RSS Feed

Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 31

October 31, 1952 – The Goofy Short Film Two Weeks Vacation is Released to Theaters


“So long, slaves!”

On October 31, 1952, the Goofy short film Two Weeks Vacation premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Al Bertino.

The short begins with Goofy at work, looking at a map in preparation for his two weeks paid vacation. The moment he can get out of the office, he rushes at top speed, bidding farewell to his chained-to-the-desk coworkers. As he drives, he nearly crashes into a trailer, but manages to brake in time – only to have his tire burst. Goofy pulls into a nearby garage, though the mechanic “fixes” everything but the tire; when Goofy tries to get the tire fixed, the mechanic goes on vacation for two weeks. Goofy manages to fix the tire himself, and stops to pick up a local hitchhiker, who skips Goofy’s offer when he sees the state of the car. Goofy runs into more problems, as he is continually passed by the trailer he nearly crashed into earlier. Later that evening, as he searches for a motel, he finds himself out of gas and ends up chasing his car down a hill, but manages to find a place to stay for the night. However, his place is right next to a railroad track, and he decides to leave, driving late at night and nearly falling asleep at the wheel – and running into the trailer again. When he finds no one is actually driving the car pulling the trailer, he is shocked and is sent flying into the car when he tries to avoid it. He is then pulled over by a police officer, but finds relief for the night when he ends up sleeping in a jail cell.


October 30

October 30, 1996 – Buzz Lightyear’s Pizza Planet Restaurant Opens in Disneyland Paris


“Hungry Space Rangers needn’t worry, as Buzz Lightyear is to the rescue with an out of this world all-you-can-eat buffet.”

On October 30, 1996, the buffet restaurant Buzz Lightyear’s Pizza Planet Restaurant opened in Disneyland Paris’s Discoveryland area. Designed after the restaurant in the Toy Story series, guests can help themselves to servings of pizza, pasta, salads, and a variety of desserts, with help from Space Rangers in brightly colored outfits.

October 29

October 29, 1998 – Disney and Chevron Announce Partnership for Autopia Attraction


“Autopia is a simple and magical experience that allows both children and adults to get behind the wheel of a car, some of them for the very first time, and go for a cruise along the highways of Tomorrowland.” – Disneyland President Paul Pressler

On October 29, 1998, the Disneyland Resort and Chevron announced a 13-year partnership, with Chevron sponsoring the park’s Autopia attraction. As part of the agreement, Chevron was to update and improve the original attraction; they announced tentative plans at the announcement of pre-show entertainment area, combination of the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland Autopia roadways, and new designs for the cars. Chevron would work with Disneyland Imagineers to give the ride a 21st century loo to it, taking cues from Tomorrowland for its sleek new design. Autopia originally opened on July 17, 1955, with Richfield sponsoring it from opening to 1970. Chevron’s sponsorship lasted until 2012; Honda would take over sponsorship in 2016.

October 28

October 28, 2008 – The Rascal Flatts Album Greatest Hits Volume 1 is Released Through Lyric Street Records


“This much I know is true, that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”

On October 28, 2008, the first greatest hits album by country group Rascal Flatts, entitled Greatest Hits Volume 1, was released on Disney-owned country label Lyric Street Records. The album contained 13 of the band’s best hits from their first four studio albums, including “I’m Movin’ On,” “I Melt,” and “Bless the Broken Road.” The album also contained three Christmas songs as bonus tracks. The album peaked at number two on the Top Country Albums, and number 6 of the Billboard 200. The album was reissued in 2009 with four live bonus tracks, along with an audio interview with the band.

October 27

October 27, 2015 – The Live-Action Series Wicked City Premieres on ABC


“Feels like the very first time…”

On October 27, 2015, the live-action procedural series Wicked City premiered on ABC. Set in Los Angeles in 1982, the series follows two detectives on the trail of a pair of serial killers running loose on the Sunset Strip. However, due to poor reviews from critics and little interest from viewers, only three episodes aired before the series was pulled and cancelled, with the five remaining episodes made available on Hulu later that year. The series was created by Steven Baigelman, and starred Jeremy Sisto as Jack Roth, Taissa Farmiga as Karen McClaren, Gabriel Luna as Paco Contreras, Jaime Ray Newman as Allison Roth, Evan Ross as Diver Hawkes, Ed Westwick as Kent Grainger, Anne Winters as Vicki Roth, Karolina Wydra as Dianne Kubek, and Erika Christensen as Betty Beaumontaine.

October 26

October 26, 2004 – The Compilation Album Greatest Disney TV & Film Hits by Christy Carlson Romano is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“Just dive in, let the good times roll, nothing feels better than letting go.”

On October 26, 2004, the album Greatest Disney TV & Film Hits by Christy Carlson Romano was released through Walt Disney Records. The album was a compilation of songs Romano had recorded for several Disney projects, including the Disneymania series, Even Stevens, and Kim Possible. The original song “Dive In” was the only song recorded specifically for this release. The album is the only release by Romano.

October 25

October 25, 2011 – Tribute Album In the Key of Disney by Brian Wilson is Released


“The Beach Boys sound and the Disney people make a fantastic collaboration. I tried to do justice to all their songs.”

On October 25, 2011, the tenth studio album by recording artist Brian Wilson, titled In the Key of Disney, was released through Walt Disney Records. The second album for Disney, Wilson took his distinctive Beach Boys style and applied it to a variety of Disney staples, ranging from “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. Disney had approached Wilson with an idea for a Disney tribute album in 2009, but Wilson wished to create a Gershwin tribute album first, which he released in 2010.

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.