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February 28

February 28, 2006 – The Steve Tyrell Album The Disney Standards is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“Steve Tyrell is back with Disney Standards, an album full of Disney classics…”

On February 28, 2006, jazz musician Steve Tyrell released the album The Disney Standards through Walt Disney Records. The album features 14 songs now considered Disney classics, ranging from “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “When She Loved Me.” Three songs on the album feature other artists: Chris Botti on “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Dr. John on “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and Dave Koz on “You’ll Be in My Heart.” The album has received positive reviews from critics and listeners alike.

February 27

February 27, 2012 – The Disney 😄 Sitcom Lab Rats Premieres

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“Whoa! My new dad is Batman!”

On February 27, 2012, the Disney 😄 comedy series Lab Rats premiered with part one of its first episode, “Crush, Chop and Burn.” Originally titled Billion Dollar Freshman, the series is about three teenage superhumans that live in the basement of inventor Donald Davenport, and are discovered by Donald’s new stepson, Leo. The series was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore, and stars Billy Unger as Chase, Spencer Boldman as Adam, Kelli Berglund as Bree, Tyrel Jackson Williams as Leo, and Hal Sparks as Donald Davenport.

The episode begins with Leo and Tasha moving into Donald Davenport’s house after Tasha and Donald have married. Leo is frustrated with their constant displays of affection, but is impressed that Donald is able to make so much money through inventing things. As Leo gets lost trying to find his room, he accidentally accesses Donald’s secret lab in the basement. The door opens, and he runs to hide as he spies two boys fighting over an mp3 player. A girl then steps out, and fights with the two boys, displaying signs of superpowers. They discover Leo hiding, and all four kids are spooked at seeing each other. Leo is cornered by the three kids, and Tasha and Donald walk in to discover the scene. Donald tries to cover up the identity of the three kids, but finally reveals that they’re part of a secret project he’s been working on: genetically engineered superhuman siblings. The three kids, named Adam, Bree, and Chase, are human, but have been fused with technology through a microchip implanted in their necks. Tasha, however, is less than thrilled about three kids living in the basement.

After Leo invites the three to school, they are stopped by Donald's super computer program, Eddy

After Leo invites the three to school, they are stopped by Donald’s super computer program, Eddy

The next day, Leo is in the lab with Donald, watching the kids train, but soon needs to leave for school. The three lament about never being able to leave the basement, expressing their desire to go to school. Leo invites the kids to go to school with them, but they’re stopped by the house’s computer system, Eddy. Adam is able to shut down Eddy, and the three get ready for school. When they arrive, the three stand out, embarrassing Leo as he tries to show them around. In gym class, Leo shows that he has no skills in basketball, and Bree accidentally hits a guy in the face with a basketball. Leo get help from Adam in making a slam dunk, NBA style, finally getting the admiration from his classmates. At home, Donald realizes that the kids are gone, and Eddy, finally operational again, reveals that the kids went to school. Donald reveals that the kids have glitches, including one that could potentially destroy everything.

Back at the school’s pep rally, Bree meets the guy that she hit in the face, and he invites her to a party. Adam is attacked by the school mascot, and his eyes start glowing red. When Leo asks Chase what’s going on, Chase reveals that Adam’s heat vision is about to go off, which is a glitch that happens when Adam gets angry. Adam sets the mascot’s head on fire, which sets off the fire alarm. Donald and Tasha arrive at the school just as the fire alarms start, and quickly take the kids home. At home, Donald begins lecturing the kids, but Bree explains that they just wanted to be normal for a day. Tasha tries to stand up for the kids, as does Leo. Donald is not swayed, and bans Leo from the lab. He then forbids the kids from going outside ever again. The three kids mope in the basement, until Leo shows up and breaks them out, as he had decided to host a party as his place while Donald and Tasha are away. Donald and Tasha arrive home early, however, and Leo is in even more trouble than before. Donald then decides that the kids will be relocated permanently to one of Donald’s remote labs. Leo is upset, as he feels he is losing his best friends forever.

February 26

February 26, 2000 – The Animated Series The Weekenders Premieres on One Saturday Morning

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“The weekend comes, I’m down with that!”

On February 26, 2000, the animated series The Weekenders premiered on Disney’s One Saturday Morning programming block on ABC. The series, set in the fictional town of Bahia Bay, California, is about four friends and their weekend adventures. The show became highly popular, at one point taking the top ranking in viewing in its timeslot, knocking Kids’ WB’s Pokemon from its 54 week run at the top. The series lasted for four seasons, with 39 episodes total. It was created by Doug Langdale, and starred Jason Marsden as Tino, Grey DeLisle as Lor, Phil LaMarr as Carver, and Kath Soucie as Tish.

