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August 21

August 21, 2007 – The Muppet Mobile Labs Interactive Audio-Animatronic Premieres at Epcot

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“Now, before we continue this conversation, let me just activate the Hob Knob.”

On August 21, 2007, almost six months after its California debut, the interactive audio-animatronic Muppet Mobile Lab made its debut in Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. Featuring the characters Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and assistant Beaker, the audio-animatronic went around the park freely, interacting with guests as they entertained the crowd with their best Muppet jokes and puns. The new feature was part of a test-run by the Disney Imagineers to create more characters that could interact with the guests as they mill about the various parks.

August 20

August 20, 1928 – The Last Disney Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Hot Dog Premiered in Theaters

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On August 20, 1928, the final Disney created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film, Hot Dog, was released to theaters. The short film marked the end of the working relationship between Charles Mintz and Walt Disney, with Disney losing the character to Mintz after refusing to resign with a 20% cut in profits; this would ultimately lead to the creation of Mickey Mouse. The film has since become a lost cartoon, with only the title card and a storyboard page surviving.

August 19

August 19, 2001 – The Timekeeper Attraction Reopens Seasonally

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“For your safety, I’ve invented rails for you to lean on. I call them, ‘lean rails.’ Please do not sit on the lean rails because…they’re there to lean on.”

On August 19, 2001, the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper was reopened, this time on a seasonal basis. The attraction, originally closed on April 29, 2001, was reopened while many other Tomorrowland attractions were undergoing refurbishments. The attraction opened during the late summer and stayed open through most of September, operating on this seasonal basis before it closed for good on February 26, 2006, after its final show on December 31, 2005.

August 18

August 18, 2013 – Disney Infinity is Launched in New York City

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“Infinite possibilities. Endless Fun.”

On August 18, 2013, the action-adventure game Disney Infinity was officially released, with a launch event held in New York City’s Times Square at the end of “summer road trip” for the game. The launch event featured game demos, giveaways, and special guest appearances, including that of Chrissie Fit from Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie. The game was also available for purchase at stores nationwide n this date, with the first sets of characters from the films Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, Monsters University, Cars, and The Lone Ranger.

August 17

August 17, 2006 – Meg Crofton Named President of Walt Disney World

“The combination of Meg’s leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of the company’s operations, and her incredible passion for our Cast Members and the Guest experience make her the right leader of the Walt Disney World Resort.” – Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

On August 17, 2006, Meg Gilbert Crofton, a 27-year-veteran of the Walt Disney Company, was named to the key position of President of Walt Disney World. Crofton had held previous executive leadership positions in Sales, Operations, and Human Resources, holding the role of Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts before this promotion. Crofton began her career with Disney in 1977, working at Vista-United Telecommunications. She left the company briefly to work for AT&T, but returned to Vista-United in 1981 to serve as the Operations Manager; three years later, she was named the General Manager of the Disney Inn. Among her many roles within the company, Crofton was the task force leader for hotel openings of ten of the resorts within Walt Disney World, and led the task force for the opening of Disneyland Resort Paris. Crofton was the fourth person to run the park as President, and the first woman named to the position.

August 16

August 16, 2005 – Into the Rush, the Debut Album by Aly & AJ, is Released Through Hollywood Records

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“Don’t let nobody tell you your life is over, be every color that you are.”

On August 16, 2005, the debut album of recording artists Aly & AJ, titled Into the Rush, was released through Hollywood Records. The album featured several promotional singles, including two cover songs: “Do You Believe in Magic” originally by The Lovin’ Spoonful and “Walking on Sunshine” originally by Katrina and the Waves. The album received favorable reviews, and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 36. A deluxe version of the album was released almost a year later with two more singles: “Rush” and “Chemicals React.” Combined sales of the album and the deluxe album made the album the 112th bestselling album in 2006.

August 15

August 15, 2006 – The Cheetah Girls 2 Soundtrack is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“Amigas cheetahs, friends for life, the rhythm and each other, that’s what keeps us tight.”

On August 15, 2006, the soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie The Cheetah Girls 2 was released through Walt Disney Records. The album was a major success compared to its predecessor, debuting and peaking at number five on the Billboard 200, and peaking at number one on the Top Soundtrack Albums chart. The album would go on to be certified platinum by the RIAA after selling over 1.4 million copies. The album also spawned five singles: “The Party’s Just Begun,” “Strut,” “Step Up,” “Amigas Cheetahs,” and “Dance With Me.”

August 14

August 14, 2007 – The Soundtrack for High School Musical 2 is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“You are the music in me.”

On August 14, 2007, the soundtrack for the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical 2 was released through Walt Disney Records. The album peaked at number one on the digital iTunes and Amazon.com charts on its first week of release, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, remaining there for four weeks. The album spawned four singles: “What Time is It?,” “I Don’t Dance,” “You Are the Music in Me,” and “Gotta Go My Own Way.” The album continued to chart in various countries, ranging from peak positions of number one to number 21. The album would eventually become the best-selling album of 2007.

August 13

August 13, 1954 – The Donald Duck Short Film Grin and Bear It Premieres in Theaters

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“Oh my goodness, what did I do? Uh oh, I gotta get out of here!”

On August 13, 1954, the Donald Duck short film Grin and Bear It was released to theaters. It features the first appearance of Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore and the second appearance of Humphrey the Bear (who premiered in the Goofy short film Hold That Pose). The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Dave Detiege and Al Bertino.

It’s the beginning of the season at Brownstone National Park, and Donald is holding up traffic while looking at a sign. Ranger Audubon is excited at the visitors’ arrival, and shares a long list of rules before wishing them off to have fun. Audubon then calls the bears over for a few reminders of the season, warning them (mostly Humphrey) not to steal from the tourists, otherwise they face the ultimate punishment: becoming a rug. As the bears disperse to meet their tourists, Humphrey tries to entertain Donald for food, but the duck isn’t interested. Donald then makes a massive sandwich that Humphrey hopes he’ll split, but is disappointed when Donald continues to keep his food to himself. He attempts to steal some food, but ends up taking a hot pepper without knowing. Donald then packs up to go home, leaving an angry, hungry Humphrey, who comes up with a plan to trick Donald into thinking he ran over him. Donald then gives Humphrey the food but, after realizing he’d been tricked, Donald calls him a thief. The two get in trouble with Ranger Audubon, but the tables turn when Audubon is seen stealing Donald’s ham.

August 12

August 12, 2005 – Disney Channel Star Christy Carlson Romano Visits the World of Disney Store in NYC

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On August 12, 2005, Disney Channel Star of Even Stevens and the voice of the titular Kim Possible Christy Carlson Romano was on hand at the World of Disney Store in New York City to sign autographs and meet fans. 75 “InspEARations” statues of Mickey Mouse had been touring around the country this year, and nine, including one designed by Romano in the likeness of her Kim Possible character, were on display during her visit.