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July 11

July 11, 1941 – The Donald Duck Short Film Early to Bed is Released to Theaters

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“Doggone it. I’ll get to sleep if it kills me!”

On July 11, 1941, the Donald Duck short film Early to Bed was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King.

Donald lets out a long yawn as he stretches and gets ready for bed. He mutters that he has to get up early and mentions how tired he is before singing himself a lullaby. As he tries to land on his pillow, he hits the bed frame with his head. Annoyed, he moves his pillow, only to have all the feathers fly out when he tries once again to rest his head. He finally is able to go to sleep, save for the ticking of his alarm clock, which seems to grow louder every second he tries to sleep. His tail begins to move in rhythm with the clock, and he finally just shoves it into a drawer. The clock, however, continues to tick loudly, and Donald loses his temper and throws it against a wall. It lands in a nearby vase and continues to beat loudly, so Donald throws the clock out the window. The clock lands in a sock on the outside laundry line, and the force of Donald’s throw carries it back into Donald’s apartment, where he accidentally swallows it as it flies through the window.

Donald is shocked to find the clock inside his stomach after throwing it out the window

Donald is shocked to find the clock inside his stomach after throwing it out the window

Donald is alarmed to find the clock in his stomach, and tries to kick it out with little success. He is able to break the clock into pieces, but doesn’t silence it. Finally, Donald is able to get the clock and all of its pieces thrown out of him, silencing the ticking forever. He tries to go back to sleep, only to find that his trundle bed has folded itself – and him – in half. The bed refuses to stay down, as the moment he turns out the light, it folds right up again. The bed’s springs also come out from the padding, launching Donald into his chandelier. The chandelier then falls back onto the bed, which folds up. Donald finally takes desperate measures when he ties down his bed with ropes and chains, and locks himself in at the top. Unfortunately, the broken clock magically reassembles itself and sets off the alarm, waking Donald up and causing the bed to self-destruct.

July 10

July 10, 1955 – The Character Scamp Appears in the Disney Comic Strip

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“Merry Christmas Uncle Trusty and Uncle Jock!”

On July 10, 1955, the character Scamp appeared in the Disney comic strip series Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, which was used to promote upcoming Disney films. The strip on this day was promoting the film Lady and the Tramp, with Scamp appearing in the final panel as one of Lady and Tramp’s puppies. Although not named in the film nor this strip, the character was given a name in October of that year, when he began appearing in his own daily strip which ran until 1988.

July 9

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July 9, 1932 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Musical Farmer is Released to Theaters

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“Look look look look look look look look look look look what I did!”

On July 9, 1932, the Mickey Mouse short film Musical Farmer was released to theaters. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Mickey and Pluto are walking across the farm, planting seeds, which are soon devoured by crows. Mickey and Pluto spot the crows and chase them off, but as Pluto jumps after them, he lands in the nearby scarecrow’s clothes. Mickey helps him out, but is soon distracted by a singing Minnie who is milking a cow. Mickey decides to play a prank on her, so he and Pluto dress in the scarecrow’s outfit and make their way over, scaring her half to death. The “scarecrow” soon begins to dance, but continues to shout “boo!” and scare her. When she notices that it’s Pluto and Mickey, she trips them up can has Mickey fall into the washtub. He steps out wearing tartan socks and a kilt, takes three nearby geese, and pretends to play the bagpipes with them.

Mickey starts playing a tune for the barnyard musical extravaganza

Mickey starts playing a tune for the barnyard musical extravaganza

As Mickey pretends to be Scottish, the music he plays is infectious and carries all over the farm. Soon, Mickey plays an old rake like a mouth harp and sings with all the animals while Minnie dances on top of a washtub. All the hens lay their eggs in time to the music, save for one – Fanny. Fanny sadly looks around at all the other hens laying and gossiping about her, when suddenly she lays a giant egg. The entire farm rushes to the hen house to see what Fanny has done, and when Mickey sees the egg, he gives her a pat on the head and rushes to get his camera. After a series of mishaps, he sets off to take a photo of the giant egg. Unfortunately, he uses too much flash powder, and destroys not only his camera, but takes off all the feathers from every bird in the hen house.

July 8

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July 8, 1913 – Voice Actor Bill Thompson is Born

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“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, good-bye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!”

On July 8, 1913, voice actor and radio star William H. Thompson was born in Terre Haute, Indiana to vaudevillian parents. His career began on the Chicago airwaves, where he worked on the variety series The Breakfast Club and on The Sinclair Weiner Minstrels. Thompson could voice a great range of characters, as seen in his work with Disney. His first notable role with the studio was in the 1951 feature animated film Alice in Wonderland, where he voiced the White Rabbit and the Dodo; this was followed with roles in Peter Pan (Smee and various pirates), and Sleeping Beauty (King Hubert). In Lady and the Tramp, Thompson was given five different parts to voice, including that of Jock, the Scottish Terrier. Thompson found even more fame at Disney voicing Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore in several short films and episodes of the Disney anthology series, and was the first actor to give a voice to comic character Scrooge McDuck in the feature Scrooge McDuck and Money. His last role was Uncle Waldo in The Aristocats; Thompson passed away suddenly at the age of 58. For his voice work, Thompson has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

July 7

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July 7, 2000 – The Disney Ambassador Hotel Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

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“Amid the art deco styling are touches of magic that only a Disney Hotel can provide.”

