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July 2

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July 2, 2010 – The Film Captain EO Returns to Epcot

“We are here to change the world.”

On July 2, 2010, in remembrance of pop star Michael Jackson, the 3D musical film Captain EO returned to Epcot for a limited engagement, running until December 6, 2015. This was the film’s first return to Epcot after closing on July 6, 1994. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Rusty Lemorande, and executively produced by George Lucas. It starred Michael Jackson as Captain EO, Anjelica Huston as the Supreme Leader, and Dick Shawn as Commander Bog.


August 27

August 27, 2002 – The Tribute Album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“I only have eye for you, I love your skin so blue.”

On August 27, 2002, the tribute album to the Pixar animated feature film Monsters, Inc., entitled Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites was released through Walt Disney Records. The songs on the album were recorded by American Western and comedy band Riders in the Sky, who started their relationship with Pixar after performing the song “Woody’s Round-Up” in the film Toy Story 2. The Scream Factory Favorites album featured songs based on the film, and the instrumental piece “Big High Wire Hop,” which was featured in the short film that premiered before Monsters, Inc., For the Birds. The album would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

July 10

July 10, 1981 – The Short Tribute Film Once Upon a Mouse is Released

“…we invite you to relive with us the story telling magic, the wit, the wisdom, the humor, the understanding of a very special person who gave the world a timeless and universal art form.”

On July 10, 1981, the tribute short film Once Upon a Mouse was released. A joint production between Kramer/Rocklin Studios and Walt Disney Productions, this short was released to honor the Disney Studios’ twentieth animated feature film. It is a mix of clips from Disney animated features, short films, and clips from Disneyland, showcasing Disney Studios from its early days to the status it had in the early 1980s.

May 13

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May 13, 2008 – The Disney Tribute Album Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is Released by Singer Kerry Butler

“Fathers were born to pay, and princesses get their way.”

On May 13, 2008, the Disney tribute album Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust by Broadway singer and recording artist Kerry Butler was released through P.S. Classics. This album showcased Butler’s favorite Disney songs, along with two songs that were originally unreleased: “Call Me a Princess” originally intended for Aladdin, and “This Only Happens in the Movies,” which Alan Menken had written for Who Framed Roger Rabbit; this recording of the latter was its inaugural recording of the cut track. Butler’s ties to Disney also go back to 1995 when she played Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast until 1997.

May 1

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May 1, 1989 – The Quick-Service Shop Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction Opens


“Dinosaur Gertie’s…was built as a tribute to ‘Gertie the Dinosaur,’ one of the first well-known animated cartoon stars.”

On May 1, 1989, the quick-service ice-cream shop Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. The shop sells several well-known Disney park favorites, including a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar and a Waffle Cone. The shop was built as a tribute to Windsor McCay’s “Gertie the Trained Dinosaur,” one of the first popular characters in the history of animated film. Walt considered McCay and his creation to be pioneers in the field of the animated film. There are also dinosaur footprints in the concrete leading to the shop, attesting to the attention to detail each Imagineer brings to a project.