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October 28

October 28, 2009 – The Development of the Video Game Epic Mickey is Announced

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“I want to bring [Mickey’s] personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with the video game players worldwide.” – Warren Spector, Creative Director and Vice President of Junction Point

On October 28, 2009, the newly acquired Junction Point game development studio announced the creation of a new game that would take the classic “forgotten” characters and the return of Mickey Mouse’s old personality. The game, Epic Mickey, places the mouse in an area called the Wasteland, a ruined world that was cared for by Disney’s first creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The game is of significant importance to Disney, as this is the first appearance of Oswald since Walt Disney lost rights to the character back in 1928. The game would go on to be released in November of 2010.


October 11

October 11, 1955 –The First Ticket Books are Offered at Disneyland

“This ticket book is your passport to many wonderful adventures in the Happiest Place on Earth.”

On October 11, 1955, the first ticket books were offered at Disneyland. The books had a set of tickets labeled from A to C, and cost $2.50. D tickets were added to the book in 1956, and E tickets – for the most popular rides in the park – were added in 1959. A tickets were for the least popular rides, and the popularity rating for each attraction went up with the ticket. The tickets were phased out in the late 1970s, due to other theme parks implementing a “unlimited use” policy of attractions after paying the initial admission fee. Although not in use today, the term “E Ticket” is still used by cast members and guest alike to describe the most popular attractions in the park. Tokyo Disneyland also used a version of the ticket books until 2001, until they too were phased out.

August 21

August 21, 2011 – Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Live Show Begins


“Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!”

On August 21, 2011, the live touring production Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! began its run in Lakeland, Florida. It was a ninety-minute production featuring the characters from the hit Disney Channel Original Series, with actors in costumes playing the parts. The show mostly featured songs from the series, including “Everything’s Better with Perry” and “Summer Belongs to You,” as well as Broadway standards, such as “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story and “One” from A Chorus Line; an original song called “We’re Gonna Put On a Show!” was written just for the production. The production ended after two touring seasons, with its last performance taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 17, 2013.

July 18

July 18, 1965 – The Audio-Animatronic Attraction Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Opens in Disneyland


“Revel in the recitations of President Abraham Lincoln that changed history and helped shape a nation.”

On July 18, 1965, the Audio-Animatronic attraction Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opened in Disneyland’s Main Street area. The attraction was created for the New York World’s Fair, presented at the State of Illinois pavilion. Lincoln was a hero of Walt Disney’s when he was a boy, and was the perfect pick for a presidential tribute at the time. After the World’s Fair, the popularity of this and the other Disney-created attractions made way for these attractions to be placed within Disneyland. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was closed in 1973 to be replaced with The Walt Disney Story, but the popularity of the attraction demanded its return; it was brought back as The Walt Disney Story Featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in 1975. The original voice of the attraction was actor Royal Dano, who had performed as Lincoln in several films due to his uncanny resemblance. In 2001, the attraction underwent a major restoration effort, with the voice actor changing to Warren Burton, and a few changes made to the story.


July 10

July 10, 1955 – The Character Scamp Appears in the Disney Comic Strip


“Merry Christmas Uncle Trusty and Uncle Jock!”

On July 10, 1955, the character Scamp appeared in the Disney comic strip series Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, which was used to promote upcoming Disney films. The strip on this day was promoting the film Lady and the Tramp, with Scamp appearing in the final panel as one of Lady and Tramp’s puppies. Although not named in the film nor this strip, the character was given a name in October of that year, when he began appearing in his own daily strip which ran until 1988.

June 24

June 24, 2011 – The Pixar Short Film Hawaiian Vacation is Released to Theaters


“Eh, I should have seen this coming.”

