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August 31

August 31, 1964 – The Dapper Dans Sing at Anaheim Stadium Groundbreaking

“Let me root, root, root for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame.”

On August 31, 1964, the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Anaheim Stadium was held, with the Disneyland Dapper Dans singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in front of 4,000 guests and visiting dignitaries in an event known as the “Biggest Moment in Orange County Sports History.” The $24 million stadium is located just a few miles from Disneyland, and would be home for the eventually Disney-owned team the Anaheim Angels. The stadium was completed in 1966.

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August 30

August 30, 2007 – The Honda ASIMO Robot Appears in Disneyland

“With the ability to run nearly 4 miles per hour, the all-new ASIMO humanoid robot is advancing closer to in-home applications.”

On August 30, 2007, the Honda humanoid robot ASIMO premiered in its own stage show at Disneyland. ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, has been given several upgrades for this stage show, including the ability to run and increased artificial intelligence to help interact better with guests. This 15-minute stage show was held at the Honda ASIMO Theatre inside the Innoventions attraction. It was the only permanent installation of ASIMO in North America.

August 29

August 29, 2008 – Olympian Michael Phelps Celebrates in Walt Disney World

“To top it all off with a parade at Disney World is just incredible.”

On August 29, 2008, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his triumphant return from the Beijing Olympics by being featured in the “America’s Homecoming Parade” through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Traveling in a red Corvette amongst red, white, and blue confetti, Phelps was joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

August 28

August 28, 1966 – The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit Closes in Disneyland

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On August 28, 1966, the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit closed in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Originally opening on August 3, 1955, the attraction came about by accident: as the opening day for Disneyland drew near, Walt Disney realized that he’d fallen behind schedule on Tomorrowland. The film on which the exhibit was based had been immensely popular with audiences, so it was decided that the sets from the film would be used for a walkthrough attraction. Meant to be a temporary attraction, it proved to be so popular that it lasted for 11 years. It would resurface again in 1989, when the sets were brought out at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida; the attraction proved once again to be popular, and inspired the build for the Disneyland Paris attraction Les Mystères du Nautilus, opening in 1994.

August 27

August 27, 2010 – Tokyo Disneyland Welcomes 500,000,000th Guest

On August 27, 2010, Tokyo Disneyland welcomed its 500,000,000th guest, Megumi Soma. The park opened on April 15, 1983, and hit its first guest milestone – the 250,000,000th guest – on July 14th, 2000. Soma was given a special plaque along with a photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

August 26

August 26, 2014 – The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Feed the birds, that’s what she cries, while overhead her birds fill the skies.”

On August 26, 2014, the second entry in Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection, featuring the music from the Disney live-action feature film Mary Poppins, was released. This release was done to coincide with the film’s 50th anniversary, and featured three discs: disc one features the full soundtrack from the film, disc two is a combination of demos by the Sherman Brothers and “Lost Chords,” and disc three features recordings of story meetings and reminiscing on the making of the film. The release also comes with a 20-page booklet with liner notes. The release also features artwork by visual development artist Lorelay Bove.

August 25

August 25, 2008 – Disney Finalizes Sale of Land to Four Seasons

“Sip your morning coffee as you look toward the lush greenery that surrounds Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando from your room’s private balcony, which also offers some of our best views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display.”

On August 25, 2008, the Walt Disney Company finalized the sale of almost 300 acres in Orlando, Florida, to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Four Seasons would use this land to build the Four Seasons Resort Orlando hotel, a vacation homes section called Residence Club, a championship golf course, and a variety of single- and multi-family vacation homes. The main hotel had 444 rooms, and was designed by the firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo; it opened on August 3, 2014, and was included as part of the Golden Oak residential community.