1987:
Disney's Sleeping Beauty is released on LaserDisc. (LaserDisc
 will remain the "Lexus of Video" ... until the release of DVDs.)
2002:
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, co-hosts of television's leading film 
review series "Ebert & Roeper," host their second annual Ebert & 
Roeper Film Festival At Sea aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship.

The Atlanta Braves take on the University of Georgia for an afternoon 
spring training game at Disney's Wide World of Sports Baseball 
Stadium. The stadium, located at 700 Victory Way in Lake Buena Vista, is the spring training 
home of the Braves.
2005:
Clear Channel Radio launches a major promotion to help celebrate
 50 years of family fun at Walt Disney theme parks.
More than 400 Clear Channel radio stations participate in the
 campaign by airing promotional spots providing event details
for  the "Happiest Celebration on Earth."

Florida Governor Jeb Bush names longtime Walt Disney World executive
 Tom Lewis to run the Department of Management Services. (The agency
 is responsible for overseeing state government infrastructure, including
 building construction and state vehicles.)

Filming begins at the Disney Studio in Burbank, California for
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
1929:
Frank Gehry, architect of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, is born Frank Owen Goldberg in Toronto, Canada. Some of his best-known creations include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, and his own private residence in Santa Monica, California!
1948:
Tony Award-winning actress-singer Bernadette Peters, the voice of
Angelique in Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, is born
 Bernadette Lazarra in Ozone Park, Queens, New York. With a career that has already
 spanned 5 decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films, and television.
1955:
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of Iago the Parrot for Disney's Aladdin feature, TV shows, and park attractions (such as Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management) is born in Brooklyn, New York. Gottfried's Disney TV credits include episodes of Hanna MontanaThe Emperor's New School, and Hercules
1986:
Veteran animator, future Disney Legend, & one of Walt's "Nine Old Men" Eric Larson 
retires at the age of 81. Among Larson's creations ... the kitten Figaro for the 1940 animated feature Pinocchio.
1997:
ABC-TV airs "Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party" at 9 p.m. EST. The special is hosted by Melissa Joan Hart (of TV's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") and Will Friedle (of TV's "Boy Meets World").

Wookie Chewbacca and actress Carrie Fisher (who portrayed Princess Leia in the classic film Star Wars) cuts an opening ribbon with a light saber during a Star Tours rededication ceremony at Disneyland. The event highlights the attraction’s 10th anniversary (Star Tours first opened January 9, 1987) and the 20th anniversary of the film (originally released on May 25, 1977).
2003:
UL's "Test the Limits Lab," attraction opens in Epcot's Innoventions at Walt Disney
 World. Underwriters Labs Inc. (whose ubiquitous "UL" marks can be found on billions of products around the
world) hosts the interactive exhibit.

Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island begins its 3-day annual Mardi Gras celebration.

The Lizzie McGuire episode "A Gordo Story" debuts on the Disney Channel as
 does the That's So Raven episode "The Parties."
2004:
The Earl of Sandwich Shop opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. The shop's name honors British naval officer John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing the sandwich in 1762. Montagu’s living descendant, 11th Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, and his son Orlando collaborated with Robert Earl, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet Hollywood, to create the shop.   
2006:
Disney releases Lady and the Tramp on a 2-disc DVD (for the first 
time) to commemorate the animated feature's 50th anniversary.

Jazz vocalist/pianist Steve Tyrell releases his newest CD 
Steve Tyrell: The Disney Standards.

An open house takes place at the 1927 California home of the late Roland Hill, architect of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. The storybook home, located on Bennett Drive in Los Angeles, reflects Hill's whimsical style. Hill, who passed in November 1986, first began designing homes and set designs in the mid 1920s. He joined Walt Disney Productions in the early 1950s.
2007:
Prestel Publishing releases the book Once upon a Time: Walt Disney:
 The Sources of Inspiration for the Disney Studios by Bruno Girveau.

The Atlanta Braves kick off their home spring training schedule at Cracker Jack
 Stadium (located in Disney World's Wide World of Sports Complex) with a game
 against Georgia Tech.
"Come on! Everybody out! Migrate, people! Migrate!" -Iago 
(Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management)
Veteran animator Eric Larson
 (who retired on this day in 1986)
 spent 53 years at the Disney
 Studios. In addition to feature
 films (such as Fantasia and
 Peter Pan), he was animator on
 18 shorts
and six
television
specials.

