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November 10

November 10, 2016 – Frozen: A Musical Spectacular Kicks Off on Disney Cruise Line

“You’ll go home wishing you had a happy snowman as your best friend.”

On November 10, 2016, the live-action stage show Frozen: A Musical Spectacular began performances on the Disney Cruise Line ship the Disney Wonder. Adapted from the hit animated feature Frozen, the stage show was a Broadway-caliber production that featured most of the songs from the film, as well as dynamic puppetry, special effects, and transformative scenery. This production fed into the idea that Frozen would work as a Broadway musical; however, as of 2018, this production is still running on the Disney Wonder.

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October 30

October 30, 1906 – Composer and Disney Legend Paul Smith is Born

On October 30, 1906, composer Paul Smith was born in Calument, Michigan to a musical family. The family later moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where Smith’s father taught music at the College of Idaho. Smith’s musical ability emerged at an early age, and his father nurtured this by teaching his son to play a variety of instruments, including piano and violin. Smith enrolled in the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago in 1925; after graduation, he taught at Elmhurst College and York High School. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and earned a degree in English. After graduating, he wound up at the Walt Disney Studios in 1934, and became a pioneer in music for motion pictures, scoring for animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella, True-Life Adventure films such as The Vanishing Prairie and Perri, and live action features such as The Shaggy Dog and Pollyanna. Smith had over fifty credits to his name, and over the course of his career he scored eight Academy Award nominations, including one win for his work on the score of the film Pinocchio with Leigh Harline and Ned Washington. Smith retired in 1962 after almost thirty years with The Walt Disney Studios. On January 25, 1985, Smith passed away in Glendale, California. He was honored as a Disney Legend for his contributions to the Walt Disney Company in 1994.

October 17

October 17, 2017 – The 30th Anniversary Screening of The Brave Little Toaster Premieres

On October 17, 2017, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the animated film The Brave Little Toaster, a special screening was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Upon purchasing a ticket, guests were also given a variety of gifts depending on ticket level, with every guest at least leaving with an original sketch and an animation cel. There was also a Q&A session with a variety of folks involved in the film, including the movie’s director, Jerry Rees, who help write the screenplay with Joe Ranft; Deanna Oliver, the voice of Toaster; composer and music arranger David Newman, and animator Kevin Lima. Producer Donald Kushner was also on hand to sell a variety of original artwork of the film from his personal collection.

October 13

October 13, 1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas has Initial Release in New York City

“In this town, we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song.”

On October 13, 1993, the Touchstone animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas premiered in New York City. Based on the poem and associated sketches by filmmaker Tim Burton, the stop-motion animated film was brought to life by director Henry Sellick and composer Danny Elfman. The film would go on to be released nationwide on October 22, 1993. Considered a sleeper hit of 1993 (and becoming the 27th highest-grossing movie of the year), the film went on to be a cult classic, and being released multiple times to theaters, including a special 3D edition in limited release during the fall season.

October 9

October 9, 2001 – The Platinum Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Released

“The One That Started It All”

On October 9, 2001, the newest version of special edition Disney DVDs, known as the Platinum Editions, were released, beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This version of the film came with two discs filled with extras, including a documentary called “Still the Fairest of Them All: The Making of Snow White,” galleries featuring the evolution of character designs, and the newsreel footage of the film’s premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater. The film was restored to the technical height of the early 2000s, and featured audio commentary from historian John Canemaker, along with archival audio from Walt Disney. The release was discontinued on January 31, 2002.

October 6

October 6, 2014 – Anna & Elsa’s Boutique Opens in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

“Experience Frozen Fun All Year Long!”

On October 6, 2014, the specialty boutique Anna & Elsa’s Boutique opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District. Capitalizing on the popularity of the animated feature Frozen, the boutique sells merchandise featuring the characters from the film. It also specialized in makeovers, where younger guests were styled by “Crystalizers” that would transform the kids into their favorite characters from the film. The boutique closed on October 7, 2017, to become the Dream Boutique.

June 5

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June 5, 1998 – Mulan Premieres at the Hollywood Bowl

“We wanted to get the message of the movie out there first, before you start selling it as an ancillary product.” – Disney Feature Animation President Peter Schneider

On June 5, 1998, Disney’s newest animated feature film Mulan premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in California. The premiere had little fanfare compared to past animated features Pocahontas, which premiered in Central Park, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which had a parade in New Orleans. The cast of the film, including Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan) and George Takei (voice of First Ancestor), as well as pop band 98 Degrees, were on hand for the film premiere.