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January 21

January 21, 1995 – The Lion King is Awarded Best Musical or Comedy Film at the Golden Globes

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“You cannot be in this position with a song unless you have a great film, and The Lion King was a great film made great by everybody at Disney past and present…” – Sir Tim Rice

On January 21, 1995, the 52nd Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Honored with four nominations, including two in the same category for Best Original Song, the animated feature film The Lion King won three awards, including the award for the Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, beating out The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Ed Wood; Four Weddings and a Funeral; and Prêt-à-Porter. Hans Zimmer wn for his score for the film, while Elton John and Tim Rice managed to take home the honor of Best Original Song with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

January 20

January 20 2014 – The Restaurant Spice Road Table Opens in Epcot

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“Simmer your senses in the flavors of the Mediterranean as you unwind in the ambience of a picturesque waterfront view.”

On January 20, 2014, the Spice Road Table Restaurant officially opened in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion in the World Showcase. The restaurant, located on the lagoon side, was inspired by authentic outdoor cafes, and provides guests a prime seat for the IllumiNations fireworks show. The Mediterranean fare includes tapas and specialties, including spicy garlic shrimp and chicken skewers. While not originally accepting the Disney Dining Plan, most plans are now accepted at the restaurant.

January 19

January 19, 2001 – The Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire Premieres

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“If you believe we’ve got a picture perfect plan, we’ve got you fooled, cause we only do the best we can.”

On January 19, 2001, the Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire premiered on the Disney Channel. The series followed the adventures of 13-year-old Lizzie McGuire and her friends Gordo and Miranda, while an animated version of Lizzie gives her inner thoughts in the form of a soliloquy. The show was highly popular, with several merchandising deals and a feature film released in 2003. The series ran for two seasons with 65 episodes in total. During the show’s run, it was nominated for several awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. The show was created by Terri Minsky, and starred Hilary Duff as Lizzie, Lalaine as Miranda, Adam Lamberg as Gordo, Jake Thomas as Matt, Hallie Todd as Jo, and Robert Carradine as Sam.

January 18

January 18, 1997 – Carnival Castle is Unveiled at Disneyland Paris

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“Even Sleeping Beauty’s Castle went a little crazy as the Theme Park was decked out in all its finery to celebrate our 5th anniversary.”

On January 18, 1997, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Disneyland Paris, Carnival Castle was unveiled. The castle, which is a temporary redesign of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, was styled not only to celebrate the park’s anniversary, but to promote the current Disney animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the book by French author Victor Hugo. The redesign gave the castle itself a variety of jester hats, while Central Plaza was decorated with gargoyles and renamed Gargoyle Square, and Main Street USA was covered in banners.

January 17

January 17, 2010 – Up Wins Two Golden Globe Awards

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“That’s the way we look at these films: not as Academy Award potential, we just look at them as regular films.” – Director Pete Docter

On January 17, 2010, the Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Disney Pixar’s 10th Animated Feature, won two Golden Globes: Best Animated Features, and Best Original Score. Up was the winner against animated features Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Disney’s own The Princess and the Frog. The score, composed by Michael Giacchino, was Giacchino’s third composition for the studio, and his first Golden Globe win. Director and writer Pete Docter was on hand to accept the award for Best Animated Feature.

January 16

January 16, 2011 – The Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! Parade Premieres in Hollywood Studios

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“Everyone countdown to fun now!”

On January 16, 2011, the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! parade began its run in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The parade was a considerably shorter version of the previous Block Party Bash Parade, with the run time lasting only about ten minutes. It featured characters from The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc., Up, and Toy Story.The parade was unable to keep guest interest, and was retired on April 6, 2013.

January 15

January 15, 1925 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Toreador is Released to Theaters

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“If we had a bull, we could win it easy.”

On January 15, 1925, the Alice Comedy Alice the Toreador was released to theaters. It starred Virginia Davis as Alice, and was the 13th Alice Comedy released.

Alice and Julius are looking at a large advertisement for a bull fight that boasts a $10,000 prize – but contestants have to bring their own bull. Alice spies a stray bull and has Julius help her wrangle it. The poor bull is so beat up that it’s nowhere near ready to fight, until Julius spies some roller skates to place on its feet. Alice and Julius take the bull away and prep it for the day of the big fight. Alice is confident that the two will win, but another contestant has other plans: he tricks another meaner bull to take Alice’s bull’s place, and steals her bull, thinking it will lead to an easy win. The fight begins, and the other contestant is thoroughly trounced having underestimated Alice’s bull. Alice then steps out and is greeted with the meaner bull. She tries to outrun him, and the bull ends up crashing into the wall and Julius. Julius sneaks into the ring dressed in a bull costume, where Alice is easily able to beat him. Unfortunately the ruse is revealed, and Alice and Julius are left to dodge trash from the audience.

January 14

January 14, 2013 – The Winter Wonderland Event Begins in Epcot

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“The forecast at Epcot this week is sunny with a chance of flurries.”

On January 14, 2013, Disney continued its Limited Time Magic promotion with the addition of “Winter Wonderland,” where they made it snow over the Canada Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Guests were able to meet with special characters, including Chip ‘n’ Dale, Donald, and Daisy while snow would fall all around the pavilion area. The event lasted until January 20th.

January 13

January 13, 1934 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Shanghaied is Released to Theaters

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“The captain’s got a girl, the captain’s got a girl…”

On January 13, 1934, the Mickey Mouse short film Shanghaied was released to theaters. It was directed by Burt Gillett.

The sailors are singing a song about their captain, mocking that he’s got a girl, when one sailor gets knocked out by Pete, who has tied up Mickey and Minnie in his cabin. Pete walks over to Mickey and mocks him before turning his attention to Minnie. Minnie pays no mind to his flirtations, and her screaming has Mickey breaking free from his bonds to save his girl. Using a swordfish from the wall, Mickey attempts to battle Pete, who continues to not take him seriously. A humorous sword fight ensues, though Mickey’s swordfish proves to be a poor weapon. Mickey, however, is able to use everything in the cabin at his disposal and free Minnie at the same time. As the two start to make their escape, Pete sends his crew after Mickey, but Mickey is able to use a cannon and miscellaneous kitchen supplies to subdue them. With one final attack using a harpoon, Mickey ends the attack by Pete and his crew, leaving Pete to be chased by sharks in the ocean while Mickey and Minnie steer the ship to safety.

January 12

January 12, 2001 – Downtown Disney Opens in Disneyland

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“Visit a lively promenade featuring distinctive eateries, unique shops, and exciting entertainment…”

On January 12, 2001, the California version of the shopping district Downtown Disney opened in Disneyland. The area, situated between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, features a variety of shops, entertainment, and dining options, ranging from a movie theater to fine dining table service restaurants. The district also features the largest Disney shopping experience in the parks: World of Disney; Marceline’s Confectionary is another favorite Disney shopping treat, where guests can purchase special Disney-themed treats, including the famous candy apples decorated for the season.