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April 20

April 20, 1946 – The Animated Feature Film Make Mine Music Premieres in New York City

“Make mine music and my heart will sing.”

On April 20, 1946, the 8th animated feature film Make Mind Music premiered in New York City. The film was one of the package films that were released during the wartime period; as resources were diverted to training and propaganda films, making a full-length animated feature was impossible. It was decided that, to make much-needed income for the studio, shorter segments would be made and compiled into a feature film. The film featured what Walt affectionately called “ghost stars,” as the voices in the film were well-known stars who were not seen on film, but usually featured in a narration role. The film was eventually released nationwide on August 15, 1946.

April 19

April 19, 2005 – The First Disney Films are Released on PSP

On April 19, 2005, two films from the Disney catalog were made available on the new Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform. The two films were Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Miramax’s Kill Bill Vol 1. The PSP includes a special Universal Media Disc drive that can play movies and games. Three other titles were announced to be released on the platform: National Treasure, Reign of Fire, and Hero.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey Premieres on The Disney Channel

“Good morning, and good morning, Mickey, we’re gonna get up and on our way.”

On April 18, 1983, the original program Good Morning, Mickey premiered on The Disney Channel. The show was a compilation of the classic short films that accompanied films in the golden age of animation. The show mostly featured Mickey, but appearances were made by the other classic Disney characters, including Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. After 80 episodes, the show was replaced by the show Mickey Mouse Tracks in 1992.

April 17

April 17, 2009 – Fantasia Market Opens in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

On April 17, 2009, the sundries shop Fantasia Market opened in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, located in Walt Disney World. A complimentary shop to the resort’s Fantasia Shop, it provides an assortment of snacks and treats, along with postcards, keychains, other small gifts, and anything else one would need to enjoy their stay at the resort.

April 16

April 16, 2010 – The Clothing Shop D Street Opens in Downtown Disney

“…where urban inspired product ‘intersects’ with a Disney creative edge.”

On April 16, 2010, the clothing shop D Street opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney shopping area. Located on the West Side, the shop featured unique clothing featuring classic Disney characters, as well as a selection of Vinylmation figures and other collectibles. While the store did transfer over to the Disney Springs expansion, it eventually closed in 2015.

April 15

April 15, 1983 – The Restaurant Troubadour Tavern Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

冷たいソフトクリームでリフレッシュ!”

On April 15, 1983, the quick-service restaurant Troubadour Tavern opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. The shop sells soft serve ice cream, in either sundae form or soft serve cones, and a variety of soft drinks.

April 14

April 14, 2016 – Groundbreaking Takes Place for Star Wars Land

“This is the theme park you’re looking for.”

On April 14, 2016, the groundbreaking for the new Star Wars-themed lands took place at the Disneyland Resort and in Walt Disney World. This expansion of the park is the largest single-themed land expansion for the American Disney parks, spanning 14-acres. To celebrate this event, a 360-degree photo was released online to give guests an immersive experience in the building of the park, complete with appearances by R2-D2 and BB-8.

April 13

April 13, 1996 – Goofy’s Bounce House Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

On April 13, 1996, the attraction Goofy’s Bounce House opened Tokyo Disneyland’s Toontown area. It was based on the Disneyland attraction of the same name, where kids under a certain height limit were allowed to bounce around Goofy’s house, as the house is made of a balloon-like substance. The Tokyo Disneyland attraction was eventually replaced by Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House, which opened on August 24, 2012.

April 12

April 12, 1992 – Walt’s – an American Restaurant Opens in Disneyland Paris

“In this restaurant which bears his name, certain dishes are inspired by some of his favorite food.”

On April 12, 1992, the table service restaurant Walt’s – an American Restaurant opened on Main Street in Disneyland Paris. Honoring the work and life of Walt Disney, the Victorian-style restaurant serves upscale versions of Walt’s favorite dishes, including a cheeseburger with chili con carne. The rooms of the restaurant are themed after the six worlds of Disneyland Paris: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Discoveryland, Disneyland Hotel, Grand Canyon, and Frontierland.

April 11

April 11, 1925 – Roy O. Disney Marries Edna Francis


On April 11, 1925, Roy O. Disney, brother of Walt Disney, married Edna Francis in Disney’s uncle’s house on Kingswell Avenue in Hollywood, California. The two had originally met as children in Kansas City, and were introduced by Francis’ younger brother, who was working with Roy as a bank teller. Their romance prevailed through Roy’s service in the Navy during World War I, as well as his recuperation period over the southwest of the country. After they got married, Francis helped the fledgling Disney Brothers Studio, doing office work, as well as helping ink and paint animation cels. Francis continued to support her husband and his brother through their animation venture throughout her life.