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March 21

March 21, 1997 – The Disneyland Restaurant Carnation Café Opens


“Dine on classic American comfort food, including some of Walt’s favorite dishes, at this Main Street, U.S.A. institution.”

On March 21, 1997, the Disneyland patio restaurant Carnation Café opened on Main Street. Along with the rest of the street, Carnation Café is designed to have a feel of the turn-of-the-century, and provides standard American dishes for consumption. Carnation Café offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with highlights of the menu including Walt’s homemade meatloaf, parmesan and panko coated fried pickles, and Chef Oscar’s choice breakfast: two eggs, potatoes, a biscuit, and a choice of bacon or sausage. On June 13, 2012, the café was expanded into the area previously occupied by the Blue Ribbon Bakery, giving the café a new dining room; the menu was revamped to match the changes of the restaurant.


March 20

March 20, 1942 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Symphony Hour is Released to Theaters


“Macaroni has got a new find! And tonight, we make history!”

On March 20, 1942, the Mickey Mouse short film Symphony Hour was released to theaters. This short contains the last appearance of Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, and Clara Cluck in the golden age of Disney shorts; they would not appear again in film until 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The short was directed by Riley Thompson, and features the piece Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppé.

Rehearsals for Mickey’s orchestra are going very well, and Mr. Macaroni listens happily from the sponsor’s booth. At the end of the rehearsal, Macaroni heaps praise upon praise on Mickey, and declares that they will make history tonight. That night, the Macaroni Symphony Hour is highly advertised in front of the Wiz Theater, and everyone prepares for the show. As the audience takes their seats, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy run for the elevator as they hear the stage manager announce the last call. Mickey and Donald make the elevator; Goofy crashes through the elevator doors and falls to the bottom of the shaft. He drops all the instruments he was holding, and while he makes it out unscathed, the instruments are completely flattened by the elevator.

Mickey takes the stage as the announcer begins the broadcast of the "Symphony Hour"

Mickey takes the stage as the announcer begins the broadcast of the “Symphony Hour”

It’s close to air time, and Goofy, along with the instruments, are missing. Mickey panics, but when he hears Goofy call out that he’s on his way, Mickey relaxes slightly, and takes his place when it is time for the show to begin. Mickey heads out on stage while Macaroni, listening from his own private booth, smokes a cigar and thinks of all the money he will make that evening. As Mickey begins the piece, he is shocked to hear the sound coming from Horace’s flattened horn. Horace’s horn breaks, and is sent flying across the room, landing around Donald’s neck. Macaroni shakes his radio, wondering what the heck is going on with the sound. Mickey nearly faints from the disaster, but tries to keep his composure, although he continues to see Macaroni throwing a fit in the booth. Goofy’s instrument breaks apart as he plays it, and he just shrugs at Mickey. Donald, frustrated with how the piece is going, is seen looking at the “Help Wanted” ads, and mocks Mickey. Mickey steps down from the podium, rolls up his sleeves, and throws Donald back into the percussion instruments. After seeing another tantrum from Macaroni, Mickey looks back to the orchestra to find Donald packed up and walking out. After literally throwing the book at him, Mickey motions for him to get back to the percussion section. When Donald ignores him, Mickey rushes over and threatens Donald with a gun. Donald then runs back and finishes the percussion with a tantrum of his own. Macaroni starts crying that he’s a ruined man, but stops when he hears the wild applause from the audience. He then embraces Mickey, while Mickey keeps conducting in a daze.

March 19

March 19, 2004 – The Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat Premieres


“I don’t know what happened: I was going along, perfectly happy, my dad gets one phone call, and my life turns into an afterschool special.”

On March 19, 2004, the Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat premiered. The film was critically acclaimed, winning a Directors Guild Award and a Humanitas Award nomination for writing. The film was written by Chris Sean Nolan and Laurie Nolan, and directed by Stuart Gillard. It stars Andrew Lawrence as Jace Newfield, Alessandra Torresani as Mary Beth Rice, Khleo Thomas as Vincent Shu, Wayne Brady as Mason Wyatt, D.B. Sweeney as Coach Rice, and Billy Aaron Brown as John Lambrix.

