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Monthly Archives: March 2018

March 24

March 24, 2014 – Disney Buys Maker Studios

“Mickey Mouse became a YouTube giant on Monday.”

On March 24, 2014, the Walt Disney Company announced that it had completed a deal to acquire the YouTube-based video supplier Maker Studios for $500 million. The acquisition deal also includes a stipulation that Disney would pay an additional $450 million if the aggressive growth targets are met. Disney’s acquisition was mainly about expanding its distribution and programming channels, as Maker manages over 50,000 YouTube channels, including Epic Rap Battles of History and PewDiePew. There were concerns over the acquisition, as analysts believe that Maker operates in the red due to its proceeds coming from ads across their channels. However, Disney will operate the studio under the financial area of the company until it is ready to serve the other business units.

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March 23

March 23, 1992 – Harrington Bay Clothiers Opens in Downtown Disney

“…keeping you in style with perfect resortware.”

On March 23, 1992, the store Harrington Bay Clothiers opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area. The store specialized in men’s fashions, featuring popular brands Polo, Nautica, and Tommy Hilfiger. The store was designed in the style of Bermuda, with the fashions featuring a beach theme. The store was eventually closed on July 15, 2001.

March 22

March 22, ­­2008 – The Interactive Attraction Stitch Live! Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Cowabunga! Chat to, and sing along with, the blue dude himself in the most magical of alien encounters.”

On March 22, 2008, the interactive attraction Stitch Live! opened in Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park. Similar to the attraction Turtle Talk with Crush, guests can interact with the Lilo and Stitch character Stitch, asking him questions and see him wreak havoc during a satellite feed. The Disneyland Paris version was a variation on the Stitch Encounter attraction that opened in Hong Kong Disneyland on July 13, 2006.

March 21

March 21, 1956 – Men Against the Arctic Wins Academy Award

On March 21, 1956, the 28th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. At this ceremony, Disney’s People and Places documentary featurette won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, winning against MGM’s The Battle of Gettysburg and The Face of Lincoln. This was the second People and Places featurette to win an Academy Award.

March 20

March 20, 2015 – The Smokejumpers Grill Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Before your hunger blazes out of control, combat your fiery appetite with favorites like chili cheeseburgers, smokin’ onion rings and more.”

On March 20, 2015, the Smokejumpers Grill quick-service restaurant opened in the Grizzly Creek Airfield area of Disney California Adventure. Replacing the Taste Pilots’ Grill, the restaurant fits in with the theme of the airfield by basing it off of the men and women who fight the California wildfires. The menu features “classic” dishes, including a bacon cheeseburger, Campfire Chili Cheeseburger, and chili cheese fries made with bison and black beans.

March 19

March 19, 2009 – Tren-D Opens in Walt Disney World

“Transform into a Disney fashionista!”

On March 19, 2009, the clothing store Tren-D opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney marketplace. The shop specializes in clothing and accessories with a Disney flair for women, including jewelry by Alex & Ani, Harveys for Disney Couture purses, and clothes by Her Universe. The store originally replaced the Summer Sands store, and was added to the Disney Springs expansion.

March 18

March 18, 1968 – The Partners Federal Credit Union Starts in Disneyland

“Imagine what we can do together.”

On March 18, 1968, the Partners Federal Credit Union started in Disneyland. The Walt Disney Company has a long history with creating credit unions for its employees, with the first one, the Walt Disney Employees Federal Credit Union, opening in 1945. This Disneyland federal credit union has run under several different names, including Disneyland Recreation Club (DRC) Federal Credit Union, as well as Disneyland Employees Federal Credit Union. Partners was officially founded through a merger of Disney’s other credit union, the Vista Federal Credit Union.