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Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 31

July 31, 2005 – The Stage Show On the Record Ends its Run

“In a magical recording studio, Disney’s best loved music comes to life.”

On July 31, 2005, the jukebox stage musical On the Record ended its touring production. The musical, which opened on November 9, 2004, told the story of four recording artists in a studio, with Disney songs helping to tell their story. The original touring company featured Emily Skinner as Diane, Brian Sutherland as Julian, Ashley Brown as Kristen, and Andrew Samonsky as Nick. The touring production traveled around the United States, playing in 24 cities before ending the run in Denver, Colorado.

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July 30

July 30, 1955 – The Tomorrowland Boats Attraction Opens in Disneyland

On July 30, 1955, the Tomorrowland Boats attraction opened in Disneyland. The boats were located between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, which would go on to house the Submarine Voyage attraction. The Tomorrowland Boats have since been given the unfortunate distinction of being one of the first attractions to close, as it didn’t even last six months, closing on January 15, 1956. It was replaced by the Phantom Boats attraction.

July 29

July 29, 1922 – The Laugh-O-gram Short Film Little Red Riding Hood Premieres in Theaters

On July 29, 1922, the Laugh-o-Gram short film Little Red Riding Hood premiered in theaters. Though Walt Disney had had success with the Newman Laugh-O-grams in the early 1920s, this new short film was his first foray into the animation business among the likes of the New York studios. Though this short film would start a string of adapted fairy tale cartoons, this venture would fail until Disney created the Alice Comedies. The film was considered a lost film for decades, but a print was found in the 1990s in a London film library; the short was eventually restored by the Walt Disney Company when they acquired it in 1998.

July 28

July 28, 1994 – Ground Breaks on Vero Beach Vacation Club Resort

“Relax on warm sand and play in the sparkling blue waters of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.”

On July 28, 1994, a special groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Disney Vacation Club’s new Vero Beach location. The first Disney resort built outside of Walt Disney World property, Vero Beach resort is located in the Treasure Coast Region; the design and theme of the resort was meant to represent this coastal line. The groundbreaking ceremony featured appearances by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Chip ‘n’ Dale, along with several Disney enthusiasts. The resort eventually opened on October 1, 1995.

July 27

July 27, 2014 – The Yankee Trader Store in Walt Disney World Closes

On July 27, 2014, the Magic Kingdom Park store The Yankee Trader closed its doors. Located in Liberty Square, the store specialized in supplies for the kitchen, including pot holders, Disney character-shaped pasta, and glassware. The store was replaced by Memento Mori, a shop dedicated to the nearby attraction The Haunted Mansion.

July 26

July 26, 1955 – Walt Disney and Fess Parker Appear on the Cover of Look Magazine

“In thirty years, Walt Disney has made more than 600 films, watched by a billion pairs of eyes.”

On July 26, 1955, the newest issue of Look Magazine was released, featuring Walt Disney and Fess Parker on the cover. This issue featured an eight-page spread about Walt Disney, the characters he brought to life through animation and television, and plans once Disneyland opened. Also featured was a snippet of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, and his travels around the country promoting the show.

July 25

July 25, 2013 – The Spa Senses Opens at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

“A full-service spa and health club inspired by the 19th century wellness retreats of upstate New York.”

On July 25, 2013, the Disney spa Senses opened in Walt Disney World’s Saratoga Springs Resort. This was the second version of the spa to open, as the original Senses opened in the Grand Floridian Resort in late 2012. Guests can treat themselves to a relaxing day with several different spa treatments, including facials, massages, manicures, and special packages.