The film begins with a concert, with blind drummer Jace Newfield receiving acclaim for his skills. As he plays baseball the next day with his friends, they ask him about his family’s move to Utah. Jace is not looking forward to it in the slightest, as New York City will be very different than Salt Lake City. After they arrive, he stands in the nearby basketball court sullenly when another kid passes by. The kid, named Vince, is surprised to find that Jace is blind, but Jace takes it in stride by making jokes. When he asks Vince if he wants to play a game of hoops, Vince quickly makes an excuse and leaves. The next day at school, Jace tries to make his way around, and accidentally bumps into John, the captain of the football and wrestling teams. He once again jokes around, and is asked by a nearby girl if this is how he always makes friends. The girl introduces herself as Mary Beth, one of his readers, and although he uses his usual sarcasm, she’s able to dish it out just as well as he can. When he arrives at his Spanish class, his “charm” only serves to alienate everyone around him, especially when John arrives and sits next to him.

Jace attends music class in his new school, but is bored out of his mind

Jace attends music class in his new school, but is bored out of his mind

Jace heads to band class, and breaks into a drum solo, that leads into a quick jam session. The band director, Mr. Wyatt, is not impressed with Jace’s attempt at showing off, and warns him not to assume that he’s better than everyone else. A kid points out to Jace that Wyatt is also blind, and Wyatt refuses to give Jace any special treatment. Vince runs into him at school and the two create a fast friendship. Vince warns him that the only way to fit in at school is to be a jock. Back at school in gym class, the teacher forces Jace to sit out and do his homework, although Jace knows he is able to play. In Spanish class, the kids steal his tape recorder, and when the fire alarm goes off, he is knocked over by the crowd and no one helps him out until John grabs him by the shirt collar. Everybody just stares at him once he stands outside, and Jace stands there, alone. That night, Jace lets out his feelings through his music, much to the worry of his parents.

When Mary Beth is helping Jace with his studies, she reveals to him after hearing more of his snarky comments that people treat him differently not because he’s blind, but because he’s a total snob. Mary Beth suggests that Jace tries out for the wrestling team, as her dad’s the coach, and after researching the sport, he agrees. Vince tries out with Jace, and they go to meet Coach Rice. Rice is initially hesitant to allow Jace to try out, as Jace has no wrestling experience whatsoever, but gives Vince and Jace some tapes to watch of previous matches, asking them to come back next week if they’re still interested. His mom is concerned, but his father is all for Jace trying out for the team. Jace and Vince come back and are added to the team, but he needs a full commitment from the two. Jace overhears some guys placing bets that the “gimp and the wimp” won’t make it two weeks, and matters only get worse when Jace accidentally head-butts a teammate, breaking his nose. After the teammates continue to make fun of Jace and his handicap, Jace breaks and almost injures his partner during a scrimmage. Rice takes Jace to his office to lecture him, but Jace doesn’t want to hear it.

Jace's teammates make it clear they don't want him on the team by playing pranks on him

Jace’s teammates make it clear they don’t want him on the team by playing pranks on him

The first scrimmage takes place, and John has his own rivalry to work through. Coach sits John out, as he wants to save him for the State Championship, and his replacement not only loses the match to John’s rival, but breaks his collarbone. This gives Jace the open spot in the weight class, and the first match is the next day. Jace is nervous about competing, which doesn’t help when his other teammates still don’t want him on the team. The teammates play a prank on Jace, taping a sign to his back, but it is spotted by Rice and taken off before the match. He warns the rest of the team that he refuses to have a bully on his team. Jace loses his first match, and the rest of his teammates keep calling him pathetic. Although Vince and Jace continue to work hard and practice, they continue to lose match after match. One day, Jace talks with Wyatt, asking him for his advice. Jace admits that he joined wrestling so he could be part of something where his disability didn’t matter. Wyatt tells him that the only reason Jace is being treated differently is because he acts like he should be pitied, and he should try it a different way.

