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    Today, 16th February....

    1993: Sharon M. Disney Lund, the second daughter of the late Walt Disney, passes away of complications from cancer at age 56. She had been a director of The Walt Disney Company since 1984.

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    Today, 17th February....

    2006: Air Force One carrying U.S. President Bush touches down at Orlando International Airport (just in time for rush hour on busy Interstate 4). From there the president is transported to Disney's Contemporary Resort to speak at a $500-a-plate dinner (a fundraiser for Republicans).

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    Today, 18th February....

    1989:The TV series The Golden Girls airs "Two Rode Together."
    In this episode the girls take a trip to Disney World.

    2002: Disney World celebrates Presidents' Day with the official dedication of the updated Hall of Presidents attraction (which now includes an Audio-Animatronics figure of President George W. Bush). Fifty students from Lost Lake Elementary School (in Lake County) lead cast members and park guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Disney World Philharmonic Orchestra and Voices of Liberty choral group perform patriotic music.

    2004: The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company announces that they have entered into an agreement under which Disney will acquire the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties from Henson.

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    Today, 19th February....

    1985: Mickey Mouse is welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. (The touring mouse will visit 30 cities in 30 days.)

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    Today, 20th February....

    1985: Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck, passes at age 80
    of leukemia in California. (The tombstone of the grave he will
    share with his wife Margaret - who will pass in 1993 - will depict a carving of Donald and Daisy Duck holding hands.)


    1999: Downtown Disney Pleasure Island presents The Gap Band performing on the West End Stage.


    2002: It is reported that a brand new tombstone has been placed in the graveyard at the entrance to Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion. The tombstone, the last one you will see when entering the attraction, is dedicated to Leota.

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    Today, 21st February....

    2002: A sneak preview is held at the Disney Gallery (located in Disneyland) for an exhibit featuring 100 images of Mickey Mouse by artist and former Disney Imagineer Eric Robison.

    A Disneyland monorail stalls on a 25-foot high track, briefly stranding 65 passengers. The guests are led down to the ground by firefighters using ladders!

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    Today, 22nd February....

    1996: Disney Online launches Disney.com, a Web site designed to promote a wide range of Disney products on the Internet.

    2001: At Disney World, a bird's nest catches fire on top of the Tommorowland Transit Authority attraction, forcing the ride to close for a short time. People onboard the ride are evacuated as a precaution and no one is injured.

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    Today, 23rd February....

    1939 Walt Disney receives a special Academy Award for his classic 83-minute animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Academy Awards. Shirley Temple presents Walt with one statuette and seven miniature statuettes for "a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon."

    1940: Disney's Pinocchio is generally released in the U.S.

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    Today, 24th February....

    1985: The Disney Clothiers shop opens in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

    2003: It is reported that baggage searches at Walt Disney World parks (which began after September 11, 2001) may continue for a long time. Disney has begun building a permanent bag check area at the Magic Kingdom to take the place of the folding tables now being used.

    2005: Star Wars filmmaker Geroge Lucas visits the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.

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    Today, 25th February....

    1939: One of the most prominent and influential architects of the first half of 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright visits the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood for an informal discussion with Walt's staff.

    1991: The Bearly Asleep shop, located in Disney World's Frontierland, closes.

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