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July 27

July 27, 1989 – The Educational Short Film The United Nations is Released

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On July 27, 1989, the short educational film The United Nations was released. Part of the Mickey’s Field Trip series, the live action short had Mickey Mouse guide two children through the United Nations, where they meet several guides from various countries. As the children tour the General Assembly, the Security Council, and UNICEF, they learn about world health, the skills behind translating for the delegates, and how to solve conflicts.

July 26

July 26, 2013 – The Live Stage Show Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure Begins

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“The…Disney Junior Live on Tour show is coming to the stage of a theater near you, and you and your kids won’t want to miss out on the fun!”

On July 26, 2013, the touring live stage show Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure began its run in Savannah, Georgia. The show featured popular Disney Junior shows Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates in a musical spectacular. The show featured special appearances by Disney characters Cinderella and Peter Pan. The show is currently touring around the United States.

July 25

July 25, 1976 – The Television Special Superstar Goofy Premieres

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“Two thousand, seven hundred and sixteen years ago, within the shadow of beautiful Mount Olympus in the land of ancient Greece, was born an institution known as the Olympic Games.”

On July 25, 1976, to coincide with the Olympic Games, the special Superstar Goofy premiered on NBC’s The Wonderful World of Disney. The special was a compliation of several Goofy short films, particularly from the “How To” series, including The Art of Skiing, How to Swim, and How to Play Golf. The special was also shown internationally, known as Dingo et Donald Champions Olympiques in France.

July 24

July 24, 2001 – The Soundtrack for the Film The Princess Diaries is Released

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“Miracles happen once in a while, when you believe.”

On July 24, 2001, the soundtrack to the live action feature film The Princess Diaries was released. The album featured a mix of songs featured in the film and those inspired by the film. The artists varied from popular boyband Backstreet Boys to film actress Mandy Moore. The album reached the peak position of 41 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the number 5 position on the US Top Soundtracks chart. On September 21, 2004, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA.

July 23

July 23, 1911 – Background Artist and Disney Legend Al Dempster

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On July 23, 1911, Albert Taylor Dempster was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1939, after studying at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, he joined the Disney Studios as a layout trainee. After joining the background department, Dempster made significant contributions to the backgrounds of several animated feature films, including Fantasia, Make Mine Music, and Victory Through Air Power. He left the studios in 1945, but returned in 1952 to work on more animated features. What Dempster is most known for, however, is his work on the Disney Golden Books. Having loved to illustrate books, Dempster contributed his talents to reinterpreting the familiar Disney stories through new innovative and whimsical art. His most beloved piece was the book for Alice in Wonderland, which is widely regarded as a masterpiece in the Little Golden Books collection. In 1973, Dempster retired from the Disney Studios, and passed away in the Los Osos home at the age of 89 in 2001. In 2006, he was honored as a Disney Legend for his artistic credits.

July 22

July 22, 1955 – The Tomorrowland Attraction Rocket to the Moon Opens in Disneyland

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“Hello. Welcome to the moon.”

On July 22, 1955, the Tomorrowland attraction Rocket to the Moon opened in Disneyland. Originally sponsored by TWA from 1955 to 1961, the attraction was a huge draw to guests as space travel was still in its infancy. Guests would sit inside a pseudo rocket, staring at space through projections on the ceiling and the floor. When the United States finally went to the moon, the attraction began to look outdated, and was changed to Mission to Mars in 1975. However, when Tomorrowland was remodeled in 1966, the main rocket that stood as the icon for the attraction was destroyed.

July 21

July 21, 2005 – The Roller Coaster Raging Spirits Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

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天地がひっくり返る驚きとスリリングな体験がそこに!

On July 21, the TokyoDisney Sea roller coaster attraction Raging Spirits opened in the Lost River Delta area. Set in the exhumed ruins of a ceremonial site, guests are taken through thrills such as spurts of fire and streams of water, culminating in a 360-degree loop before a plunge into a sinkhole. From the top of the attraction, guests have stunning aerial view of the Tokyo DisneySea park.

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