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Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 24

January 24, 1993 – The Attraction Acorn Ball Crawl Opens in Disneyland’s Toontown

On January 24, 1993, the attraction Acorn Ball Crawl opened in Disneyland’s Toontown area. Located in Chip & Dale’s Treehouse, the attraction was essentially a giant ball pit filled with yellow and red rubber balls. The attraction was short lived, however, as it closed and was removed in early 1998.

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January 23

January 23, 1992 – Bonnet Creek Golf Club Opens

On January 23, 1992, the Bonnet Creek Golf Club Opened in Walt Disney World. The club was designed by Pete Dye, and included at the time the Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge courses. On February 1, 2005, the club was renamed Eagle Pines & Osprey Ridge Golf Club, to represent the two courses that make up the club. The club has been considered one of the top 100 golf courses in the state of Florida. In March 2007, Disney sold the golf club to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

January 22

January 22, 2006 – A Blue Carpet Premiere is Held for Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!

“This delightful new adventure continues our tradition of creating memorable, immersive storytelling attractions.” – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Jay Rasulo

On January 22, 2006, a special ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the new Disneyland attraction Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!. Called a “blue carpet” premiere (in honor of Sulley’s blue fur), several celebrities were on hand to experience the new attraction, including Disney Channel star Ashley Tisdale, actress Lisa Kudrow, and actor Patrick Warburton. Located in Disney’s California Adventure, the attraction was meant to provide more family-friendly entertainment, alongside other Pixar-themed attractions and entertainment.

January 21

January 21, 2004 – Disney Sells Celebration Town Center to Lexin Capital

“Celebration, Florida – The Community Disney Built.”

On January 21, 2004, The Walt Disney Company sold the downtown area of the city of Celebration to Lexin Capital for an undisclosed sum, though it was estimated that the cost was at least $42 million. The self-contained city was built in Walt Disney World’s property, and first opened on June 18, 1996, when the first residents moved in. It was Disney’s first experiment with urban planning, and the sale gave Lexin Capital 18 acres, featuring retail stores, restaurants, commercial office space, private apartments, and 6.8 acres that hadn’t been developed at the time of sale.

January 20

January 20, 2017 – Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland for Limited Engagement

“Join us in January as we welcome the Main Street Electrical Parade home to Disneyland park for a limited time!”

On January 20, 2017, the Main Street Electrical Parade began a limited engagement run in Disneyland. Originally premiering on June 17, 1972, the floats and synthesizer music became a huge hit with park guests. A version of the parade was created for Walt Disney World, which premiered on June 11, 1977. The Disneyland version ended its run on November 25, 1996. With the limited engagement version, special merchandise and food offerings were offered to help guests enjoy the experience.

January 19

January 19, 2011 – The Nighttime Show The Magic, The Memories, and You! Premieres

“[Producers] weaved music, story, photography, video and animation into a new kind of nighttime entertainment.” – Alan Bruun, Disneyland Resort Creative Director

On January 19, 2011, the nighttime show The Magic, The Memories, and You! premiered at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was announced as part of Disney Parks’ “Let the Memories Begin” campaign. The show featured a kaleidoscope-style visual of Disney characters and scenes broadcast on Cinderella Castle alongside music, special effects, and fireworks. A smaller version of this production was created for Disneyland to be projected on the it’s a small world attraction. It was replaced in November 2012 with the Celebrate the Magic nighttime show.

January 18

January 18, 2011 – The Flights of Fantasy Parade Kicks Off in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Watch and cheer as Disney Characters join this sky-high celebration with music, dancing and excitement ‘in the air.’”

On January 18, 2011, the Flights of Fantasy Parade kicked off its run in Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade was created as part of the celebrations for Hong Kong Disneyland’s 5th anniversary. The parade was a collaboration project with cast members from Disney Parks around the world, and features several floats with themes ranging from Dumbo to Toy Story, accompanied by acrobats and aerialists. The twenty minute parade also features Cantonese and English versions of popular Disney songs, such as “You Can Fly” and “Heffalumps and Woozles.” The parade also features its own song, “Flights of Fantasy,” and a Cantonese version of the Jonas Brothers’ song “Fly With Me.”