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November 30

November 30, 1995 – Nine New Disney Legends are Inducted


“Since its inception, the [Disney Legends] program has honored many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors, and business leaders as having made a significant impact on the Disney legacy.”

On November 30, the ninth group of Disney Legends was honored and inducted in a special ceremony held in the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Among those honored were Golden Horseshoe Revue performers Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, and Betty Taylor, actor Dean Jones, actress Angela Lansbury, Disneyland publicist Edward Meck, animator Fred Moore, voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft, and Audio-Animatronic Imagineer Wathel Rogers.


November 29

November 29, 2005 – Kim Possible Renewed for Fourth Season


“Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.”

On November 29, 2005, Disney announced that the popular animated Disney Channel Original Series Kim Possible would be renewed for a fourth season. At the time, Disney Channel tended to cancel series after 65 episodes, but a strong fandom base and its critical acclaim caused Disney to reconsider its decision; several shows since then have not adhered to the 65 episode rule. The fourth series premiered on February 10, 2007, and ran for 22 episodes.

November 28

November 28, 1995 – The Walt Disney World Speedway is Dedicated


“Get a dose of adult-style adrenaline behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car at Walt Disney World Speedway.”

On November 28, 1995, the Walt Disney World Speedway was officially dedicated. The ceremony for the track, built in a section of the Magic Kingdom parking lot, featured several famous Indy Racing League racers, including Davey Hamilton and Eliseo Salazar. The track was originally used for various racing events, starting with the Formula Ford 2000 support race on January 26, 1996. In 1997, the track was used for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, which gave guests the opportunity to be behind-the-wheel in a real racing car and ride-along in stock cars. The Speedway was officially closed on August 9, 2015.

November 27

November 27, 2009 – The Film Christmas with Walt Disney Premieres at the Walt Disney Family Museum


“The quick cuts from Walt to Goofy did the trick and showed how much this man’s life became his art.” – Executive Producer Craig Murray

On November 27, 2009, the special seasonal film Christmas with Walt Disney premiered at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Directed by Don Hahn, the exclusive to the museum film gives guests a chance to see how Walt celebrated Christmas within his various works, and with his family. The film is a mix of home movies, vintage commercials, and never-before-seen clips that were cut from various projects. The film is narrated by Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller. It has since been shown seasonally at the museum through the month of December.

November 26

November 26, 2014 – Disney Announces Deal with Turner Classic Movies


“Disney films and other programming have been seen a little bit on TCM, but not much. It will be exciting to dig into the vault and see classic Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, [and] ‘The Wonderful World of Disney.’”

On November 26, 2014, the Walt Disney Company formally announced an agreement with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), creating a deal that would benefit both media companies. TCM would help update and sponsor the Hollywood Studios attraction The Great Movie Ride, while Disney would present vintage shows and movies from the Disney Vault in a special programming block on the classic cable channel called “Treasures from the Disney Vault.” Disney and TCM have worked together in several situations prior to the deal, including a TCM Classic Cruise on the Disney Magic cruise ship, as well as a joint hosting of the screening of Mary Poppins at the El Capitan Theatre; however, this was TCM’s first foray into experiential marketing, particularly with their inclusion in The Great Movie Ride attraction.

November 25

November 25, 1992 – The Toontown Railroad Station Opens in Disneyland


“Make way to and from Mickey Mouse’s animated metropolis.”

On November 25, 1992, the Toontown Railroad Station opened in Disneyland. The area, originally named Fantasyland Station, was created as part of the Disneyland Railroad loop expansion, which also included Tomorrowland. It was then named the Videopolis Railroad Station when the area was opened in 1985, and became the Toontown Station once Toontown was established. The area is located between it’s a small world.

November 24

November 24, 1995 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Premieres in Disney-MGM Studios


“There’s always something new at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”

On November 24, 1995, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights made its official premiere in Disney-MGM Studios of Walt Disney World. The show was acquired by Disney earlier that year from Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne. Osborne’s holiday light show had modest beginnings in the 1980s, but had reached epic proportions in 1993, as his house was lit up with over three million lights. Disney was alerted to the highly popular yet contentious light display after a court case to shut down the display reached the United States Supreme Court. Disney added the display to the “Streets of America” area of the park, and continued to bring it back year after year (save for 2003, when construction prevented the lights being put into place). The display had its last lighting on January 6, 2016.

November 23

November 23, 1989 – The Sweets Shop Delizie Italiane Opens in Epcot


On November 23, 1989, the specialty sweets shop Delizie Italiane opened in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion within the World Showcase. It features Italian favorites, such as world-famous Perugina chocolate bars and Baci chocolates with hazelnuts wrapped in love notes, along with other Italian chocolates and candies. The store is sponsored by Perugina, and took the place of Arcata d’Antigiani.

November 22

November 22, 1991 – The Beauty and the Beast Live Show Opens in Disney-MGM Studios


“Relive the romance and magic of the ‘tale as old as time’ in this lush stage performance.”

On November 22, 1991, the Beauty and the Beast live stage show opened in Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios). Based on, and used to promote, the animated feature film that would go on to critical acclaim, the 25 minute show features actors in elaborate costumes with intricate sets. The show was popular enough to have a version open in Disneyland’s Videopolis on April 11, 1992, and at Disneyland Paris on December 31, 1992; the show was also popular enough to warrant the creation of a Broadway musical. While the Disneyland and Disneyland Paris productions would eventually close, the Walt Disney World version is still running as of 2016.

November 21

November 21, 1994 – The 3D Film Attraction Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Opens in Epcot


“At the moment, he is only a little man, but believe me: he has big ideas.”

On November 21, 1994, the 3D film attraction Honey, I Shrunk the Audience opened in Epcot’s Future World area. Based on the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, guests are sent to Wayne Szalinski’s award ceremony at the Imagination Institute, and are shrunk by his infamous shrinking ray. Guests then explore the world in their diminutive state, including facing a dog and a child. The attraction was popular enough to be opened in Disneyland on May 22, 1998. A version of the attraction known as MicroAdventure was created for and opened in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1997; another version known as Chérie, J’ai Rétréci le Public opened in Disneyland Paris on March 28, 1999. The Walt Disney World attraction closed on May 9, 2010.