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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.

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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.

April 21

April 21, 2004 – Apple and Disney Announce Deal for Buena Vista Music Group Catalog

“Now iTunes users can add these timeless Disney songs to their music libraries and enjoy them wherever they go on their iPods.”

On April 21, 2004, Apple announced that they had teamed up with Disney’s Buena Vista Music Group, with Apple getting exclusive rights to the Walt Disney Records catalog, ranging from the animated feature films to featured artists in the Hollywood Records label. The catalog was added to its own genre page within the iTunes music store, labeled as “Disney.” Disney chose to work with Apple, as Apple was the leading global online music store, and provided Buena Vista Music Group another avenue to make Disney’s music accessible to consumers.

March 29

March 29, 1979 – Disney Sells the Celebrity Sports Center to Griffin, Leavitt, and the Writer Brothers

“…although Celebrity Center is a small part of the Disney enterprises it received a large share of [Disney’s] attention.” – Rocky Mountain News

On March 29, 1979, the Walt Disney Company sold the Celebrity Sports Center to the group of Griffin, Leavitt, and the Writer Brothers for an undisclosed sum. Located in Denver, Colorado, the center was opened in 1960, funded by several celebrity investors, including Walt Disney. The area was built to be a “huge play center,” featuring entertainments including bowling and swimming. After Disney’s death in 1966, the purpose of the center changed to that of a training ground for Walt Disney World employees. When it was sold, it was well known that Disney wasn’t sure what to do with the property, though it had been financially successful for the company. The area was closed entirely on June 15, 1994.

March 14

March 14, 2013 – Walt Disney World Announces Disney Springs

“Our fundamental goal is to create a welcoming, comfortable space where families can enjoy time together and instantaneously feel right at home.”

On March 14, 2013, Walt Disney World, and Walt Disney Company COO Tom Staggs, officially announced the revamp of the former Downtown Disney area, now known as Disney Springs. The shopping area was to be expanded significantly, with the number of stores jumping from 75 to over 150. Staggs announced that this would be a massive undertaking that would open in phases, and the whole area would consist of four districts: Town Center, The Landing, Marketplace, and West Side.