On June 24, 2011, the Pixar short film Hawaiian Vacation was released to theaters alongside the full-length animated feature Cars 2. The short is part of the Toy Story Toons series which includes the characters from the hit Toy Story franchise in an all-new adventure; it was filmed in CinemaScope and was released in 3D and IMAX versions. It was directed by Gary Rydstrom, and features the voice talents of Jodi Benson as Barbie, Michael Keaton as Ken, Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex, and John Ratzenberger as Hamm.

The short begins at the beginning of Bonnie’s winter break, and Woody has called a meeting with the toys to discuss what will happen when Bonnie flies off to Hawaii. Everyone lays out their vacation plans: Trixie and Rex have set up profiles for an online role playing game; Buttercup, Hamm, and Chuckles are playing cards; Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are spending the week together (although Mr. Potato Head makes sure he can still play cards with the trio); and the aliens audition for Mr. Pricklepants’ new show. Bonnie soon arrives back in her room, grabs her suitcase, and quickly departs. Unfortunately, she left behind her backpack, where Barbie and Ken were stowed away, hoping to go to Hawaii. They actually think they’re in Hawaii, and think Woody and the gang have joined them there. When Woody breaks the news to Ken and Barbie that they’re in Bonnie’s bedroom, Ken does not take the news well.

Ken looks out the window in despair as Bonnie heads off to Hawaii without him and Barbie

Ken looks out the window in despair as Bonnie heads off to Hawaii without him and Barbie

Barbie lets the others know that Ken had spent months planning this vacation, including where they would have their very first kiss, although Ken doesn’t know that she knows. Woody is touched by Ken’s surprise for Barbie, and decides to help them have the perfect “Hawaii vacation” in Bonnie’s bedroom. Every toy plays a part in the plan (which includes the return of Spanish Buzz). When it comes time for the kiss, Woody and the gang sets up the beach for the pair, but Barbie decides to take Ken outside in the snow. The two walk off together, and fall off the deck into the snow. There’s a moment of silence before Hamm declares that he’ll go get the shovel.

June 21

June 21, 1961 – The Live-Action Film The Parent Trap is Released to Theaters


“The nerve of her! Coming here with your face!”

On June 21, 1961, the live-action feature film The Parent Trap was released to theaters. It was based on the German children’s book Das doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kästner. The film is well-known for its use of split-screen shots to help create the illusion of twins, both played by Hayley Mills. The special effects were credited to Ub Iwerks, who was well known at this time for his technical innovations. The movie also includes three songs by famed songwriting duo the Sherman Brothers: “The Parent Trap” sung by Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands (who were filming Babes in Toyland at the time); “For Now, For Always” performed by Maureen O’Hara; and “Let’s Get Together” performed by Hayley Mills (with a short version heard at the camp dance by Annette Funicello). The film was quite successful on its release, and even more successful in its rerelease to theaters in 1968. The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards: Sound, and Film Editing. Although set in Boston and California, the film was mostly shot in California, with scenes at Mitch’s ranch filmed at the Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon. The film was adapted and directed by David Swift, who would go on to write the screenplay for the 1998 remake of the film. The original film stars Hayley Mills as Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick, Maureen O’Hara as Margaret McKendrick, Brian Keith as Mitch Evers, Joanna Barnes as Vicky Robinson, and Una Merkel as Verbena.

The film begins with Sharon McKendrick arriving at Camp Inch from her home in Boston. She is soon taken to her cabin and meets her bunkmates Betsy and Ursula. They soon make their way to the mess hall for lunch, where Sharon soon bumps into a girl who looks exactly like her. At lunch, a camp dance is announced with Thunderhead Boys’ Camp, much to the excitement of the girls. Miss Inch, the owner of the camp, declares that girls who get enough demerits will not be allowed to attend. Later on, Sharon comes across the girl again, and when the girl (named Susan) mocks her, war begins between Sharon and Susan, including their bunkmates. Susan and her friends decide to trash Sharon’s cabin; the untidiness keeps them from the dance. Sharon, Betsy, and Ursula watch angrily as the dance goes on, and Ursula comes up with an idea. As Susan steps onto the deck with her date, the girls cut the back of her dress off, exposing her underwear. Susan’s friends try to cover her up, and bring her outside. The war comes to a head where the two girls attack each other, and the fight heads inside where they knock over the records, and ruin all of the food. The two are then given their punishment: they will spend the rest of the summer together, beginning with rooming in the isolation cabin named “Serendipity.”

