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December 10

December 10, 1992 – The NHL Awards a Franchise to the Walt Disney Company

“The Walt Disney Co. is betting that the NHL has recovered from a period of spotty popularity to emerge as the professional sport with the best investment potential, especially in regards to international expansion.”

On December 10, 1992, the NHL officially awarded a new franchise to the Walt Disney Company, which was part of a larger expansion detail that also gave a team to South Florida (which would become the Florida Panthers). The team awarded to Disney became the Mighty Ducks, named after the surprise hit film The Mighty Ducks. The team began to play during the 1993-1994 season. The team played their first game on September 18, 1993. Disney would end up selling the Mighty Ducks in 2005, with the sale final on June 20, 2005.

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December 4

December 4, 1998 – A Steiff Mickey Mouse Doll Sells for $7,261 at Christie’s Auction

On December 4, 1998, Christie’s Auction House held a teddy bear themed auction at their auction house in London, South Kensington. At this auction, a rare 1930s Steiff Mickey Mouse doll was listed on the block, estimated to sell between £2,000 and £3,000 (around $3,323 to $4,985 at the time; around $5,127 to $7,691, adjusted for 2018 inflation). The doll would end up selling for £4,370 ($7,261; around $11,203 adjusted for 2018 inflation). Steiff had been creating teddy bears and specialty dolls since 1880, and was asked by Walt Disney to help create what would become an iconic Mickey Mouse doll.

November 24

November 24, 1995 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights Begins Showing in Walt Disney World

On November 24, 1995, the popular holiday display Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights began showing on the Residential Street Backlot area of Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios Park). This attraction began in 1986 as a neighborhood holiday light show by Jennings and Mitzi Osborne of Little Rock, Arkansas. The display grew bigger and bigger throughout the years, with more and more people stopping by to see the display; neighbors filed a lawsuit, and the light display was shut down by the Arkansas Supreme Court. This lawsuit caught the attention of Disney, who offered to set up the display in Disney-MGM rather than a residential neighborhood in Orlando. The attraction was a top draw for guests during the holiday season, especially with the addition of the “dancing lights,” which were timed along to a list of holiday music. The display ended its run on January 6, 2016.

November 23

November 23, 1993 – The Final Album by The Party is Released Through Hollywood Records

On November 23, 1993, the farewell album by the pop group The Party, titled The Party’s Over…Thanks for Coming, was released through Hollywood Records. The band was comprised of five members of the Mickey Mouse Club: Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno, and Damon Pampolina; they had released three albums up to this point to lukewarm sales. This farewell album was a compilation of outtakes from the recording sessions for the Free album, as well as songs that had been previously recorded yet unreleased.

November 11

November 11, 1995 – Pocahontas Wins Best Animated Feature Annie Award

On November 11, 1995, the 23rd Annie Awards were held at the ATAS Plaza Theatre. The Disney Animated Feature Pocahontas was the frontrunner with seven nominations, and ended up winning four awards that night: Best Achievement in Production Design (awarded to art director Michael Giaimo), Best Achievement in Music (awarded to composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz), Best Individual Achievement in Animation (awarded to Nik Ranieri, the supervising animator for the character of Meeko), and Best Animated Feature. Pocahontas won against the Walt Disney Television Animation feature film A Goofy Movie, and Rich Entertainment’s The Swan Princess.

November 8

November 8, 1994 – The Christmas Compilation Navidad en las Américas is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Elevemos al nino dios, el hijo de maria”

On November 8, 1994, the Christmas compilation album Navidad en las Américas was released through Walt Disney Records. Translated as “Christmas in the Americas,” the album features several popular Latin American artists singing their renditions of popular Christmas songs, ranging from “Noche de paz” to “Jingle Bell Rock.” Artists on the album include Tito Puente, Placido Domingo, and Ricky Martin.

November 3

November 3, 1998 – The Skyway to Tomorrowland Attraction Closes in Tokyo Disneyland

“See Tokyo Disneyland from the air”

On November 3, 1998, the Tokyo Disneyland attraction Skyway to Tomorrowland closed. Opening on April 15, 1983, it was the third version of the attraction, based on the original Disneyland attraction that opened in 1956. It was considered a Fantasyland attraction, taking guests by a gondola on a cable from Fantasyland over to Tomorrowland. While it was the third version of the attraction to open, it was the second to close, with the version in Walt Disney World closing the following year.