John heads back to the weight room after practice to grab his jacket, and finds Jace in there still working hard. Jace tells him that although he may not score a point for the season, no one will be able to say that he didn’t work his hardest. Mary Beth soon shows up and notices how hard Jace is working, and gives him a helpful tip: he keeps losing because his balance is off. She offers to help him learn how to “dance,” as she puts it. Afterwards, the two talk, and he asks her why she would want to spend time with a selfish jerk such as himself. When she says it’s because he wants to spend time with a hideous girl like her, he disagrees, telling her that she must be as beautiful as her heart. At the next meeting, the extra training has paid off, and Jace wins his first match. After the match, a reporter comes to interview Jace, but Jace refuses to do the interview until he wins a few more matches and does something more for the team. John gets some bad news in the form of a failing grade in Spanish; if he doesn’t get a B on the midterm, he will be unable to wrestle for the rest of the season. Jace offers to help tutor John, which John begrudgingly accepts, offering to help Jace with his weight training in exchange.

Jace and John spend extra time in the weight room to make Jace stronger, while Jace helps John with his Spanish

Jace and John spend extra time in the weight room to make Jace stronger, while Jace helps John with his Spanish

As the two work together, the two start to bond, with John teaching Jace one of his signature moves. Wyatt enters the music room one day to hear Jace with his guitar, and the two have an impromptu jam session, with Jace thanking Wyatt for his advice. At the next match, John and Jace win their bouts. Vince, however, is feeling upset that he can’t keep up with Jace’s training. Luke, the player injured at the beginning of the season, feels that he is fully healed and ready to rejoin the team, but Rice refuses. Luke then takes his frustration out on Jace, and Jace asks the coach for a wrestle-off between himself and Luke. Rice refuses, and Jace says that Luke believes he’s only on the team because he’s blind. Rice tells Jace that Jace didn’t get his spot because he’s blind, but because he earned it. Later, Mary Beth lectures Jace on how her father always gets questioned for his decisions, with no one considering how hard it is for him. Jace interrupts Mary Beth by kissing her, revealing his feelings for her, which she accepts. Later, as Jace stands on the basketball court near his house, Vince passes by on his bike but tries to avoid him. Vince admits that he’s tired of being a loser, and is jealous that Jace has been winning his bouts. Although Vince thinks Jace ditched him for a party, Jace decides to skip the party to help teach Vince how to “dance,” just as Mary Beth taught him. At school, Vince is able to beat up the bully with the moves he learned from Jace.

Jace is worried about Sectionals, as John needs to lose six pounds in a week to be in his weight class to fight his rival. Mary Beth attempts to cheer him up by having him teach her how to play the drums. As they play, John is seen working out in the gym to an extreme. As Mary Beth heads home, Jace attempts to kiss her, but she warns him not to, as her father, Coach Rice, would be furious. At school, Luke once again tries to shake Jace, reading an excerpt from the newspaper that claims Jace is really only on the team for “inspiration” due to his disability. Jace then goes to Rice and demands the wrestle-off to prove that he’s the best guy for the slot. Although Jace wins, he injures himself. Luckily, Rice is able to pop his shoulder back in, and everyone soon heads off to the last match of the season. John is able to make his weight class, but seems to be exhausted from the extra work. Jace is concerned for John, but John tells him angrily that if wrestling is taken away from him, he’ll have nothing left. Jace wins his bout, and John is sent in for his grudge match. Vince explains the match to Jace, but both are disappointed when John can’t win. As the match is tied, the final point comes down to one last bout – Vince’s. Vince wins the match for the team, and the team is off to regionals. During practice, everyone is geared up for State, but John is placed in a new weight class, which upsets him; what’s worse is that Jace is upped in weight class and will be taking on John’s rival.

Jace contemplates forfeiting the upcoming match against John's rival, knowing he could get seriously injured

Jace contemplates forfeiting the upcoming match against John’s rival, knowing he could get seriously injured

Jace is panicking about his upcoming bout, and his parents tell him there’s no shame in forfeiting. He goes to Wyatt for advice, and is angry that people call him “brave” for doing things people do every day. Wyatt tells him that Jace may be afraid, but everyone his age is afraid. Jace then confronts John, and the two agree to work together for Regionals, where they will both win. John is able to win his bout, as is Vince. It is soon time for Jace to take on the rival, and the whole team cheers him on. Before Jace goes out, Rice tells Jace that he is very proud of all the work he’s put into this season. The rival slams Jace hard, but Jace is able to spin out and avoid being pinned. In the last 28 seconds of the match, Jace only has to avoid being pinned. In the end, Jace wins, having been able to pin the rival, and the team is heading to State. The team hoists Jace on their shoulders and carries him out to victory. The reporter once again comes back to talk to Jace, and asks his team about Jace. The team acts as if they had no idea that Jace is blind, implying that it makes no difference whether he’s blind or not, and he is accepted as a part of the team for who he is.

