Chicago Proclaims ‘Walt Disney Day’ at Home of Disney’s Birth

The restoration and preservation of Walt and his brother Roy’s birthplace and home officially got underway today, on Walt Disney’s 112th birthday, at a press conference held at the historic site.  Alderman Rey Colon was on hand along with homeowners Brent Young and Dina Benadon to kick off the year-long meticulous process of restoring the home to its 1901 state, when Walt was born. As part of the celebration, Mayor Emanuel proclaimed it Walt Disney Day in Chicago.

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Kickstarter Campaign to Restore Home Where Walt Disney Was Born

Walt Disney Home concept art by Clara MoonJust outside Chicago, built by his father Elias Disney in 1893, stands the house in which both Walt Disney and his older brother Roy were born and spent the early years of their lives. The decades since have brought significant wear and tear to the building and now the current property owners — Dina Benadon and Brent Young — are seeking to restore the home to its original glory to preserve its history and honor the legends from whence they came.

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D23′s Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (Photos, Video)

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at MSI

Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company celebrated its 90th anniversary commemorating the date Roy and Walt Disney signed the contracts to produce the ‘Alice Comedies.’ In Chicago, the city in which Walt Disney himself was born, the anniversary was honored by the opening of the ‘D23 Presents the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).

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‘Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ Exhibit to Open at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at MSI ChicagoD23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, an exhibition which encompasses nearly 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on October 16, 2013 (the actual 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company) and continues through February 17, 2014.

Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago’s native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features many artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public—including drawings; props; costumes; artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films; plus items from contemporary Disney milestones.

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Leonard Maltin to Moderate ‘Peter Pan’ Panel for Disney D23 Members; Limited National Screenings Announced

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayIn honor of Peter Pan: Diamond Edition taking flight on February 5, 2013, Disney D23 — the official club for Disney fans — has announced some very special events including a panel to take place ahead of the screening at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 11th.

Moderated by noted film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, the panel is set to include Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy), Ted Thomas (son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo) and Margaret Kerry (live-action reference model for Tinker Bell).

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Disney Takes Center Stage at Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.

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Free Allstar Weekend Performance Highlights Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile Lights’ Festival; Phineas and Ferb Also to Appear

Radio Disney AM 1300 kicks off the holiday season in Chicago with a day of fun for kids and families on Saturday, November 20, at the 19th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by Harris. The day of special events will bring fans face to face with some of their favorite stars, including Allstar Weekend and the “Phineas and Ferb” walk-around characters.

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Epcot’s 2010 ‘Sounds Like Summer’ Concert Line-up Announced

Sounds like SummerThe Walt Disney World resort has provided us with the (almost) full line-up of the annual Sounds Like Summer concert series at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre. Admission to the concert series which features established cover bands is free with paid admission to the park. This year’s series runs from June 12 through July 31 and includes the following acts:

  • June 12 – June 19: Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  • June 20 – June 26: Hotel California (Eagles)
  • June 27 – July 3: Karin Lawson (Janet Jackson)
  • July 4 – July 10: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

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‘The Princess And The Frog’ Merchandise Sales Exceed Projections; New Disney Store Promotion

GLENDALE, CA — November 17, 2009 — Weeks before the theatrical release of Disney’s upcoming animated feature The Princess and the Frog, the excitement for film-inspired merchandise is already building in a big way as anticipation for the film intensifies. Since its launch just a few weeks ago, the merchandise has already begun out-selling other Disney Princess items by double digit percentages. At Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com, the Princess Tiana Halloween costume and role-play dress were best sellers. At major retailers, top sellers include The Princess and the Frog-inspired dolls, play sets and books. The Princess and the Frog toys have also captured industry praise as the Princess Tiana doll tops FunFare magazine’s “Holiday Hot Dozen” list and the Toys”R”Us “Fabulous 15″ Holiday list.

The Princess and the Frog introduces Disney’s newest princess character in more than ten years and the first African-American Disney princess. The product line from Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is supporting the film with a wide range of products spanning toys, fashion, home décor, food, personal care, beauty, stationery, books and an assortment for adults including collectibles, art, bridal wear and couture fashion.

“It is typical with any major Disney film to see movie-inspired product available as early as six weeks prior to the film’s release, and the same is true for The Princess and the Frog,” stated Mary Beech, vice president franchise development and marketing for Disney Consumer Products. “However, the historic release of The Princess and the Frog film has generated tremendous consumer excitement well in advance of the film – and sales thus far have exceeded projections, something that is remarkable for characters that fans are not yet completely familiar with.”

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Mickey Mouse Sports New Outfit at Chicago Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Event

Mickey Mouse appears ready to set sail at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day paradeAt an appearance at the State Street Macy’s store in Chicago this weekend, Mickey Mouse greeted fans in a brand new outfit inspired by the ‘Sailor Mickey’ helium balloon which will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Minnie Mouse was also in attendance, wearing the white sailor’s outfit you’ll find her in aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships.

Thanks to Disney Dad Bret Caldwell for the photo.

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