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July 8

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July 8, 2013 – Disney and Old Navy Announce Clothing Line Partnership

“By combining Disney storytelling with Old Navy’s relaxed, playful styles, we’ve achieved a product line that truly celebrates our classic characters.” – Jodi Rosenblatt, director of sales for Disney Consumer Products

On July 8, 2013, Old Navy announced a special partnership with Disney through the creation of a new clothing line called “Mickey Through the Decades.” The line features rare artwork from the Walt Disney Archives to highlight the changes Mickey and the gang have gone through over the years. Prices for the clothes ranged from around $13 to $15; during the sale of the shirts, customers could enter to win a custom Disney tour and download several digital Disney items.

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July 5

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July 5, 2007 – Disney Announces Removal of Epcot Sign on Spaceship Earth

“We think the timing of the removal is right.”

On July 5, 2007, Epcot’s Vice President Jim MacPhee announced that the Epcot letting, Mickey Mouse arm, and wand attached to the Spaceship Earth attraction would be removed, with the removal date to be before October 1st. The removal of the structure coincided with the park’s 25th anniversary, with Spaceship Earth itself once again becoming the sole icon of the park. The arm holding the wand was, at the time, the tallest structure in all of Walt Disney World, at a height of 257 feet.

May 29

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May 29, 2008 – Buzz Lightyear Will Fly on the Space Shuttle Discovery

“An eighth space ranger won’t have a seat at all. In fact, he will be packed tight inside a box and won’t even get to enjoy the ride up. But it’s nothing veteran spaceman Buzz Lightyear can’t overcome.”

On May 29, 2008, NASA formally announced that a new member would be joining the crew of the space shuttle Discovery: a 12-inch tall figure of Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear. Part of a joint effort between NASA and Disney Parks, Buzz was chosen to help encourage and foster an interest in children the studies of science, technology, and mathematics. The partnership also features an online program called Space Ranger Education Series, which helps teach kids more about the math and science behind space exploration. The Discovery launched into space on May 31.

May 18

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May 18, 1995 – Disney Announces Purchase of California Angels

“Baseball is already very family oriented, but I’m sure what we would do is build on what Gene Autry has already achieved in the last three decades.” – John Dreyer, Disney Spokesman

On May 18, 1995, The Walt Disney Company announced that it had agreed to purchase a 25% interest in the California Angels baseball team from owners Gene and Jackie Autry, with the option to buy the other 75% at a later date. The team had been up for sale for over a year at this point, and although Disney declined to give details on the purchase, industry experts estimated that the cost of the purchase was about $30 million. This was Disney’s second franchise purchase, with the first being the Mighty Ducks in 1992. Disney would eventually purchase the rest of the team on May 15, 1996, after Autry’s passing.

May 7

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May 7, 2012 – The Disney Wonder Stops in Hawaii for the First Time

“Let us know…if you wish you were saying ‘aloha’ to these gorgeous islands today or if you’re saying on our next Hawaiian cruise in October.”

On May 7, 2012, the Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Wonder, was the first Disney Cruise Line ship to sail to the Hawaiian Islands. The 15-night voyage took guests through Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Soon after, a 14-night voyage was also offered, departing from the Port of Los Angeles.

May 4

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May 4, 2012 – A Male White Rhino is Born in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“A rhino birth is a significant event because at one time the species was nearly extinct.”

On May 4, 2012, it was announced that a male white rhino calf was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This was the fourth white rhino born to 13-year-old Kendi, who was the first rhino born in the park. His birth is also significant as being the third generation of the line that started at the park. Disney is part of specialized conservation efforts to help save the declining rhino population, which has grown to over 20,000 worldwide.

May 1

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May 1, 2007 – Susan E. Arnold Joins Disney Board of Directors

“Her distinguished ability and track-record in strategy development, innovation and brand building will be great assets to the Disney board.” – Disney Chairman John E. Pepper

On May 1, 2007, the Walt Disney Company announced that Susan E. Arnold had been elected to the company’s board of directors. In 2004, Arnold was the first woman to be named a vice chairman at Procter & Gamble, and went on to lead P&G Beauty and Health. She then held the office of President – Global Business Units of P&G, which she left in 2009. Arnold has also held the position of the director of the McDonalds Corporation from 2008 to 2016, and was a director of NBTY, Inc. since 2013, along with being an operating executive of The Carlyle Group.