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March 14

March 14, 1942 – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Dumbo, and Timothy Mouse Appear on the Cover of Liberty Magazine

“Last minute double check for your income tax.”

On March 14, 1942, the cover of Liberty magazine featured popular Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Dumbo, and Timothy Mouse. The characters were used to promote an article about filing income taxes that year, as a main message at the time was that Americans’ taxes would “beat the Axis” – a line from the Donald Duck short film The New Spirit. Disney character use was high at the time to help with the war effort, with their use ranging from military insignia to full-length goodwill films, such as Saludos Amigos.

January 30

January 30, 1971 – Disneyland Hosts Two-Day Alice in Wonderland Days Event

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“Meet Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Walrus and pose for pictures with them at Alpine Gardens…”

On January 30, 1971, Disneyland hosted the two-day event Alice in Wonderland Days. The event was a celebration of all things Alice in Wonderland, complete with two parades that traveled from Main Street U.S.A. to the it’s a small world attraction in Fantasyland. Special photo ops were also available with characters Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the Walrus, held in the Alpine Gardens area between Tomorrowland and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

January 27

January 27, 1892 – Merchandising Executive and Disney Legend Kay Kamen is Born

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“This was Kay Kamen’s genius, of tying products together and promoting the wonderful property.” – Mickey Mouse Collector Bernie Shine

On January 27, 1892, Herman “Kay” Kamen was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He began his career as a hat merchant before moving to advertising. In 1932, Kamen contacted Walt Disney about potential merchandising opportunities for Mickey Mouse, and two days later, Kamen met Walt and Roy in California, where they inked a deal to make Kamen the sole licensing representative for the Walt Disney Studios. In a span of three years, the number of Mickey Mouse products skyrocketed to the thousands, ranging from toys, games, books, watches, and more. Kamen also created a catalogue of Mickey Mouse merchandise in 1934, with seven issues to follow. The most well-known piece of the entire catalogue would be Kamen’s deal with Ingersoll-Waterbury Clock Company, creating the Mickey Mouse watch. The watches were a huge success, saving the company from bankruptcy. Kamen took his merchandising skills to other characters in the Disney line, including Donald Duck and the Seven Dwarfs; when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released, Kamen already had an extensive merchandising campaign at the ready, which was the first instance of tying merchandise to a film. In 1949, Kamen’s life and career were cut short when he was killed in a plane crash over Spain. For his work in Disney merchandising, he was posthumously awarded as a Disney Legend in 1998.

October 17

October 17, 1937 – Donald’s Nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie First Appear

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“I am sending your angel nephews, Louie, Huey and Dewey, to stay with you while their father is in the hospital. A giant firecracker exploded under his chair.”

On October 17, 1937, the characters Huey, Dewey, and Louie first appeared in the Donald Duck Sunday comic strip. They made their first appearance after Donald’s cousin Della sent them to him while their father was in the hospital thanks to one of their pranks. The triplets and their antics would prove popular enough to transition onto the screen in the short film Donald’s Nephews, released on April 15, 1938. Seen as one entity throughout most of their career, the choice to make them wear different colors for distinction came about when they were given their own show in 1987, DuckTales. Huey was to wear red (the brightest “hue”), Dewey would wear blue (the color of water and dew), and Louie would wear green.

April 20

April 20, 1991 – The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant Opens in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

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“Do dinner and a movie retro-style at this eatery done up like a ‘50s drive-in, with all-American cuisine to match.”

On April 20, 1991, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Designed to resemble classic drive-in theaters, guests are seated in a car-shaped booth and treated to clips from campy ‘50s films while they enjoy standard American fare like fried dill pickles and the “Famous All-American Picnic Burger.” Guests 21 and older can enjoy alcoholic concoctions, including the Long Island Lunar Tea and the Orbiting Oreos. During Star Wars Weekends, the restaurant is also home to character dining, featuring Darth Vader and Boba Fett among others.

March 31

March 31, 2012 – The Disney Cruise Line Ship, The Disney Fantasy, Begins its Maiden Voyage

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“Not only is the arrival of the Disney Fantasy an important milestone for our business, it will also have a positive impact on the Central Florida community.” – Karl Holz, President of the Disney Cruise Line

On March 31, 2012, the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy, took its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, following an itinerary of the East and West Caribbean, and a stop at Disney’s Castaway Cay. The Disney Fantasy has 14 decks, and can hold up to 4,000 passengers, along with 1,450 crew members. In contrast to the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy features an art nouveau theme, with Dumbo as the ship’s mascot. The celebration of the maiden voyage featured fireworks and appearances by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Donald Duck.