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February 20

February 20, 2011 – The First TV Spot for Cars 2 Premieres During Daytona 500

“When you’re in over your headlights, only friends can be trusted.”

On February 20, 2011, the first television promotional advertisement for Pixar’s newest animated feature film, Cars 2, premiered during the broadcast of the Daytona 500. The spot gave viewers a glimpse of the action in the international feature, and introduces the character Finn McMissile, voiced by actor Michael Caine. The spot also heavily featured the character Mater, voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy. It was then announced that the film would be released on June 24th of that year.

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August 18

August 18, 2008 – The Jonas Brothers Unveil Their Wax Figures as Madame Tussauds

On August 18, 2008, the popular Disney Channel stars and pop boy band the Jonas Brothers unveiled their wax figure likenesses at Madam Tussauds in Washington DC. Fans of the band showed up to see the unveiling and to meet the boys – and their statues – in person. The statues, a testament to the band’s popularity, also acted as promotion for the band’s upcoming album A Little Bit Longer.

July 26

July 26, 1955 – Walt Disney and Fess Parker Appear on the Cover of Look Magazine

“In thirty years, Walt Disney has made more than 600 films, watched by a billion pairs of eyes.”

On July 26, 1955, the newest issue of Look Magazine was released, featuring Walt Disney and Fess Parker on the cover. This issue featured an eight-page spread about Walt Disney, the characters he brought to life through animation and television, and plans once Disneyland opened. Also featured was a snippet of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, and his travels around the country promoting the show.

July 11

July 11, 2011 – Perry the Platy-Bus Starts Journey with Celebration in New York City

“During ‘Perry the Platy-bus On Tour,’ fans are invited to marvel at nearly 4,000 pounds of Perry (complete with a bill, tail, and googly eyes), come aboard, play the exciting new Unity 3D video game…sing Perry-oke and more.”

On July 11, 2011, a special event was held in New York City to kick off the cross-country tour of Perry the Platy-Bus, a promotional bus designed to look like Phineas and Ferb character Perry the Platypus. Celebrating, and promoting, the upcoming television movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, the bus would make its way from New York to Comic-Con in San Diego. In attendance in New York to wish the bus well on its journey were Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, voice of Perry the Platypus Dee Bradley Baker, and voice of Isabella Alyson Stoner.

May 26

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May 26, 1990 – The Merchandise Spot Calling Dick Tracy Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Starring YOU…in your screen test debut.”

On May 26, the themed merchandise spot Calling Dick Tracy opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, the store was created to promote the live-action feature film Dick Tracy, which opened on June 15, 1990. The store gave guests a chance to star in their own Dick Tracy adventure and take home a video version. The store eventually closed on January 12, 1991, and was replaced with Legends of Hollywood.

March 31

March 31, 2012 – The Avengers-Themed Monorail Debuts in Walt Disney World

“…our partners at Marvel Studios are bringing Marvel’s The Avengers to Walt Disney World Resort this spring!”

On March 31, 2012, the day after the official announcement on the Walt Disney Parks Blog, the newly designed Avengers-themed monorail, affectionately known as the “Avengerail,” debuted in Walt Disney World. Featuring characters played by actors Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), the monorail promoted the film, which was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2012.

November 11

November 11, 1946 – Walt Disney Appears in Armistice Day Parade in Georgia

“Out of the past of every nation has come its folklore: simple tales handed down from generation to generation and made immortal by such names as Aesop, the brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson.”

On November 11, 1946, an Armistice Day parade was held in Atlanta, Georgia; Walt Disney made a special appearance in the parade, as he was there to promote his upcoming film Song of the South, which was to premiere the next day. Disney had worked extensively with the family of author Joel Chandler Harris, original author of the Uncle Remus Stories, since he acquired the rights in 1939, and had visited Atlanta often to get a feel for the area where the stories were set. The parade featured several floats and bands, as well as representations of the characters from the upcoming film.