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    Today, 25th April....

    1961: Disney's loan from the Bank of America is finally paid off. Revenue from movies can now go directly to Walt Disney Productions.

    1972: Academy Award-winning actor George Sanders, the voice of Disney's Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (and the husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor) passes away.

    2003: The 10th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off at Walt Disney World.

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    Today, 26th April....

    1998: The Wonderful World of Disney airs "Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure." The one-hour television special gives viewers a
    first look at the new Florida theme park.

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    Today, 27th April....

    2008: A massive crowd of teens turn out in Long Beach, California for the first open casting call for ABC's new summer reality TV series (tentatively titled), Disney's "High School Musical: Summer Session."

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    Today, 28th April....

    1989: A Typhoon Lagoon sneak preview takes place for members of the press. (The new Disney World water park will open June 1.)

    1997: The restaurant in Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle is renamed Cinderella's Royal Table. Although originally called King Stefan's Banquet Hall - King Stefan was actually Sleeping Beauty's father ... not Cinderella's!

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    Today, 29th April....

    1994: The first phase of Disney World's All-Star Sports Resort, Surf's Up (locatedat 1991 West Buena Vista Drive) opens. A haven for sports fans, the Florida resort will eventually consist of 5 themed hotels (10 buildings in all) each bordered by a giant sports icon.

    2000: Actor Michael J. Fox pays a visit to Walt Disney World to add his handprints to the Disney-MGM Studios collection.

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    Today, 30th April....

    1969: During a press conference at the Ramada Inn on Highway 50 in Ocoee, Florida (a little suburb on the outskirts of Orlando), Donn B. Tatum (president of Walt Disney World Co.) details the more than 3 years of planning for a "Destination Vacation". It has been two years since special legislation had been passed to allow Disney to build its Florida project, and now the Disney Company has rented out the entire Ramada Inn for Walt Disney World's official first press event. A large circus tent outside the hotel is filled with models and artist renderings of Walt Disney World for this three-day gala. Among the Disney officials in attendance is Walt's brother Roy O. Disney and Disney publicist Charlie Ridgway. A 16-mm 17-minute film titled Walt Disney World - Phase 1 is screened at the Parkwood Cinema Theater. It shows the master plan and artists' depictions for a theme park (which will open in 1971).

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    Today, 1st April....

    1940: Walter E. Disney, of Los Angeles, receives patent #2,201,689 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, for the "art of animation" camera. The multiplane camera allows for a more realistic three-dimensional image as well as depth and richness to the animation. The device uses up to seven layers of artwork (painted in oils on glass) shot under a vertical and moveable camera.

    1983: Card Walker steps down as chairman of Disney, turning the job over to Ray Watson.

    1986: At EPCOT, The Good Turn Restaurant (opened in The Land since the park's debut in 1982) closes. It will become Garden Grille Restaurant.

    1989: The Disney-MGM Studios theme park at Walt Disney World
    (located south of EPCOT) opens to the public. It is Disney's 5th theme park in the world. Although it rains throughout the day, the park is packed. It is the largest opening day press event in Disney World history. Attractions in the park include Walt Disney Studios Animation Studios (where guests can watch story personnel, animators, artists and technicians produce motion pictures), The Great Movie Ride, SuperStar Television, and The Monster
    Sound Show.

    1989: Disney World's Pleasure Island officially opens on this day(although Disney has been admitting guests since April 28.)

    2001: Animal Kingdom's thrill ride Countdown to Extinction changes its name to Dinosaur!.

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    Today, 2nd May....

    1982: Today is the first day of EPCOT Center site tours for Cast Members and their families. Narrated tours for the soon-to-be-open theme park leave every half hour. (EPCOT will have its grand debut on October 1.)

    1993:The Theater of the Stars, a 1500 seat amphitheater located just to the right of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in the Disney-MGM
    Park, temporarily closes. It will be moved to make way for the construction of the new Sunset Boulevard area.

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    Today, 3rd May....

    1994: Disney announces plans to create a cruise line.

    2003: James Brown (the Godfather of Soul) performs at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney, Florida on his 70th birthday. He will visit Disney World the following day.

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    Today, 4th May....

    1944:
    Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse since 1985, is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (She is married to Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey!)

    2001: For 4 consecutive weekends beginning on this day, the Disney-MGM Studios joins forces with Lucasfilm Ltd. to present the second annual Star Wars Weekends. With the popular Star Tours attraction, Hollywood-style motorcades and star conversations, a Cantina Street Party and
    celebrity autograph sessions, MGM is transformed into a Force-filled fan-fest.

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