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February 19

February 19, 2010 – An Endangered Western Lowland Gorilla is Born in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom


“The newborn gorilla is going well and has already become an integral part of the gorilla family group that includes first-time mother, Kashata, father Gino, and two other females.”

On February 19, 2010, a baby gorilla was born to Western Lowland Gorilla Kashata in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. This was Kashata’s first baby, and the third gorilla born in the Animal Kingdom. Disney is working in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which helps protect and manage threatened or endangered species. The baby was eventually named Lilly to honor the late scientist and vice president of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Dr. Alecia Lilly.

February 18

February 18, 2000 – The Nighttime Fireworks Show Believe…There’s Magic in the Stars Begins in Disneyland


“I wish I never had to leave this magical place.”

On February 18, 2000, the nighttime fireworks show Believe…There’s Magic in the Stars began in Disneyland Park. The show, replacing Fantasy in the Sky that had run since 1956, was created to help celebrate the park’s 45th anniversary, and was the most complex show to date. For the holiday season, the show was retooled to Believe…In Holiday Magic. The show used clips and music from several Disney animated features, as well as an interwoven song created just for the show. The song was later released on the park’s official album. The show closed on November 1, 2004, and was replaced by Imagine…A Fantasy in the Sky.

February 17

February 17, 2012 – The Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline Show Begins


“Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline opens for business today at Disney California Adventure park.”

On February 17, 2012, the new show Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline began in Disney’s California Adventure park in Condor Flats. The show uses song from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s to create a retro-style show that can be enjoyed by old and young guests alike, featuring standards such as “Come Fly With Me,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” and “Lady of Spain.” There is also a second medley of songs featuring Disney songs that featuring flying, including “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins. The show also features a special talking and singing Minnie Mouse, appearing for the first time in Disneyland’s history. The show ended its run on October 20, 2013.

February 16

February 16, 2012 – The Newest Disney Cruise Line Ship, the Disney Fantasy, Sails on its Maiden Voyage

Disney Fantasy

“…the Disney Fantasy is a masterpiece of design and engineering boasting Art Nouveau allure alongside modern technological advancements.”

On February 16, 2012, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, set sail from Germany on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The ship sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York for its christening ceremony. Only a year earlier, the keel was laid in Meyer Werft shipyard. Currently, the ship is used for cruises to the Caribbean.

February 15

February 15, 1936 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Orphan’s Picnic Premieres in Theaters


“I’ll tell you when to eat!”

On February 15, 1936, the Mickey Mouse short film Orphan’s Picnic was released to theaters. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Mickey is driving a truck full of orphans, while Donald conducts them in song. Upon arrival in the park, the kids run around, climbing trees and playing in the pond while Donald sets up the picknic. He chases one orphan off when he tries to grab a sandwich, and starts fending off the other orphans that grab the cake. Meanwhile, Mickey is playing a game with some of the orphans, and ends up running into a tree. Donald tries to rescue the food from the hungry orphans, but they pelt him with pie pans and arrows. One orphan gives Donald a flower as an apology, with Donald unaware that there’s a bee inside. The bee chases Donald a bit before flying back to the hive, but Donald, always one to hold a grudge, throws a rock at the hive. The angry swarm chases Donald all around the park, with the orphans watching, laughing, and contributing to the trouble. The boys apologize again, and present him with a sandwich, with Donald once again unaware of the “secret” ingredient: another bee.

February 14

February 14, 2004 – John Lasseter is Honored by the Art Directors Guild


“In 2004, Lasseter was honored by the Art Directors Guild with its prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery’…”

On February 14, 2004, the 8th annual Art Directors Guild Awards were held in California. Amongst the winners for best in film and television for 2003, John Lasseter from Pixar was honored by the guild with a special award for “Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery” thanks to his work in groundbreaking computer animation.

February 13

February 13, 2008 – The Video Game Discs of Tron is Released on Xbox Live

Discs of Tron

Discs of Tron is considered an arcade classic as it mesmerized fans who wanted an entertaining and challenging experience derived from the innovative film.”

On February 13, 2008, the video game Discs of Tron was released on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The game, available for the Xbox 360 platform, was based on the classic arcade game released in 1983. The game has players facing off against the villain of the film Tron, Sark; players must “derezz” him in each level of the game using special disks. The game has been upgraded from the original, but allows players to also play the version from 1983.

February 12

February 12, 2010 – The Disney Cruise Line Exhibit Opens

DCL Exhibit

“Starting today, another attraction is waiting for visitors to Meyer Werft.”

On February 12, 2010, the Disney Cruise Line exhibit opened in Meyer Werft’s newly built area of the Visitors Centre. Meyer Werft, one of the world’s leaders of building luxury passenger ships, started building Disney ships in 2007 when Disney awarded the company a shipbuilding contract. The exhibit gave guests an opportunity to see the covered building dock where the Disney Dream was being built. A two-and-a-half-hour tour and walkthrough was offered for special guests as well.

February 11

February 11, 1932 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Grocery Boy is Released to Theaters


“Groceries! Groceries!”

On February 11, 1932, the Mickey Mouse short film The Grocery Boy was released to theaters. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Mickey is busy in his grocery store weighing potatoes. Once he completes the task, he tries to unload them, but spills them all over the floor. The phone rings, and he trips over himself to answer it. Minnie is calling, but she is in a foul mood, asking tersely if he would please hurry with her groceries; secretly, she can’t wait to see her sweetheart. Mickey rushes to her house and delivers her groceries with a smile. Mickey says hello, but Minnie tells him goodbye, quite obviously playing hard-to-get. When Mickey angrily tries to leave, he accidentally opens a closet where the ironing board falls out, and the iron falls on Mickey’s head. Minnie drops her ruse and tends to Mickey, but soon has to tend to the turkey in the oven. Mickey musically assists Minnie in preparing the food, with the dishes joining in the melody. Meanwhile, Pluto has also noticed the turkey in the oven, and runs off with it, with Mickey chasing after him around the house. Minnie finally catches the dog and tries to wrestle the turkey away, with little success. Minnie also tries to save the cake they baked, but that crashes on Mickey’s head.


February 10

February 10, 2008 – Ratatouille Wins the British Academy Film Award


Ratatouille, an American-directed film about a Parisian culinary rat, won animated film.”

On February 10, 2008, the 61st British Academy Film Awards were held, honoring the best of film in 2007. Pixar’s critically acclaimed 8th animated feature Ratatouille was given the honor of Best Animated Feature, beating out Dreamworks’ Shrek the Third and 20th Century Fox’s The Simpsons Movie. This was one of several accolades that were given to the film, which had already won a Golden Globe and an Annie Award, and would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature two weeks later. Brad Lewis, the producer of the film, was on hand at the ceremony to collect the award.