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December 29

December 29, 1974 – John Lennon Signs Papers at Walt Disney World Dissolving The Beatles

On December 29, 1974, it is widely believed that John Lennon, who was staying on vacation at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, signed the paperwork that effectively dissolved the partnership of the band the Beatles. Although the rest of the band had signed the papers at Apple Headquarters, Lennon had been a no-show at the meeting, and instead had gone to celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World with his secretary and lover May Pang.

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December 25

December 25, 1999 – The Television Special Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade Premieres on ABC

On December 24, 1999, the holiday television special Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade premiered on ABC. This was the 17th annual holiday parade from the Florida parks. Although the parade had been a staple of holiday specials since the 1980s, this special was notable for deviating from the norm and airing at nighttime instead of the daytime. This parade was hosted by Mitchell Ryan, Susan Sullivan, and Wayne Brady, and featured musical performances by *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Harry Connick Jr., SHeDAISY, and James Ingram.

December 22

December 22, 2009 – 500 Tuba Players Gather is Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

“The fact that it is held at the Happiest Place on Earth helps bring out a lot of tuba players. There’s a lot of magic brought about by it.” – Richard Dean, vice president of San Dimas High’s music program

On December 22, 2009, the 36th annual Tuba Christmas took place, this time in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shopping area. This was the fifth appearance for the tuba players in Disneyland, and the largest gathering of all the Tuba Christmas events, with over 500 taking place worldwide. Although the group hadn’t met before this event, they were able to serenade Disney park shoppers with several familiar songs, including “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

December 7

December 7, 2010 – Wonders of the Younger by Plain White T’s is Released Through Hollywood Records

“We may only have tonight, but till the morning sun you’re mine, all mine.”

On December 7, 2010, the sixth studio album by rock band Plain White T’s, Wonders of the Younger, was released through Hollywood Records. The album featured two promotional singles: “Rhythm of Love” and “Boomerang;” the former peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 38. The album itself received mixed reviews and peaked on two charts: Top Rock Albums (number 23) and U.S. Billboard 200 (number 149).

November 23

November 23, 1993 – The Final Album by The Party is Released Through Hollywood Records

On November 23, 1993, the farewell album by the pop group The Party, titled The Party’s Over…Thanks for Coming, was released through Hollywood Records. The band was comprised of five members of the Mickey Mouse Club: Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno, and Damon Pampolina; they had released three albums up to this point to lukewarm sales. This farewell album was a compilation of outtakes from the recording sessions for the Free album, as well as songs that had been previously recorded yet unreleased.

November 8

November 8, 1994 – The Christmas Compilation Navidad en las Américas is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Elevemos al nino dios, el hijo de maria”

On November 8, 1994, the Christmas compilation album Navidad en las Américas was released through Walt Disney Records. Translated as “Christmas in the Americas,” the album features several popular Latin American artists singing their renditions of popular Christmas songs, ranging from “Noche de paz” to “Jingle Bell Rock.” Artists on the album include Tito Puente, Placido Domingo, and Ricky Martin.

October 30

October 30, 1906 – Composer and Disney Legend Paul Smith is Born

On October 30, 1906, composer Paul Smith was born in Calument, Michigan to a musical family. The family later moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where Smith’s father taught music at the College of Idaho. Smith’s musical ability emerged at an early age, and his father nurtured this by teaching his son to play a variety of instruments, including piano and violin. Smith enrolled in the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago in 1925; after graduation, he taught at Elmhurst College and York High School. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and earned a degree in English. After graduating, he wound up at the Walt Disney Studios in 1934, and became a pioneer in music for motion pictures, scoring for animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella, True-Life Adventure films such as The Vanishing Prairie and Perri, and live action features such as The Shaggy Dog and Pollyanna. Smith had over fifty credits to his name, and over the course of his career he scored eight Academy Award nominations, including one win for his work on the score of the film Pinocchio with Leigh Harline and Ned Washington. Smith retired in 1962 after almost thirty years with The Walt Disney Studios. On January 25, 1985, Smith passed away in Glendale, California. He was honored as a Disney Legend for his contributions to the Walt Disney Company in 1994.