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April 23

April 23, 1923 – Virginia Davis’ Parents Sign Laugh-O-gram Films Contract

On April 23, 1923, Alice Comedies actress Virginia Davis’ parents signed a contract with the fledgling Laugh-O-gram Films, owned by Walt Disney, providing the family 5% of receipts from showings of the film Alice’s Wonderland. Davis starred as Alice, a little girl who finds herself in a cartoon world. Unfortunately, this film was never released, as Laugh-O-gram Films went bankrupt; after Walt moved to California, he was able to sell the series to Margaret Winkler based on the film, and Walt was able to convince the Davis family to join him in Los Angeles to create more Alice films, starring Virginia. Davis accepted Walt’s offer in October, and the first Alice film, Alice’s Day at Sea, was released on March 1, 1924.

January 22

February 22, 2004 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Wins Screen Actors Guild Award

On February 22, 2004, the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California, honoring achievements in film and television. Johnny Depp was awarded for his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Depp won against such actors as Peter Dinklage, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn.

November 30

November 30, 2010 – Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey Celebrate Launch of Epic Mickey Game

“The ballroom posed some difficult challenges for Jennifer, but similar to Mickey, she rose above them and came out a hero.”

On November 30, 2010, recent Dancing with the Stars contestants Kyle Massey and winner Jennifer Grey were on hand to celebrate the release of the new Epic Mickey video game at the Disney Store in Times Square. The pair were on hand when the store opened at 7:00 AM to meet fans for a handshake and photo, and provide copies of the new game. Massey is known as a Disney Channel star, having worked on popular shows such as That’s So Raven and Corey in the House. Grey is an actress, known for her roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing. Guests were also able to meet game designer Warren Spector, and those that waited in the early hours were kept warm with special Mickey Mouse gloves and ears, as well as given breakfast from Epic Mickey-themed food trucks.

November 17

November 17, 2002 – The Animated Feature Treasure Planet Premieres at the Cinerama Dome Theater

“Everyone should be able to relate to Jim. He’s somebody that can’t figure out these things that are special about him, he can’t figure out how to make it work for him, and I think everyone’s been in that position; I know I have.” – Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, voice of Jim Hawkins in Treasure Planet

On November 17, 2002, 43rd animated feature film Treasure Planet had its world premiere at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Hollywood, California. Those involved with the film attended the premiere, including directors/writers Ron Clements and John Musker, songwriter John Rzeznik, animators Glen Keane and John Ripa, and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Hyde Pierce. Other celebrities that attended the premiere included Melissa Joan Hart, Daveigh Chase, and John Ripa. The film would go on to be generally released November 27, and was released in regular and IMAX formats simultaneously.

November 16

November 16, 2003 – Toni Braxton Holds Final Performance in Aida

“So, I was taking a little bit of a risk, but I came here to New York and I say [Aida] and I was like: ‘Oh, God! It’s so beautiful! I’m so glad I said yes!’” – Toni Braxton

On November 16, 2003, R&B singer and songwriter Toni Braxton gave her final performance as the titular character in the Broadway musical Aida. This was the second time Braxton took the lead role in a Disney musical, with the first being a stint as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Her engagement in the show began on June 30, and she was replaced by Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams.

October 16

October 16, 1998 – Twenty-One New Inductees Are Named Disney Legends

“That’s a whole lot of legends!”

On October 16, 1998, twenty-one new Disney Legends were honored in a special ceremony at the new Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios. The plaza was also dedicated on this day, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. The honorees were an eclectic mix of those individuals who had a lasting impact on the history and success of the Walt Disney Company, and ranged from actors to executives. Among those honored were Disney Company managing director for England and Europe, Cyril James; company treasurer, Don Escen; former chairman of the Oriental Land Company, Masatomo Takahashi; film editor, Lloyd Richardson; first Alice actress, Virginia Davis; animator Bill Tytla; animator and director Wilfred Jackson; actress Kathryn Beaumont; animator and director Ben Sharpsteen; director, writer, producer, and narrator Jim Algar; merchandising executive Kay Kamen; former president of Walt Disney Enterprises of Japan, Matsuo Yokoyama; documentary film makers Al and Elma Milotte; actress Gynis Johns; actress Hayley Mills; actor Kurt Russell; documentary film maker Paul Kenworthy; director and producer Larry Lansburgh; composer Buddy Baker; film editor Norman “Stormy” Palmer; and actor Dick Van Dyke. Of those honored, James, Tytla, Jackson, Sharpsteen, Algar, Kamen, and the Milottes were honored posthumously.

December 29

December 29, 2013 – Downton Abbey Actress Elizabeth McGovern Visits Walt Disney World

Downton at Disney?”

On December 29, 2013, Walt Disney World caught Downton Abbey fever when actress Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora Crawley, visited the parks. McGovern notably visited Epcot and took a photo with several cast members from the United Kingdom Pavilion, spoofing the iconic cast photo in front of Highclere Castle, with the pavilion’s landscape subbing for the castle. On hand for the photo was Goofy, dressed in top hat and tails, while McGovern posed in a casual outfit.

October 29

October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins

“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”

On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.

October 20

October 20, 1993 – Ten New Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“The stuff Legends are made of…”

On October 20, 1993, ten new inductees were added as Disney Legends in a special ceremony held at the Walt Disney Studios. The ten inductees included Card Walker; former President of the Walt Disney Company; Donn Tatum, senior executive; Clarence Nash, original voice actor of Donald Duck; Jimmy MacDonald, sound effects wizard and second voice actor for Mickey Mouse; Pinto Colvig, original voice actor for Goofy; actor Buddy Ebsen, who was best known for his role as George Russel in the Davy Crockett series; Irving Ludwig, film distributor who helped form the Buena Vista Distribution Company; matte artist Peter Ellenshaw; Harper Goff, Imagineer and artist; and Blaine Gibson, Imagineer and sculptor, best known for the Partners statue in the Disney Parks. The ceremony was presided over by Michael Eisner and Roy E. Disney, and of those honored, Tatum, Nash, MacDonald, Colvig, and Goff were honored posthumously.

August 19

August 19, 2011 – Twelve Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“The Spiral—stands for imagination, the power of an idea. The Hand—holds the gifts of skill, discipline and craftsmanship. The Wand and the Star—represent magic: the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.”

On August 19, 2011, the twelve newest Disney Legends were inducted at a special ceremony during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Among those honored were creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson; Disney merchandiser Bo Boyd; television show host Regis Philbin; entertainment entrepreneurs and original proprietors of the Disneyland Hotel Jack and Bonita Wrather; former Chairman of the Board for the Walt Disney Company, Ray Watson; star of the hit television series Zorro, Guy Williams; and the voice actresses for the Disney Princesses: Jodi Benson (Ariel); Linda Larkin (Jasmine); Paige O’Hara (Belle); Anika Noni Rose (Tiana); and Lea Salonga (singing voice for Jasmine and Mulan). Several were awarded posthumously, and those still living were in attendance to collect their statue and place their handprints on the special plaques that are placed in the Disney Legends Plaza.