2004:
Christy Carlson Romano (of Disney Channel's series Even Stevens
and the voice of the animated Kim Possible) joins the cast of the
Broadway musical Beauty and the BeastThe 19-year-old Romano is the 13th actress to  portray Belle
 since the musical opened in New York City in 1994.
Meanwhile over at the Palace Theatre, pop singer Deborah Cox replaces
Michelle Williams in the title role of Aida.

Disney announces its deal to buy the Muppets and Bear in the Blue House from Jim
 Henson.
2002:
The Studio Chapter of the NFFC, The Club for Disney Enthusiasts hosts Disney 
singer-songwriter Bob Moline at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Griffith Park 
California. Moline's work includes such Epcot songs as "Listen to the Land," "Canada," and "Golden Dream."

Voice-over actress Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell's alter ego) and David Pacheco 
(Creative Director of Disney's Art Classics) appear as special guests of the Carolwood 
Pacific Historical Society at Walt Disney's Barn in Griffith Park, California.
1906:
Story man Otto Englander is born in Yugoslavia. A story man for over twenty years at the Disney Studios (and MGM), he first came to the U.S. in the 1920s as an art director for the Chester School in New York. His work at the Disney Studios included such classics as Snow White and the Seven DwarfsPinocchioFantasia and Dumbo.
1933:
Artist Eric Larson marries Gertrude Jannes in Utah. With marriage, he will seek a new job with 
greater potential. (He will start work at the Disney Studio the following June & become one of Walt's "9 Old Men.") 
1934:
Actor-comic Barry Humphries, the voice of Bruce in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Victoria, Australia.

Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Camping Out, directed by David Hand, is released. Mickey,
 Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle are bothered  by a mosquito while camping. But when Horace swats the 'skeeter, the little
 bug flies back to the swamp and rallies his relatives for a full-bore attack on the campers! One of the few cartoons in which
 Mickey, Minnie, Horace Hosercollar and Clarabella Cow are portrayed as four close friends, it is also one of the few in
 which Mickey doesn't speak! Camping Out animation credits go to Albert Hurter and Art Babbitt.
1960:
Disneyland's Satellite View of America, originally called Space 
Station X-1 when the park first opened in 1955, closes. 
(It will be replaced by The Art of Animation the following May.)
1961:
The TV special Bell Telephone Hour: The Sounds of America airs on NBC. 
This music and dance program was taped at Disneyland.
1963:
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 1 of "Banner in the Sky," a re-titled
 and re-edited television presentation of the 1959 feature film Third Man on the Mountain.
1981:
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the voice of Jim Hawkins in the 2002 Disney feature 
Treasure Planet, is born in Los Angeles, California. 
TV fans may recognize him as Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun, which ran between 1996–2001.
1983:
Disney's Tron is nominated for 2 Academy Awards - Best Costume Design 
and Best Sound. The 55th Academy Awards will take place April 11.
1993:
Disney's Aladdin is nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Sound, Best
Effects - Sound Effects Editing, twice for Best Music - Original Song, and
Best Music - Original Score. The 65th Academy Awards will be presented March 29.
2001:
The animated Disney's House of Mouse airs the 5th episode "Unplugged Club."

John Elliot Sutherland, an award-winning industrial and educational filmmaker, passes
 away at age 90 in Van Nuys, California. Sutherland produced a variety of animated films under the studio
 which bore his name, although his studio focused primarily on documentaries and industrial films. A graduate of UCLA,
 Sutherland began his career as a writer on Walt Disney’s Bambi. He met Walt Disney while working as director of UCLA’s
 drama and debate department. Sutherland's brief career at Disney Studios included working as an assistant director and
 story director from 1938 to 1940. Coincidentally, Sutherland was once married to Paula Winslow, who voiced Bambi’s
 mother in the 1942 film.
2006:
Disney's live-action feature Eight Below, a fictional re-interpretation of a real 
1958 Japanese expedition to Antarctica, opens in theaters.

Air Force One carrying U.S. President Bush touches down at Orlando 
International Airport (just in time for rush hour on busy Interstate 4). From 
there the president is transported to Disney's Contemporary Resort to speak at a $500-a-plate dinner 
(a fundraiser for Republicans).

Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth
weighs 16 million pounds!
One of the most recognizable
 structures at Disney World, it is
 not only the centerpiece and
 main focal point of Epcot, but
 also the name of the attraction
 housed within the 18-story
 geodesic
sphere.
1900:
Actress Ruth Clifford, the third voice of Minnie Mouse, is
born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She supplied the voice of Minnie for such shorts as First Aiders 
(1944), Mickey's Delayed Date (1947), Pluto's Sweater (1949), and Pluto and the Gopher (1950). A leading 
lady in Hollywood silents of the 1920s, her career thrived into the television era with appearances on such 
series as Dr. KildareHazel, and Playhouse 90.
1925:
Actor Hal Holbrook - the voice of Amphitryon in Disney's animated Hercules - is
 born in Cleveland, Ohio. His Disney credits also include the 1970 2-part TV episode "The Wacky Zoo
 of Morgan City" portraying Mitch Collins. Nominated for an Academy Award 5 different times during his long
 career, Holbrook is known for his one man show as Mark Twain.
1992:
Singer/actress Meaghan Jette Martin is born in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She is best known for her role as Tess Tyler in the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock and
 has made guest appearances on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
1977:
Actress & writer Erin Cardillo is born in White Plains, New York (though she will be 
raised in Connecticut). Disney Channel fans know her as Emma Tutweiller from The Suite Life on Deck.

Episode 24 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. Mickey and Pluto get plenty scared in the 
Mousekartoon Mickey's Parrot, and "Escape from Apache Cliff," the sixth episode of the serial "The Mystery of 
Rustlers' Cave," finds Patty and Doug sneaking off to Apache Cliff to explore a secret cave.
FEBRUARY 17
Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day
FEBRUARY 17
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1998:
Construction begins on Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM.
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2009:
Walt Disney World Resort welcomes a black and white colobus monkey - 
the first of its species born at Disney's Animal Kingdom!
Eight Below opens in theaters
1957:
Walt Disney receives the Milestone Award of the Screen Producers Guild at a banquet 
held in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. The Milestone Award is 
presented to producers who have made "an historic contribution to the entertainment industry."


 "In my career, it helps to have some kind of genius. I’ve got it, but it happens to be in the person of my brother Roy who runs the company, the whole works, at home and abroad. He has a talent for self-effacement which isn’t going to do him a bit of good right at this moment." -Walt Disney (This Day 1957)
2011:
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) hosts its Investor Conference at the Grand
 Californian Hotel in Anaheim, California. Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts,
 announces a plan for visitors to avoid lines and personalize their vacations using new time-saving programs at
 Disney parks. Presentations by Disney's management team are also available via a live audio Webcast.

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2012:
The Secret World of Arrietty is released in the U.S. by Walt Disney Pictures. Known in 
Japan as The Borrower Arrietty, this 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film is based on Mary Norton's juvenile fantasy 
novel The Borrowers. (Norton's novels The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and 
Bonfires and Broomsticks were adapted into the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.) The film tells the 
story of Arrietty, a young Borrower (a tiny person who lives in people's homes and "borrows" things to survive while 
keeping their existence unknown) who resides under the floorboards of a typical household. She eventually befriends 
Sho, a human boy with a heart condition since birth. Originally directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the North 
American version of The Secret World of Arrietty is directed by Gary Rydstrom; an American sound designer and 
director known to Disney/Pixar fans for his work on A Bug's LifeMonsters, Inc. and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The 
film's U.S. voice cast includes Disney Channel favorite Bridgit Mendler and comedy veteran Carol Burnett.

On this day, D23′s "23 Days of Celebration" invites all Disney fans to help mark the third anniversary of the first and only official Disney fan club. Each day at approximately 10 a.m. Pacific time, D23 will provide a different challenge for the day – and the first person to submit a valid photo that matches the challenge will win a special D23 prize.

"Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline" debuts at Disney California Adventure park. A tune-
filled "travelogue" of song, dance and audience interaction, it is staged in Condor Flats, across from Soarin’ Over 
California, and features songs from the '40s, '50s and '60s. The show features a talking and singing Minnie Mouse! 
It is the first time that a talking Minnie with a moving mouth, face and sound appears at the Disneyland Resort,

Radio Rebel, a Disney Channel Original Movie starring Debby Ryan and based on a novel titled Shrinking Violet, premieres. About a shy student named Tara (Debby Ryan) who can never get her words out to anybody until she starts a radio program called Radio Rebel, the film also features Sarena Parmar, Adam DiMarco, Merritt Patterson, Atticus Mitchell and Mercedes de la Zerda.
February 17
FEBRUARY IS DCA MONTH
Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day
2017:
Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom turns on the lights for its new nighttime show,
"Rivers of Light." The complex production, on the water in front of a new stadium, features live performers
and music, floating lanterns, lasers and special lights, with images projected against a mist.