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    December 12

    1927:
    Disney's Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks is released. This silent black & white animated piece is the first ever Disney Christmas themed short.

    1941:
    Disney's animated commercial Seven Wise Dwarfs is released. The short is made for the National Film Board of Canada to promote the purchase of Canadian war bonds.

    2000:
    The Disneyland Pacific Hotel re-opens as Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. The 502-room hotel has been brightly painted and decorated to reflect the new beachfront theme, and offers hotel guests a private entrance into Paradise Pier and the rest of the new Disney's California Adventure theme park.
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    December 13

    1971:
    Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, and Roddy McDowall is released in U.S. theaters. Although set in Britain, the film was shot entirely on the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California.

    2006:
    Because Disney had a spectacular 2006, posting record revenues, record net income, and record cash flow - The Walt Disney Company is named SeekingAlpha's Top Media Company of the year.
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    December 14

    1961:
    Disney's first live-action musical feature film Babes in Toyland, starring Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, and Ed Wynn is released.

    2003:
    After many delays, the first phase of Walt Disney World's Pop Century Resort finally opens for business.
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    December 15

    1972:
    Construction begins on Space Mountain at Walt Disney World.

    1973:
    The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens in Walt Disney World. It is located in the Caribbean
    Plaza of Magic Kingdom's Adventureland.

    2000:
    Disney's 39th animated film The Emperor's New Groove is released. This animated feature follows the adventures of the arrogant Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) and a humble peasant named Pacha (voiced by John Goodman).
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    December 16

    1929:
    The Walt Disney Studios is incorporated as a partnership and replaced by 4 companies: Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.; Walt Disney Enterprises; Liled Realty and Investment Company; and the Disney Film Recording Company.

    1952:
    WED Enterprises is founded as a private company owned solely by Walt Disney to design and create Disneyland and to manage Disney's personal assets. WED stands for Walter Elias Disney. (In 1986, it will be renamed Walt Disney Imagineering.)
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    December 17

    1932:
    Disney's 8-minute black & white Christmas-themed Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Good Deed is released.

    1943:
    Disney's cartoon short Chicken Little is released.

    1966:
    Roy Disney announces to Disney management and the Imagineering team that the company will continue to be run according to Walt's wishes. He states that Walt's first name will be added to the title of the Florida theme park project.
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    December 18

    1941:
    Walt Disney is called to Washington, D.C. to meet with the Treasury Department and the IRS. He is asked to provide a film to promote paying taxes - to be completed by the end of February 1942.

    1971:
    The St. Petersburg High School Green Devil Band performs at Walt Disney World. This makes them the first guest high school marching band to ever play at the new Florida theme park.
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    December 19

    1998:
    Test Track opens at Disney World's Epcot.

    2005:
    The Walt Disney World Resort's animal care team welcomes a 233-pound baby elephant early in the morning. The female African elephant calf is born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.
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    December 20

    1958:
    Disneyland presents its first Candlelight Processional Parade.
    Narrated by actor Dennis Morgan (on his birthday), it is performed
    on Main Street and in Town Square. The event features Christmas
    carols and the re-telling of the birth of Jesus through the gospels.
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    December 21

    1922:
    Paul Winchell, a versatile ventriloquist, TV host, and vocie actor is born Pinkus Wilchinski in New York City. Most famously known as Disney's Tigger.

    1937:
    Disney's first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles, California.

    1999:
    Disney's Fantasia 2000 has its London premiere.
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    December 22

    1937:
    Animator Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman runs into Walt Disney at the studio the morning after the wildly successful opening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Instead of talking about how he can now take a little rest after all the tensions he'd gone through during the four years it took to make Snow White, Walt talks about the next animated feature and how he wants to get started right away.

    1968:
    Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show."
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    December 23

    1962:
    The television series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Holiday Time at Disneyland."
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    December 24

    1939:
    Disney staff begin the move from the old studio at Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake to a new one in Burbank. The success of the 1937 Snow White has allowed Disney to build the new modern campus on some 51 acres of land. It is designed around the animation process, with the large animation building in the center of the campus, and adjacent buildings for the story department, the music department, the ink-and-paint departments, and the other various functions of the studio.

    1942:
    The cover of this day's issue of HAB"IT" (an official newsletter for men stationed at the U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Hutchinson, Kansas) features a Disney-designed insignia. This issue marks the first appearance of the station’s new emblem - Jiminy Cricket in an airplane with an anchor trailing behind it.
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    December 25

    1950:
    Walt Disney's first television special, One Hour in Wonderland airs on NBC at 4 P.M. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, the show is watched by about 20 million people. Guests include Edgar Bergen & his dummies Charlie McCarthy & Mortimer Snerd, Walt's daughters Diane & Sharon, Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Alice in Wonderland) and Bobby Driscoll (the voice of Peter Pan). The Firehouse Five Plus Two - a Dixieland ensemble made up of Disney employees - also performs.
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    December 26

    1923:
    Walt Disney receives a telegram from New York cartoon distributor Margaret Winkler stating that she has received his Alice Comedy Alice's Day at Sea.

    1927:
    Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Rickety Gin is released.
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