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April 30

April 30, 2008 – The Jonas Brothers Try the New Toy Story Mania Attraction

On April 30, 2008, Disney Channel stars and popular band The Jonas Brothers took a spin on the new Toy Story Mania attraction in Walt Disney World, which was set to open on May 31, 2008. The band was in the park filming Disney Channel Games, an Olympic-style event for Disney Channel stars to compete against each other. Along with the Jonas Brothers, stars Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and the Cheetah Girls were also on hand to film the show and check out the attractions in Hollywood Studios.

April 29

April 29, 1989 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit Wins Four Academy Awards

“But I’m a toon. Toons are supposed to make people laugh.”

On April 29, 1989, the 61st Academy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The combination live-action animation film Who Framed Roger Rabbit was nominated for six competitive awards, and managed to score three: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Visual Effects. The film was also given a special achievement award for the film’s animation director Richard Williams. This was the second animated film to be awarded multiple Academy Awards, with Mary Poppins having been the first.

April 28

April 28, 2006 – The 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Wins a Daytime Emmy

“The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Television Academy in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”

On April 28, 2006, the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. ABC won four awards, including one for Outstanding Special Class Special for The 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. This was ABC’s first, and only, win in this category as of 2017. Among those recognized for their contribution to the parade were co-hosts Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, and Ryan Seacrest.

April 27

April 27, 1999 – The ASCAP Honors Songwriters for Animated Feature Mulan

On April 27, 1999, the 14th annual American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Film and Television Music Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Songwriters Matthew Wilder and David Zippel were among those honored at the ceremony for their work on the animated feature film Mulan in the Top Box Office Films category; their song “Reflection” would go on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

April 26

April 26, 1958 – The First Zorro Days Event Kicks Off in Disneyland

“Yes – all of your ZORRO favorites – in person – for the first time.”

On April 26, 1958, the first event featuring the cast of the popular show Zorro, advertised as “Zorro Days,” kicked off in Disneyland. The two-day event featured appearances by the entire cast of the show, including Guy Williams, who played the titular character. The show had been an incredible success for Disney, with this live event certainly emphasizing this. The event had the cast march in parades, as well as perform in live shows in Frontierland and sign autographs. This event went on to be the first of five total events: the other events were held on May 30 through June 1, 1958; November 27 through November 30, 1958; November 26 through November 29, 1959; and November 11 through November 13, 1960.

April 25

April 25, 2008 – Former Disney CEO is Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

“So, I accept this for Frank [Wells], for Bob [Iger], and John [Travolta], and for all the cast members of the Walt Disney Company, and I thank you all for coming out on not too hot a day.”

On April 25, 2008, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner was honored with the 2,361st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his part in Disney’s comeback in the era known as the Disney Renaissance. Eisner, whose tenure at Disney lasted from 1984 to 2005, was joined at his ceremony by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler, current CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, actor John Travolta, and Mickey Mouse.

April 24

April 24, 2015 – The Musical Show King Triton’s Concert Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

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On April 24, 2015, the new musical show King Triton’s Concert opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s revamped Mermaid Lagoon Theater. Based on the hit animated feature The Little Mermaid, the musical show features an actress playing Ariel suspended on wires and “swimming” above the audience while singing with friends Sebastian and Flounder. The show is about 14 minutes long, and features a variety of special effects and puppetry.