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THIS WEEK IN DISNEY HISTORY: Week of August 13 and DCL Trivia Question

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard

Did You Know?

August 15, 1999 – The Disney Wonder, Disney’s newest cruise ship, makes its maiden voyage.

  • The Disney Cruise Line ships are painted to resemble Mickey Mouse: black, white, yellow and red
  • The Disney Cruise Line was the first cruise line to have yellow lifeboats, instead of the traditional orange
  • Steamboat Willie stands at the bow of The Disney Wonder; Donald Duck and his nephew, Huey, are painted on the stern A statue of The Little Mermaid stands in the lobby
  • Disney Cruise Line ships feature the only “fireworks at sea” display during its “Pirates IN the Caribbean” deck party
  • The Disney Wonder, as well as The Disney Magic, are longer than Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World


Other Notable Disney Dates:

August 12, 1929 – Walt Disney is granted a trademark to use the image of Mickey Mouse in motion pictures.

August 13, 1942 – Bambi, Disney’s 5th, full-length animated film, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

August, 13 1954 – Excavation of Disneyland begins

August 14, 1958 – Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland dark ride has its grand opening

August 14, 1998 – The recording Association of America certifies the Mulan soundtrack as gold – selling 500,000 units!

August 16, 1943 – Walt Disney is selected by the Mexican President, Avila Camacho, to receive the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle – the highest decoration awarded to foreigners – for his achievements as an American film producer

August 17, 1981 – A WEDway PeopleMover opens in Texas at the Houston National Airport – it’s the first use of a Disney system outside of the theme parks!

August 18, 1986 – Crocket’s Tavern, part of Trail’s End Restaurant, opens in Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort and campgrounds.

Question of the Week:                 

Where was the Disney Wonder built?


Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.


About Lou Mongello

Lou Mongello is a former attorney who left the practice to pursue his passion, and is now a recognized Disney expert, author, speaker, and host of WDW Radio. Learn more…

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