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August 12

August 12, 2000 – The Disney Magic Sets Sail on First Seven-Day Cruise

“Magic at sea.”

On August 12, 2000, the Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Magic, set sail on its first seven-day cruise, traveling from Port Canaveral, Florida, to the Caribbean, highlighting stops at St. Maarten, St. John, and St. Thomas. Originally, the Disney Magic did three- to four-day cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s Castaway Cay island. Since then, the number of places where the ship docks has grown significantly, including stops in Mexico and the Mediterranean, as well as the length of time, as cruises last as long as 13 days.

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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.

July 29

July 29, 2007 – The Broadway Musical Beauty and the Beast Closes

“A ‘tale as old as time’ reached the end of the line July 20 when Beauty and the Beast gave its 5,464th – and final – Broadway performance and at last took its leave of the Lunt-Fontanne…”

On July 29, 2007, after 46 previews and 5,461 performances, the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. As of 2018, it is the tenth-longest running musical on Broadway, and has had several national tours. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who was instrumental in bringing Disney to the Great White Way, was present at this final performance, as were many fans, friends, and special cast members. Recording artist Donny Osmond reprised his role as Gaston for the final show, with Anneliese Van Der Pol and Steve Blanchard playing the role of Belle and the Beast, respectfully.

July 26

July 26, 2007 – The Musical The Little Mermaid Begins Engagement in Denver, Colorado

“…she’ll have to defy her father – the king of the sea – escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.”

On July 26, 2007, the pre-Broadway engagement of the newest Disney musical The Little Mermaid began its run at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado. Featuring Sierra Boggess as Ariel, Sean Palmer as Prince Eric, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Eddie Korbich as Scuttle, Jonathan Freeman as Grimsby, Derrick Baskin as Jetsam, Tyler Maynard as Flotsam, Cody Hanford and J.J. Singleton splitting the role of Flounder, and Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula, the production was led by director Francesca Zambello. The show ended its run in Denver on September 9th, with the production officially opening on Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on December 6th.

July 25

July 25, 2007 – Disney Announces Discouragement of Smoking in Films

“We discourage depictions of cigarette smoking in Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax films.” – Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger

On July 25, 2007, The Walt Disney Company made an official announcement that they will no longer depict smoking in any of their films. In a letter sent to U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey, Chairman of the House Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee, Disney President and CEO Bob Iger wrote that the company will not only prevent depictions of smoking in films, but will also place an anti-smoking ad on any DVD release of a film that features cigarette smoking. Although the company had made this direction known since 2004, this was the first official announcement of the company’s intent.

July 24

July 24, 2009 – Stan Lee’s Time Jumper Motion Comic is Released

“‘Time Jumper’ is more than a typical superhero. He’s a trend-setting breakthrough across all media; a hero for today’s digital age and tomorrow’s multiplatform entertainment.” – Stan Lee

On July 24, 2009, the motion comic Stan Lee’s Time Jumper premiered online. A partnership between comic creator Stan Lee and Walt Disney Home Entertainment, the series follows secret agent Terry Dixon, who works for the government organization HUNT, while using a cell phone/time machine created by his father to search for his missing brother Sam. Each section of the comic was a five-minute episode, complete with music, voice acting, and fast-paced storyboarding.

July 23

July 23, 2003 – The Cheetah Girls Single “Cinderella” Premieres on Radio Disney

“I don’t want to be like Cinderella, sittin’ in a dark cold dusty cellar.”

On July 23, 2003, the promotional single “Cinderella” premiered on Radio Disney. Originally recorded by i5, the song was recorded by The Cheetah Girls to promote the film of the same name. It was eventually released for digital download on August 12, 2003, with the music video premiering on Disney Channel the same day. The song was also featured in the film as the band’s audition song for the talent show.