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October 15

October 15, 2002 – Hilary Duff’s Debut Album Santa Claus Lane is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Walk in this Christmas down Santa Claus Lane, no need to wonder, no need to explain.”

On October 15, 2002, the debut album of Disney Channel star Hilary Duff was released through Walt Disney Records. A Christmas album, the album features re-recordings of Christmas standards, such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Last Christmas,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The titular song is the only original song on the album, written by producer Matthew Gerrard, Charlie Midnight, Bridget Benenate, and Jay Landers. The album debuted at number 154 on the Billboard 200, and peaked at the number 2 position on the Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Album charts.

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October 14

October 14, 2010 – Duffy the Disney Bear Makes Official Debut in American Disney Parks

“He’s Mickey’s very own teddy bear…made with love by Minnie herself.”

On October 14, 2010, the character of Duffy the Disney Bear made his official debut in the North American Disney Parks, particularly Epcot in Walt Disney World and Disney California Adventure. A popular character in Tokyo DisneySea, the character was introduced as Mickey’s special bear given to him by Minnie before he set off on a long adventure; the bear originated in Wat Disney World’s Once Upon a Toy as a Disney-themed teddy bear, but was given a backstory when he was brought over to Japan. Duffy, in his character meet-and-greets, wears a special sailor suit. In addition to being added to parks as a meet-and-greet and in merchandise, Duffy got a special program in Epcot where younger guests could take a Duffy mask from country to country, where they could learn about the countries in the World Showcase and earn special Duffy stamps.

November 12

November 12, 1957 – Disney is Added to the New York Stock Exchange

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“Based upon Disney’s returns OTC and on the NYSE, Disney probably has the ‘happiest’ shareholders on Earth.” – Business Insider

On November 12, 1957, the Walt Disney Company’s first stocks were listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock closed at $13.75 on its first day ($118.14 when adjusted for 2016 inflation), and managed to jump to a close of $59.50 in April of 1959 ($493.64 when adjusted for 2016 inflation). Since its introduction in the NYSE, Disney stock has been of the top performers, with an initial $1 investment in 1957 estimating to be worth at least $5000 today.

September 29

September 29, 2009 – The Debut Album Kiss & Tell by Selena Gomez & the Scene is Released

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“Where are your friends now, baby? Aren’t they the ones supposed to be there for you?”

On September 29, 2009, the debut album by the band Selena Gomez & the Scene, titled Kiss & Tell, was released through Hollywood Records. Gomez had been a Disney Channel star on The Wizards of Waverly Place since 2007, and had sung the theme song for the show; she also started making appearances on various soundtrack albums, which led to a record contract in 2008 with Disney-owned Hollywood Records. Wanting to be part of a band rather than have a solo career, the band members were quickly assembled, with Gomez naming them The Scene in a tongue-in-cheek way of teasing her critics. The album released two promotional singles, “Falling Down” and “Naturally,” with varying degrees of success. The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics, peaking at number nine on the Billboard 200.

May 11

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May 11, 1999 – The Debut Album for the Group SHeDAISY, The Whole SHeBANG , is Released Through Lyric Street Records

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“This same woman that melts with your touch wants you to feel what I’m feeling right now.”

On May 11, 1999, the debut album for country group SHeDAISY, entitled The Whole SHeBANG, was released through Disney’s country music label Lyric Street Records. SHeDAISY was the first group signed to the label after it was incorporated, and the album was given positive reviews on its release. The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums, as well as number 70 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned five singles, including “Little Good-Byes,” “This Woman Needs,” “I Will…But,” “Lucky 4 You (Tonight I’m Just Me),” and “Still Holding Out for You.” A rereleased remix version of the album was released three years later, but did not have as much success as its predecessor.

April 6

April 6, 1996 – The Band Fastball Releases Debut Album Through Hollywood Records

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“Are you ready for the fallout? Who you gonna call out?”

On April 6, 1996, the debut album for the band Fastball, entitled Make Your Mama Proud, was released through Hollywood Records. The band, native to Austin, Texas, had been recommended to the Disney-owned record label thanks to the efforts of a local journalist. The album had one minor hit with the promotional single “Are You Ready for the Fallout?” but overall did not sell very well, selling under 6,000 copies. The band wouldn’t find success until the 1998 album All the Pain Money Can Buy and the hit single “The Way”

 

 

 

 

 

February 16

February 16, 2012 – The Newest Disney Cruise Line Ship, the Disney Fantasy, Sails on its Maiden Voyage

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“…the Disney Fantasy is a masterpiece of design and engineering boasting Art Nouveau allure alongside modern technological advancements.”

On February 16, 2012, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, set sail from Germany on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The ship sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York for its christening ceremony. Only a year earlier, the keel was laid in Meyer Werft shipyard. Currently, the ship is used for cruises to the Caribbean.