One stormy day, the girls bond and discover that they really are identical twin sisters

One stormy day, the girls bond and discover that they really are identical twin sisters

One stormy day, Susan is hanging pictures when a large gust of wind blows her pictures across the floor. When Sharon helps her, Susan thanks her sincerely, and the two begin to talk. They share stories of their home lives, and when Sharon sees a picture of Susan’s father, she suddenly gets goosebumps. She puts the pieces together, and shows Susan a picture of her mother. Susan asks why Sharon has a picture of her mother, and the two finally realize that they are sisters. Later, the two speculate why their parents split up, although they can’t understand why they would want to have broken up. Suddenly, Susan gets an idea: the two would switch places to meet the other parent. Sharon believes that if they switch, they’ll have to be unswitched, and they’ll bring their parents back together. They start teaching each other about their lives, and by the time the summer ends, they’re ready to switch.

Susan soon arrives in Boston, and is greeted warmly by her grandfather. She then meets her mother, Margaret, and is quite in shock when she does. Margaret makes comments on her daughter’s seemingly odd behavior, as it seems like “Sharon” had never seen her before, before finishing getting ready for her various meetings. Susan tricks her mother into staying home from her meetings, and the two go for a picnic in a park. Susan then asks for information on her father, and finds out information about their first date at a restaurant called Martinelli’s and the song they consider “their song.” Meanwhile, Sharon arrives in California and meets her father, Mitch, for the first time. Although initially nervous and flustered, she soon starts asking him a barrage of questions. He then attempt to have a serious talk with her, but doesn’t get very far. Sharon then meets ranch hand Hecky and housekeeper Verbena, with the latter thinking that something is very different with her. Her suspicions are further aroused when Susan’s dog Andromeda acts rather antagonistic towards Sharon. Sharon hears a strange woman’s voice when she enters the house, and acts Verbena about the woman she saw. Verbena doesn’t like the woman, and doesn’t hesitate to let Sharon know.

Sharon meets Vicky for the first time, though she realizes this gives her a huge problem with the plan

Sharon meets Vicky for the first time, though she realizes this gives her a huge problem with the plan

Sharon finally meets Vicky, Mitch’s young paramour, and a gold-digger to boot. Sharon tries to drive Vicky away, claiming that Mitch likes to “play the field,” although Vicky isn’t convinced. At three in the morning, Boston time, Susan waits for Sharon’s phone call. Sharon tries to warn Susan about Vicky, but Susan doesn’t listen and orders Sharon to bust up the relationship between Vicky and Mitch, as she refuses to give up her time with her mother. The next day, Mitch tries to tell Sharon that he wants to marry Vicky, although Sharon starts asking questions about her mother. Mitch tries to brush off her questions, thinking she wants the “sex talk.” She quickly changes the subject, trying to get him to talk about her mother instead, but he’s so flustered that he goes back to his golf game. They spend the rest of the day together, and Mitch finally gets the nerve to talk about marrying Vicky. Sharon storms off before he can get the words out and starts talking to herself, but Verbena overhears and starts questioning the girl. Sharon finally admits that she’s Sharon, not Susan, and Verbena promises to keep it a secret.

