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May 26

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May 26, 1990 – The Merchandise Spot Calling Dick Tracy Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Starring YOU…in your screen test debut.”

On May 26, the themed merchandise spot Calling Dick Tracy opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, the store was created to promote the live-action feature film Dick Tracy, which opened on June 15, 1990. The store gave guests a chance to star in their own Dick Tracy adventure and take home a video version. The store eventually closed on January 12, 1991, and was replaced with Legends of Hollywood.

May 25

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May 25, 2011 – Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar Opens in the Disneyland Hotel

“Mystery, romance, and adventure await you at this bewitching tiki bar inspired by the world-famous Jungle Cruise.”

On May 25, 2011, the specialized bar Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar opened in the Disneyland Hotel. Based on the Disney park ride Jungle Cruise – particularly the character of Trader Sam, the “head” salesman – the bar features artifacts from many of his “adventures” and exploits. The bar features a variety of specialty drinks, including the Uh Oa!, a concoction of light and dark rums, and several types of fruit. The bar also releases certain special effects when certain cocktails are ordered. There are also Polynesian-inspired appetizers, including a slow-roasted kālua-style pork sandwich. A similar version of the bar, known as Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, opened in Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort.

May 24

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May 24, 1968 – Walt Disney is Posthumously Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

“Whereas Walt Disney’s life personified the American dream and his rags-to-riches story demonstrated that the United States of America remains the land of opportunity…”

On May 24, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Walt Disney’s widow, Lillian Disney. Walt, who had passed away on December 15, 1966, had previously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. In the joint resolution to issue the medal, it honored Walt’s contributions, his humanitarian efforts, his help with the war effort during World War II, and “his belief that good will ultimately triumphs over evil.”

May 23

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May 23, 2015 – The Harambe Market Area Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Savor African-inspired fare at an open-air plaza featuring 4 unique walk-up windows.”

May 23, 2015, the Harambe Market area opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. Nestled in the Africa area of the park, the market is designed to resemble a street market in Africa, complete with Colonial-era train depot design. The market contains not only a few shops to buy merchandise and sweets, but four separate food stations: Kitamu Grill, Famous Sausages, Chef Mwanga’s, and Wanjohi Refreshments. These four quick-service restaurants give guests the opportunity to enjoy something akin to street food, eating African-inspired dishes while they meander around the park.

May 22

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May 22, 2015 – Walt Disney World Kicks Off “Coolest Summer Ever” 24-Hour Event

“I can’t wait to kick-off the ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort!”

On May 22, 2015, the 24-hour even “Coolest Summer Ever” kicked off at 6 a.m. in the Magic Kingdom Park of Walt Disney World. Using Olaf from the animated feature Frozen as the event’s mascot, the event was filled with special shows and treats for guests, including a pajama party as the park stays open through the night, special appearances by the characters from Frozen at the Welcome Show, and appearances from Disney Channel Stars in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

May 21

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May 21, 1999 – Bill Nye the Science Guy Wins Four Daytime Emmy Awards

“Science rules.”

On May 21, 1999, the 26th Daytime Emmy Awards were held at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York City. At this ceremony, the science program Bill Nye the Science Guy walked away with four awards: Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Single-Camera Editing, Outstanding Directing for a Children’s Series, and Outstanding Children’s Series. This would be the first year that the show would win Outstanding Children’s Series, and would win it again in 2000.

May 20

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May 20, 2008 – The Compilation Tribute Album Disneymania 6 is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Music stars sing Disney, their way!”

On May 20, 2008, the sixth compilation tribute album in the Disneymania series, aptly titled Disneymania 6, was released through Walt Disney Records. The album mostly featured artists under the Hollywood Studios record label or featured on Disney Channel, such as Demi Lovato and Plain White T’s. The album had four promotional singles: “Cruella de Vil” by Selena Gomez, “That’s How You Know” by Demi Lovato, “Kiss the Girl” by Colbie Caillat, and “Real Gone” by Billy Ray Cyrus. The album peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200.