Flowers and Trees, Magic and Aerosmith

What do these three things have in common?  Well, they all premiered on this date in Disney history!

Flowers and Trees
Disney’s first full color animated film premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 1932, 81 years ago today!  Flowers and Trees told the story of two male trees (a healthy living one and an ugly old stump) wanting the affection of a female tree.  The old stump started a fire, and ended up getting burned (pun intended).  It was originally done in black and white, but when Walt Disney saw a Technicolor test strip by Herbert Kalmus, he decided to scrap the black and white and add color to the short animation.  The efforts paid off, and Flowers and Trees won the first award for “Best Animated Short Film”.

15 years ago, in 1998, the first of Disney’s cruise ships, the Disney Magic launched.  It was the first of four Disney cruise ships, and typically sails out of Nassau, in the Bahamas.  This fall, the Disney Magic will be getting some renovations, including the Aqua-Dunk, a waterslide that drops guests over the edge of the ship.

One year later, in 1999, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith began operation at Disney-MGM Studios, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  You, the guest, are watching Aerosmith rehearse for a concert, when they realize they are running late and have to leave immediately.  Rather than leave their fans behind, they order a super stretch limousine to speed through LA and get you to the concert on time.  There are six ‘limousines’, five of which are on track at any given time, and each one plays specific songs throughout the roughly three minute ride.  Going up to 60 miles per hour, and featuring three inversions, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the only Disney attraction to go upside-down.

Have a great July 30th!


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