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March 25

March 25, 1954 – Walt Disney Wins Four Academy Awards

On March 25, 1954, the 26th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. Walt Disney set a record at this awards ceremony by winning four awards, becoming the most Oscars won in the same year; this record has yet to be broken as of 2017. The awards Disney won include Best Animated Short Film for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom; Best Documentary Feature for The Living Desert; Best Documentary Short for The Alaskan Eskimo; and Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel for Bear Country.

March 24

March 24, 1972 – The Country Bear Jamboree Opens in Disneyland

“Have a knee-slappin’ good time at Country Bear Jamboree!”

On March 24, 1972, the Audio-Animatronic attraction Country Bear Jamboree opened in Disneyland’s Bear Country (now Critter Country). Based on the original Walt Disney World attraction that opened in 1971, the attraction features 18 bears singing and dancing in a country-music themed show. The attraction had been planned since the 1960s, as it was originally intended to be part of the Mineral King Ski Resort. The Disneyland attraction was renamed the Country Bear Playhouse in 1986, but was eventually closed on September 9, 2001; it was replaced with the new Winnie the Pooh attraction.

March 23

March 23, 2011 – Shareholders Elect 13 Directors of the Walt Disney Company Board

“2010 was a great year for The Walt Disney Company. It was a year of excellence – creatively, strategically, and financially.”

On March 23, 2011, Disney announced that shareholders had elected 13 members of the Board of Directors, re-electing members such as Steve Jobs, Bob Iger, and Sheryl Sandberg. The shareholders also supported recommendations from the Company’s auditor, as well as the stock incentive plan and the frequency of votes on executive compensation. Shareholders also agreed to the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers as the independent accountants for Fiscal Year 2011.

March 22

March 22, 2005 – The Album Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Classic instrumental love songs for your happily-ever-after”

On March 22, 2005, the instrumental album Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings was released through Walt Disney Records.  The album features instrumental versions of Disney favorites, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Bella Notte,”along with less well known songs such as “Endless Night” from The Lion King musical and “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)” from So Dear to My Heart.

March 21

March 21, 1975 – The Mission to Mars Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Welcome to Mission Control, space travelers.”

On March 21, 1975, the Mission to Mars attraction opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. An updated version of the Flight to the Moon attraction was required after Americans landed on the moon in 1969, rendering it as obsolescent. The solution was to change the destination to Mars, incorporating clips from the Disneyland anthology episode “Mars and Beyond” from 1957 to give guests an idea of what they could expect from a trip to the red planet. A version of this attraction opened in Walt Disney World on June7, 1975, closing on October 4, 1993. The Disneyland version would itself go on to close on November 2, 1992.

March 20

March 20, 2014 – The Broadway Musical Aladdin Officially Opens

“Proud of your boy, I’ll make you proud of your boy, believe me.”

On March 20, 2014, after a little over three weeks of previews, the newest Disney Broadway musical Aladdin officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical, based on the hit 1992 animated feature film, includes several of the popular musical numbers; it also features three songs that were originally cut from the film: “Proud of Your Boy,” “Babak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim,” and “High Adventure.” Four new songs were also introduced in the narrative: “These Palace Walls,” “A Million Miles Away,” “Diamond in the Rough,” and “Somebody’s Got Your Back.” The show would go on to be nominated for five Tony awards, winning Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for James Monroe Iglehart’s performance as Genie. The original Broadway cast starred Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.

March 19

March 19, 2008 – Disney Cruise Line Announces Agreement with Port Canaveral

“We’re thrilled that Disney has committed to stay here long-term and are looking forward to the two new ships home porting here.”- Port Canaveral CEO Stan Payne

On March 19, 2008, Disney Cruise Line officially announced that they reached an agreement with Port Canaveral in Florida, which extended their home port contract for fifteen more years. This agreement was officially ratified by the Port Authority Commissioners. The agreement included an expansion and modification of the existing port facility, including a parking structure scheduled to be completed in 2011. Disney stated in the press release that they were going to work with Port Canaveral staff to add the special Disney touch to the planned “state of the art facility.”