March 18

March 18, 1967 – The Blue Bayou Restaurant Opens in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square


“Dine on Cajun and Creole specialties at one of Disneyland Park’s most popular – and most romantic – restaurants.”

On March 18, 1967, the Blue Bayou Restaurant opened in the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland. The restaurant is considered one of the most attractive dining areas in the entire park, and has also been considered a “must-do” part of any Disneyland visit. Located in the same building as the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, diners are able to watch as guests travel through the attraction while enjoying a special nighttime atmosphere reminiscent of summers in the bayou. Versions of this restaurant have been opened in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

March 17

March 17, 1999 – The Epcot Attraction Test Track has its Grand Opening


“Design a virtual concept vehicle and then go for a high-octane spin at this attraction that’s thrilling and creative.”

On March 17, 1999, the Epcot attraction Test Track had its grand opening, a year and a half after it had been operating with soft openings. Originally hosted by General Motors, guests enter a test vehicle that takes them through the Test Track circuit, a winding track that involves several obstacles and areas of tough terrain, with guests reaching speeds of up to 65 miles an hour. The track overall is a mile long, and loops guests through the pavilion, with hills up to three stories high and 50 degree angled curves. The attraction was closed in April of 2012 for a major remodel, and was reopened in December of 2012. The attraction is currently sponsored by Chevrolet.

March 16

March 16, 1961 – The Special Short Film The Saga of Windwagon Smith is Released to Theaters


“The prairie is just like the ocean, only greener and drier, you see, and the billowing waves of buffalo grass make sailing quite easy to be.”

On March 16, 1961, the special short film The Saga of Windwagon Smith was released to theaters. The short was released near the end of the golden age of Disney short films, and at a time where the art was becoming more experimental. Jasper and Horace from One Hundred and One Dalmatians make a cameo appearance in this short. The short itself was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Nichols and Lance Nolley. It features the voices of Rex Allen and the Sons of the Pioneers.

The story takes place in Westport, located at the start of both the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Most of the town is seen sleeping in the Kansas sun, but they are startled awake by a strange cloud running down Main Street. They hear a strange voice bellowing from the cloud, and as an anchor is tied to a hitching post, the town sees a covered wagon with a deck and a mast with a tiller attached to it. The man inside steps down and greets the town, and when asked by Mayor Crum where he is from, the man explains his name is Captain Smith. He had sailed the seven seas, he continues, and wishes to sail the prairies.  The town assumes that, as he has no oxen to pull his wagon, the wind must make it move, and Smith tells them that this is the case before hurrying into the nearest saloon for a bite to eat. When he takes a look at the waitress in the bar, the mayor’s daughter Molly, it’s love at first sight for Smith. Molly has also fallen for Smith, but her father soon sends her away so he and Smith can talk business.

Smith and the mayor talk business about the windwagon, with the mayor wondering if it can hold cargo

Smith and the mayor talk business about the windwagon, with the mayor wondering if it can hold cargo

The mayor asks if Smith’s windwagon will haul freight, and Smith confirms this, as the hull can hold a full cargo. He then makes the grand claim that he can sail from Kansas to Santa Fe in only two weeks, as opposed to the two months it would take a regular covered wagon with oxen. The accountant of the town figures this would be a quarter of the time, with four times the profit. The town gets excited about the financial prospects of windwagon use, and decide to build a super windwagon with Smith’s help, creating a new company called The Prairie Clipper Company. Building soon begins, and every night after work, Smith and Molly meet on the unfinished deck to continue their romance. The mayor is furious at Molly’s romance with Smith, and warns her to stay away.

