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October 24

October 24, 2008 – Pixie Hollow Opens in Walt Disney World


“[Tinker Bell] and four of her fairy friends…will have a permanent home in a new location called Pixie Hollow which will be located in Toontown.”

On October 24, 2008, the meet-and-greet area Pixie Hollow opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, just outside of Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Guests can be greeted by Tinker Bell and her four fairy friends Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, and Fawn, who were introduced in the Tinker Bell series of movies, with the first one being released four days after this attraction opened. The attraction also featured interactive experiences and storytelling times for younger guests. An outdoor version of this meet-and-greet opened in Disneyland in November.

October 23

October 23, 1985 – The Nine Dragons Restaurant Opens in Epcot’s China Pavilion


“Savor contemporary Chinese cuisine amid ornate wood carvings, traditional lanterns, and exquisite glass artwork.”

On October 23, 1985, the Nine Dragons Restaurant opened in the China Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Opening three years after the Chinese pavilion opened, the restaurant is a sit-down gourmet dining experience. The restaurant spotlights several styles of Chinese cuisine from many provinces, including Cantonese, Mongolian, Szechuan, Hunan, and Kiangche. Popular features on the menu include General Tso’s Dumplings, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Coconut Rice Pudding.

October 22

October 22, 1997 – The Orlando Sentinel Publishes Updates for Walt Disney World


“It may be goodbye to Mr. Toad and hello to Winnie the Pooh and Buzz Lightyear at the Magic Kingdom.”

On October 22, 1997, the Orlando Sentinel published an article that announced several changes that would be coming to the Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World at the end of the 25th anniversary celebrations. Among those listed was the breaking announcement of the likely plan to close the attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, potentially replacing it with a Winnie the Pooh-themed attraction. This would prove true, and Mr. Toad was closed on September 7, 1998, replaced with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Other plans announced were the closing of Take Flight, which was to be replaced with Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin, and the return of The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management.

October 21

October 21, 2011 – Google Honors Mary Blair on 100th Birthday


“Her work was and continues to be a major source of inspiration for a large number of artists working in animation, illustration, and fine art…and the Google Doodle team.” – Artist Mike Dutton

On October 21, 2011, search engine Google celebrated the work and life of artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair on what would have been her 100th birthday. Blair, known for her colorful, whimsical illustrations, artist Mike Dutton chose to honor her in her own style rather than painting her more representationally. Blair’s reach extended outside of her Disney projects, though she is arguably most known for her stylized look of the popular attraction it’s a small world.

October 20

October 20, 2009 – LA Phil Presents the Disney Symphonic Legacy is Held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall


“The Disney Symphonic Legacy celebrates the connection between the inspiration of music and the heritage of Walt Disney’s legendary films.”

On October 20, 2009, a special concert entitled LA Phil Presents the Disney Symphonic Legacy was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This was the first time since the hall opened in 2003 that it has had a program consisting of solely Disney music. The program was conducted by John Mauceri, and featured not only symphonic music, but live narration, vocal accompaniment, and rarely seen drawings and concept art from the Disney vault; the program also boasted the premiere of the symphonic retelling of Disney’s timeless classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

October 19

October 19, 2008 – The Disney Musical Tarzan Debuts in Hamburg, Germany


“Du hörst etwas aus der Ferne rufen, zwei Welten, eine Familie.”

On October 19, 2008, the third international production of the musical Tarzan opened in Hamburg, German, at the Neue Flora Theater. It was jointly produced by Walt Disney Theatrical and Stage Entertainment. The first run of the musical featured Anton Zetterholm as Tarzan and Elisabeth Hübert as Jane; the pair were the winners of the reality program Ich Tarzan, Du Jane, with producers looking for the leads of the show. The production ran for five years, and a cast album was released.

October 18

October 18, 2008 – The First Foreign Production of Mary Poppins Premieres at Sweden’s Göteborg Opera


“The unconventional governess from the children’s books, which were made into a film and then a musical, now flies into the Göteborg Opera with her magical umbrella.”

On October 18, 2008, the first international production of the hit musical Mary Poppins opened in Göteborg, Sweden, at the Göteborg Opera. The production was externally licensed by Disney Theatrical to Josef Weinberger Limited, with the production being translated into and fully performed in Swedish. The original Swedish production featured Linda Olsson as Mary Poppins and Magnus Borén as Bert. The production closed on March 14, 2009.