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January 11

January 11, 2004 – Pirates of the Caribbean Wins People’s Choice Award

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“Drink up me hearties, yo ho.”

On January 11, 2004, the 30th People’s Choice Awards were held in Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which had been released on July 9, 2003, was honored as the Favorite Motion Picture of the year by the public, adding to the many accolades it received since its release.

January 10

January 10, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Golf Bug is Released

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On January 10, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice the Golf Bug was released to theaters. It was the 41st Alice Comedy released, and starred Margie Gay as Alice. Although a poster still exists for this short, this is considered one of many lost Alice Comedies. However, as the title suggests, Alice and Julius compete in a wacky golf tournament alongside villainous Pete.

January 9

January 9, 1916 – Former President of The Walt Disney Company and Disney Legend Card Walker is Born

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“Card was instrumental in keeping Disney strong and growing in the critical years that followed the passing of founders Walt and Roy Disney.” – Bob Iger, President and CEO of Disney

On January 9, 1916, Esmond Cardon “Card” Walker was born in Rexburg, Ohio. In 1924, Walker his family moved to Los Angeles, and after graduating from UCLA, he began working for the Disney Studios in 1938 as a mailroom clerk. Walker quickly moved out of the mailroom and into the company, first starting in the camera department, then working in the production department. With the outbreak of World War II, Walker, like many at the studio, did his part in the war effort by enlisting with the Navy, working as a flight deck officer. After the war ended, he returned to the Studio to work in the story department; Walker used a new polling system called Audience Research Institute (ARI) to gauge audience reactions to possible Disney animated features. In 1956, Walker continued to climb the Disney ladder when he was named the Vice President of Advertising and Sales. Proving a valuable asset in this area, he was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1960. Walker’s success didn’t stop there: in 1965, he was named the Vice President of Marketing; in 1967, he was then named Executive Vice President of Operations; in 1968, he was then named the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. This was followed by his election to President of the Walt Disney Company in 1971, a position he held for five years. Under Walker’s leadership, he not only helped keep the company strong during the turbulent time after the deaths of Walt and Roy O. Disney, but helped cultivate and protect the Disney tradition as it expanded to parks around the globe and back home, such as with the creation of Tokyo Disneyland and the Disney Channel. In 1980, he became the Chairman of the Board. Walker retired soon after in 1983, but continued to act in a consultancy role until 1990. For his work with the company, he was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1993. He retired from the Board of Directors in 1999, after 61 years with the company, but was named an emeritus member. Walker passed away in 2005 in La Cañada Flintridge, California.

January 8

January 8, 1996 – The Fairy Tale Festival Begins in Disneyland Paris

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“…Disneyland Paris paid tribute to the great authors of European fairy tales as it revived the most enchanting ones for the joy of all our visitors…”

On January 8, 1996, the Fairy Tale Festival began in Disneyland Paris. This seasonal festival celebrated famous European fairy tale authors and their creations, and included such features as a giant gingerbread house, a pumpkin that magically turned into Cinderella’s carriage, and a parade featuring “new” fairy tales in the Disney animated films cannon, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. The event lasted until April 4, 1996.

January 7

January 7, 1943 – The Wartime Short Film The Spirit of ’43 is Delivered to the U.S. Treasury Department

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“You must save for victory!”

On January 7, 1943, the wartime short film The Spirit of ’43 was delivered the U.S. Treasury Department. After the success of The New Spirit, the Treasury Department was more than eager to have Donald represent them again and encourage Americans to pay their taxes to help the war fund. After the debacle in the House for not paying Disney for The New Spirit, it was decided that the Treasury Department’s funds for the short would have to be approved by Congress in advance; the $20,000 came through quickly. Unfortunately, this amount wasn’t enough to pay for brand new animation, so the studio reused some footage from The New Spirit.

A factory whistle blows, signaling payday. As Donald walks with his cash, he is confronted by his two inner personalities: the Thrifty Donald, who convinces Donald to save some of his pay; and the Spendthrift Donald, who appears after his money begins to burn a hole in his pocket. The Spendthrift Donald takes him to the Idle Hour Club, but Thrifty Donald reminds Donald that his income tax is due in four different payments. Donald is convinced to save right away to help the troops in the war, as he doesn’t want to save for the Axis. In the end, he punches out the Spendthrift, who in the end looks like Hitler. There is then a montage of what people’s taxes will go towards.

January 6

January 6, 1939 – The First Issue of the Disney Studio Newsletter The Bulletin is Published

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“Scoop! Exclusive! Bulletin bows!”

On January 6, 1939, the first issue of the Disney Studios newsletter, The Bulletin, was published. The newsletter reported on happenings within the studio, ranging from sports groups, special interest pieces on Disney employees, as well as special announcements. The newsletter had its final printing on April 4, 1941.

January 5

January 5, 1945 – The Goofy Short Film Tiger Trouble is Released to Theaters

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“Tiger hunting – what mystery! What adventure! What an experience!”

On January 5, 1945, the Goofy short film Tiger Trouble was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Bill Peet.

The short begins with the narrator explaining tiger hunting, which frightens Goofy. His elephant guide sets him off regardless of Goofy’s fears, and they travel through the perilous jungle. Finally, it’s lunch time, and the pair set up camp. Unbeknownst to them, they have stopped near Tiger Country, and a tiger pops out, a lot less threatening than the narrator makes him out to be. Upon hearing the tiger’s roar, Goofy and the elephant immediately pack up and begin to stalk their prey. Goofy comes across the tiger, and the elephant flees while the tiger takes Goofy as his victim. Poor Goofy is left to defend himself, and manages to save himself by lighting the tiger’s foot on fire. The two grapple, until the force of Goofy’s shotgun sends them flying into the air; when they land, the chase is on. In the end, Goofy and his elephant manage to outrun the tiger, and leave with his stripes.

January 4

January 4, 2011 – The Disney Dream Arrives at Port Canaveral

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“We’re thrilled to welcome the Disney Dream home to her expanded terminal facility.” – Port Canaveral CEO J. Stanley Payne

On January 4, 2011, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, arrived at its home port of Port Canaveral, Florida, for the first time. The ship would take off on its maiden voyage a few weeks later on January 26, and would sail on cruises to the Bahamas. The creation of the ship necessitated an economic boost for the area, as almost 450 jobs would be created, along with the construction of new terminal and dock areas for the ship.

January 3

January 3, 2014 – Marvel Comics is Granted Exclusive Rights to Star Wars Comics

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“In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.” – Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide

On January 3, 2014, Marvel Comics, in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd., was granted exclusive rights to publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels. The agreement ends the partnership with Dark Horse Comics, who had been publishing Star Wars titles since 1991; Marvel had previously owned the license to the comics from 1977 to 1987, with Star Wars #1 selling over 1 million copies in 1977. This acquisition brought Star Wars completely under the Disney banner, as Disney had acquired Marvel in 2009.

January 2

January 2, 2001 – The First Guests are Welcomed to the Grand Californian Hotel

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“From poolside to hearthside, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers award-winning food and wine, cozy lounges, Character Dining, and much more.”

On January 2, 2001, the first paying guests were invited in to the newly opened Grand Californian Hotel. The hotel, located in the Disney California Adventure park, is the first Disney hotel to be located within a park. The design celebrates the simplicity of California’s coastline, featuring tributes to Arroyo craftsman, mission pioneers, and California-centric architecture. The hotel has 712 standard-size rooms, 34 suites, 2 vice-presidential, and 2 presidential suites; it also features the Napa Rose restaurant, which features several award-winning wines.