The day the windwagon is finished, everyone comes out to admire it before the roll it to the edge of town. Molly christens the ship, and everyone gets on inside, except for Molly, who is told by her father that this cruise was for men only. Smith climbs on board and gets ready to set sail. The windwagon heads off on the Santa Fe Trail, and the men inside start getting seasick. The men demand to be let out, and Smith begins to take them back to town, when the wheel gets stuck. As the windwagon passes town, the men jump out as fast as they can, leaving Smith all alone. As he vows to go down with the ship, he is surprised to find Molly on the deck. She had stowed herself away on the ship, and as a hurricane fast approaches the ship, Smith tries to convince her to leave, but she wishes to stay with him. The windwagon is swallowed by the hurricane, and after Smith fixes the tiller, the two sail on top of the hurricane, heading west, and the two are never heard from again. Legend has it when the sunset turns gold, you can see the wagon in the sky, with Smith steering the wagon with Molly by his side.

March 15

March 15, 2005 – The Pixar Short Film Jack-Jack Attack is Released


“Well, it started out like any normal sitting gig, you know, with the reassuring of the parent and all.”

On March 15, 2005, the Pixar short film Jack-Jack Attack was released on the DVD release of the animated feature film The Incredibles. It was based on the film, exploring the powers of the youngest Parr, Jack-Jack. It was written and directed by Brad Bird, with story by Teddy Newton, Mark Andrews, Rob Gibbs, and Bosco Ng, and starred Bret Parker as Kari, Bud Luckey as Rick Dicker, Eli Fucile as Jack-Jack, and Jason Lee as Syndrome.

The short begins with Violet’s friend Kari being interrogated by government agent Rick Dicker. He asks her about the “incident,” and she starts relaying the story of her babysitting gig for the youngest Parr, Jack-Jack. She is seen on the phone reassuring Helen that everything’s just fine, for surely a baby like Jack-Jack couldn’t get into any trouble. She then starts playing Mozart and having him play with educational toys, but when Kari turns around after placing the CD in the player, she finds Jack-Jack missing, only to find him on the kitchen table. As she chases after him, he disappears from there and is found at the fridge, drinking a bottle of milk. She remarks on how weird this is, and calls Helen again, leaving her a message about a question she has about Jack-Jack. As she is leaving the message, Jack-Jack starts floating, and sits on the ceiling. Kari looks for him, and when Jack-Jack opens his bottle of milk, the milk falls out and lands all over Kari.

Kari has taken desperate measures to keep Jack-Jack in one place

Kari has taken desperate measures to keep Jack-Jack in one place

Kari calls Helen again, this time having kept Jack-Jack trapped in his playpen, with a recliner and several large books on top of the playpen to keep him caged. As her message starts to get more panicked, Kari turns around to find that Jack-Jack has bitten his way out of his cage, and is on the bookshelf. She notices him start to fall, but when she goes to catch him, he seemingly disappears, leaving only his diaper behind. She runs down the stairs, and finds him floating and transporting himself through the walls. Kari finally catches him, and ties him to a weighted barbell so he won’t disappear again. As she attempts to do a calming activity of flashcards, when she shows him a flashcard of a campfire, Jack-Jack is suddenly set ablaze. He runs around the house as a giant flame, and she finally is able to pick him up with tongs and extinguish him in the bathtub.

In the morning, the house is a shambles, as Kari is on the verge of collapsing, holding a fire extinguisher and extinguishing Jack-Jack every so often. He shoots lasers out of his eyes, but Kari holds up a mirror to deflect the rays, leaving a mark on the ceiling. Suddenly, the doorbell rings, and Kari answers it to find Syndrome. Nearing the edge of insanity, Kari nearly frightens Syndrome, and she assumes he is her replacement, handing him the baby. She asks him what the “S” on his outfit stands for, and he quickly tells her that it stands for “sitter.” He goes on to say that he was originally going to have the initials for “babysitter,” but that would have been “BS,” and that wouldn’t have been a great idea. Agent Dicker then interjects with the statement that Kari believed him, and she erupts, and asks if he’d ever seen an exploding baby before. He stands up, grabbing a box with a red laser on the front, and asks her if she told anybody else about the incident. She says she told her parents, but they thought she was being funny. She asks if Agent Dicker believes her, and he says he does. She then wishes aloud that she could forget the whole thing, and he tells her that he will before using the box to wipe her memory.

