George Borgfeldt & Company

Roy Disney Signs Contract for Disney Merchandising with George Borgfeldt & Company

With the great success of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney knew Mickey was destined for merchandise superstardom and began seeking a manufacturer. Certainly Mickey would prove profitable, as there was already bootleg Mickey merchandise on the market. Walt was particularly interested in teaming up with George Borgfeldt & Co. The Borgfeldt importing company was founded in 1881…

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Empty Nest

Empty Nest Debuts on TV

(cast pictured: David Leisure, Park Overall, Richard Mulligan, Kristy McNichol, Dinah Manoff)

Three years after The Golden Girls premiered, a spinoff about a golden boy debuted on this day in 1988. Empty Nest starred Richard Mulligan as Dr. Harry Weston, a widowed pediatrician, living with his neurotic daughter Carol (Dinah Manoff), and his dog, Dreyfuss, who lapped…

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks Premieres in London

With a bedknob, a broomstick, and the magic words “Treguna, Mekoides, and Tracorum Satis Dee,” moviegoers were first bewitched by Bedknobs and Broomsticks on this day in 1971 at the world premiere in London, England. The film was shown at the famed Odeon Theater in Leicester Square. The Odeon first opened its doors in 1937 and was home to many a movie premiere—its…

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Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Premieres

On this day in 1949, moviegoers were taken on a wild ride with the release of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. The film combined two stories, The Wind in the Willows, featuring Mr. Toad, an amphibian with a need for speed, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring a school teacher with a lot of class. This was the last of the “package” features, a format that…

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Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars Closes at Walt Disney World

Welcome space travelers. How’d you like to take a flight to the moon? When the attraction Flight to the Moon first debuted at Walt Disney World, man had never walked on the moon. By 1975 in Tomorrowland, a world of the future not the present, trips to the moon were passé, so Disney offered one better than a trip to the moon… now guests could take a trip to Mars. The…

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Underdog

Underdog is Released

Dog lovers everywhere couldn’t help but be charmed by Underdog, the story of a bumbling beagle who is kidnapped for guinea pig purposes by Capitol City’s evil Simon Bar Sinister. He escapes Bar Sinister’s evil clutches, but not before being exposed to mysterious substances that not only enable him to speak but that also give him the powers of a Super Hero. Adopted by a…

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photo of Mickey Mouse in front of Anaheim Convention Center for first ever D23 EXPO September 10, 2009

Inaugural D23 Expo Opens at Anaheim Convention Center

With 815,000 square feet of exhibit space spanning three floors, genuine superstar appearances—including Nicolas Cage, Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, and Johnny Depp in full Jack Sparrow regalia—and more than 80 presentations, panels, and screenings, the first-ever D23 Expo delivered enough pixie dusted magic to please any Disney fan. For the first of four whirlwind…

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D23 Officially Launches

Before this day in 2009, Disney had never had an official fan organization. In preparation for its launch, marketing and promotional materials merely asked, “Are you 23?” And so, with thousands of fans gathered at the Shareholders’ Meeting in Oakland, California, Disney President and CEO Bob Iger announced, “We have a fantastic legacy that started in 1923 and is based…

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Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Step right up to learn about Toy Story Midway Mania!, the carnival-inspired 4-D interactive attraction based on the worlds of the Toy Story films. The games began on this day in 2008, and here are some fun facts for you to toy around with: Did you know that guests are meant to experience life at the size of a toy, so in Andy’s room, a 5′ 6″ person will feel about 14″…

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The Dream Suite

The Dream Suite Opens in New Orleans Square at Disneyland

As part of the Year of a Million Dreams marketing promotion at the Disneyland Resort, the rooms above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in New Orleans Square were remodeled into the extravagant Dream Suite. Guests of the Resort, chosen at random, would win the opportunity to spend a night in the lavish 2,600-square-foot quarters. Although conceived by Walt Disney…

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