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February 15

February 15, 2005 – The Compilation Album Disneymania 3 is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Wherever I wander, wherever I roam, I couldn’t be fonder of my big home.”

On February 15, 2005, the third album in the Disney cover compilation series Disneymania was released through Walt Disney Records. The album featured a variety of artists, ranging from Disney Channel stars The Cheetah Girls and Christy Carlson Romano, to American Idol stars Clay Aiken and Kimberley Locke, to bands Bowling for Soup and Jump5. Five singles were released to promote the album and Disney animated features released on home video: “Under the Sea” by Raven-Symone, “A Whole New World” by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” by The Cheetah Girls, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Aly & AJ, “Cruella De Vil” by Lalaine, and “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” by Jump5. The album peaked at 30 on the Billboard 200, and was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA.

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February 10

February 10, 2003 – The Partners Statue is Installed at the Disney Studios

On February 10, 2003, the fifth copy of the iconic Partners statue was installed at the Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The original statue, created by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson, was installed in the central hub of Disneyland on November 18, 1993, with the other three copies placed in Disney Parks. The idea of Walt holding Mickey’s hand was inspired by a scene from the animated feature film Fantasia, where Mickey shakes the hand of famed conductor Leopold Stokowski.

February 9

February 9. 2009 – Disney Announces Distribution Deal with DreamWorks

“Disney is the birthplace of animation and has always been as close to the worldwide audience as any company ever has.” – Director Steven Spielberg

On February 9, 2009, Disney announced that they would enter in a long-term distribution deal with DreamWorks studio. The original deal DreamWorks was with Universal, but the plan fell through when DreamWorks had asked for cash to finance their movies under their contract with Reliance BIG Entertainment. Under the Disney deal, Disney agreed to market at least six of the films created under DreamWorks’ agreement with Reliance, a Bollywood producer.  The deal did not include the DreamWorks Animation company. The first film released under this deal was the film I Am Number Four, which was released under the Touchstone Banner on February 18, 2011.

February 8

February 8, 2001 – The Pacific Wharf Café Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Drop anchor and take a peaceful waterfront break with breads by Boudin, San Francisco’s world-famous artisanal bakery.”

On February 8, 2001, the counter-service restaurant Pacific Wharf Café opened in Disney California Adventure’s Pacific Wharf area. Guests are treated to California cuisine, such as Chinese Chicken Salad and Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl. Guests can also check out the Bakery Tour by the Boudin Bakery, a popular bakery from San Francisco.

February 6

February 6, 2001 – The Restaurant Rancho del Zocalo Opens in Disneyland

“Round up all your amigos and head to the hacienda for classic Mexican cuisine on a bonita bougainvillea-shaded patio.”

On February 6, 2001, the Mexican restaurant Rancho del Zocalo opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. It opened on the site of the former Casa Mexicana, and offered a menu with Mexican and barbecue courses. However, in 2004, the menu changed to an all-Mexican offering, featuring dishes such as Chilaquiles, Chile Verde, and Burrito Guadalajara.

January 25

January 25, 2003 – Cinderellabration: Lights of Romance Show Begins in Tokyo Disneyland

昔々あるところに、シンデレラという心優しい女の子がいました

On January 25, 2003, the nighttime show Cinderellabration: Lights of Romance began performing in Tokyo Disneyland. The show was created as part of Tokyo Disneyland’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, and told the story of how Cinderella was finally crowned as a princess. Many characters made an appearance within the show, including Snow White, Aurora, Belle, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. After the 20th anniversary celebrations ended, the show became a winter show, starting in 2003, as part of an overall Cinderellabration event that was held until 2008. A daytime version of the show premiered at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park on March 17, 2005.

January 22

January 22, 2006 – A Blue Carpet Premiere is Held for Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!

“This delightful new adventure continues our tradition of creating memorable, immersive storytelling attractions.” – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Jay Rasulo

On January 22, 2006, a special ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the new Disneyland attraction Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!. Called a “blue carpet” premiere (in honor of Sulley’s blue fur), several celebrities were on hand to experience the new attraction, including Disney Channel star Ashley Tisdale, actress Lisa Kudrow, and actor Patrick Warburton. Located in Disney’s California Adventure, the attraction was meant to provide more family-friendly entertainment, alongside other Pixar-themed attractions and entertainment.