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February 21

February 21, 2010 – The Lion King Becomes Eighth Longest-Running Broadway Show

“Let every creature go for broke and sing, let’s hear it in the herd and on the wing.”

On February 21, 2010, the Broadway production of The Lion King hit a milestone 5,125th performance, making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. With this performance, the show surpassed the musical Rent in number of performances. The musical has been highly acclaimed since its debut on November 13, 1997, winning six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and eight Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production alone. As of 2018, the production is the third-longest running Broadway musical, behind Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera.

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February 20

February 20, 2011 – The First TV Spot for Cars 2 Premieres During Daytona 500

“When you’re in over your headlights, only friends can be trusted.”

On February 20, 2011, the first television promotional advertisement for Pixar’s newest animated feature film, Cars 2, premiered during the broadcast of the Daytona 500. The spot gave viewers a glimpse of the action in the international feature, and introduces the character Finn McMissile, voiced by actor Michael Caine. The spot also heavily featured the character Mater, voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy. It was then announced that the film would be released on June 24th of that year.

January 18

February 18, 2011 – Disney Acquires Togetherville Social Network

On February 18, 2011, Disney completed their acquisition of the social network Togetherville. The network, aimed at kids aged 13 and younger, was created by Mandeep Dhillon and Rajveer Tut, and released in a public beta version on May 19, 2010. The intent of the site was to provide children the experience of Facebook, but within the confines of an age-appropriate environment that allows parents to moderate their children’s connections. With this acquisition, Dhillon became the Vice President of TogetherVille, as well as Vice President of Strategy at Disney Interactive. The Togetherville network was discontinued in March, 2012.

February 17

February 17, 2017 – The Nighttime Show Rivers of Light Premieres in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.”

On February 17, 2017, the new nighttime show Rivers of Light premiered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Discovery River. The show was part of an overall evolution of the park, turning it to a day-to-night park, and features several floating sets, live performances, and water effects, celebrating the beauty and wonder of nature. The show also features scenes from the Disneynature series of films, as well as technology never-before-seen in a Disney nighttime show.

February 14

February 14, 2012 – Paula Abdul Visits Walt Disney World

On February 14, 2012, entertainer and judge of American Idol Paula Abdul visited Walt Disney World. Abdul helped celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special photo shoot with none other than Minnie Mouse in Hollywood Studios, who wore a special heart-shaped polka dot dress to honor the day. Abdul had visited the park back in 2009, when the American Idol Experience attraction opened in Hollywood Studios.

February 13

February 13, 2017 – The Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill Opens in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

“Stake your claim at a poolside eatery featuring explorer-worthy bites, trails-end spirits and stunning views of Bay Lake.”

On February 13, 2017, the restaurant and bar Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill opened in Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge. Located near the outer deck of the resort, guests can order a variety of burgers, salads, desserts, and alcoholic beverages with a selection of small plates. The design of the restaurant and bar is designed in invoke the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest.

February 12

February 12, 2012 – “I See the Light” Wins a Grammy

“If she’s here it’s crystal clear, I’m where I’m meant to go.”

On February 12, 2012, the 54th Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for two awards, the Disney animated feature film Tangled received a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media; it was awarded to Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, songwriters for the song “I See the Light,” performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. The song beat out “Born to Be Somebody” from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, “Christmastime Is Killing Us” from Family Guy, “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh, “Where the River Goes” from Footloose, and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque.