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Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 28

February 28, 2012 – The Disney Fantasy Pulls Into New York City

“Welcome to America, Disney Fantasy”

On February 28, 2012, Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy, pulled into port in New York City. The ship, built in Germany, sailed to New York to prepare for its christening ceremony before sailing to Port Canaveral, Florida; from Florida, the ship would then take its maiden voyage. The Disney Magic was the first Disney Cruise Ship to sail to New York City, and was scheduled to return in May for a summer celebration.

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February 27

February 27, 1935 – The Tortoise and the Hare Wins Academy Award

On February 27, 1935, the 7th Academy Awards were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The short film The Tortoise and the Hare won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoon, beating out Holiday Land by Screen Gems and Jolly Little Elves by Walter Lantz. This was Disney’s third win in the category since its founding in 1934; Disney would dominate this category until 1940.

February 26

February 26, 2008 – The Fantasia Shop Reopens in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

“If your fantasy is to find the ultimate collection of Disney souvenirs…you’ve found the right place.”

On February 26, 2008, the general merchandise stop Disney’s Fantasia Shop reopened in Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort. Originally opening in 1971, the shop was moved to the center of the concourse for greater access, and taking the place of the Concourse Sundries. The shop features a large variety of Disney souvenirs, including clothes, snacks, and toys.

February 25

February 25, 1991 – The Frontierland Shop Bearly Country Closes

On February 25, 1991, the store Bearly Country, located in Walt Disney World’s Frontierland in Magic Kingdom Park, closed. Open since June 6, 1985, the shop specialized in merchandise that featured the Country Bears from the Country Bear Jamboree. After closing in 1991, the store then became the Prairie Outpost Supply, and changed its wares to a more generic Southwestern theme.

February 24

February 24, 2017 – The Red Rose Taverne Opens in Disneyland

“Be our guest for casual fare with a dash of French flair at this charming quick-service tavern – bon appetit!”

On February 24, 2017, the Red Rose Taverne officially opened in Disneyland. The restaurant was a revamped version of the Village Haus Restaurant, and was created to promote the live-action feature Beauty and the Beast. This new version of the restaurant featured décor reminiscent of the film, along with quick-service items reminiscent of the film’s French setting. The restaurant is famous for its Grey Stuff Gateau, a special dessert featuring the famous “grey stuff” mousse, red velvet cake, and a raspberry center.

February 23

February 23, 2003 – Monsters, Inc. Wins Two Grammy Awards

“You and me together, that’s how it always should be, one without the other don’t mean nothing to me…”

On February 23, 2003, the 45th Grammy Awards were held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Pixar collaborator and musician Randy Newman won an award for his song “If I Didn’t Have You,” featured in the animated feature film Monsters, Inc. The song won for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Monsters, Inc. won again, winning Best Musical Album for Children for the compilation album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites, with performances by Riders in the Sky.

February 22

February 22, 1964 – The Columbia Sailing Ship Exhibit Opens

“History comes alive below deck.”

On February 22, 1964, the below decks exhibition within the Columbia Sailing Ship opened to the public. The original Disneyland ship, based on the Columbia sailing ship that circumnavigated the globe in 1787, opened in the park on June 14, 1958. The historical displays created in the ship give guests an idea of the living conditions sailors faced in the 18th century, particularly those that joined ships like the Columbia to fill in details of the world map.