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August 8

August 8, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Beach Nut is Released to Theaters

On August 8, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice the Beach Nut was released to theaters. It was the 56th Alice Comedy to be released, the 9th to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick, and the final short film to feature the character of Julius the Cat. Like many of the Alice Comedies starring Lois Hardwick, the film has since been classified as a lost film.

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August 7

August 7, 1989 – The Educational Film Ships is Released

“I was hopin’ to see that big ship. I wanna learn all about ships.”

On August 7, 1989, the first of three educational films in the Goofy’s Field Trips series, titled Ships, was released. It featured Bill Farmer as the voice of Goofy.

The short begins at the Starship Atlantic, which has just begun to board. Two kids are asking a lot of questions about the ship, when they spy Goofy. Magically, the trio are whisked away to the dock, where they meet the cruise director. Brought inside, the cruise director explains her job of coordinating activities for the passengers while showing them around the ship. She also explains the names of the front, back, and sides of the ship. She then takes them to the galley to meet the ship’s cook, who explains he has to cook for over 2,000 people. They meet the captain, who shows the group the radar system, and explains how he works with the ship’s engineers. The group also learns about how the lines keep the ship in place, and how the ship will take off from the shore. The cruise director takes the group to the radio room, where the ship keeps in communication with the shore, the Coast Guard, and other important parties. The group gets a message from Mickey Mouse, telling them to check out the rest of the harbor. Magically they are whisked away to the harbor, where they meet the harbor master. The group learns about all the types of ships in the harbor, and meet the berthing officer. The kids then end up back with their family, and board the ship for their cruise. As they sail away, they spy Goofy sitting at the dock, fishing.

August 6

August 6, 2010 – The Third Redesigned Disney Store Opens in Santa Monica

“…you guys are going to be amazed at all of the Disney magic and innovation packed into one store.” – Jim Babcock, Disney Consumer Products Internal Communications Director

On August 6, 2010, the grand opening of the third redesigned Disney Store was held in Santa Monica, California. Attending the store opening were Jim Fielding, president of Disney Store Worldwide; Molly Adams, VP and General Manager or Marketing & Merchandising; Paul Gainer, VP of Disney Store Operations; and of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Locate just blocks of Santa Monica Pier, the redesigned store features several new elements to make the store another entertaining point of the area.

August 5

August 5, 2004 – The Disney Dream Desk PC is Unveiled in New York City

“At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination.” – President and COO Bob Iger

On August 5, 2004, the newest creation from Disney, the Disney Dream Desk PC, was unveiled in New York City. Designed for children or family use, the PC features an LCD flat screen monitor, embedded speakers, a DVD player, a CD burner, a multimedia keyboard, and a digital pen. The PC also features a variety of Disney programs and applications designed to nurture users’ creativity and imagination, including Disney Mix and Disney’s Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa. Retailing at about $600, the computer was jointly designed by Disney and frog design, and was built by Medion AG. There were also some parental controls added to the operating system, including an Internet filter, email filer, spam blocking, and pop-up window blocking. Alongside Iger to present the new PC was Mickey Mouse, as well as the casts of Hope & Faith and One Life to Live, and children from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.

August 4

August 4, 1985 – Nine Old Men Animator Ollie Johnston is Profiled on The Disney Family Album

“Just because they’re a bunch of mere pencil drawings, going through these routines and giving these performances, to me, that was real.”

On August 4, 1985, the fifteenth episode of the documentary series The Disney Family Album premiered on the Disney Channel. The series introduced those that had an impact on making Disney the company it became; this episode introduced Nine Old Men member Ollie Johnston, known for his work on animating Thumper from Bambi and the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. The episode focused on his career at Disney, when he started as an apprentice animator on Disney early short films, such as the Academy Award winning The Tortoise and the Hare, leading to his role as an animator and a directing animator on over 24 animated feature films. The episode also focused on his train hobby, one he shared with fellow animator Ward Kimball, as well as Walt Disney, and looked at the backyard railroad he built himself.

August 3

August 3, 2014 – The Four Seasons Opens in Walt Disney World’s Golden Oak Community

“A Dream Come True”

On August 3, 2014, the Four Seasons resort opened within the Golden Oak residential community, located in Walt Disney World. The 298-acre space was originally sold to Four Seasosn Hotels and Resorts on August 25, 2008; the agreement was for Four Seasons to build a hotel, time share homes called Residence Club, an 18-hole championship golf course, and a series of vacation homes. The resort was designed by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, and featured 444-rooms, along with four restaurants: Capa, Ravello, PB&G, and Plancha. Ravello also features a character-dining experience for guests.

August 2

August 2, 2010 – The Restaurant Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria Opens in Epcot

“Discover authentic Italian cooking, including hearty pastas, fresh salads and pizzas perfected in wood-burning ovens.”

On August 2, 2010, the restaurant Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria opened in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion in the World Showcase. Showcasing the cuisine of Southern Italy, the restaurant features authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in three wood-burning ovens named after the three volcanoes in Italy: Mount Etna, Mont Vesuvius, and Stromboli. The pizzas keep their authenticity with ingredients flown in from Italy, and water for the pizza being taken from a source within the United States that matches the alkaline found in Naples. The menu was created by famed restaurateur Nick Valenti, who spent a significant amount of time in Naples perfecting the art of making pizza. Dishes at the restaurant features Italian specialties such as Arancini, Lasagne Napoletana, and Agnello Scottadito. A grand opening ceremony and media event was held for the restaurant on August 5th.