This Day in Disney History January 20
“Under the Sea” is a song from Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and based in the song “The Beautiful Briny” from the 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is influenced by the Calypso style of the Trinidad and Tobago. The song was performed in the film by Samuel E. Wright.
2006: High School Musical debuts and Breaks Disney Channel Records
It was on this day in 2006 that a national craze began when High School Musical debuted on the Disney Channel and scored big! Within the first few months, its various telecasts were seen by 36.5 million total unique viewers. The film spawned another Disney Channel sequel, followed by a third, which was released theatrically. High School Musical continued its success on video with multiple DVD versions, a Blu-ray version, a DVD game and a concert DVD.
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High School Musical is a 2006 American television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, it became the most successful film that Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) ever produced, with a television sequel High School Musical 2 released in 2007 and the feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year released to theaters in October 2008. It is the first Disney Channel Original Movie to have a theatrical sequel. The film’s soundtrack was the best-selling album in the United States for 2006.
2017: The beloved “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns to Disneyland for a limited time after a 20 year absence
Catch this classic nighttime parade―filled with fanciful floats and toe-tappin’ tunes― starting January 20, 2017! After a 20 year hiatus from Disneyland Park, the parade’s return means that nostalgic fans and newbies alike will get to experience this whimsical procession that glitters and winks in time to the bouncy beat.
From Disney Parks Blog:
This encore performance at Disneyland park will run nightly until June 18 – that’s 45 years after it first lit up Main Street, U.S.A., in 1972! During this limited-time celebration, guests will also enjoy special merchandise and food offerings inspired by the Main Street Electrical Parade…
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Disney’s Electrical Parade music – it’s not the original music (it’s newer), but it’s still fun to listen to!