March 14

March 14, 1948 – Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, Director, and Disney Legend Billy Crystal is Born


“When we thought of Billy Crystal, we thought, this was going to be great. Of course, he just added his own unique spin to it.” – Pete Docter, Director of Monsters, Inc.

On March 14, 1948, William Edward Crystal was born in New York City. His father was a music promoter, and his uncle was Milton Gabler, a legendary music producer. Displaying a love of performing at an early age, Crystal and his older brothers would perform their own variety show for family members and at local events. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1970, Crystal began his career in improv comedy, leading to a sketch on the first season of Saturday Night Live!. His breakout role was as Jodie Dallas on the sitcom Soap, which he played from 1977 through 1981. He rejoined Saturday Night Live! as a cast member during the 1984 – 1985 season, and then had an appearance in the series All in the Family, where he would meet actor and director Rob Reiner. Reiner hired Crystal for small parts in two films, This is Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride, which led to his being cast as the lead in When Harry Met Sally…. This film gave Crystal his first Golden Globe nomination for best actor.

Crystal was asked to be the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s first full-length computer animated feature Toy Story, but he passed on the role, calling it one of the biggest regrets of his career. When he was offered the role of Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc., he jumped at the chance. He has since reprised the role in a short film, a cameo in Cars, and the prequel film Monsters University. Crystal also voiced the character Calcifer in the film Howl’s Moving Castle. Crystal continues to be active in entertainment, hosting the Academy Awards nine times, directing a made-for-television movie, and writing and starring in a one-man play called 700 Sundays. Crystal was named a Disney Legend in 2013.

March 13

March 13, 1960 – Animator, Storyboard Artists, and Disney Legend Joe Ranft is Born


“Joe was really a major part of Pixar’s soul. He was one of the key players who made all the films what they are.” – Director Pete Doctor

On March 13, 1960, Joseph Henry Ranft was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in Whittier. He had a strong interest in movies, magic, and performing, all things that would impact his career. In 1978, Ranft enrolled in the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied Disney-style animation alongside future collaborators John Lasseter and Brad Bird. In 1980, Ranft accepted a job offer from Disney, and earned a quick reputation as an outstanding story artist. He contributed to the story of several films, including Oliver and Company, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Fantasia 2000. In 1991, Ranft began working for Pixar, working on the story for their first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story. His knack of performing and impressions got him hired as the voice of Heimlich in the studio’s second film, A Bug’s Life; he would continue writing and performing on Toy Story 2, voicing Wheezy the penguin, and had writing credits for Monsters, Inc. and Cars. Unfortunately, Ranft was killed in a car accident on August 16, 2005, leaving behind a legacy of storytelling and a reputation as a “story giant of our generation,” as relayed by director Henry Selick. Ranft was named a Disney Legend in 2006.

March 12

March 12, 2000 – The Live-Action Television Film Model Behavior Premieres on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney


“Let’s just say, I’ve officially clinched my status as junior class spinster.”

On March 12, 2000, the live-action television film Model Behavior premiered on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney programming block. The movie was based on the book Janine & Alex, Alex & Janine by Michael Levin, who helped to co-write the film with David Kukoff and Matt Roshkow. The film was directed by Mark Rosman, and starred Maggie Lawson as Alex Burroughs/Janine Adams, Justin Timberlake as Jason Sharpe, Jesse Nilsson as Eric Singer, Daniel Clark as Josh, Karen Hines as Monique, and Kathy Lee Gifford as Deirdre Adams.

Shy teenager Alex Burroughs is attending a party on a mission: to ask popular athlete Eric Singer to the Fall Ball. Her best friend Sharon is there for moral support, although Alex has taken to hiding in the bathroom. Alex finally leaves the bathroom and runs into Eric, but the encounter is rather awkward, and she soon leaves the party to head home, embarrassed. Her father lectures her on breaking curfew, but she doesn’t seem to care. Before she goes to sleep, she reads her fashion magazines once again, wishing she were the model on the cover. Meanwhile, the model on the cover, Janine Adams, is trying to order Chinese food, but her mother nixes the order and changes it to her usual “steamed broccoli and brown rice.” Janine thinks her mother is overbearing, and wishes she could just be a normal teenage girl. She watches television in her room and comes across a program about herself, including an “exclusive” about her being involved with fellow model Jason Sharpe, although in reality Janine wants nothing to do with him.

