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February 2

February 2, 1950 – Mickey and Minnie Mouse Star on Cover of Western Family Magazine

On February 2, 1950, the newest issue of Western Family Magazine was released, featuring a romantic image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing through a giant valentine card. The magazine featured Mickey on the cover several times, including in a Thanksgiving-themed setting back in 1945. This 1950 issue was illustrated by Hank Porter, who came to the Disney Studios in 1936, working as a publicity artist, and is well-known today for his work in creating insignias for military units during World War II.

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December 27

December 27, 1954 – Walt Disney Appears on the Cover of Time

“To enchanted worlds on electronic wings.”

On December 27, 1954, Walt Disney appeared on the cover of Time Magazine for the second time (coincidentally, the first time was on December 27, 1937, celebrating the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). The cover was painted by Boris Chaliapin, and the cover story featured Walt’s role in shaping television content with his television series, which had premiered nine weeks earlier. The story also touched on Walt’s upcoming dream in development, which would become Disneyland.

December 25

December 25, 1956 – The People & Places Featurette Samoa is Released to Theaters


On December 25, 1956, the People & Places Featurette Samoa was released to theaters. It was the seventh featurette in the series to be released, and was filmed in CinemaScope. The 32 minute documentary took audiences through the island of Samoa (known formally as the Independent State of Samoa), where they could see the day-to-day living of the inhabitants, including their fishing trade and ritual dances during the evening fia fia (translated as “happy time”).

December 24

December 24, 1954 – The People & Places Featurette Siam is Released to Theaters

On December 24, 1954, the People & Places Featurette Siam was released to theaters. This was the second People & Places featurette, following 1953’s The Alaskan Eskimo. It was directed by Ralph Wright, with photography by Herb and Trudy Knapp. The featurette takes viewers on a tour of Siam (now known as Thailand), featuring their traditional dances and day-to-day conditions, along with a trip to Bangkok.

December 1

December 1, 1955 – The Maxwell House Coffee House Opens in Disneyland

“Famous Disneyland serves Maxwell House coffee exclusively”

On December 1, 1955, the Maxwell House Coffee House opened in Disneyland’s Town Square. Sponsored by Maxwell House coffee, the restaurant served a variety of beverages and pastries, and was in a prime location where guests could drink coffee and watch other guests meander through Main Street. Maxwell House ended their sponsorship on October 8, 1957. Once the sponsorship ended, however, the coffee house stayed open and was given new sponsorship from the Hills Brothers coffee company.

November 2

November 2, 1954 – Look Magazine Publishes “Here’s Your First View of Disneyland”

“Walt Disney’s imagination is running wild again.”

On November 2, 1954, Look Magazine published one of the first articles about Walt’s pet project, Disneyland. Aptly titled “Here’s Your First View of Disneyland,” the article featured an early version of the map of Disneyland, along with an explanation of the Disneyland program on ABC and some of the proposed areas of the park. Some of the projects that were listed never materialized in Disneyland, but the ideas were repurposed for other Disney theme parks.

October 31

October 31, 1955 – The Scamp Daily Comic Strip Begins

On October 31, 1955, the first Scamp daily comic was published. Scamp was the offspring of the characters Lady and Tramp from the animated feature film Lady and the Tramp, and began being featured in the Treasury of Classic Tales Lady and the Tramp comic starting July 10; it was soon decided that Scamp was popular enough to lead his own daily comic. The comic was drawn by Dick Moores, with Ward Greene, script writer for the animated film and author of the short story “Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog” on which the film was based, providing the text and story. Greene would also go on to write a novelization of the film that was released two years before the film was released. The Scamp comic would run until June 19, 1988.