Mitch once again tries to talk to Sharon, but Sharon doesn’t take the news well. Vicky offers to have a talk with her one on one, and while the talk begins calmly, when Sharon points out that Vicky wants to marry Mitch for his money, Vicky becomes antagonistic. Later that night, Sharon sends a telegram to Susan, asking her to wait for her call again at 3 AM. When the two talk, Susan’s grandfather listens into the call, and corners Susan when she leaves the study. Revealing that he knows everything, Susan admits everything. Finally at the breakfast table the next morning, she admits the truth to everyone. Margaret is overcome with emotion for seeing Susan for the first time in over a decade, and the two talk about what really happened between Margaret and Mitch. Margaret and Susan pack to go to California, and Margaret’s father surreptitiously convinces her to change her look to keep up with the times in his way of helping Susan and Sharon’s plan on getting their parents back together.

Mitch is surprised to find Margaret in his house, and in his bathrobe

Mitch is surprised to find Margaret in his house, and in his bathrobe

Susan and Margaret soon arrive in California, and Sharon breaks the news to them about Mitch’s engagement, which visibly upsets Margaret, although she tries her best to cover it up. When Mitch returns, he starts chewing out Susan, with Susan catching on to how Sharon had been acting around the house. Soon after, Vicky, her mother Edna, and the Reverend Dr. Mosby arrive to talk with Mitch and see the house. Mitch goes upstairs to shower, leaving Susan to play hostess. He is unaware that Margaret has just used his bathroom to take a shower, and she slips out before he enters, wearing his bathrobe. Susan grabs Margaret so she can take a glimpse of Vicky. When Mitch finally goes downstairs, he spies Margaret running around outside, and is shocked enough that he trips over a table and drops the drinks he’s holding. When he takes the group on a tour of the outside, he spies Margaret again, and trips into the outdoor pond. He is pulled out of the water and heads inside to confront Margaret and Susan.

When Mitch gets inside, the two have a polite reunion before they start arguing loudly. Mitch is interrupted by Susan, and he suddenly realizes that Susan and Sharon are in his house. Margaret tells him of their plan to switch places, and he is thrilled that he was able to meet Sharon for the first time in years. Margaret sends the two girls away so she and Mitch can talk alone. Mitch is angry that Margaret would show up now of all times, but Margaret starts acting coy. The two then start arguing again, and she threatens to punch him, and when he starts manhandling her, she punches him in the eye. When she tries to study his eye, the Reverend walks in, and Mitch quickly tries to explain the situation, although he introduces Margaret as his wife. The Reverend takes a shine to Margaret, and seems to find humor in the entire situation. Margaret then decides to go change into something a little more comfortable than Mitch’s bathrobe; while away, Vicky informs Mitch that she is not at all thrilled with the situation and demands that she not stay the night.

The girls recreate their parents' first date and entertain them with a floor show

The girls recreate their parents’ first date and entertain them with a floor show

Edna and Vicky soon make an excuse to leave, uncomfortable with Margaret’s appearance. Later, Susan, Sharon, and Verbina convince Hecky to help them with the next step of their plan: recreating the first date. Mitch goes out onto the patio, as instructed, and sees the setup. When Margaret arrives, the two sit down and have a terse interaction. However, they stop talking when the girls step out to perform a song for the couple. After their show, they leave the couple alone to have dinner. Margaret then tells Mitch that the girls are trying to recreate their first date, including their first song. Mitch starts reminiscing about their fights in their marriage, stating that they wouldn’t have lasted anyway, and that it was a mistake in the beginning, which upsets Margaret. The two argue again, and Margaret starts to storm off, but she stops herself. She lets him know that she’s leaving in the morning with Sharon, and sincerely wishes him the best with his marriage with Vicky.

The next day, the twins have come up with a new plan: they come down the stairs in matching outfits, with no one able to tell them apart. They inform their parents that neither girl is going back to Boston, they’re all going on the campout together, and will let them know which is Susan and which is Sharon when they get back. Vicky is furious that Mitch is going off with Margaret, and Margaret agrees. She then suggests that Vicky goes in Margaret’s place. The girls are angry about this development, and Vicky isn’t thrilled either. While hiking up to the campsite, the girls play a prank of Vicky with a lizard on top of a water bottle. She threatens the girls when Mitch isn’t listening, so they decide to up the ante with their pranks. Vicky is miserable the entire time, although she says she’ll stick it out. Although Mitch lectures the girls on playing pranks, he secretly finds them hilarious. That night, the girls play one last prank, mimicking the prank that Susan played on Sharon when they first met. Vicky wakes up to find two bear cubs licking the honey on her feet, and starts trashing the campsite due to anger. She then slaps one of the twins, and decides not to marry Mitch after all, with Hecky driving her back to civilization.

