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August 9

August 9, 2007 – Walt Disney World Announces Name Change for Disney-MGM Studios

“Disney announced the new name for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World, and the winner is… Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”

On August 9, 2007, Walt Disney World announced that the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park would be undergoing a name change to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park opened as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, and was intended to be a theme park and a working studio. Disney entered a licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but that agreement ended long before the name change, which gave Disney no need to have another studio listed as part of one of their theme parks.

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August 8

August 8, 2001 – The Wayne Brady Show Premieres on ABC

“Anyway, I think you get the spoof here. It’s the Wayne Brady Show, premiering Wednesday on ABC.”

On August 8, 2001, the musical variety show The Wayne Brady Show premiered on ABC. Featuring comedian Wayne Brady as host, the show had special guests performing improvisational skits alongside selected audience members. Cast members included Brooke Dillman, Jonathan Magnum, J.P. Manoux, and Missi Pyle. The show lasted only a few episodes, ending on September 19, 2001.

August 7

August 7, 2015 – The Legacy Collection: Pocahontas is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?”

On August 7, 2015, the eleventh entry in Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection, featuring the music from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas, was released. This release was done to coincide with the film’s 20th anniversary, and featured two discs: disc one featured the official score and songs from the film; disc two featured demos, songs cut from the film, and the pop versions of “If I Never Knew You” and “Colors of the Wind.” As with the other Legacy Collection releases, the album comes with special art and liner notes about the film and its soundtrack.

August 6

August 6, 2013 – The Soundtrack to the Animated Feature Planes is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“If a postal truck can plow the snow, then a crop duster can race.”

On August 6, 2013, the soundtrack for the Disney animated feature Planes was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack featured a score by Mark Mancina, as well as five songs: “Nothing Can Stop Me Now” by Mark Holman, “You Don’t Stop – NYC” by Chris Classic and Alana D,  “Fly” by Jon Stevens, “Love Machine” by Carlos Alazraqui and Antonio Sol, and “Ein Crop Duster Can Race” by Dave Wittenberg.

August 5

August 5, 2000 – The Port Orleans Resort Restaurant Bonfamille’s Café Closes

“Bonfamille’s Café is Port Orleans’ charming courtyard restaurant café established in the early 1900s by the Bonfamille family where visitors are invited to sample soft of the best of Port Orleans’ cuisine.”

On August 5, 2000, the resort restaurant Bonfamille’s Café closed in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort in Walt Disney World.  This full-service restaurant opened on May 17, 1991 when Port Orleans Resort opened (which eventually became Port Orleans French Quarter), with Boatwright’s Dining Hall serving the Dixie Landings Resort (now known as Port Orleans Riverside). The restaurant featured Southern fishes, such as Bayou Crawfish Pasta, Chicken ‘n’ Sausage Creole, and Jambalaya.

August 4

August 4, 2017 – The Legacy Collection: Robin Hood is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Reminiscing this and that and having such a good time, oo-de-lally oo-de-lally golly what a day.”

On August 4, 2017, the 13th entry in Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection, featuring the music from the Disney animated feature film Robin Hood, was released. This was the first time that the full score of the film was released on an album, and also includes five demos and the tracks from the 1974 album Let’s Hear it for Robin Hood. The first disc features the entire score and songs from the film, totaling 28 tracks. As with the other Legacy Collection releases, the album comes with special art and liner notes about the film and its soundtrack.

August 3

August 3, 1933 – The First Mickey Mouse Watch is Introduced

On August 3, 1933, the first Mickey Mouse watches were introduced for sale by the Ingersoll-Waterbury Clock Company at the low cost of $3.25 (about $64 today, adjusted for 2019 inflation). This price would eventually be lowered to about $2.95. The watch was a stroke of genius for both Ingersoll-Waterbury and Disney, with merchandising genius Kay Kamen inking a deal between the two and starting a lucrative partnership for both (and kick off the beginning of Disney’s merchandise empire). This watch also saved both companies from bankruptcy.