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March 22

March 22, 2005 – The Album Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Classic instrumental love songs for your happily-ever-after”

On March 22, 2005, the instrumental album Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings was released through Walt Disney Records.  The album features instrumental versions of Disney favorites, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Bella Notte,”along with less well known songs such as “Endless Night” from The Lion King musical and “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)” from So Dear to My Heart.

March 19

March 19, 2008 – Disney Cruise Line Announces Agreement with Port Canaveral

“We’re thrilled that Disney has committed to stay here long-term and are looking forward to the two new ships home porting here.”- Port Canaveral CEO Stan Payne

On March 19, 2008, Disney Cruise Line officially announced that they reached an agreement with Port Canaveral in Florida, which extended their home port contract for fifteen more years. This agreement was officially ratified by the Port Authority Commissioners. The agreement included an expansion and modification of the existing port facility, including a parking structure scheduled to be completed in 2011. Disney stated in the press release that they were going to work with Port Canaveral staff to add the special Disney touch to the planned “state of the art facility.”

March 18

March 18, 2003 – Imagineer Orlando Ferrante is Awarded a Window on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland

“I love seeing the ideas and being able to help make them a reality.”

On March 18, 2003, Imagineer Orlando Ferrante was awarded one of the highest honors in the Walt Disney Company – a window in Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. Ferrante began his work with Disney in 1962, joining WED Enterprises as an expeditor, overseeing the first Audio-Animatronics in Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. After working on the coordination of attractions built for the New York World’s Fair, he was asked to create a new department within WED: the Project Installation Coordinating Office (PICO). Ferrante continue to climb up the ranks, being named general manager of administration in 1972, followed by vice president of administration and production; he was appointed as the vice president of engineering and production in 1979. After moving to France in 1990, he was named the vice president of show and ride engineering, working on the attractions in Disneyland Paris. He retired in 2002, but not before he moved to Venice, Italy, to help with the Disney Cruise Line. The window is in honor of his work with PICO, reading “The PICO Organizations, Installation & Coordination of World Class Projects. We Never Sleep – in Any Time Zone.”

March 11

March 11, 2001 – The Mulan Parade Has its Last Run in Hollywood Studios

“Hey folks! Can I make things happen or what?”

On March 11, 2001, the final run of the Mulan Parade ran through Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The parade, which had begun on June 19, 1998 to replace the Hercules Victory Parade, was originally created to promote the upcoming film; the parade would then go on to run for almost three years. The parade was then replaced by the Parade of the Stars. This was the longest of the three Mulan parades in three Disney Parks, with the Disneyland parade lasting almost a year, and Disneyland Paris’ version not even running for a year.

March 8

March 8, 2009 – The Inaugural Disney Princess Half Marathon Takes Place

“…the Inaugural 2009 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend will bring all women/princesses together to participate in a magical event designed to prove just how much princesses kick butt.”

On March 8, 2009, the inaugural Disney Princess Half Marathon took place in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. The race itself is part of a weekend session, with a kids race, the Princess 5K, and the Enchanted 10K. The half marathon event had over 7,500 participants, with winner Liza Galvan winning with the time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 18 seconds.

March 2

March 2, 2007 – Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven Wins at the NAACP Image Awards

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“I try to save the situation but then I wind up misbehaving

On March 2, 2007, the 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The Disney Channel Series That’s So Raven won two awards: Outstanding Children’s Program, and Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program – Series or Special for lead actress Raven-Symoné . This was the series first win as Outstanding Children’s Program, and Raven- Symoné’s fourth win in her category. The series would go on to win the same awards the following year in the show’s final season.

February 24

February 24, 2008 – Ratatouille Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“…I also want to thank my junior high guidance counselor…where he asked me ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ And I said, ‘I wanna make movies!’ And he said, ‘What else do you want to do with your life?’” – Director Brad Bird

On February 24, 2008, the 80th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Though receiving five nominations, Pixar’s animated feature film Ratatouille walked away with one: Best Animated Feature. This award gives Pixar its third Academy Award in this category. The film won against Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis and Ash Brannon and Chris Buck’s Surf’s Up.