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April 27

April 27, 1999 – The ASCAP Honors Songwriters for Animated Feature Mulan

On April 27, 1999, the 14th annual American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Film and Television Music Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Songwriters Matthew Wilder and David Zippel were among those honored at the ceremony for their work on the animated feature film Mulan in the Top Box Office Films category; their song “Reflection” would go on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

April 26

April 26, 1958 – The First Zorro Days Event Kicks Off in Disneyland

“Yes – all of your ZORRO favorites – in person – for the first time.”

On April 26, 1958, the first event featuring the cast of the popular show Zorro, advertised as “Zorro Days,” kicked off in Disneyland. The two-day event featured appearances by the entire cast of the show, including Guy Williams, who played the titular character. The show had been an incredible success for Disney, with this live event certainly emphasizing this. The event had the cast march in parades, as well as perform in live shows in Frontierland and sign autographs. This event went on to be the first of five total events: the other events were held on May 30 through June 1, 1958; November 27 through November 30, 1958; November 26 through November 29, 1959; and November 11 through November 13, 1960.

April 25

April 25, 2008 – Former Disney CEO is Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

“So, I accept this for Frank [Wells], for Bob [Iger], and John [Travolta], and for all the cast members of the Walt Disney Company, and I thank you all for coming out on not too hot a day.”

On April 25, 2008, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner was honored with the 2,361st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his part in Disney’s comeback in the era known as the Disney Renaissance. Eisner, whose tenure at Disney lasted from 1984 to 2005, was joined at his ceremony by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler, current CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, actor John Travolta, and Mickey Mouse.

April 24

April 24, 2015 – The Musical Show King Triton’s Concert Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

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On April 24, 2015, the new musical show King Triton’s Concert opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s revamped Mermaid Lagoon Theater. Based on the hit animated feature The Little Mermaid, the musical show features an actress playing Ariel suspended on wires and “swimming” above the audience while singing with friends Sebastian and Flounder. The show is about 14 minutes long, and features a variety of special effects and puppetry.

April 23

April 23, 1993 – Walker Ranch Officially Becomes Disney Wilderness Preserve

“Without [Carol Browner’s] vision, we would continue to have the kind of thoughtless development that has been consuming Florida.” – Dick Weinstein, The Nature Conservancy.

On April 23, 1993, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a special ceremony as the famed Walker Ranch became the new Disney Wilderness Preserve. Spearheaded by Carol Browner, who was then the secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Disney bought the property to compensation for the 12 miles of wetlands the company is to tear down for the purposes of expanding Walt Disney World; the plan had Disney hand the reins of the former ranch to the Nature Conservancy to turn it into a preservation site, with Disney handling all costs associated. Though the ranch had several instances of foresting and dredging on the property, it was still considered a key piece of the 45,000 acres that make the headway of the Kissimmee River, and was also home to two endangered species: the bald eagle and the wood stork.

April 22

April 22, 1998 – The Merchandise Stop Ziwani Traders Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“There’s no telling the treasures you might discover.”

On April 22, 1998, the shop Ziwani Traders opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This specialty merchandise store offers items off the beaten track than regular Disney merchandise stores, as it gives guests a chance to see and purchase authentic African imports, as well as animal toys and other interesting items. The shop shares its space with the Mombasa Marketplace, and are both located near the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

April 21

April 21, 2006 – The U.S. Postal Service Issues New Art of Disney Stamps

“With this stamp pane, the U.S. Postal Service honors the art of romance as imagined by Walt Disney and his studio animators.”

On April 21, 2006, the United States Postal Services issued new sheets of the popular Art of Disney stamps, featuring classic Disney characters representing a common theme. This third set in the series is titled The Art of Disney: Romance, followed the other two themes of friendship and celebrations, and features Disney couples Cinderella and Prince Charming, Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast, and of course, Mickey and Minnie. The stamps were issued in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and were designed by David Pacheco from Burbank, California. The stamps were issued as 39 cent commemorative stamps.