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Mickey's first words: The first words Mickey ever spoke in a cartoon were: "hot dogs!" This was a subtle hat tip to Walt Disney, who absolutely L-O-V-E-D hot dogs.

Mickey Mouse found his voice in "The Karnival Kid". This cartoon, released in 1929 was the 9th film in the Mickey Mouse film series. During his first eight episodes of this series, Mickey vocalized himself by whistling, laughing, and crying. Ironically, Mickey's initial vocal effects words were uttered by composer Carl Stalling and not Walt Disney.

Speaking of hot dogs, Walt was incredibly sensitive about trash and the cleanliness of Disneyland. To determine where to place a trashcan, he would order a hot dog, eat it walking along the park, the place where he finished his hot dog would be a where he wanted a trashcan to be placed.

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Minnie and Mickey's Love Affair

The first time Minnie appeared alongside Mickey was in 1929 short called "Plane Crazy." In the short film, Mickey invites Minnie along for a ride in his plane. For Minnie, it was not love at first sight. When Mickey kissed her mid-flight, she parachutes out of the plane.

Soon after parachuting out of the plane, Mickey and Minnie kindled their romance. The first time Mickey referred to Minnie as his girlfriend was through song in 1929's Mickey's Follies where he sang that he "got a sweetie…she's my little Minnie Mouse."

Minnie and Mickey were once two of the same. Walt Disney provided the original voices for both Mickey and Minnie from 1929 to 1946.

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Disneyland's Toontown

Mickey Mouse was feeling trapped by fame. Between 1928 and 1931, he had made 30 cartoon shorts and he practically lived at the Studio. He decided to buy a suburban house in one of the exclusive "Toon Only" cities outside of Hollywood. Mickey's Disney friends moved out to the suburbs with him. To keep Mickey from driving everyday from Toon Town to Hollywood, Mickey decided to transform his barn into a studio. In 1990, the residents of Toontown decided to open it up for non-goon guests.

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Unofficial Special Event Days at Disney

1. DAPPER DAY

When the “Imagineers” were planning Disneyland in the 1950s, it was planned as a high-end attraction. The concept artists always envisioned families at the park dressed in their Sunday best – men wore suits, women wore skirts, and kids were seen running to the next attraction in dress shoes.
Designer Justin Jorgensen created Dapper Day, which asked that guests come to Disneyland dressed in mid-20th Century semi-formal attire.

2. GAY DAYS

In 1991, Orlando native Doug Swallow thought it would be fun to get some of his fellow gay friends together for a day at Disney World. Thinking others might want to join them, he decided to open it up to anyone in the gay community, with the stipulation that they “wear red and be seen.” News of the event spread through the community quickly, but Swallow was still only expecting 15 or 20 people to show up. Instead, on June 1, 1991, around 1,500 gays and lesbians attended the very first “Gay Day.”

Today, “Gay Days” fills an entire week in June, and has also expanded to Disneyland for the first weekend of October. With upwards of 150,000 people in red shirts from all over the world in Orlando, and around 30,000 for the weekend in Anaheim, Gay Days have become a true vacation destination for those in the LGBT community. Both events naturally include trips to the park, but there are parties hosted in the hotels, restaurants, bars, and other non-Disney tourist destinations in the area, helping bring in an estimated $100 million to Orlando's economy every year.

3. STAR WARS DAY

There's a parade that includes Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Stormtroopers, and plenty of other fun things to do, all inspired by a story from a galaxy far, far away.

Source: MentalFloss.com
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The History of Disneyland Fireworks

Disneyland is known for its amazing fireworks show. The daily Disneyland fireworks was a pyrotechnics show that began in 1956 and was called "Fantasy in the Sky". The original show was timed to coincide with a musical soundtrack that was played throughout Disneyland Park.

In 1961, Tinker Bell's flight over Sleeping Beauty Castle became a part of the fireworks show. Disney fireworks shows have featured many “flying” characters since then, including Mary Poppins and Dumbo, and a Nemo that swims across the sky.

Fireworks spectaculars received a millennium reinvention in late 1999 with “Believe … There’s Magic in the Stars,” which incorporated forms of narrative storytelling with enhanced choreography of the pyrotechnic effects. This breathtaking production was followed by the Christmas-themed “Believe … In Holiday Magic,” the 50th anniversary edition “Remember… Dreams Come True”, a spooky seasonal offering “Halloween Screams” (hosted by Jack Skellington of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), the enchanting production “Magical” (which brought Dumbo back to the skies), and last year’s re-invented “Fantasy In The Sky.”

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When you wish upon a star...Disneyland gets a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame

When Disneyland turned 50, it was given an Award of Excellence star adjacent to the Walk of Fame. The star is located just outside of the Disney Store and a few feet from The iconic El Capitan Theater.

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Finding Dory and Creating Hank

Hank, the octopus in Finding Dory, is the first kind of (NEW) animation that Pixar's ever done.

Creating Hank involved a back and forth collaboration between art and animation to create the perfect tentacles. A year passed before the tentacles were presentable to the directors. The rest is Disney History.

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Aurora: A Quiet Princess

Aurora speaks less than any lead character in a Disney cartoon feature except the silent Dumbo. She has only about 18 lines of dialogue and doesn't speak even after she's awakened from her magical slumber.

Fast Fact Sleeping Beauty was Disney's last cartoon based on a fairy tale for 30 years, until 1989's "The Little Mermaid."

Listen to Aurora's storey here:
http://princess.disney.com/auroras-story

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Mickey and Minnie Get H-O-T

Disney attractions boost two kinds of characters: face characters and fur characters. Fur characters wear giant, fuzzy costumes. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are fur characters. They communicate solely through gestures. Face characters include princesses, fairies, and other human like characters.

Fur costumes don't come equipped with fans. Due to the high temperatures inside the costumes, fur characters perform for 30 to 45 minutes before they get a 30- to 45-minute break.

During the training process, fur characters and face characters watch their characters' movies in order to practice moving and speaking like them. Characters must also learn how to properly sign autographs. Each character has a specific signature that performers must replicate, so that park visitors who collect autographs see consistency from year to year.

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Happy Donald Duck Day!

June 9, 1934 was the first time Donald appeared on the big screen. He co-starred in the Disney “Silly Symphonies” short The Wise Little Hen. It is a spin on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. Donald appeared as a lazy duck who shirks helping out on a farm along with best pal Peter Pig. The pair get their comeuppance when their wise farming hen friend enjoys the literal fruits of her labors (lots of corn), while the two of them don’t get anything yummy to eat.

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