The Disney Look.. to the Past! ( April 25-May 1)

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As always, we hope you will enjoy reading all of the following interesting facts about the Walt Disney Parks, Resorts, Movies, and more. If you have any questions or concerns about this material, feel free to contact us or just leave a message at the end of this post. Thank you!:


This Week in Disney History: April 25 - May 1

April 28, 2006 — First Food & Wine Weekend at Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park's 50th anniversary celebration in 2006 was a magical year with many exciting additions to the resort. One of these grand occasions was the debut of Food and Wine Weekends at Disney California Adventure Park, which took place April 28-May 21. Inspired by Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort, the event was a delectable affair filled with treats and eats from around the world. The events included Festival Marketplaces with gourmet food samples, Wine, Beer and Spirits seminars and complimentary culinary demonstrations. Guests could also purchase special admission to celebrity chef dinners, lunch and learn cooking classes, winemaker dinners and classes hosted by Napa Rose Cooking School. Tickets sold out for most of these premium events. Guests were also excited for the exclusive event merchandise themed to this delicious festivity. The event later became known as Disney's California Food & Wine Festival.

May 1, 1940 — Walt Disney receives a U.S. Patent on his multiplane animation camera
When Walt Disney first started in the film business, animation was an intricate process. Creating a single animated scene involved layering transparencies of moving elements directly on top of a transparent background. This made it difficult to create realistic depth and scale with two-dimensional drawings. That is why on May 1, 1940, Walt Disney received a patent for “The Art of Animation,” his revolutionary multiplane camera. This creation was inspired by the layout of a stage theater and allowed characters, props, scenery and stationary backdrops to be placed in different layers, leaving space between them. This new technology allowed animation to have a more realistic appearance, giving more life to film than ever before.

The most famous multiplane camera was invented by William Garity for The Walt Disney Studios to be used in the creation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” This revolutionary device was completed in early 1937 and tested in Walt Disney's “Silly Symphony” called “The Old Mill,” which won the 1937 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. This special invention used up to six layers of artwork, painted in oils on glass, and went on to be used in the making of the Disney films such as “Pinocchio” “Fantasia,” “Bambi” and “Peter Pan.” “The Little Mermaid” was the final Disney film to use the multiplane camera. The process was then replaced by the invention of the “digital multiplane camera,” which was used for subsequent Disney films. Three original Disney multiplane cameras can still be seen today at The Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and one in the Art of Disney Animation attraction at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris.

Also this week in Disney History:
April 25
1930 — “Wild Waves” (Mickey Mouse animated short) debuts
1952 — “Let's Stick Together” (Donald Duck animated short) debuts
1997 — Touchstone Pictures releases “Romy and Michele's High School Reunion”

April 26
1940 — The animated short “Tugboat Mickey” debuts
1991 — “Dinosaurs, ” a television series from Disney and Jim Henson, debuts on ABC
2008 — “Walt & El Grupo ” premieres at the San Francisco Film Festival, chronicling Walt Disney's 1941 trip to South America

April 27
1951 — The Goofy cartoon short “Cold War” debuts
2001 — Rocket Rods permanently closes at Disneyland Park

April 28
1997 — King Stefan's Banquet Hall, located in Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, becomes Cinderella's Royal Table
2006 — The very first Food & Wine Weekends are held at Disney California Adventure Park; event later becomes Disney's California Food & Wine Festival
2009 — “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story” debuts at the Newport Beach Film Festival

April 29
1994 — Disney's All-Star Sports Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
1994 — Astro Orbiter opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2009 — Imagineers Rolly Crump and Don Edgren honored with windows on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park

April 30
1969 — Walt Disney World hosts its first official press event, showcasing plans for a theme park and resort hotel

May 1
1940 — Walt Disney receives a U.S. Patent on his multiplane animation camera
1989 — Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (Disney's Hollywood Studios) opens
1989 — Pleasure Island officially opens in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World
2009 — Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club wing of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, opens


Thank you for reading, and have a great rest of your week!

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