1957:
Disney's series Mickey Mouse Club is among the
 Golden Globe winners for Best TV Show.
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Gilbert Gottfried born
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1942:
The Pluto short Pluto, Junior, directed by Clyde Geronomi, is released. Like his father, young Pluto has a knack for getting into trouble, even while Pluto Sr. attempts to nap and relax.
1965:
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part one of "Almost Angels" on NBC-TV.
2010:
The Visual Effects Society announce the winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards at 
the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. 
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture goes to Pixar's Up (Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, 
Steve May & Gary Bruins). 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special is awarded to Disney's Prep and Landing – 
Gadgets, Globes, and other Garish Gizmos (Dorothy McKim, Scott Kersavage, David Hutchins & Kee Suong). 
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture is given to Pixar's Up – ‘Carl’- No Dad 
Scene (Ed Asner, Ron Zorman, Brian Tindall & Carmen Ngai). 
Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture is also awarded to Pixar's Up (Jason 
Johnston, Alexis Angelidis, Jon Reisch & Eric Froemling).
1956:
Donald Novis, Judy Marsh and Wally Boag (from Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue) appear on the ABC-TV series Mickey Mouse ClubToday is Guest Star Day.
1977:
Episode 31 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. The Mouseketeers set sail in King Harbor,
 California, and join a Sabot sailboat race. When Mouseketeer Scott falls overboard, it's the Coast Guard to the
 rescue! Goofy demonstrates the proper way how not to water ski in the Mousekartoon Aquamania.
1981:
Disneyland holds the "America Sings Weekend" for the next two days. A whimsical salute to American history, guests can snap a souvenir photo with Sam the Eagle.

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Star Tours rededication at Disneyland
1993:
The animated television series Bonkers premieres on The Disney Channel with 
the episode "Trains, Toons and Toon Trains." Bonkers, an out of work cartoon bobcat voiced 
by Jim Cummings, joins the Hollywood Police Department to catch cartoon criminals. (The series will later 
run for 65 episodes, as part of The Disney Afternoon.)
2012:
The Disney Fantasy sails into New York Harbor on this morning 
marking the arrival to  the U.S. of the newest cruise ship in the 
world. The Disney Fantasy is the first DCL vessel to ever sail into New York 
Harbor. The 4,000-passenger ship is in New York for its christening ceremony 
Thursday (March 1) before making its way down to its home of Port Canaveral, where 
it's expected to arrive on March 6.
1938:
Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev visits the Disney Studio, with his lawyer Randolph
 Polk, to play the piano score of Peter and the Wolf for Walt Disney and Disney
 composer Leigh Harline. Peter and the Wolf, written by Prokofiev in 1936, was actually first commissioned by
 Natalya Sats and the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow. Disney will produce an animated version of the work in
1946, with Sterling Holloway providing the voice of the narrator.
(In an episode of Disneyland entitled "The Fourth Anniversary Show," Walt recalled how Prokofiev himself visited the
 Disney studio, eventually inspiring the making of this animated version. But Disney used an actor to re-create how the
 composer sat at a piano and played the themes from the score.)
14th Golden Globe Awards
Feb 28
FEBRUARY IS DCA MONTH
2016:
Pixar's animated film Inside Out takes home the Best Animated Feature prize at
the 2016 Oscars. This marks Pixar's first win in the category since Brave and Disney's continued
dominance in the category. Fittingly, the award is presented by Toy Story's Woody and Buzz Lightyear. 
Director Pete Docter accepts the award along with producer Jonas Rivera.
Although it doesn't win, Inside Out is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the only animated
feature nominated in that category.

Jack Lindquist, the first president of Disneyland, passes away at age 88.
He began his nearly four-decade career at Disneyland when he was hired by Walt Disney as its advertising 
manager at age 28, a few months after the theme park opened in July 1955. During his 38 years with Disney, 
Lindquist did everything from market the original ticket books that guests used to ride attractions in Disneyland to 
serving as an integral part of the planning for Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and what is now Disneyland Paris.
In 1990, he was named president of Disneyland, a position he called "the best job in the world!"
He retired from Disney on November 18, 1993, a date that also marked Mickey Mouse’s 65th birthday.