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February 22

February 22, 1954 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is Featured in LIFE Magazine

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“We are delighted that Mr. Disney has seen fit to treat Jules Verne with the proper reverence in his new film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

On February 22, 1954, LIFE Magazine featured Disney’s newest live-action adventure as a cover story. The article takes readers behind the scenes of the upcoming film, interviewing several actor-divers, cameramen, and directors, and featured a several-page picture spread of underwater work to create the film.


February 21

February 21, 2001 – Aida and Toy Story 2 Win Grammy Awards


“When somebody loved me, everything was beautiful.”

On February 21, 2001, the 43rd Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, which Randy Newman took home the award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for the song “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2. In addition to these soundtrack awards, the band Riders in the Sky won Best Musical Album for Children for their album Woody’s Roundup: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Collection of Woody’s Favorite Songs, which was a compilation of Western songs inspired by the fictional show Woody’s Roundup from Toy Story 2.

February 20

February 20, 1928 – The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Africa Before Dark is Released

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On February 20, 1928, the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Africa Before Dark was released to theaters. The short, the thirteenth Oswald creation, was originally thought to be a lost film. In 2009, a full 33mm nitrate copy of the film was located in the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. After being restored by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, was unveiled at a special screening, along with the located short Poor Papa, with score by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on June 13, 2015.

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.