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August 19

August 19, 2014 – The Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge Open in Downtown Disney

“A beautiful day to debut a new bridge and boat dock at Downtown Disney.”

On August 19, 2014, the Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge opened in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace area. Part of the expansion project of the area, the bridge offered a connection between Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and the shopping area, while the boat dock provided guests ease of access to the West Side and Pleasure Island. The ceremony for the opening was held early that morning, with Keith Bradford, Vice President of Downtown Disney, on hand for the ceremonies.

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July 3

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July 3, 2013 – The Disney Magic Returns to Venice, Italy

“…the Mediterranean continues to be an extremely popular destination with incredible history, culture and beauty of these ports-of-call.” – Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz

On July 3, 2013, the original Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Magic, returned to Venice, Italy, for the first time in 15 years. Half of the ship was built in Marghera, Italy, located just outside of Venice. The occasion of its return was met with a first-call ceremony, a special call that signifies the relationship between a ship and its destination port.

April 27

April 27, 2013 – The First Radio Disney Music Awards are Held

“The star power of its presenters and nominees is a testament to the venerable brand that is Mickey Mouse Inc., but also to its commitment to music.”

On April 27, 2013, the first Radio Disney Music Awards were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Although similar awards were held in the past, they were an informal special radio program that had its last broadcast in 2007; this ceremony was the first official formal ceremony. The awards themselves have viewers and listeners determine the winners through weeks of submitting their votes through various messaging methods, such as text messaging and social media channels. The award winners feature a variety of musical artists, ranging from Disney Channel stars to big-name pop artists. Attendees and performers included Bridgit Mendler, Coco Jones, and Selena Gomez. Of the big three awards, Best Music Group went to One Direction, Best Male Artist went to Justin Bieber, and Best Female Artist went to Selena Gomez.

February 18

February 18, 2008 – Disney’s Vero Beach Honors Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda

“Disney’s Vero Beach has enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers through the years, and we’re absolutely thrilled to name such a central part of our resort in Mr. Lasorda’s honor.” – Sonya Deese-Byrnes, General Manager of Disney Vacation Club Resorts

On February 18, 2008, a special ceremony was held at Disney’s Vero Beach resort, a Disney Vacation Club resort in Walt Disney World. This ceremony honored former Los Angeles Dodgers’ former manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda by renaming the recreation field of the resort as Lasorda Field; the Dodgers have used Vero Beach as a training area, with the Dodgertown training complex opening in 1948. Lasorda was on hand at the renaming ceremony to throw out the first pitch on the field, and was joined at the ceremony by several representatives from the Walt Disney Company, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and children from the local Boys & Girls Club.

January 23

January 23, 2006 – Disney Honors Michael Eisner Through Building Renaming Ceremony

“I am grateful for this wonderful honor, especially because this building encapsulates so much that is fantastic about Disney and about the two decades I got to spend here.”

On January 23, 2006, several Disney employees, alongside Disney Board Senator George Mitchell, the Board of Directors, and Disney CEO Bob Iger were on hand to honor former CEO Michael Eisner at a dedication ceremony, renaming the Team Disney building as The Michael D. Eisner Building. The building has served as the company’s corporate headquarters since 1990, and was designed by architect Michael Graves; it was notable for featuring pillars in the shape of the Seven Dwarfs. Disney had been in a state of turmoil when Eisner joined the company and, through his work with Frank Wells, the pair managed to return Disney to its creative, innovative state. The board was unanimous in awarding Eisner this honor for his 21 years of service.

December 12

December 12, 2012 – Disney Officially Opens the Disney Digital Studio

“At Disney Digital Services we’re all about ‘On Time’ delivery. And of course, that extends to the opening of our new Digital Studio Center, which will absolutely open on time at precisely 12:12 PM on December 12, 2012.”

On December 12, 2012, at 12:12 pm, Walt Disney Studios officially opened the new Digital Studio Center. The center is the home for serices that are described as “technical functions that are increasingly part of today’s digital media production, post production and distribution workflows,” such as digital media services, editorial services, projection services, sound services, and title graphics. The center was built to be able to adapt the fast pace of technological change, and features a variety of the best technology and staff to meet any digital need. The celebration of the center’s opening featured a ribbon cutting ceremony with Jeff Miller, Walt Disney Studios Studio Operations President; Jamie Voris, Walt Disney Studios CTO; Michael Jedlicka, Vice President of Technology and Strategy; and Leon Silverman, General Manager, Digital Studio.

August 26

August 26, 2009 – Keel Laying Ceremony is Held for the Disney Dream

“Our fleet expansion will allow us to satisfy demand on both the East and West coasts of the United States while also giving us the flexibility to explore additional global destinations for our Guests.” – Karl Holz, President, Disney Cruise Line

On August 26, 2009, the keel laying ceremony for the third Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream, was held at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. This ship is the sister ship to the Disney Fantasy, which was also built at the German shipyard. The keel laying ceremony featured several special guests, including Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz, ship’s captain Tom Forberg, and Donald Duck. The ship was finally completed in June, 2010.