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September 17

September 17, 1991 – In the Meantime, In Between Time is Released by The Party

“In my dream it’s still the same, your love is strong, it still remains.”

On September 17, 1991, the second album by the pop group The Party, titled In the Meantime, In Between Time, was released through a joint production between Hollywood Records and Elektra Records. The group was formed by Disney, featuring five members of the 1989 revival of the Mickey Mouse Club (also known as the MMC): Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno Hall, and Damon Pampolina. The album fared better than its self-titled predecessor, peaking at number 77 on the Billboard chart. Two singles were released to promote the album: “In My Dreams,” and “Private Affair;” the former was a cover by the heavy metal band Dokken, and peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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September 16

September 16, 2013 – Disney Announces Cast for New Broadway Musical Aladdin

On September 16, 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions released the cast list of their newest theatrical production, Aladdin. The cast of 34 would be lead by Adam Jacobs, who would be playing the titular role. Based on the 1992 hit animated feature film, this stage adaptation brings back composer Alan Menken to score the popular songs from the movie for the stage, as well as to provide new songs written exclusively for the show. The cast also includes James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, returning to the role after voicing it in the animated feature film. The musical would go on to open on Broadway on March 20, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

September 15

September 15, 1996 – Ellen’s Energy Adventure Attraction Opens in Epcot

“What is, ‘who is it?’”

On September 15, 1996, the attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure opened in Epcot’s Universe of Energy. Originally replacing the Universe of Energy attraction, this updated attraction featured Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Trebek, and Johnny Gilbert, teaching guests about how energy is produced, the current sources of energy, and the search for new, renewable sources of energy. Guests sit in a special seating area and watch a series of films, as well as an audio-animatronic diorama featuring a primeval world; the seating sections split apart at this point to move through the diorama before reassembling for the final two films. The attraction was closed on August 13, 2017, to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction.

September 14

September 14, 1998 – The Store Villains in Vogue Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On September 14, 1998, the villains-themed store Villains in Vogue opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The store sold a variety of goods related to popular Disney villains, such as Maleficent and Ursula, as well as goods featuring the characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the summer of 2015, the store was revamped, removing the villain theme and turning it into a general merchandise stop named Reel Vogue.

September 13

September 13, 1959 – The Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches Attraction Closes

On September 13, 1959, after only about four years of operation, the Rainbow Mountain Stage Coach attraction was officially closed. The attraction first opened in 1955 as the Stage Coaches, and was reopened as Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches on June 26, 1956. Guests boarded a stagecoach and traveled around Frontierland, particularly through the Living Desert and other updates to the area. Unfortunately, the attraction was forced to close due to the horses continually getting spooked by the Disneyland Railroad rolling by.

September 12

September 12, 2005 – The Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad Opens

“Depart from turn-of-the-century America onboard a vintage locomotive for a scenic tour of Hong Kong Disneyland Park.”

On September 12, 2005, the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad opened, with stations located in Fantasyland and Main Street, USA. The railroad is a mainstay of Disney Parks, going back to Walt Disney’s passion for model trains, as well as the original Disneyland Railroad. Hong Kong Disneyland features three locomotives named after important figures in Disney Company history: Walter E. Disney, Roy O. Disney, and Frank G. Wells.

September 11

September 11, 1988 – The Final Disney Sunday Movie Premieres

“Good evening, and welcome to classic night on the Disney Sunday Movie.”

On September 11, 1988, the Disney Sunday Movie had its last broadcast on ABC. Running since February 2, 1986, this was the 6th incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series (which began in 1954 as Walt Disney’s Disneyland). Ratings were never strong with this series, as it competed against 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote; the program was reduced from two-hours to one to keep it in competition. However, after the cancellation at ABC, NBC picked up the next incarnation: The Magical World of Disney, which would run from 1988 to 1990.