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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 XD Sitcom Lab Rats Premieres

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“Whoa! My new dad is Batman!”

On February 27, 2012, the Disney XD 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.

February 21

February 21, 1996 – Disney.com Goes Live

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“The official home for all things Disney.”

On February 21, 1996, the first online offering from Disney, known as Disney.com, went live. The purpose of the site was to provide information pertaining to all things Disney, including past, present, and upcoming feature films, offerings from the assorted television channels, information about the theme parks, and showcases of Disney merchandise. Since the live date, the site has undergone several changes, including a major overhaul that was announced by CEO Bob Iger in 2007. A new service called Disney Xtreme Digital (Disney XD) was unveiled the same year, but was later de-emphasized and removed to become the name of a new Disney digital cable channel.

February 20

February 20, 2006 – The Final Season of That’s So Raven Premieres

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“Because as soon as you get to like them, you have to leave. And you never see them again.”

On February 20, 2006, the first episode of the final season of the hit Disney Channel series That’s So Raven premiered with the episode “Raven, Sydney, and the Man.” This season was the only season that didn’t feature character Tanya in a starring or guest role, as T’Keyah Crystal Keymah had left the show at the end of season 3. The episode was directed by Rich Correll and written by Marc Warren. It starred Raven-Symone as Raven, Orlando Brown as Eddie, Kyle Massey as Corey, Anneliese van der Pol as Chelsea, Rondell Sheridan as Victor, David Henrie as Larry, and Sydney Park as Sydney.

The episode begins with Chelsea teaching the kids at the community center how whales communicate. It’s then Raven’s turn, who shows the kids her hobby of designing her own clothes. A little girl named Sydney keeps heckling Raven, although Raven is determined to keep her cool. Eddie then steps up and starts rapping, which entertains the kids more than Chelsea’s and Raven’s combined. The kids then have an option to join Eddie to learn how to rap, Chelsea’s whale appreciation club, and Raven’s fashion appreciation club. Only one kid joins Raven’s group – Sydney.

Corey is impressed by the amount of money gifts Larry received

Corey is impressed by the amount of money gifts Larry received

Meanwhile, Corey is attending a bar mitzvah party for his friend Larry, and finds that Larry mostly received gifts of money from his friends and family. Thinking that he can make a lot of money just by turning 13, Corey asks his father Victor for a bar mitzvah. Victor points out an important fact – they’re not Jewish. Corey then decides to call is a “bro-mitzvah,” and Victor finally agrees to throw the party. Back at the community center, Raven is not looking forward to working with Sydney, especially as Sydney keeps making fun of her and showing up late. Raven calls Sydney out on being rude and mean, and Sydney reveals her dream of becoming a comedian. Raven then decides to teach the girl how to be funny without resorting to cheap shots. After working on Sydney’s act, the girl surprises Raven by giving her a hug.

Corey is working with Victor at The Chill Grill to prepare for the “bro-mitzvah.” Raven takes Sydney with her to The Chill Grill, with the two wearing matching outfits. As Sydney leaves for the bathroom, Raven remarks to her family that she’s become the girl’s role model and helping her write her jokes; Raven’s bubble is burst when Corey points out that Raven isn’t funny. Raven argues against him, but changes the subject when she convinces him to at least let Sydney perform jokes at his party. When Sydney comes back, Raven tells her the exciting news, and Sydney starts cracking jokes at the family’s expense. Raven calls her out on being mean again, and Sydney storms out of the restaurant. Back at the community center, Raven looks for Sydney, as the girl has gone missing. Suddenly, Raven has a vision of where Sydney is, and after seeing that the girl will slam the playhouse door in her face, she decides to give up on Sydney, as she feels like she can’t get through to the girl.

Corey takes the stage at his party, excited to see everyone - and their checkbooks

Corey takes the stage at his party, excited to see everyone – and their checkbooks

The day of the party arrives, Victor soon realizes that Corey is only having the party for the gifts of money. Chelsea and Eddie show up late for the party and tell Raven that Sydney is in the playhouse, just as Raven had seen, and won’t come out for anything. It is then revealed that Sydney lives with a foster family, as her parents aren’t around anymore. Sydney’s been bounced around from home to home, and Raven runs to the community center to help her. Raven tries to talk to her, but Sydney refuses. Finally, after Raven reassures her that she cares, Sydney opens up about how she hates meeting new people, as once she gets to like them, she leaves and never sees them again. Raven assures her that she will never leave her, and asks Sydney to trust her.

Raven returns to the party, but is unsure if Sydney will trust her again or show up to the party. Raven then decides to take Sydney’s place in her absence, but Corey is horrified by this. Raven begins the show, but quickly tanks. Corey then goes to count his money, which annoys Victor. Larry then is asked to explain the real meaning of a bar mitzvah, which includes taking more responsibility for his actions. Corey finally realizes that he’s going to have to grow up, and father and son return to the party. Raven’s routine, however, has taken a turn for the bizarre. She is then heckled, with the heckler turning out to be none other than Sydney. Sydney then takes the stage and entertains the crowd. After the party, Corey uses the money he got from the party to buy some new toys for the community center, having learned his lesson about “becoming a man.”

February 19

February 19, 1956 – Keller’s Jungle Killers Performs at Disneyland

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“George J. Keller…demonstrates for the first time the unarmed subjugation of a group of African lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, black panthers, and a cheetah.”

On February 19, 1956, the circus attraction Keller’s Jungle Killers performed in the short-lived Holidayland area of Disneyland. Occupying the circus tent that once housed the Mickey Mouse Club Circus, the attraction was hosted by George Keller, a former artist and teacher at the Bloomsburg State Normal School, who left education in the early ’50s to perform with his animals full time. These “jungle killers” included lions, tigers, and leopards. The attraction lasted until September 7, 1956.