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July 19

July 19, 1989 – Ub Iwerks and the Nine Old Men are Honored as Disney Legends

“Collectively, they helped establish The Walt Disney Company…the impact of their work is immeasurable.”

On July 19, 1989, the Disney Legends Award Ceremony was held at the Walt Disney Studios. The focus of the ceremony were the animators that helped make the Walt Disney Company and Disney Animation: animator and Imagineer Ub Iwerks, and Nine Old Men animators Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Woolie Reitherman, and Frank Thomas. This group was considered the “Founders Circle” of the Walt Disney Company. Of those being honored, only Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, and Ward Kimball were alive to attend the ceremony.

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July 18

July 18, 1955 – The Puffin Bakery Opens in Disneyland

On July 18, 1955, the Puffin Bakery opened on Disneyland’s Main Street. Opening the day after the park’s grand opening, the bakery featured a variety of pastries and drinks for guests to either enjoy at the shop’s window front, or take with them as they traveled through the park. The shop closed in 1960, and was replaced with the sponsored Sunkist Citrus House.

July 17

July 17, 2017 – The Copper Creek Villas & Cabins Opens in Walt Disney World

“Consider this your new go-to vacation base camp when pining for serene surroundings located just around the river bend from Magic Kingdom park.”

On July 17, 2017, the Disney Vacation Club Resort Copper Creek Villas & Cabins opened in Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. With décor inspired by the history of the Pacific Northwest, the resort features several kinds of accommodations, including 26 waterfront cabins. Located on Bay Lake, the resort features two kinds of pools for guests to enjoy: the Copper Creek Springs heated pool, and the Boulder Ridge Cove pool. The resort also features several dining options, including the Artist Point restaurant and the Whispering Canyon Café.

July 16

July 16, 2005 – The Wishes Fireworks Show Begins in Disneyland Paris

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Disneyland Park proudly presents, Wishes!”

On July 16, 2005, the Wishes fireworks show kicked off in Disneyland Paris. Based on the show from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the Disneyland Paris version of the nighttime show ran at 11:15pm every evening, projecting images on Sleeping Beauty Castle. The show ran every summer season until it was replaced in 2008 with The Enchanted Fireworks.

July 15

July 15, 2011 – The Disney Channel Reality Series PrankStars Premieres

“Look at the, look at the look on your face!”

On July 15, 2011, the Disney Channel reality series PrankStars premiered. Hosted by Disney Channel star Mitchel Musso, it featured kids meeting their favorite Disney Channel and music stars through humorous situations planned by their friends and family, with Musso directing the actions of the star from a control center. The show’s stars ranged from Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez to pop music act Allstar Weekend. The show only aired four episodes in the United States before it was cancelled due to Musso’s driving under the influence arrest; the last two episodes aired in the United Kingdom and Latin America.

July 14

July 14, 2006 – The Musical Show Big Band Beat Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

“Enjoy the top class singers, the unforgettable dancing by the Disney Friends and more. And you’ll be wowed when Mickey Mouse hits the drums!”

On July 14, 2006, the live musical show Big Band Beat opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s Broadway Music Theater. Replacing the show Encore!, Big Band Beat was created to celebrate the park’s 15th anniversary, and features a live big bang performing jazz standards such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Take the A-Train.” Accompanying the band are dancers, singers, and appearances by several Disney characters.

July 13

July 13, 2006 – The Attraction Stitch Encounter Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Here you get to talk to the blue, mischievous alien, and you’re sure to get a good laugh!”

On July 13, 2006, the interactive attraction Stitch Encounter opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. Similar to the attraction Turtle Talk with Crush, guests can video chat with Stitch from the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch, communicating with guests through jokes and games. This was the first version of the attraction to open; similar attractions opened Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park and Shanghai Disneyland. The original Hong Kong Disneyland attraction closed on May 2, 2016.