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Monthly Archives: April 2019

April 30

April 30, 1995 – The Beauty and the Beast Stage Show Closes in Disneyland’s Videopolis

“There must be more than this provincial life!”

On April 30, 1995, the stage show version of the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast closed in Disneyland’s Videopolis area. Opening on April 11, 1992, it was similar to the stage version that premiered in Walt Disney World, but featured a different script, along with different sets and costumes. The show was highly popular, leading to the creation of the Broadway version of the animated film. There have been no plans, as of 2019, to revive the show in the park, even though the Walt Disney World version has been revised and is still a popular attraction among guests; however, scenes from the film have been incorporated into the live show Storytelling at Royal Theatre.

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April 29

April 29, 2001 – The Timekeeper Attraction Closes in Walt Disney World

“For your safety, I’ve invented rails for you to lean on. I call them, ‘lean rails.’ Please do not sit on the lean rails because…they’re there to lean on.”

On April 29, 2001, the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was adapted from the Disneyland Paris attraction Un Voyage à Travers le Temps (known as From Time to Time in English), and used the Circle-Vision 360° film technique, along with Audio-Animatronics, to tell a narrative. Guests would wait in the lobby and meet the invention known as 9-Eye (voiced by Rhea Perlman). Guests would then enter the theater and meet the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams), an inventor who created a time machine. He then sends 9-Eye back in time to record her experiences in important times of the past. After the attraction closed, it would reopen seasonally until it officially closed on February 26, 2006; it was eventually replaced by the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

April 28

April 28, 1997 – Cinderella’s Royal Table Officially Opens in Walt Disney World

“Fairytale dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table.”

On April 28, 1997, the special dining experience restaurant Cinderella’s Royal Table opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, located in Cinderella Castle. A restaurant had always existed within the castle, known as King Stefan’s Banquet Hall (named for the king in Sleeping Beauty); after the renaming to Cinderella’s Royal Table, it eventually became a place for character dining, where guests could meet the titular princess along with other Disney princesses.

April 27

April 27, 2013 – The First Radio Disney Music Awards are Held

“The star power of its presenters and nominees is a testament to the venerable brand that is Mickey Mouse Inc., but also to its commitment to music.”

On April 27, 2013, the first Radio Disney Music Awards were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Although similar awards were held in the past, they were an informal special radio program that had its last broadcast in 2007; this ceremony was the first official formal ceremony. The awards themselves have viewers and listeners determine the winners through weeks of submitting their votes through various messaging methods, such as text messaging and social media channels. The award winners feature a variety of musical artists, ranging from Disney Channel stars to big-name pop artists. Attendees and performers included Bridgit Mendler, Coco Jones, and Selena Gomez. Of the big three awards, Best Music Group went to One Direction, Best Male Artist went to Justin Bieber, and Best Female Artist went to Selena Gomez.

April 26

April 26, 2018 – The Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land Expansion of Shanghai Disney Opens

“We’re incredibly proud of the success of this one-of-a-kind, world-class destination and we are thrilled to give our Chinese guests even more to explore and enjoy at the resort with the addition of a spectacular new land based on Pixar’s beloved Toy Story characters.” – Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company

On April 26, 2018, the first major expansion of the Shanghai Disneyland park, known as Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land, opened. Shanghai Disneyland, open since 2016, had quickly become the most successful theme park to open in China; likewise, the Toy Story franchise had a huge impact on China, with Toy Story 3 becoming the highest-grossing Pixar film in China at the time. The expansion gave guests the illusion of being the size of a toy as they travel through the exquisitely decorated area, meeting characters from the film and having unique dining experiences. Similar expansions were also built in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, to much success. The grand opening ceremony featured CEO Bob Iger among a variety of local Chinese government officials and honored guests.

April 25

April 25, 2015 – The Third Radio Disney Music Awards are Held at the Microsoft Theater

“Music’s biggest event for families – the Radio Disney Music Awards are coming!”

On April 25, 2015, the third Radio Disney Music Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The awards themselves have viewers and listeners determine the winners through weeks of submitting their votes through various messaging methods, such as text messaging and social media channels. The award winners feature a variety of musical artists, ranging from Disney Channel stars to big-name pop artists. Of the big three awards, Best Music Group went to girl group Fifth Harmony, Best Male Artist went to Ed Sheeran, and Best Female Artist went to Ariana Grande. Jennifer Lopez was awarded the special Hero Award in recognition for her service to women and children through the Lopez Family Foundation.

April 24

April 24, 1989 – The Serial Teen Angel Premieres on the Mickey Mouse Club

On April 24, 1989, the serial Teen Angel premiered on the 1989 reboot of the Mickey Mouse Club. Similar to the serials of the original program (such as Annette and Spin and Marty), this was a limited serial that aired only twelve episodes. It told the story of Buzz Gunderson, who had been killed in a car crash in 1959 and brought back as a guardian angel. Buzz is tasked to help hapless Dennis Mullen through various tasks that, when completed, will allow him to get into heaven. The series starred Jason Priestly as Buzz, Adam Biesk as Dennis Mullen, and Renee O’Connor as Nancy Nichols. The series was popular enough to warrant a sequel serial called Teen Angel Returns.