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August 18

August 18, 2006 – The Stage Version of High School Musical Premieres at Stagedoor Manor

“The breathless optimism of the lyrics is shared by many of the kids who attend Stagedoor Manor summer camp, which mounts 13 productions with 270 kids every three weeks…”

On August 18, 2006, the world premiere of the stage version of the popular Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical took place at the Stagedoor Manor theater camp. Stagedoor Manor, a well-regarded summer camp with a working relationship with Disney scored the rights to the musical after mounting “junior” productions of Broadway musicals Rent and Aida.

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August 17

August 17, 2002 – Aida Celebrates 1,000th Performance

“The gods love Nubia, their glorious creation, its songs roll sweetly across the harvest plain.”

On August 17, 2002, the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida celebrated its milestone 1,000th performance at the evening show. Originally opening on March 23, 2000, the show opened with Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie Rene Scott as Amneris, and Heather Hedley as Aida (who would go on to win the Tony Award for her performance). The 1,000th show featured Pascal alongside Simone as Aida and Felicia Finley as Amneris.

August 16

August 16, 2005 – The Valiant Soundtrack is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“She had a tear in the corner of her eye as he said his last goodbye.”

On August 16, 2005, the soundtrack for the animated feature film Valiant was released through Walt Disney Records. The film was produced by Vanguard Animation, Ealing Studios, and Odyssey Entertainment, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States. The soundtrack mostly featured the score by composer George Fenton, but also featured a cover of the song “Shoo Shoo Baby” by the British R&B group Mis-Teeq.

August 15

August 15, 1994 – The Magazine Family PC is Published

On August 15, 1994, the magazine Family PC published its first issue. It was a collaboration project between Walt Disney Publishing and Ziff-Davis, and aimed to teach families about computers, especially covering educational software. The magazine ended publication in 2001.

August 14

August 14, 1942 – The New York Times Runs Review of Bambi

“The children at the Music Hall yesterday were content again; form all over the darkened house childish laughter broke forth continuously and one or twice childish tears and boohoos. For Bambi has come to town and with it the Music Hall has again become a children’s fairyland.”

On August 14, 1942, the day after the animated feature film Bambi premiered at Radio City Music Hall, the New York Times ran its favorable review of the film. The reviewer admired the characters, specifically Thumper and Flower, the colors of the woodland, and the story; however, the reviewer does muse of why Disney has cartoons at all, as “one cannot combine naturalism with cartoon fantasy.” Even with the concern about going too far into realism, the reviewer still notes that, even through his own “churlish exceptions,” many will love Bambi.

August 13

August 13, 2017 – The Attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure Closes

“Let me get this straight: you brought me back billions of years so you could show me…nothing?”

On August 13, 2017, the Epcot attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure officially closed. Opening on September 15, 1996, the attraction was located in the Universe of Energy and featured a mix of a film and audio-animatronics, hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Originally replacing the Universe of Energy attraction, this updated attraction also featured Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Trebek, and Johnny Gilbert, teaching guests about how energy is produced, the current sources of energy, and the search for new, renewable sources of energy. Guests sit in a special seating area and watch a series of films, as well as an audio-animatronic diorama featuring a primeval world; the seating sections split apart at this point to move through the diorama before reassembling for the final two films. The attraction was closed to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster attraction.

August 12

August 12, 1958 – The True-Life Adventure White Wilderness Premieres in Theaters

“Every species had to adapt itself to the bitter cold, or perish.”

On August 12, 1958, the thirteenth True-Life Adventure featurette, titled White Wilderness, was released to theaters. It would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was directed by James Algar and filmed primarily in Canada. It took a team of several photographers three years to gather enough footage in the Arctic to create the film, creating a story about the struggle between predatory beasts and migratory animals. This film is also notorious for its “lemming scene,” where a mass of lemmings are seen leaping into the Arctic Ocean; however, lemmings do not commit mass suicide, and the scene was eventually uncovered as staged.