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February 16

February 16, 1993 – The Television Special For Our Children: The Concert Airs on Disney Channel

“Some of the biggest names in the music industry came together to give a concert for children.”

On February 16, 1993, the televised benefit For Our Children: The Concert aired on Disney Channel. This two-hour special featured a variety of performers singing songs and raising money for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the research and prevention of HIV and AIDS. Some of the artists featured included Paula Abdul, Celine Dion, Woody Harrelson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Salt ‘N’ Pepa. An album of the event was also released this day through Walt Disney Records.

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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 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.

January 29

January 29, 1996 – The Lion King Soundtrack Wins American Music Award

“’Til we find our place on the path unwinding, in the circle, the circle of life.”

On January 29, 1996, the 23rd American Music Awards (AMAs) were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. At this ceremony, the soundtrack for the animated feature film The Lion King won for Favorite Soundtrack, beating out the soundtracks for Dangerous Minds and Forrest Gump. This was the second win for the album, as it won the previous year for Favorite Pop/Rock Album; as the AMAs are voted on by the public, this second award showcased the soundtrack’s immense popularity and impact. This year was the first year that the category for Top Soundtrack (then known as Favorite Soundtrack) was awarded.

January 26

January 26, 1990 – The Educational Film The Brain and the Nervous System Think Science is Released

“Cerebrum here! Thinking, movement, judgement, problem solving, no problem!”

On January 26, 1990, the educational short film The Brain and the Nervous System Think Science was released as part of the Wonders of Life Series. The eleven-minute film teaches quickly about the functions of the main three parts of the brain. It was written by Jamie Simons and directed by Lina Shanklin, with animation directed by Bob Kurtz.

The film begins with a greeting by Captain Cortex in Cranium Command before he leads them on a tour of the brain, looking at the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem in animated forms. The audience is then taken to a classroom, where a girl named Jessica is fretting over a note she has received from the principal. Her friend Fred inquires what she’s done, but she’s not sure. Another student named Sylvester grabs the note and reads it out loud, informing her that it’s not good. Their teacher comes in and begins their lesson on the brain and the nervous system. Jessica is still distracted from the note, but manages to answer questions on what the cerebrum does. Sylvester is asked about the cerebellum, but is unable to answer, and Fred throws something at him to make a point about how the cerebellum handles balance and coordination. The teacher continues with the brain stem, and then moves into how the brain works with the spinal cord. Jessica finally leaves for her meeting with the principal, her brain working on overload as she walks the hallway. The principal informs her that her project at the science fair won first place, and she will be given an award at a future assembly. She wonders if everyone will think she’s a brain, and when the principal inquires if she is, she smiles, as the pieces of her brain add, “and proud of it, too!”

January 24

January 24, 1993 – The Gag Factory – Toontown Five and Dime Shop Opens in Disneyland

“Chortle through this toon-tastic portal to discover the wackiest merchandise in all of Disneyland Park!”

On January 24, 1993, the merchandise store Gag Factory – Toontown Five & Dime opened in Disneyland’s Toontown area. It specializes in general park merchandise, including ear hats, autograph books, apparel, and snacks; it also provides a variety of seasonal souvenirs. The store is decorated to fit the “toon” theme of the park area, with the factory elements heightened to comedic proportions.

January 20

January 20, 1995 – Courtyard by Marriott Opens in Walt Disney World

On January 20, 1995, the hotel Courtyard by Marriott opened in the Lake Buena Vista area of Walt Disney World. This hotel occupied the spot that had been held by the Howard Johnson Resort Hotel, and had undergone extensive remodeling. It operated under the Marriott banner until 2003, when the resort was purchased by Holiday Inn.