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August 19

August 19, 2011 – Twelve Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“The Spiral—stands for imagination, the power of an idea. The Hand—holds the gifts of skill, discipline and craftsmanship. The Wand and the Star—represent magic: the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.”

On August 19, 2011, the twelve newest Disney Legends were inducted at a special ceremony during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Among those honored were creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson; Disney merchandiser Bo Boyd; television show host Regis Philbin; entertainment entrepreneurs and original proprietors of the Disneyland Hotel Jack and Bonita Wrather; former Chairman of the Board for the Walt Disney Company, Ray Watson; star of the hit television series Zorro, Guy Williams; and the voice actresses for the Disney Princesses: Jodi Benson (Ariel); Linda Larkin (Jasmine); Paige O’Hara (Belle); Anika Noni Rose (Tiana); and Lea Salonga (singing voice for Jasmine and Mulan). Several were awarded posthumously, and those still living were in attendance to collect their statue and place their handprints on the special plaques that are placed in the Disney Legends Plaza.

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August 12

August 12, 2012 – The Princess Fantasy Faire Attraction Closes

“Where happily ever after happens every day.”

On August 12, 2012, the Princess Fantasy Faire attraction in Disneyland closed. Open since October 6, 2006, the area provided guests with a chance to meet the Disney princesses, and was located right next to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Guests were also able to participate in an interactive storytelling experience with a princess, and learn how to be a true princess or a knight in a coronation ceremony. The area was replaced in March 2013 with the Fantasy Faire, which gave guests more ease in meeting the princesses and watching a show.

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.

March 20

March 20, 1970 – Actress, Voice of Jasmine, and Disney Legend Linda Larkin is Born

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“When I see the way that little girls respond to Jasmine, I know what’s exciting about her to them. She’s not a victim. She’s not sheltered. She’s got spirit, and she has power, and I think it’s really great to be the voice of this character that is strong.”

On March 20, 1970, Linda Larking was born in Alaska; soon after her birth, she and her family moved to Duluth, Minnesota. While the family moved around the state, Larkin developed an interest in the performing arts, especially ballet. After graduating high school, she moved to New York to attend Hofstra University, and continued to book jobs dancing and, after a shift in her major, acting. In 1989, while visiting a friend in Los Angeles, Larkin ended up scoring a movie role – her first big break. This led to acting gigs on popular television shows, and finally, her biggest break of all: the voice of Princess Jasmine from the Disney animated feature Aladdin. Since that film, Larkin has still been involved as the voice of Jasmine, voicing her in animated sequels, the television series, and video games featuring her character. She was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2011.

October 26

October 26, 2009 –Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee Premieres at Walt Disney World

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“Now, the riverside comes alive New Orleans style.”

On October 26, 2009, Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee premiered at Walt Disney World. The celebration was the first of its kind celebrating the 9th official Disney princess from The Princess and the Frog, and combined a parade in Liberty Square, followed by a showboat ride with a live jazz band. A similar celebration opened in Disneyland on November 6. The celebration lasted ten weeks, along with other surprises to celebrate the film, and the celebration ended on January 3, 2010.

October 11

October 11, 2005 – The Disney Princess Christmas Album is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“Christmas is coming for one and for all, good friends and family are coming to call.”

On October 11, 2005, the Disney Princess Christmas Album was released through Walt Disney Records. The album gave a Disney twist on several traditional Christmas carols, as well as a few original compositions, including “Christmas is Coming” sung by Disney Princesses, and “Beautiful” by Jim Brickman featuring Wayne Brady. The album was re-released in 2009 with the song “Christmas Eve Dinner” replacing “Beautiful.”