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May 24

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May 24, 2005 – The Album “Mousercise” is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“We do it every day – everybody work out Mickey’s way!”

On May 24, 2005, the album “Mousercise” was released through Walt Disney Records. The original exercise album of “Mousercise” was released in 1982; the 2005 version is a new album, with songs set to an upbeat club tempo. Several Disney songs are in this new format, including “Reflection,” “Go the Distance,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” A few songs are exclusive to this album, including “The Mousercise Theme,” “Mickey’s Work Out,” and “The Tigger-cise Song.”


May 23

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May 23, 2001 –The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Opens in the Adventureland in Walt Disney World


“‘A Whole New World’ of fun!”

On May 23, 2001, the Magic Kingdom attraction The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opened in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland at the Walt Disney World resort. The attraction is based on the hit 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, and is similar to the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction in operation. A version of this attraction opened in Disneyland on March 16, 2002, and a third one opened in Tokyo DisneySea on July 18, 2011.

May 22

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May 22, 2001 – The Soundtrack to Atlantis: The Lost Empire is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“Where the dream takes you, where your heart longs to be, when you finally found that place, you’ll find all you need.”

On May 22, 2001, the soundtrack for the 41st animated feature film Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released through Walt Disney Records. The score was composed by James Newton Howard, and also contains the end credits song “Where the Dream Takes You,” written by Diane Warren and performed by recording artist Mya. A limited edition version of the soundtrack of only 20,000 was also released, complete with a 3D album cover art.

May 21

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May 21, 1954 – The Special Short Film Pigs is Pigs is Released to Theaters


“Whenever an agent gets in a debate, and there is an argument over the rate, the agent must wire for a rule and apply, and hold onto the package until they reply.”

On May 21, 1954, the special short film Pigs is Pigs was released to theaters. The short was based on the short story by Ellis Parker Butler, which was first published in 1905. The style of animation used in the short was based on the UPA style of limited animation, which was very popular in this time period. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Leo Salkin and animation by John Sibley. The short was nominated for an Academy Award.

At the Westcote Railway Station, Agent Flannery gets ready for the day. Flannery is known as the best agent there is, as he follows each rule to the letter. One day, he receives a package of two guinea pigs, and, having never seen guinea pigs before, notices that they don’t look like pigs, but he’ll follow the rules for pigs, as “it says [they] are” with “the writing plain to see.” A customer named McMorehouse arrives to pick up the guinea pigs, and is incensed to find that pigs cost four cents more than pets, and argues with Flannery that guinea pigs are pets, not pigs. McMorehouse refuses to pay the extra money, and Flannery states that in the case of a debate between the agent and customer, he’ll have to contact the main office for a ruling; until then, he will have to hold on to the package. McMorehouse storms out, saying that when Flannery finds he’s wrong, he is to send the package to his address.

Flannery is swamped by the ever multiplying guinea pigs, and tries to calm them with Irish jigs

Flannery is swamped by the ever multiplying guinea pigs, and tries to calm them with Irish jigs

At the headquarters, the telegram arrives from Flannery and goes through a very regimented process of signing, dating, and copying. Meanwhile, Flannery tries to take care of the guinea pigs, only to find that they have started breeding. He creates a bigger crate for the guinea pigs, as there are now nine, but multiplying fast, with guinea pigs in every drawer and bursting from every place possible. At headquarters, the debate continues, with everyone up to the board of directors trying to determine whether guinea pigs are pigs or pets. They finally determine that guinea pigs are pets, and the lower rate applies. The guinea pigs multiply and multiply, bursting out of the Westcote Station. When Flannery gets the telegram, he rushes to McMorehouse’s home, only to find that that McMorehouse doesn’t live there anymore. He wires the office again, asking what he should do in this situation, as there is no rule for this. Not knowing that they pigs have multiplied into “two million and two,” the office makes a recommendation that the guinea pigs be sent there. Flannery fills six hundred boxcars with guinea pigs and sends them on their way. The guinea pigs are stored everywhere in the whole company, even the president’s office. From that day forward, Flannery refuses to follow the rules to the letter anymore, declaring that all animals will thereby be classified as pets.

May 20

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May 20, 1973 – Tom Sawyer Island Opens in Walt Disney World


“Brave an adventure all your own at this rustic, secret hideaway inspired by the stories of Mark Twain.”

On May 20, 1973, the Frontierland attraction Tom Sawyer Island opened in Walt Disney World. It was based on the original attraction in Disneyland, which opened on June 16, 1956. At the Florida attraction, the fort is named Fort Langhorne, although was originally called Fort Sam Clemens. Visitors can explore the fort, which includes a watch tower, a blacksmith shop, and an escape tunnel; visitors can also travel through Injun Joe’s Cave, with rocky passageways and strange fossils. There is also a refreshments stand called Aunt Polly’s Landing, which sells mainly ice cream and drinks.

May 19

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May 19, 1941 – Dancer, Singer, and Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess is Born


“After being in seventy-five amateur shows, I was ready for a job where I’d just be dancing. I wanted to pay my dues and get some professional experience.”

On May 19, 1941, Robert Wilkie Burgess was born in Long Beach, California. He first began dancing and playing the accordion at age 5, and when he auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club at age 13, he had already won several amateur talent competitions with his tap and jitterbugging skills. At his audition, he was prepared to audition for acting more than dancing, reading for a role in the upcoming serial The Adventures of Spin and Marty. However, the role had already been cast, and Burgess was directed to the Mousketeer auditions instead. He auditioned with a barefoot jazz number to “Rock Around the Clock,” and won a coveted role on the show. After the show ended, he moved back to his parents’ house in Long Beach and was one of the few Mouseketeers to have a smooth transition from child star to normal adult. He entered a dance contest with his girlfriend, winning the chance to star on The Lawrence Welk Show, and stayed on the show until its final episodes in 1982. Burgess currently runs a dance studio in Long Beach that specializes in ballroom dancing.

May 18

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May 18, 1999 – Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack is Released


“Put your faith in what you most believe in, two worlds, one family. Trust your heart, let fate decide to guide these lives we see.”

On May 18, 1999, Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack was released through Walt Disney Records. It was the soundtrack for the 37th animated feature film released by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The songs were written by singer-songwriter Phil Collins, with score composed by Mark Mancina. The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard charts, and spawned two singles: “You’ll Be in My Heart” and “Strangers Like Me.” “You’ll Be in My Heart” would go on to win an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song; the soundtrack received a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album. It is also notable as the first soundtrack to be recorded in multiple languages for foreign markets, with Collins singing the songs in the English, Italian, German, Spanish, and French versions.