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February 15

February 15, 1956 – The People & Places Featurette Sardinia is Released to Theaters

On February 15, 1956, the fifth People & Places featurette Sardinia was released to theaters. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, the featurette takes the audience on a train ride through the area of Sardinia, an area that is considered politically a region of Italy; the featurette focuses heavily on their independence and their autonomy. The audience is able to see traditional ceremonies of the Sardinian people, including a wedding and the Ardia festival.

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February 14

February 14, 2018 – The Specialty Shop Disney Home Opens in Disneyland

“Bring the magic home by adding a dash of pixie dust of pixie dust to every room in your castle.”

On February 14, 2018, the Disney-themed home goods store Disney Home opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area. The store’s offerings range from dishware to art, as well as decorative and seasonal décor, covering a range of Disney characters and franchises. The store also changes its offerings over the seasons.

February 13

February 13, 1993 – Lumiere’s Kitchen Opens in Walt Disney World

On February 13, 1993, the quick service restaurant Lumiere’s Kitchen opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Replacing the Black Cauldron-themed restaurant Gurgi’s Munchies & Crunchies, the restaurant served general quick-service fare, such as chicken nuggets and grilled cheese. The restaurant closed on April 30, 2006, and was replaced by the Village Fry Shoppe.

February 12

February 12, 2013 – The Pixar Short The Blue Umbrella Premieres at Berlin International Film Festival

On February 12, 2013, the Pixar short film The Blue Umbrella made its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival; it would later be released alongside with the animated feature film Monsters University. The short was written and directed by Saschka Unseld, and features a score by Jon Brion. The film is notable for not starting in the traditional manner of a story department, but in the camera and staging department.

The short begins on a day that quickly becomes rainy, and the citizens of the city quickly pull out their umbrellas as the rain falls rhythmically on a city that becomes alive. Out of a sea of black umbrellas, one bright blue one marvels at the rain, until he spies a red umbrella next to him. He can’t help but stare at her, and she looks back at him, the mutual attraction between the two palpable. The two stay close to each other for a while, but are quickly separated as their owners go separate ways. The blue umbrella, realizing he’s about to be put away, uses the wind to free himself and fly across the city, on the lookout for the red umbrella. Spying her, he makes his way over, but is swept into the highway by a passing bus. The city tries to help him, but unfortunately, he is hit by a car and left on the sidewalk. His owner eventually finds him and pulls him up, and he is also greeted by the red umbrella, whose owner stopped to help. The pair are seen enjoying time together as their owners talk over coffee.

February 11

February 11, 2011 – Mickey’s Toontown Fair Closes in Walt Disney World

On February 11, 2011, the Mickey’s Toontown Fair area closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The area originally opened on June 18, 1988 as Mickey’s Birthdayland, which was created to celebrate Mickey’s 60th birthday; after the birthday celebrations were over, it became Mickey’s Starland on May 26, 1990, and then became Mickey’s Toontown Fair on June 29, 1996. The area featured Disney character-related attractions, such as Mickey’s Country House; Minnie’s Country House; Donald’s Boat; and The Barnstomer, a Goofy-themed rollercoaster. The area was closed due to the expansion of Fantasyland, and was eventually replaced by the Storybook Circus area; however, the area reused The Barnstormer attraction, which was retooled to fit the circus theme of the area.

February 10

February 10, 2015 – Walt Disney Records Releases The Legacy Collection: Pinocchio

“I had strings but now I’m free, there are no strings on me!”

On February 10, 2015, the sixth entry into Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection, featuring the music of Pinocchio, was released. This two-disc edition, released to coincide with the animated feature film’s 75th anniversary, featured the film’s full soundtrack, as well as three recordings of songs cut from the film, and five songs sung by Cliff Edwards (playing Jiminy Cricket) featured in The Mickey Mouse Club television series.

February 9

February 9, 1996 – Thomas Murphy Joins Disney Board of Directors

On February 9, 1996, Thomas Murphy joined the Disney Board of Directors. Murphy helped to build the company Capital Cities, working his way up the ladder until he was named chair and CEO in 1966. In 1985, Capital Cities merged with one of the network leaders, ABC; at the time, this was the largest merger of media companies, which was outdone ten years later when the company then merged with the Walt Disney Company. After this merger, Murphy was not only added as a member of the Board of Directors, but would also join the Executive Committee the following year.