On July 7, 2000, the Disney Ambassador Hotel opened its doors in Tokyo Disneyland. The hotel has an art deco motif, with the main lobby featuring a statue of Mickey as a 1930s movie director. There are several different themes to pick from in choosing a room, from a Donald Duck room to family room, along with the option of a suite. The hotel is also home to several restaurants, including Chef Mickey (casual dining in buffet style), the Empire Grill (California-style food), Hana (Japanese style food), Tick Tock Diner (reminiscent of a 50s diner), and the Hyperion Lounge. Weddings can also be held at the hotel, with guests able to take their vows in the Rose Chapel.

 

July 6

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July 6, 1993 – The Theatrical Production Disney’s Symphonic Fantasy Opens at the Metropolitan Opera House

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“…a live show that uses a live symphony orchestra to perform music made famous by and in Disney features would seem a natural, which is what Disney’s Symphonic Fantasy is all about.”

On July 6, 1993, the touring theatrical production Disney’s Symphonic Fantasy began its run, opening at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The production celebrated the music from classic Disney films, and featured 90 musicians from the American Symphony Orchestra, along with a 32-member chorus and 18 dancers. Over 200 Disney characters were represented in the show, with scenes ranging from Fantasia to Aladdin. The production traveled to 22 cities across the United States, working with a new orchestra in each city.

 

July 5

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July 5, 2003 – The Nighttime Parade Fantillusion Begins in Disneyland Paris

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“Mesdames et Messieurs et vous les enfants. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. Disneyland Park est d’heureux de vous presenter – proudly presents: the Disney’s Fantillusion Parade!”

On July 5, 2003, the nighttime parade Fantillusion began its run at Disneyland Paris. Based on the parade of the same name from Tokyo Disneyland, the Disneyland Paris version of the parade was presented in three acts: Mickey’s Magical Garden, The Disney Villains, and The Happy Ending. The Paris version of the parade is much smaller than the Tokyo version, using only 15 floats instead of Tokyo’s 31. The parade itself included almost 50 performers a night, along with 400,000 lights and 60 km of cables. The show’s run came to an end on October 31, 2012, and was replaced with The Main Street Electrical Parade.

 

July 4

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July 4, 1984 – The Circle-Vision Attraction American Journeys Opens in Disneyland

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“A new vision of America’s people, heritage, and breathtaking beauty. A spectacular motion picture odyssey.”

On July 4, 1984, the Circle-Vision film attraction American Journeys opened in Disneyland. The film uses the Circle-Vision 360° technique, also used in Epcot’s O Canada! and Wonders of China; the technique includes nine screens arranged in a circle, with nine cameras used to film the scenery, giving the audience the perspective of really being in the scene. American Journeys, like its predecessor America the Beautiful, captured many highlights of the United States. A version of the film opened in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland on September 15, 1984, as well as in Tokyo Disneyland on May 17, 1986. The Disneyland attraction ended its run on July 7, 1996.

July 3

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July 3, 1984 – The Restaurant Bistro de Paris Opens in Epcot’s France Pavilion

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“Gourmet restaurant located at the 2nd floor.”

On July 3, 1984, the table-service restaurant Bistro de Paris opened in the France Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Thanks to the popularity of the pavilion’s first restaurant, Les Chefs de France, it was decided by executives to add another restaurant in the empty space in Les Chefs upstairs area. The restaurant was similar to Les Chefs in that it served fine French cuisine, with standard dishes including filet mignon and crème brulee. On July 31, 2012, the restaurant was closed; it reopened in December as Monsieur Paul.

July 2

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July 2, 1993 – The Dinner Theater Area Aladdin’s Oasis Opens in Disneyland

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“…a whole new world of fun, food, and adventure at Aladdin’s Oasis – the newest dinner show at Disneyland.”

On July 2, 1993, the dinner theater-style entertainment area Aladdin’s Oasis opened in Disneyland, replacing the Tahitian Terrace. The show was released to capitalize on the success of the 1992 animated feature film. The area gave guests a show filled with songs and dances by characters from the film while they enjoyed Americanized-versions of Middle Eastern food, including papadam wafers and tabbouleh. The show was discontinued after a couple of years, but the restaurant was still in operation until 1997, when it became a storytelling area; it has since become a meet-and-greet area where guests can meet Aladdin and Jasmine.