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February 20

February 20, 2013 – The IBM THINK Interactive Attraction Opens in Epcot

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“The THINK exhibit features stories and engaging experiences that appeal to Epcot guests from around the world.”- Lee Green, VP Brand Experience and Strategic Design, IBM

On February 20, 2013, in conjunction with National Engineers Week, the new attraction IBM THINK was unveiled in Epcot’s Innoventions West area. The interactive attraction aims to teach guests about the way the world can work alongside technological innovations. To also celebrate National Engineers week, IBM was on hand to provide nearby high school teachers and students with free STEM lesson plans on iPads and Android tablets.

February 19

February 19, 2010 – Official Reopening Date for Captain EO in Disneyland Announced

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“Today, we are excited to give you an update on the Captain’s return!”

On February 19, 2010, the official reopening date for the Captain EO attraction was announced by Disney Parks, with the official date being February 23, 2010. The film was originally announced in late 2009 to be returning to Disneyland, but with no firm date set; more information about the release was announced in the February update. The film would return to the Tomorrowland Theatre with an updated 70mm print, along with acoustic updates that were made to the theatre since the film’s last showing in 1997.

February 18

February 18, 2002 – Ceremony is Held for Walt Disney World’s Revised Hall of Presidents

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On February 18, 2002, to celebrate President’s Day and the revised version of the Hall of Presidents attraction, a special ceremony was held in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Planned as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebrations, the ceremony included fifty students from the nearby Lost Lake Elementary School leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Walt Disney World Philharmonic orchestra and the Voices of Liberty performing patriotic pieces, and a look at the newly revised Hall of Presidents attraction, featuring the new Audio-Animatronic figure of 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.

February 17

February 17, 2004 – Disney Signs Agreement with Jim Henson Company for the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House

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“As such, the deal we announced today is the realization of my father’s dream, and ensures that the Muppet characters will live, flourish and continue to delight audiences everywhere, forever.” – Brian Henson

On February 17, 2004, the Walt Disney Company and the Jim Henson Company announced that an agreement had been reached where Disney would acquire the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties. This deal had gone back to the 1990s, when Jim Henson was working on a deal with Disney before his untimely death. The deal had gone south, and the Jim Henson Company was purchased by the German media company EM.TV in 2000. The Henson family bought the company back in 2003, and reopened negotiations with Disney soon after. The deal included all characters classified under the Muppet banner, including Kermit, Fozzie, and Miss Piggy, as well as all characters, copyrights, trademarks, and television library entities of Bear in the Big Blue House; the deal did not include Sesame Street entities, or Jim Henson’s Create Shop assets.

February 16

February 16, 2000 – The Disneyland 45 Years of Magic Parade Premieres

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“To find inspiration for this special parade, we literally searched the stars. We looked to the stars of our most loved films.” – Jean Luc Choplin, Vice President, Creative Development

On February 16, 2000, the 45 Years of Magic Parade kicked off in Disneyland. Celebrating the park’s 45th anniversary, the parade featured characters from classic Disney films, such as Disney princesses Cinderella and Aurora, as well as several sections featuring elements from the movies Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. The parade also featured heavy cloud imagery, and a new feature of “audience participation,” where up to 45 spectators were invited to wear tutus and hats and dance during the parade. Originally the music to accompany the parade was Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” but after a rather lukewarm reception from guests, the music was changed to a more upbeat Disney medley.

February 15

February 15, 1925 – The Alice Comedy Alice Solves the Puzzle is Released to Theaters

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“Little Alice never had a cross word, not even with a puzzle.”

On February 15, 1925, the Alice Comedy Alice Solves the Puzzle premiered in theaters. It was the 15th Alice Comedy, and the first to feature second Alice actress Margie Gay. The short is notable for being the first to feature Disney nemesis Peg Leg Pete, then known as Bootleg Pete.

Alice is trying to solve a crossword, when Julius approaches her. He convinces her to give up her puzzle and go swimming instead, and the two start diving into the water with many aerial skills. Meanwhile, Pete whizzes by on a makeshift jet ski, purposefully goading the cops. Julius gets out of the water a dries off comically before helping Alice button her dress. Alice then returns to her crossword puzzle, though Pete wishes to take it from her, as he collects puzzles. Alice attempts to run away from Pete, but he chases her up the lighthouse steps and around the top of the lighthouse. Julius, seeing Alice in trouble, climbs up a rope to get to her, only to realize that the rope has fallen too late and lands with a splat on the ground. He manages to get up to the top of the lighthouse and beat Pete. As Julius celebrates his feat of strength, Alice realizes she finally knows the answer to her crossword puzzle.

February 14

February 14, 2013 – “A Celebration of True Love” Event is Held at Walt Disney World

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“On February 14, you’ll have a special chance to re-commit your promise of love with your significant other during ‘A Celebration of True Love’ at Magic Kingdom Park.”

On February 14, 2013, as part of the Limited Time Magic promotions at the Disney Parks, a special event called “A Celebration of True Love” was held at Walt Disney World. Fifty couples gathered at the steps of Cinderella Castle to renew their vows and celebrate the magic of love and Disney. There was a special appearance by Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora, along with their princes, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, to help the couples celebrate with fireworks and heart-shaped confetti.