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April 9

April 9, 1938 – Snow White and Dopey Appear on the Cover of Liberty Magazine

“Walt isn’t a bit surprised. He’s known all along bow marvelously he could, in his own way, make that story.”

On April 9, 1938, Liberty Magazine published an issue with a cover story about the success of the animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, four months after the film’s release. The cover featured an illustration of Snow White kissing Dopey on the head as he heads off to work, mimicking one of the iconic scenes of the film. The article itself, titled “The Story Behind Snow White’s $10,000,000 Surprise Party,” touches on the modesty of Walt Disney, as well as his unwavering belief in the film’s success. There are also some interesting facts about the challenges bringing the film to the silver screen, as the British Board of Film Censors “declared the film was harmful for children,” and speculation on how Dopey was the driving force for the success of the film, as Dopey “proceeded to steal the show and come to life.”

April 3

April 3, 1989 – The Walt Disney World Park Disney-MGM Studios is Covered in Newsweek

NewsWeek

“Disney World Unveils a $1 Billion Movieland”

On April 3, 1989, an issue of Newsweek was released featuring Mickey Mouse on the front cover as Sorcerer Mickey. The cover article focused on the opening of Walt Disney World’s newest park, Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios), which was scheduled to open on May 1st of that year. Newsweek was allowed to go behind the scenes of the creation of the new park and explored other areas of Disney success in the process, including Cast Members and their standards, and, of course, then-CEO Michael Eisner. Other potential ventures were explored in the article, including the water park Typhoon Lagoon, Epcot’s Wonders of Life pavilion, and the new resorts The Swan and The Dolphin.

October 12

October 12, 2005 – Disney Become the First To License TV Episodes for Download Through Apple’s iTunes Store

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“We’re delighted to be working with Apple to offer fans a new and innovative way to experience our wildly popular shows like Desperate Housewives, Lost, and That’s So Raven. – Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company

 

On October 12, 2005, Apple announced the landmark deal between Disney: episodes from popular ABC shows Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Night Stalker, as well as Disney Channel shows That’s So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, would be available to purchase from the iTunes store for $1.99 an episode. Pixar short films were also made available for the public to purchase.

May 31

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May 31, 1991 – Disney Press Publishes Its First Book: 101 Dalmatians: A Counting Book

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“Disney Press publishes a broad list of titles for children – from infants to tweens – that celebrate and expand the worlds of favorite Disney characters, films, and television programs.”

Disney Press, a department of Disney Publishing Worldwide, released its first book on May 31, 1991. It was titled 101 Dalmatians: A Counting Book. The purpose of Disney Press is to release Disney-themed children’s books, with the audience ranging from infants to tweens. The subjects cover all aspects of Disney franchises, from Disney Fairies to Disney Pixar films. Some of their featured titles include The Princess and the Frog: Tiana’s Cookbook – Recipes for Kids, Disney Bedtime Favorites, Meet the Cars, and Phineas and Ferb Laughapalooza Joke Book.