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Monthly Archives: October 2017

October 31

October 31, 1955 – The Scamp Daily Comic Strip Begins

On October 31, 1955, the first Scamp daily comic was published. Scamp was the offspring of the characters Lady and Tramp from the animated feature film Lady and the Tramp, and began being featured in the Treasury of Classic Tales Lady and the Tramp comic starting July 10; it was soon decided that Scamp was popular enough to lead his own daily comic. The comic was drawn by Dick Moores, with Ward Greene, script writer for the animated film and author of the short story “Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog” on which the film was based, providing the text and story. Greene would also go on to write a novelization of the film that was released two years before the film was released. The Scamp comic would run until June 19, 1988.

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October 30

October 30, 1997 – DisneyFest Kicks Off in Singapore

“DisneyFest is the first venture of Singapore-based Disney Entertainment Projects.”

On October 30, 1997, an event called DisneyFest kicked off its run in Singapore. Originally beginning as a traveling fair called The Disney Fair, its goal was to bring Disney to other states within the United States. Opening in Puyallup, Washington, the fair only succeeded in traveling a few stops before disbanding. However, it was believed that the fair setup would be successful in Asia, and would be a testing ground for other Asian Disney projects, including potential theme parks. The fair featured a live stage show, exhibits, games, shopping, and inflatable Mickeys.

October 29

October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins

“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”

On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.

October 28

October 28, 2013 – The Network Fusion Launches

“Pop Culture. Satire. News. This is Fusion.”

On October 28, 2013, the ABC and Univision joint network Fusion officially launched. ABC and Univision announced on February 11 their plans to create a channel that would feature topics of interest to American Hispanic teenagers; it was Univision’s first foray into the world of English-language programming. In 2016, ABC sold its stake of Fusion to Univision, making Univision the sole owner through the Fusion Media Group.

October 27

October 27, 1989 – The Disneyland Showcase Shop Opens in Disneyland

“Dress to impress with some of the latest and greatest Disney apparel and souvenirs for every season – from Halloween to the holidays!”

On October 27, 1989, the shop Disneyland Showcase (now simply known as Disney Showcase) opened on Main Street in Disneyland. Replacing the Wurlitzer Music Hall, the shop sells a variety of specialty apparel to match the holiday seasons and special events held at the park. The shop also sells Disney collectibles, plush toys, and other gifts.

October 26

October 26, 1986 – The Quick Service Restaurant Gurgi’s Munchies and Crunchies Opens

On October 26, 1986, the quick service restaurant Gurgi’s Munchies and Crunchies opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Located in Fantasyland, the restaurant was named after the character Gurgi from the animated feature film The Black Cauldron. It replaced the Lancer’s Inn, and when it closed on February 13, 1993, it itself was replaced by Lumiere’s Kitchen.

October 25

October 25, 2000 – The Shopping Center Val d’Europe Opens Next to Disneyland Paris

“Discover Val d’Europe where there are over 150 shops catering to your every need, giving you a shopping experience like no other!”

On October 25, 2000, the international shopping center Val d’Europe opened right next to Disneyland Paris. Leased to SEGECE, the factory outlet mall features stores ranging from the Apple Store to La Grand Récré. The shopping center also features the region’s largest aquarium, which is home to over 350 varieties of sea creature. The center is a mere five minute bus ride from Disneyland Paris park.