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November 30

November 30, 2003 – Roy E. Disney Resigns

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“It is with deep sadness and regret that I send you this letter of resignation from the Walt Disney Company, both as Chairman of the Feature Animation Division and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.”

On November 30, 2003, Roy E. Disney effectively announced his resignation from the Walt Disney Company in a letter addressed to then CEO Michael Eisner. Though Eisner’s early years with the company had been prosperous, it was after the passing of company president Frank Wells that tensions mounted between Eisner and Disney. In a three-page handwritten letter delivered to Eisner’s Manhattan residence, Disney laid out seven specific grievances he had with Eisner’s leadership, ranging from poor quality in the theme parks, to loss of company morale through micro-managing. Disney remained off the board until 2005, when Eisner stepped down and Bob Iger was named as the new CEO; Disney rejoined the board as a non-voting Director Emeritus and consultant.

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November 29

November 29, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Spanish Guitar is Released to Theaters

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On November 29, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Spanish Guitar was released to theaters. It starred Margie Gay as Alice, and was the 38th Alice Comedy produced. Originally considered a lost Alice short, a rare nitrate stock copy of it was found in 1998, and was subsequently restored. It was then shown at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy. In the short, Alice is a guitar-playing senorita, who is captured by villain Pete and rescued by her faithful sidekick, Julius.

November 28

November 28, 2011 – The Lost Oswald Short Film Hungry Hobos is Found in the UK

An image from a lost 1928 Walt Disney short, HUNGRY HOBOS. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios.

“When we checked this film we couldn’t quite believe our eyes. For an archive, finding a lost masterpiece is incredible – you just don’t think it will happen to you.” – Amanda Huntley, HuntleyFilm Archives

On November 28, 2011, it was announced that a copy of the lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Hungry Hobos was found in the Huntley Film Archives, an independent film archive. The film, originally released in 1928, is the last remaining copy of the short in existence. It was also announced that the film would be auctioned in Los Angeles in December, with the proceeds to further the restoration of films in the archive. The Walt Disney Company, aware of the discovery, won the short at the auction for a sum of $31,250. After a year-long restoration, the film was debuted at the 39th Annual Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

November 27

November 27, 1997 – The Disneyland Attraction it’s a small world is Redone for the Holidays

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“There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware it’s a small world after all.”

On November 27, 1997, he Disneyland attraction it’s a small world was redone for the first time for the holiday season. Colored lights and special holiday themed ornaments and costumes are added to the outer façade as well as the inside attraction, with the holiday songs “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” interwoven with the original song. The holiday version proved popular enough to be added to the versions of the attraction in Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland

November 26

November 26, 2009 – The Sailor Mickey Mouse Balloon Premieres at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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“Ahoy Sailor Mickey!”

On November 26, 2009, the Sailor Mickey Mouse balloon, celebrating the Disney Cruise Line, was added to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The 61-foot-tall, 600 pound balloon is the 4th version of Mickey to appear in the parade, with its previous incarnation Bandleader Mickey last appearing in 2000. The balloon takes 70 volunteers to walk with it along the parade route.

November 25

November 25, 1949 – The Donald Duck Short Film Slide, Donald, Slide is Released to Theaters

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“Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! World Series today!”

On November 25, 1949, the Donald Duck short film Slide, Donald, Slide was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George and Bill Berg.

It’s a beautiful day, with Spike the bee being serenaded by classical music on the radio. He pretends to conduct a full orchestra as the music plays, only to be interrupted by Donald switching to the World Series. Spike angrily switches back, and Donald spots the bee. He places Spike near the radio and blares the ball game in his ears, scaring him. Donald then acts out the game excitedly, but gets a rude interruption from Spike again. Spike doesn’t give up easily, and enters the radio itself to change the channel. Donald manages to capture the bee and uses him as the ball in his baseball game. Spike tries to sting Donald, but Donald safely stays inside. As Spike threatens him with his stinger and taunts him with snippets of the game. Donald in retaliation creates a fake radio that will blow up in Spike’s face, and Donald, in his excitement, doesn’t see Spike’s stinger waiting, and gets stung in the backside. As Donald heads inside, Spike locks him in the shower and changes the station to his classical music, with Donald unknowingly contributing to the piece.

November 24

November 24, 1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club Circus Opens in Disneyland

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“All the girls were dressed like Tinkerbell…it was pretty dangerous, but it was fun.” – Mouseketeer Mary Espinosa

On November 24, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club Circus opened in Disneyland; the attraction is considered one of Walt’s few failures. The circus, itself a way to get some publicity for the show, featured several of the popular cast members, including Annette Funicello and Doreen Tracey. The kids would perform various circus acts, but the failure of the circus came in attendance – Disneyland had so many things to explore, and people didn’t want to attend a circus while there. The show lasted one holiday season before it was closed on January 8, 1956.