Chastain (actress)
- April 10 - Stephanie Sheh (voice actress, ADR director, singer, and producer)
- April 14 - Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress and producer)
- April 23 - John Oliver (British writer, producer, television host, actor, voice actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian)
- April 24 - Rebecca Mader (actress)
- April 26 - Jason Earles (actor and comedian)
- May 2 - Jenna von Oÿ (actress and country music singer)
- May 16
- May 19 - Kelly Sheridan (voice actress)
- July 1 - Liv Tyler (actress and child model)
- July 8 - Milo Ventimiglia (actor)
- July 10 - Gwendoline Yeo (actress, voice actress, and musician)
- July 13 - Kari Wahlgren (voice actress)
- July 15 - Lana Parrilla (actress)
- July 29 - Mike MacRae (voice actor and comedian)
- July 30 - Jaime Pressly (actress and model)
- August 7 - Wendy Calio (actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, and business owner)
- August 8 - Michael Chernus (actor)
- August 23 - Kenta Miyake (voice actor)
- August 30 - Elden Henson (actor)
- September 11 - Jackie Buscarino (actress, voice actress, and screenwriter)
- October 16 - John Mayer (singer)
- October 18 - Peter Sohn (animator, voice actor, and storyboard artist)
- October 20 - Samuel Witwer (actor and musician)
- October 26 - Jon Heder (actor and filmmaker)
- November 10 - Brittany Murphy (actress)
- November 16 - Maggie Gyllenhaal (actress)
- November 24 - Colin Hanks (actor, director, and producer)
- December 1 - Nate Torrence (actor and comedian)
- December 24 - Michael Raymond-James (actor)
- February 18 - Andy Devine (character actor and comic cowboy sidekick)
- June 13 - Matthew Garber (actor)
- August 16 - Elvis Presley (singer and actor)
- September 29 - Robert McKimson (animator, illustrator, and director)
- John Musker - Co-director with Ron Clements for The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and The Princess and the Frog.
- Jerry Rees - Animator/Director on The Brave Little Toaster, The Fox and the Hound, Tron, and The Small One.
- David Block - Animator for The Fox and the Hound, Hercules, Tarzan, and The Emperor's New Groove.
- Phil Young - Animator for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
- June 19 - Bernard, Miss Bianca, Chairmouse, Rufus, Penny, Madame Medusa, Mr. Snoops, Orville, Brutus and Nero, Ellie Mae, Luke, Evinrude, Swamp Folk
- June 24 - Wheely Applegate, Diane Darcy, Bruno von Stickle, Claude Gilbert, Max and Quincy, Inspector Bouchet, Fontenoy
- November 3 - Pete, Elliott, Nora, Lampie, Dr. Terminus, Hoagy, The Gogans, Paul, The Mayor, Miss Taylor