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March 8

March 8, 2009 – The Inaugural Disney Princess Half Marathon Takes Place

“…the Inaugural 2009 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend will bring all women/princesses together to participate in a magical event designed to prove just how much princesses kick butt.”

On March 8, 2009, the inaugural Disney Princess Half Marathon took place in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. The race itself is part of a weekend session, with a kids race, the Princess 5K, and the Enchanted 10K. The half marathon event had over 7,500 participants, with winner Liza Galvan winning with the time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 18 seconds.

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August 18

August 18, 2013 – Disney Infinity is Launched in New York City

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“Infinite possibilities. Endless Fun.”

On August 18, 2013, the action-adventure game Disney Infinity was officially released, with a launch event held in New York City’s Times Square at the end of “summer road trip” for the game. The launch event featured game demos, giveaways, and special guest appearances, including that of Chrissie Fit from Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie. The game was also available for purchase at stores nationwide n this date, with the first sets of characters from the films Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, Monsters University, Cars, and The Lone Ranger.

April 14

April 14, 1962 – The First Spring Fling is Held at Disneyland

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“If you were a teen in Southern California during the 1960s, then Disneyland’s Spring Fling was the place to be and be seen.”

On April 14, 1962, the first dance event known as the Spring Fling took place in Disneyland. Teenagers dressed to the nines and came to the park to dance the night away to popular 60s sounds, with the occasional celebrity guest in attendance, including Annette Funicello. The first Spring Fling featured special prizes for guests, including the chance to win a new car, a trip to San Francisco, and Disneyland tickets. Tickets could cost up to $4.40.

May 24

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May 24, 2013 – The Monstrous Summer 24 Hour Event Starts at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

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“Three Disney theme parks celebrate the beginning of summer with a ‘Monstrous’ bi-coastal All-Nighter.”

On May 24, 2013, to celebrate the release of the Pixar film Monsters University, the three American Disney Parks held an event called “Monstrous Summer,” where the parks were open for a full 24-hours of fun and exciting events. There were limited pieces of merchandise available only during this event, along with special character greetings, parades, and dance parties. A distinctive nighttime spectacular called “Celebrate the Magic” also began during this celebration, and lasted all summer, lighting Cinderella’s Castle with summer-themed images from Disney movies Lilo and Stitch and The Little Mermaid, with a few others. Sweet monster-themed treats were available as part of the celebration, including a Mike Wazowski cake-pop.

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.

September 27

September 27, 2008 – The Inaugural Expedition Everest Challenge Takes Place

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“Race through Disney’s Animal Kingdom park on a unique course filled with obstacles, clues and wild scenery!”

On September 27, 2008, the inaugural Expedition Everest Challenge took place at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park. The challenge is a 5K, an obstacle course, and scavenger hunt through the park near the Forbidden Mountain; finishers were awarded a special compass medal. Participants could take the challenge in teams, or try out for the solo challenge. More than 3,000 competitors participated in this inaugural challenge, which took place at night. The winner of the challenge was Thomas Kish from Woodstock, Georgia, finishing the course in 45 minutes, 22 seconds, beating the nearest competitor by at least three minutes.

 

June 28

June 28, 1957 – The First Date Nite in Disneyland Event is Held

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“Let’s dance at Disneyland! Date Nites are late nights at Disneyland!”

On June 28, 1957, the first Date Nite in Disneyland event was held in the Carnation Plaza Gardens. The park’s hours were extended until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer season, and couples would come in to dance the night away with some of the best names in entertainment. Several bands were invited to play in sections of the park, including The Elliott Brothers, who headlined at the Plaza Gardens. The Golden Horseshoe Saloon was also featured as a venue for dancing, as was the Space Bar in Tomorrowland. In 1958, an album by the Elliot Brothers called “Date Night at Disneyland,” which featured recordings of the band playing popular songs of the time that would have been played during the event, including a track called “Let’s Dance at Disneyland.”