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April 24

April 24, 2017 – The Disney Springs Restaurant Portobello Closes

“Country Italian Trattoria”

On April 24, 2017, the Italian restaurant Portobello officially closed. The restaurant, operated by Levy Restaurants, originally opened as Portobello Yacht Club on May 1, 1989. The restaurant was renamed on October 12, 2008, becoming Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. A star feature of the restaurant was its waterfront patio. The restaurant was eventually closed to make room for the new Terralina Crafted Italian restaurant.

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April 23

April 23, 2015 – Doc McStuffins Wins Peabody Award

“Charming, sweet and gently humorous, this animated series, featuring an African-American physician’s daughter who attends to damaged stuffed animals and other broken toys, allays children’s fears about doctor visits even as it promotes medicine as a profession.”

On April 23, 2015 ,the 74th Peabody Awards were held, and the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins won the award in the Children/Youth category. The show has won several accolades in addition to this, including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

April 22

April 22, 1998 – The Restaurant Pizzafari Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Make your appetite extinct with pizzas, salads, pasta, desserts, and more…”

On April 22, 1998, the quick service restaurant Pizzafari opened on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The restaurant features five themed rooms where guests can enjoy their single-serve pizzas, salads, and a variety of drinks.

April 21

April 21, 2004 – Apple and Disney Announce Deal for Buena Vista Music Group Catalog

“Now iTunes users can add these timeless Disney songs to their music libraries and enjoy them wherever they go on their iPods.”

On April 21, 2004, Apple announced that they had teamed up with Disney’s Buena Vista Music Group, with Apple getting exclusive rights to the Walt Disney Records catalog, ranging from the animated feature films to featured artists in the Hollywood Records label. The catalog was added to its own genre page within the iTunes music store, labeled as “Disney.” Disney chose to work with Apple, as Apple was the leading global online music store, and provided Buena Vista Music Group another avenue to make Disney’s music accessible to consumers.

April 20

April 20, 1946 – The Animated Feature Film Make Mine Music Premieres in New York City

“Make mine music and my heart will sing.”

On April 20, 1946, the 8th animated feature film Make Mind Music premiered in New York City. The film was one of the package films that were released during the wartime period; as resources were diverted to training and propaganda films, making a full-length animated feature was impossible. It was decided that, to make much-needed income for the studio, shorter segments would be made and compiled into a feature film. The film featured what Walt affectionately called “ghost stars,” as the voices in the film were well-known stars who were not seen on film, but usually featured in a narration role. The film was eventually released nationwide on August 15, 1946.

April 19

April 19, 2005 – The First Disney Films are Released on PSP

On April 19, 2005, two films from the Disney catalog were made available on the new Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform. The two films were Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Miramax’s Kill Bill Vol 1. The PSP includes a special Universal Media Disc drive that can play movies and games. Three other titles were announced to be released on the platform: National Treasure, Reign of Fire, and Hero.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey Premieres on The Disney Channel

“Good morning, and good morning, Mickey, we’re gonna get up and on our way.”

On April 18, 1983, the original program Good Morning, Mickey premiered on The Disney Channel. The show was a compilation of the classic short films that accompanied films in the golden age of animation. The show mostly featured Mickey, but appearances were made by the other classic Disney characters, including Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. After 80 episodes, the show was replaced by the show Mickey Mouse Tracks in 1992.