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April 30

April 30, 2008 – An Evening of Disney Animation Rarities Event is Held at Newport Beach Film Festival


“Join noted filmmakers and Academy Award nominees Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn as they present an unforgettable evening of rarely seen Disney animated shorts and experimental films.”

On April 30, 2008, a special screening of rarely seen Disney short films and experimental projects was shown at a screening called “An Evening of Disney Animation Rarities.” The event, hosted by Roy. E Disney and Don Hahn, featured several films that, at the time, were not available on DVD. Many of these shorts also had limited theatrical productions, as most accompanied Disney feature films at the time of their release. The event lasted for about an hour, and was popular enough to warrant a repeat screenings at the festival, with another one scheduled for 2016.

April 29

April 29, 2008 – The Eponymous Album Raven-Symoné is Released Through Hollywood Records


“[It’s] a party album. There are only 2 slow songs, but it’s really energetic.”

On April 29, 2008, the fourth eponymously titled studio album by artist Raven-Symoné was released through Hollywood Records. The album only released two singles: “Double Dutch Bus,” a cover of the 1981 funk song by Frankie Smith; the single was used to promote Raven-Symoné’s film College Road Trip. The other single was “Anti-Love Song,” released on March 27, 2009. The album peaked at number 159 on the Billboard 200.

April 28

April 28, 2012 – Mickey Mouse Makes Special Appearance at Yankee Stadium


“On April 28, Mickey Mouse appeared at Yankee Stadium in time to catch a baseball game.”

On April 28, 2012, as a way to promote the arrival of the cruise ship Disney Magic in New York City, Mickey Mouse, dressed as a Disney Cruise Line captain, made a special appearance in Yankee Stadium. Along with the Disney Cruise Line sponsoring the game that day, Disney also donated 100 tickets to the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson took some time to pose with Mickey on the mound of the field.

April 27

April 27, 1960 – The Final People & Places Featurette, The Danube, is Released to Theaters


On April 27, 1960, the final People & Places documentary featurette, The Danube, premiered in theaters. The 28 minute featurette explored the areas surrounding Europe’s Danube River, looking at old and new customs of the populous, their diverse traditions, and ends with a look at the most popular city on the riverside, Vienna. The film, like many others in the series, was filmed in CinemaScope. It was produced by Ben Sharpsteen.

April 26

April 26, 1990 – The Mickey’s Magical TV World Show Opens at Mickey’s Starland in Walt Disney World


“What’s all the fuss about Gummi magic? So far, it’s nothing but tricks!”

On April 26, 1990, the live show Mickey’s Magical TV World opened in the Mickey’s Starland area of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The show featured characters from the popular Saturday morning cartoons, including Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Ducktales, and Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers; other popular shows were added and some were taken out through the years of the show. The musical stage show, hosted by Mickey Mouse, lasted about fifteen minutes. The show closed on March 11, 1996.

April 25

April 25, 2007 – The Attraction Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future Opens in Epcot

Project Tomorrow

“Disembark from your time travel experience where an emerging world of wonders awaits your arrival.”

On April 25, 2007, the Spaceship Earth post-show attraction Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future opened in Walt Disney World’s Epcot. The area, formerly AT&T Global Neighborhood, gives guests an interactive experience with emerging technologies in the fields of healthcare, energy, and more. Companies such as Siemens were highly involved in the creation of the area, giving guests a good introduction into the many technological discoveries that await them within the park. The attraction also boasts being one of the first to have an interactive element that can be carried over into online interactivity. A smaller version of this attraction was built for Disneyland, built within Innoventions.

April 24

April 24, 2009 – Imagineer and Disney Legend Marty Sklar Announces Retirement

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“I’ll still be looking over your shoulders, cheerleading, and filling new blank pages. It’s the most important Imagineering tradition.”

On April 24, 2009, Imagineer and Disney Legend Marty Sklar announced his retirement after over fifty years working with the Walt Disney Company. Sklar, who announced he would be officially retiring on July 17, had a long illustrious career with Disney, starting with creating a tabloid newspaper to be sold on Main Street during Disneyland’s first year, to joining the Imagineering department in 1961, to being the vice president of concepts and planning for Imagineering in 1974. Sklar was also instrumental in the creation of Epcot in Walt Disney World, as well as the creation of the other Disney parks around the world. The same day he retired, Sklar was honored with a window on Main Street.