February 25

February 25, 2003 – The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Opens at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

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“Enjoy an enchanting luau with Polynesian dancing and an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style feast.”

On February 25, 2003, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show opened at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort. This show replaced the Polynesian Review luau show that had been running since 1971. The show is filled with dancers and drummers, with a special performance by someone skilled with a fire-knife. The show is hosted in the Luau Cove, an open-air theater, and hosts performances from several different cultures, including Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Guests must buy tickets before the show, as there are three different seating options to choose from. The dinner provided at the show is an all-you-can-eat buffet style, featuring several authentic Polynesian dishes; guests of age can also purchase a special cocktail in a keepsake coconut.

February 24

February 24, 1956 – The Donald Duck Short Film Chips Ahoy is Released to Theaters

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“Hey! Wait a minute, stupid! That’s water. Don’t you know you can’t walk on water?”

On February 24, 1956, the Donald Duck short film Chips Ahoy was released to theaters. It was the last short that featured Donald fighting with his nemesis, and the last classic short to feature Chip and Dale. The short was filmed in CinemaScope. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

Chip and Dale are sitting on a tree branch, lamenting how hungry they are, when they spy one last acorn on the tree. As they fight over the acorn, it tumbles from their grasp and falls to the water below. Chip then spots a tree in the middle of the river with hundreds of acorns, and the two race down the tree. As the two think of a way to get across the water, Chip spies a ship in a bottle in a nearby shack. Donald then takes a stroll across the dock to get to his boating shack, when he spots Chip and Dale carrying a boat on their backs. When he finds out that the two stole his ship, he fixes to get it back. He uses a fishing pole to reel his ship back in, and starts playing pranks on the two. Dale finally spots that Donald is holding their ship, and Donald catches him. Chip drops the anchor on Donald’s foot, and Donald drops the ship back into the water, and Dale onto the deck. Dale then takes some nearby rope and ties Donald up before jumping onto the ship.

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Donald attempts to go after the chipmunks in a variety of boats, all having been tampered with by Dale

Donald then gets into his own boat to go after them, unaware that Dale has already cut Donald’s sail to ribbons. When Donald gets into a canoe, Dale reveals he took care of that too – he burrowed holes into the bottom of the canoe. Donald gets into a rowboat, which Dale already took the screws from. Finally, Donald gets into a speedboat, and when Chip starts to panic, Dale calmly reveals that he tied a rope to the end of the speedboat. When the rope is taut, Donald is sent flying into the acorn tree, sending acorns flying everywhere, including onto the ship. When Donald tries to grab the ship, he slips on the acorns and sends the boys back to shore on a wave. That night, the boys are eating their acorns when Chip looks to see that Donald, still trapped on that little island, has cut down the acorn tree and started building a boat, a sight at which the chipmunks can’t help but laugh.

February 23

February 23, 2003 – Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical Premieres in Disneyland

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“Live on stage at Disneyland!”

On February 23, 2003, the stage show Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical premiered in Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater. Based on the hit animated film that started it all, the 28-minute production was the most elaborate show produced exclusively in the park’s theater. The musical ran until 2006 when it was replaced by the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire. The show was free with park admission. It was directed by Eric Schaeffer, with the show adapted by Norman Allen and Darrah Cloud. It originally starred Anne Warren as Snow White, Stuart Ambrose as the Prince, Elizabeth Wardland as the Queen, Lisa Wolpe as the Hag, and featured the voice of Patrick Stewart as the Magic Mirror.

February 22

February 22, 2012 – The Interactive Game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Launches at Walt Disney World

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“Roam Magic Kingdom park in search of clues and use your newfound magical powers to defeat dastardly Disney Villains.”

On February 22, 2012, the interactive role-play game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom launched after weeks of testing. Taking place in the Magic Kingdom park of Walt Disney World, guests are asked to assist Merlin in his quest to stop Hades from taking over the Magic Kingdom and collecting the pieces of the Crystal of the Magic Kingdom. There are three levels of gameplay: easy, medium, and hard. Guests are given a key card and a pack of cards, which are free with admission to the park, and are sent to special portals throughout the park to defeat a series of Disney villains the likes of Scar, Yzma, and Maleficent. There are seventy cards for guests to collect, each card with a different spell that interacts with the magic portals. After defeating all eight villains, guests have a final battle against Hades; after winning, guests are free to pick up a new pack of cards and begin a new game.