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February 14

February 14, 2018 – The Specialty Shop Disney Home Opens in Disneyland

“Bring the magic home by adding a dash of pixie dust of pixie dust to every room in your castle.”

On February 14, 2018, the Disney-themed home goods store Disney Home opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area. The store’s offerings range from dishware to art, as well as decorative and seasonal décor, covering a range of Disney characters and franchises. The store also changes its offerings over the seasons.

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February 3

February 3, 2014 – Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story Premieres at the El Capitan Theatre

“When you are born blank in a painted world, love can give you color.”

On February 3, 2014, the stop-motion short film Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The film would be released on the Google Play platform on February 10, and would continue to play at the El Capitan alongside a limited-time showing of Lady and the Tramp to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It was produced by Disney Interactive Entertainment, and was directed by Greg Shewchuk, Paul Foyder, Michael Ambs, Whitfield Scheidegger, and Regina Roy.

The short begins with the character Blank being released into the painted world, and soon spotting Bow, a similarly blank Vinyl. Bow gives Blank a bow tie, and the two watch the sunrise together, with Blank giving Bow a flower. The mood quickly changes when a strange creature arrives and takes Blank Minnie away on a train. Not wanting to lose his love, Blank Mickey hops on the top of the train as it rolls along, and sets off on an adventure to find her, making unlikely friendships, traveling through the woods at night, and doing whatever it takes to find her.

January 24

January 24, 1993 – The Gag Factory – Toontown Five and Dime Shop Opens in Disneyland

“Chortle through this toon-tastic portal to discover the wackiest merchandise in all of Disneyland Park!”

On January 24, 1993, the merchandise store Gag Factory – Toontown Five & Dime opened in Disneyland’s Toontown area. It specializes in general park merchandise, including ear hats, autograph books, apparel, and snacks; it also provides a variety of seasonal souvenirs. The store is decorated to fit the “toon” theme of the park area, with the factory elements heightened to comedic proportions.

January 19

January 19, 1991 – The Shop Legends of Hollywood Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On January 19, 1991, the merchandise shop Legends of Hollywood opened on Hollywood Boulevard of Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. This version of the shop was short-lived, as it closed on March 9, 1991, and became L.A. Cinema Storage. A new version of this shop opened on Sunset Boulevard on June 12, 1994, and sells merchandise related to recently released films.

January 13

January 13, 1927 – President of Walt Disney Creations S.p.A and Disney Legend Antonio Bertini is Born

“There is always a market. There is never a problem when you give a good product at the right price. And Disney is a very good product.”

On January 13, 1927, Antonio Bertini was born in Milan, Italy. He attended the University of Pavia, and while there he explored market research, a concept that was unfamiliar in Italy at the time, and eventually graduated with a Ph.D. in political science in 1955. Soon after, he joined the Lever Brothers company in Milan as a planning officer, putting his skills to use as he coordinated the operating, marketing, and publicity of the company’s four Italian factories. He joined Walt Disney Productions in 1960, after answering an anonymous ad in a newspaper, as the assistance to Major John William Holmes, the Italian sales representative. Bertini had almost immediate success; he was able to negotiate several new contracts with Italian licensees to create Disney-themed projects, ranging from toys to housewares, and was subsequently promoted to sales manager a year later. At the same time, Bertini was also asked to join the Board of Directors, and after another stellar year, Roy O. Disney personally named Bertini the president of Walt Disney Creations S.p.A. Bertini continued to expand Disney influence in Italy through the 1960s and 1970s, creating educational films for the country and creating over a $1 million in revenue; this success helped lead the way for Disney’s eventual success in the home video market through the 1980s. Bertini was also instrumental in creating a booming publishing division in Italy for the Disney books, comics, and magazines, rather than licensing out the characters to other publishers. After 30 years with the company, Bertini retired from Disney in 1990; he was honored as a Disney Legend in the category of Disney Consumer Products in 1997.

December 14

December 14, 2003 – Everything POP Shopping and Dining Opens in Disney’s Pop Century Resort

“Sate appetites large and small with delicious dishes from a variety of tempting food stations.”

On December 14, 2003, the shopping center and food court area of Walt Disney World’s Pop Century Resort , known as Everything POP Shopping and Dining, opened. Guests can wander through and get a meal at a variety of quick-service food areas, as well as purchase a variety of Disney merchandise.

December 4

December 4, 1998 – A Steiff Mickey Mouse Doll Sells for $7,261 at Christie’s Auction

On December 4, 1998, Christie’s Auction House held a teddy bear themed auction at their auction house in London, South Kensington. At this auction, a rare 1930s Steiff Mickey Mouse doll was listed on the block, estimated to sell between £2,000 and £3,000 (around $3,323 to $4,985 at the time; around $5,127 to $7,691, adjusted for 2018 inflation). The doll would end up selling for £4,370 ($7,261; around $11,203 adjusted for 2018 inflation). Steiff had been creating teddy bears and specialty dolls since 1880, and was asked by Walt Disney to help create what would become an iconic Mickey Mouse doll.