Alex tries to talk to her father about her ideas for new catering uniforms, showing  a glimpse of her unsatisfactory life

Alex tries to talk to her father about her ideas for new catering uniforms, showing a glimpse of her unsatisfactory life

The next morning, Alex gets ready for an event for her father’s catering company, and finds out that she’s a finalist to get into a summer program for fashion and design, with an interview occurring in two weeks. Janine is preparing for her day, snapping at everyone and everything around her, including her assistant Monique. Janine has to go to a launch for her book, which Alex’s dad’s company is catering. At the party, Janine and Alex run into each other, and Janine takes Alex into the bathroom to show that the two look uncannily alike. Janine starts questioning Alex about normal life, and then offers to have Alex trade places with her, just for a week. Alex is unsure, but finally agrees. The two quickly change outfits and head back to the party in their new roles. Janine is excited to head home and begin a “normal” life, while Alex is thrilled to live the life of a supermodel.

Alex’s family and Janine’s assistant Monique are confused at the girls’ behavior, but they run with it. Janine heads to Alex’s school, and is unusually excited about the experience. She runs into Alex’s friend Sharon and starts walking the hallways. Janine confidently says hello to the cutest guys in school, but Sharon reminds her that they don’t exist on the social radar. Janine refuses to accept this, and also refuses to take the abuse from popular mean girl Mindy. Alex then attends a photo shoot in a bikini, and is noticeably uncomfortable in front of the camera. Although the photographer is annoyed at first, he is soon taken with her “new” shy look. Back at school, Janine talks back to the teacher, earning the respect from several of her fellow students. Alex walks the streets after her shoot, and runs into Jason Sharpe, who apologizes for the recent article calling them a couple. He promises to make it up to her, and quickly leaves. Monique tells Alex that she should want nothing to do with him, but Alex tells Janine that, just for this week, she’ll reconsider. Janine finds some eye candy of her own in the form of Eric Singer, and decides to approach him, although Mindy is hanging all over him. She pours Eric’s carton of milk all over Mindy, and certainly catches Eric’s attention before heading back to her table.

Alex surprises everyone by giving her chauffeur Tony the day off, and spending the day seeing the city with Monique

Alex surprises everyone by giving her chauffeur Tony the day off, and spending the day seeing the city with Monique

Alex decides to go see the sights of New York, and gives her chauffeur the day off. Janine cooks breakfast for her family, and shows a real talent for cooking, although Alex’s brother Josh is suspicious of “Alex’s” new behavior. Alex and Monique go rollerblading through Central Park, and Alex hears about Janine’s habit of talking down to the people around her. Alex decides to be kind to those around her instead, and decides to take Monique shopping. At school, “Alex’s” social standing has improved substantially thanks to Janine, and Eric starts talking to her, although she acts nonchalant about it. In New York, Alex is asked out on a date by Jason. She wants to accept, but the night he proposes is the night that Alex and Janine are supposed to switch back. Janine soon calls Alex, and the two agree to postpone the switch back for another week. Josh overhears the conversation, and realizes that he’s got a huge scandal on his hands. Although Alex is warned to stay away from Jason Sharpe, she ignores Janine’s advice and goes on a date with Jason. Janine then goes on a date with Eric, although she is less than impressed with his car. Eric plans on taking Janine to Les Gourmand, a fancy French restaurant, which is where Alex and Jason are also going.