After coming back to the ranch, Mitch finally realizes how much he missed Margaret, and how much he still loves her

After coming back to the ranch, Mitch finally realizes how much he missed Margaret, and how much he still loves her

The group goes back to the ranch, and Margaret asks Mitch what happened to Vicky. The girls apologize to Mitch about what they did to Vicky, then leave to let the two adults talk. Mitch suddenly realizes that he still has feelings for Margaret and, finding that the two are alone, he goes upstairs to shave and put on a nice outfit. He brings up a bottle of wine and turns on some nice music, and the mood turns to the romantic. He tells her that he misses the wet stockings she used to hang in the shower, his razor being dull from her use, her hairpins, and more of the little things about her. He then admits that he misses her, and they kiss. Meanwhile, upstairs, Susan shares a dream she had with Susan of their future: the remarriage of their mother and father.

May 24

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May 24, 2013 – The Monstrous Summer 24 Hour Event Starts at Disneyland and Walt Disney World


“Three Disney theme parks celebrate the beginning of summer with a ‘Monstrous’ bi-coastal All-Nighter.”

On May 24, 2013, to celebrate the release of the Pixar film Monsters University, the three American Disney Parks held an event called “Monstrous Summer,” where the parks were open for a full 24-hours of fun and exciting events. There were limited pieces of merchandise available only during this event, along with special character greetings, parades, and dance parties. A distinctive nighttime spectacular called “Celebrate the Magic” also began during this celebration, and lasted all summer, lighting Cinderella’s Castle with summer-themed images from Disney movies Lilo and Stitch and The Little Mermaid, with a few others. Sweet monster-themed treats were available as part of the celebration, including a Mike Wazowski cake-pop.

May 21

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May 21, 1984 – Clarence “Ducky” Nash is Honored at Grauman’s Chinese Theater


On May 21, 1984, Clarence “Ducky” Nash, original voice of Donald Duck, and the character himself were on hand at a special ceremony honoring Nash at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where Nash placed Donald Duck’s footprints in cement. Nash’s ceremony was the 150th ceremony held by the landmark theater, and coincided with the celebrations of Donald Duck’s 50th birthday. At the time, Nash had mostly retired from voicing the character, but joined in the festivities of the year honoring the character he brought to life.

May 2

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May 2, 2009 – The Disney Channel Original Series JONAS Premieres

img-thing”You gotta live to party, bust your move, everybody’s in the groove!”

On May 2, 2009, the Disney Channel Original Series JONAS premiered. The series featured the then-popular boy band The Jonas Brothers, and was similar in format to shows in the 1960s, such as The Monkees and The Partridge Family. The series tells the story of the band JONAS, featuring the Lucas brothers Joe, Kevin, and Nick, and how they try and manage regular teenage lives with superstardom. It was the second sitcom series in the DCOS lineup not to feature a live-studio audience or a laugh track. After being renewed for a second season, the series was renamed Jonas L.A., reflecting the change of venue to Los Angeles, California. The show lasted for two seasons with 34 episodes, and ended October 3, 2010. The series received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. The series was created by Michael Curtis and Roger S. H. Schulman, and starred Kevin Jonas as Kevin Lucas, Joe Jonas as Joe Lucas, Nick Jonas as Nick Lucas, Chelsea Staub as Stella Malone, Nicole Anderson as Macy Misa, and John Ducey as Tom Lucas.