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    Today, 5th May....

    1987: Disneyland introduces Disney Dollars, its exclusive line of currency featuring Mickey Mouse on the $1 bill and Goofy on the $5 bill.

    2005: Epcot's new Soarin' (a simulator attraction) officially opens as does the Disney-MGM Studios' Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.
    Cinderellabration officially debuts too - at the Magic Kingdom. Also officially debuting is Disney's Magical Express - a complimentary round-trip airport transfer for Disney World hotel guests.

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    Today, 6th May....

    1988: The second new World Showcase pavilion to be added to the original roster, Norway, opens at Disney World's EPCOT. It includes the Flording shop, Puffin's Roost shop, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe restaurant, and the Restaurant Akershus.

    2005: Legendary Disney artist and writer Joe Grant passes away days before his 97th birthday at his home in Glendale, California. His work ranged from the early classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, and Dumbo to modern animated features such as The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, and The Incredibles.

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    Today, 7th May....

    1973: Neel Tyree replaces Jerry Siggins and begins performing with the Dapper Dans of Walt Disney World (the popular barbershop quartet who appear in the Magic Kingdom).

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    Today, 8th May....

    1960: Jennifer Miller-Goff, Walt Disney's granddaughter, is born in Los Angeles County, California.

    2008: One hundred Central Florida students are honored as Disney Dreamers & Doers during its 25th anniversary ceremony at Epcot. The finalists were selected from 400 students nominated by schools in Orange, Lake, Polk, Osceola and Seminole counties.

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    Today, 9th May....

    1954:
    Walt Disney's daughter Diane marries USC football player Ron Miller at the All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, California. The "football" ceremony features a minister who was a former player & coach, and a five-tier cake topped with female and male football players. (Diane and Ron will have seven children.)

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    1959: Walt Disney's daughter Sharon marries Robert B. Brown (a designer with an architectural firm) at the Presbyterian Church in Pacific Palisades, California. A reception follows at the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills.

    2008: Disney's Hollywood Studios previews Toy Story Mania for annual passholders only. The new 3-D attraction will officially open May 31.

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    Today, 11th May....

    1944: Columbia Pictures' Once Upon a Time is released. Starring Cary Grant, the film tells the story of a boy, his dancing caterpillar, and the man who wants to make them famous. Walt Disney's name is mentioned throughout the film and there's even a scene of Walt (played by actor Walter Fenner), over long-distance phone from Hollywood, offering $100,000 for the caterpillar!

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    Today, 12th May....

    1932:The Mickey Mouse film Mickey's Revue is released. Pluto and Horace Horsecollar also appear. Goofy appears for the very first time - but with the name Dippy Dawg.

    1934: Winnie-the-Bear (the real life inspiration for Winnie-the Pooh) passes away at the London Zoo at the ripe old age of 20 (a good life span for a bear).

    2007: Happy 75th birthday Goofy!

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    Today, 13th May....

    1997: The London production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" premieres at the Dominion Theatre.

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    Today, 14th May....

    1942: Academy Award-winning composer and songwriter Frank Churchill passes away in California. In December 1930, he joined The Walt Disney Studios where he scored nearly 65 animated shorts and wrote such timeless tunes as "Whistle While You Work," "Heigh-Ho" and "Someday My Prince Will Come."

    1972: In Los Angeles, Sotheby's holds the first auction devoted to Disneyana

    2005: Sadly, a 26-year-old African elephant whose calf died in its womb last month at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, dies from a uterine infection.

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