Alex and Jason show up at the restaurant amid a sea of reporters, although the reporters ignore Janine when she shows up with Eric. After finding out that the restaurant lost Eric’s reservation, they leave, but Eric decides to take her around the back. Alex and Jason start to bond, especially when Jason admits that he’s only modeling to save up money for grad school so he can study astronomy. He invites Alex to see a meteor shower later that night, and she accepts. Josh sneaks into the restaurant to film the evidence of the two girls. Meanwhile, Eric is more and more impressed with how Janine handles herself. Janine and Alex excuse themselves to the bathroom, and, unaware that the mirror is actually gone, think the other is their mirror reflection. They finally realize that they are at the same restaurant, and Janine is angry to the point where she tries to break up the date between Alex and Jason, while Alex tries to break up Eric and Janine. The two then switch back, although they both have a lot of explaining to do. Eric then takes Janine go-karting, and they have a much better, more normal evening; Jason takes Alex to see the meteor shower, and the two share a kiss. After Eric takes Janine home, she admits that this is the most fun she’d had in a long time, and he calls her his girl before he kisses her.

Janine arrives home from her date with Eric, unaware of how much trouble she's in

Janine arrives home from her date with Eric, unaware of how much trouble she’s in

When Janine gets home, Alex’s father reminds her that she missed the wedding event she was supposed to cater, and is grounded. Alex arrives home to find Janine’s mother waiting for her. Alex then wakes up for an early morning workout the next morning, while Janine gets in trouble for using her cell phone in class, among other things, and is sentenced to do the laundry for the school. Alex then has to walk in a show, although she doesn’t do very well, as she has never walked a runway before, and rips the dress before running into another model. At school, Janine snaps at Sharon, and arrives home to find the admissions adviser for the summer program Alex wants waiting for her. Not knowing where Alex’s portfolio is, she creates a mishmash of pictures and scribbles, and Alex is not accepted into the program. Back at Janine’s, Josh shows up to blackmail Alex. Josh then gives her the idea of telling Jason who she really is, and asking him to the fall ball, and calls him to meet her that night. Janine tries to sneak out of the house to meet Eric, but gets caught and is sent back to her room by Alex’s father. Alex shows up at the high school to meet Jason, and before she can ask, he tells her that he’s heading to Paris and wants her to go with him. As Alex ties up her hair and puts on her glasses, she gives Jason the tape and asks him to kiss her. Eric spots them, and the two guys think that she’s been two-timing them.

When Janine and Alex speak on the phone, the two yell at each other for ruining each other’s careers, and decide that they need to switch back right away, and plan it for the next morning in front of the school. The two have a tearful goodbye, and sadly return to their lives. Janine starts snapping at everyone and everything again, and Monique sadly states that Janine was so different the past week. Alex’s parents are surprised at how different Alex is, as her attitude has done a complete 180. At Janine’s photo shoot, the photographer wants her to be shy and coquettish as Alex was, and Janine is frustrated that she can’t do it. While doing through her bag, she finds the pictures of her and Eric, and gets an idea. Alex resumes life at school, although it seems that everything is now worse after Janine’s stint. Suddenly, she gets an idea, and smiles. At the apartment, Janine refuses to go to her agent’s party, instead choosing to go to the Fall Ball. Alex plans to go get Jason, and actually gets brother’s help for once. She calls Jason, but it appears that he’s already left for Paris.

Janine tries to explain everything to Eric at the Fall Ball, but he is soon pulled away by Mindy

Janine tries to explain everything to Eric at the Fall Ball, but he is soon pulled away by Mindy

Janine pulls up to the Fall Ball, pretending to be Alex, and looks for Eric. Although she tries to talk to Eric, Mindy pulls Eric away and insults her. Alex then shows up to the dance, although her parents soon discover that she has snuck out. The Prince and Princess of the Fall Ball are announced, and it’s Eric and Mindy, which crushes Janine. As Eric and Mindy dance together, Janine watches on sadly. Meanwhile, Alex and Janine’s families show up at the dance, and Alex is surprised to see Jason show up at the dance. As Alex walks to Jason, and Janine walks to Eric, the two girls collide and everyone is surprised to see the two of them. When their families walk in, the two finally explain the entire situation. Their parents finally start listening to them, making them both very happy. Alex wishes Jason goodbye, but Jason refuses to let her go, and asks her to dance. Eric then goes over to Janine and asks her to dance. The dance continues, and everyone is happy, including Monique and Alex’s chauffeur, who pair up as well.