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September 20

September 20, 2011 – Disney Announces Joint Partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment

“…Disney will partner with Cameron and producing partner Jon Landau to create themed lands that will give theme park guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of AVATAR first hand.”

On September 20, 2011, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide announced that they had entered into a partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, along with Fox Filmed Entertainment. This exclusive agreement would give Disney the rights to create a new park based on Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. It was also announced that the Avatar-themed land would be added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, with construction beginning in 2013. This agreement also gives Disney the opportunity to build other Avatar lands in other Disney Parks around the world.

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September 16

September 16, 2013 – Disney Announces Cast for New Broadway Musical Aladdin

On September 16, 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions released the cast list of their newest theatrical production, Aladdin. The cast of 34 would be lead by Adam Jacobs, who would be playing the titular role. Based on the 1992 hit animated feature film, this stage adaptation brings back composer Alan Menken to score the popular songs from the movie for the stage, as well as to provide new songs written exclusively for the show. The cast also includes James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, returning to the role after voicing it in the animated feature film. The musical would go on to open on Broadway on March 20, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

September 7

September 7, 2011 – The Cupola is Installed at the Carthay Circle Theater

“The Disney Parks Blog video team was on hand to catch some great footage of the cupola as it was raised into position on top of the theatre – take a look!”

On September 7, 2011, the Carthay Circle Theater restaurant was given its crowning feature by Walt Disney Imagineering: the cupola, modeled after the one on the original Carthay Circle Theater, where the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was held. A cupola is a high bell tower-like structure; the Disneyland version of the classic theater is a replica of the original theater, which was demolished in 1969.

September 6

September 6, 2005 – Buena Vista Music Group and EMI Music Sign Exclusive License Agreement

“It is a unique opportunity to enter such a promising venture with a company like Disney.” – Chairman and CEO of EMI Music Continental Europe Jean-Francois Cecillon

On September 6, 2005, it was announced that EMI Music and the Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Music Group had signed an exclusive agreement that allowed EMI to represent and promote Disney’s music offerings – including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records, and Mammoth Records – within the UK, Continental Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East. This catalogue was vast, featuring Disney’s 75-year music history through its films, as well as upcoming artists under the newer labels, such as Jesse McCartney and Rascal Flatts.

August 31

August 31, 2005 – The Walt Disney Company Pledges $2.5 Million for Hurricane Katrina Relief

“We hope that our donation will aid emergency management teams and organizations in their efforts to provide assistance to those impacted.” – Then-CEO of the Walt Disney Company Michael Eisner

On August 31, 2005, the Walt Disney Company sent out a press release announcing that it had pledged a $2.5 million contribution to the rebuilding efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A million of the money pledged would go to the American Red Cross for immediate relief, another million would be sent to selected children’s charities, and $500,000 would go to volunteer centers that provided services to the communities most affected by the hurricane.

August 24

August 24, 1994 – Jeffrey Katzenberg Steps Down as Head of Walt Disney Studios

“With heartfelt thanks and obvious regret, I wish him well in his future endeavors.” – Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner

On August 24, 1994, Jeffery Katzenberg, the head of Walt Disney Studios, announced that he had resigned from his position. Although this had caught most of Hollywood by surprise, Katzenberg’s position at Disney had been up in the air since the passing of President of the Walt Disney Company, Frank Wells; there had been some obvious tension between Katzenberg and CEO Michael Eisner, who had refused to promote Katzenberg to Wells’ position. Although Katzenberg had helped to make Disney one of the most profitable studios of the era, the profitability came at a cost. It was announced that Joe Roth, the former chairman of 20th Century Fox, would be taking Katzenberg’s position.

August 23

August 23, 2013 – The Princess Fairytale Hall Marquee is Unveiled in New Fantasyland

“The hall, which is set to open this fall, will welcome princess fans into a positively regal character greeting area.”

On August 23, 2013, the marquee for the new Princess Fairytale Hall, a meet-and-greet area, was unveiled in the New Fantasyland expansion of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. This marked a major milestone in the creation of the expansion, with it set to be opened that fall. In the announcement about the hall, it was revealed that guests would be able to meet princesses Cinderella and Rapunzel, with each accompanied by another special princess that would change every so often.