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November 24

November 24, 1995 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Premieres in Disney-MGM Studios

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“There’s always something new at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”

On November 24, 1995, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights made its official premiere in Disney-MGM Studios of Walt Disney World. The show was acquired by Disney earlier that year from Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne. Osborne’s holiday light show had modest beginnings in the 1980s, but had reached epic proportions in 1993, as his house was lit up with over three million lights. Disney was alerted to the highly popular yet contentious light display after a court case to shut down the display reached the United States Supreme Court. Disney added the display to the “Streets of America” area of the park, and continued to bring it back year after year (save for 2003, when construction prevented the lights being put into place). The display had its last lighting on January 6, 2016.

November 27

November 27, 1997 – The Disneyland Attraction it’s a small world is Redone for the Holidays

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“There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware it’s a small world after all.”

On November 27, 1997, he Disneyland attraction it’s a small world was redone for the first time for the holiday season. Colored lights and special holiday themed ornaments and costumes are added to the outer façade as well as the inside attraction, with the holiday songs “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” interwoven with the original song. The holiday version proved popular enough to be added to the versions of the attraction in Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland

November 26

November 26, 2009 – The Sailor Mickey Mouse Balloon Premieres at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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“Ahoy Sailor Mickey!”

On November 26, 2009, the Sailor Mickey Mouse balloon, celebrating the Disney Cruise Line, was added to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The 61-foot-tall, 600 pound balloon is the 4th version of Mickey to appear in the parade, with its previous incarnation Bandleader Mickey last appearing in 2000. The balloon takes 70 volunteers to walk with it along the parade route.

November 22

November 22, 1984 – The Donald Duck Balloon Appears in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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“…old favorite Donald Duck, after years in the Macy’s warehouse, took another flight down the route in honor of this 50th birthday.”

On November 22, 1984, to continue the celebrations for Donald Duck’s 50th birthday, a special balloon of Donald flew in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Donald Duck balloon originally flew in 1935, with a new version created in 1962; he also appeared in the parade in 1972 alongside Mickey to mark the anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World. This 1984 celebration was the first time the Donald balloon had been out of the warehouse in several years. Donald appeared in the parade right after the Tom Turkey float.

September 26

September 26, 2006 – The Christmas Album Acoustic Hearts of Winter is Released by Recording Artists Aly & AJ

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“It’s the greatest time of year, and it’s here, help us celebrate it.”

On September 26, 2006, the second studio album by recording duo Aly & AJ was released through Hollywood Records. The album features cover versions of traditional Christmas carols, as well as two original songs by the duo and song writers Antonina Armato and Tim James. The album fared well on the Billboard charts, with the original song “Greatest Time of Year” being used as the promotional song for the live-action film The Santa Clause 3. It peaked at number 78 on the Billboard 200, and overall sold 110,000 copies.

October 16

October 16, 2007 – The Album Disney Channel Holiday is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“Have yourself a merry little Christmas…”

On October 16, 2007, the album Disney Channel Holiday was released through Walt Disney Records. The album contains popular Disney Channel associated artists singing their rendition of classic Christmas songs. Some songs were taken from previous releases, including “Last Christmas” by Ashley Tisdale and “Greatest Time of Year” by Aly and AJ. Artists included in the album are Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), The Jonas Brothers, The Cheetah Girls, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, Jump In!), Keke Palmer (Jump In!), Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens, Kim Possible), Billy Ray Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Jordan Pruitt, Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical), Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven, Cory in the House), Aly & AJ, Monique Coleman (High School Musical), and Drew Seeley (High School Musical: The Concert). The album peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200 charts, and sold about 200,000 copies.

September 15

September 15, 2004 – Tokyo Disneyland’s Disney’s Halloween Event Begins

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“This is Halloween, this is Halloween!”

On September 15, 2004, Tokyo Disneyland’s two-month Halloween event Disney’s Halloween began. The festivities helped to give the American holiday more popularity in Japan; celebrations of Halloween in Tokyo Disneyland actually began six years prior. Disney’s Halloween incorporated the Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare that was popular in the Disneyland resort, and added a special Halloween parade, decorations, and special merchandise to make the event more palatable to the Japanese. Thanks to an addition of trick-or-treating, guests were able to come in various elaborate costumes of their favorite Disney character, although guests had to wear a sticker that identified them as a guest. The event was a huge success, and has led the way to more elaborate events in Tokyo Disneyland.