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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.

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January 28

January 28, 1980 – Oriental Land Company Granted Loans to Build Disney Park

On January 28, 1980, it was announced that the Oriental Land Company was granted several loans to build the first international Disney park in Tokyo, Japan. The Industrial Bank of Japan was the main lender, along with nearly 30 other Japanese banks. Although the size of the loans were not released, it was estimated that the overall cost of the park was $300 million. The plans were approved by the Chiba Prefecture ten months later, and the groundbreaking then took place on December 3, 1980.

January 21

January 21, 2004 – Disney Sells Celebration Town Center to Lexin Capital

“Celebration, Florida – The Community Disney Built.”

On January 21, 2004, The Walt Disney Company sold the downtown area of the city of Celebration to Lexin Capital for an undisclosed sum, though it was estimated that the cost was at least $42 million. The self-contained city was built in Walt Disney World’s property, and first opened on June 18, 1996, when the first residents moved in. It was Disney’s first experiment with urban planning, and the sale gave Lexin Capital 18 acres, featuring retail stores, restaurants, commercial office space, private apartments, and 6.8 acres that hadn’t been developed at the time of sale.

January 9

January 9, 2013 – George Kalogridis is Announced as New Walt Disney World President

“Walt Disney World has a new president: George Kalogridis will take over the top job at the Florida resort on Feb. 1.”

On January 9, 2013, The Walt Disney Company announced that George Kalogridis would take over as the new president of Walt Disney World, starting February 1. Kalogridis had been running the Disneyland Resort previously, and was brought in to oversee the construction of the Avatar-themed land in the Animal Kingdom park, along with the upgrade of the MyMagic+ digital management service.

December 30

December 30, 1980 – The Selective Service System Contacts Mickey Mouse

“It may be that somebody is pulling our leg, but it was released on official stationary.” – Bob Roth, Disneyland Spokesperson

On December 30, 1980, senior Disneyland officials were amused when they received a letter from the Selective Service System regarding Mickey Mouse. The service was reminding 18-year-olds that they had to register for the draft, and wrote that Mickey had “not responded to our initial request for necessary date of birth information,” seemingly unaware that Mickey was a 52-year-old fictional mouse.

December 21

December 21, 2012 – The Walt Disney Company Completes Acquisition of Lucasfilm

“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family.” – President and CEO Bob Iger

On December 21, 2012, the Walt Disney Company announced that they had completed the acquisition deal of Lucasfilm. In the terms of this agreement, Disney now owns certain Lucasfilm assets, including the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. This whole merger had a value of over $4 billion.

December 8

December 8, 2011 – Disney Vacation Club Announces Disney’s Grand Floridan Villas

“We continually look for ways to expand Disney Vacation Club by creating resort experiences that our members will love.” – Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Vacation Club, Claire Bilby

On December 8, 2011, the Walt Disney Company released an official press release confirming the rumor of the addition to Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The addition of around 147 villas to Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel was part of the Disney Vacation Club’s continued growth, and was estimated to open in late 2013. This was the 12th addition to the lineup of Disney Vacation Club properties.