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May 31

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May 31, 2012 – The Ink & Paint Shop Opens in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

On May 31, 2012, the general merchandise store Ink & Paint Shop opened in Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort. Stylized like an ink and paint repository, complete with giant colorful paint pots, the store provides a variety of Disney-themed merchandise ranging from apparel, to toys, to keychains.

May 30

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May 30, 2011 – American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Rides in Hollywood Studios Gala Parade

On May 30, 2011, to celebrate his win as the newest American Idol, Scotty McCreery rode down the streets of Hollywood Studios in a special gala parade, accompanied by Mickey Mouse. The parade ended in front of The American Idol Experience attraction, where McCreery treated guests to a rendition of his hit song “I Love You This Big.” He later surprised fans by making a surprise appearance in front of the attraction’s audience.

May 29

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May 29, 1998 – Disney Places Mulan Merchandise in Disney Stores

“From Disney’s 36th animated feature, Mulan, comes an all new musical masterpiece that will capture the emotion and adventure of this compelling film.”

On May 29, 1998, to promote the upcoming animated feature film Mulan, Disney Stores released special merchandise inspired by the film. Pieces ranged from costumes, to plush toys of characters such as Mushu, to dolls of the titular character. The film would go on to be released on June 5, 1998.

May 28

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May 28, 2016 – The Nighttime Show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Premieres at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“…we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate The Jungle Book with this new live show. It’s going to be a perfect fit for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” – Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, Michael Jung

On May 28, 2016, the limited-engagement nighttime show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic premiered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The show featured clips from the live-action feature film version of The Jungle Book, projected onto massive curtains of water, accompanied by live music, special effects, and a variety of performers. The music in the show was reimagined, Indian-inspired arrangements of popular songs from the film, including “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

May 27

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May 27, 2017 – The Merchandise Shop Windtraders Opens in Walt Disney World

“Discover exotic merchandise and souvenirs celebrating the flora, fauna, and culture of Pandora.”

On May 27, 2017, the specialty merchandise store Windtraders opened in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park, in the Pandora – The World of Avatar land. The store sells Avatar-themed merchandise, including Alpha Centauri Expeditions apparel, science kits, and interactive banshee toys.

May 26

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May 26, 2006 – The Tony Danza Show Ends

“I’m Tony Danza and I’m in New York City, live!”

On May 26, 2006, the daytime talk show The Tony Danza Show ended its run on television. Beginning on September 13, 2004, and distributed by Buena Vista Television, the show was hosted by actor Tony Danza and recorded at the ABC studio complex. Its most well-known gimmick was a game called “Extravadanza,” which was a Plinko-style game that was played with a home viewer. The series ran for only two seasons before it was cancelled due to low ratings.

May 25

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May 25, 1983 – The Specialty Store Mickey’s Christmas Chalet Opens in Disneyland

On May 25, 1983, the specialty Christmas store Mickey’s Christmas Chalet opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. The shop sold Disney-themed Christmas ornaments and décor year round until it closed on May 17, 1987. The store could be seen as a promotional shop for the featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which was released in December of 1983.

May 24

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May 24, 2017 – The Captain’s Grille Closes in Walt Disney World

On May 24, 2017, the Captain’s Grille restaurant closed in Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort. It opened on January 1, 2008, replacing the Yacht Club Galley, and featured classic seafood dishes that matched the nautical theme of the resort. It served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes ranging from smoked salmon on a toasted bagel, New England-style lobster roll, and buttermilk fried rock shrimp. The restaurant was replaced by the Ale & Compass Restaurant on November 4, 2017.

May 23

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May 23, 1982 – The Television Special Computers Are People, Too! Premieres

“Computers – they’re everywhere! There’s no escaping them, no matter who you are.”

On May 23, 1982, the television special Computers Are People, Too! premiered. Created as promotional tool for the live action feature film Tron, the feature sought to not only soothe the public’s fears that they would be displaced by computers and robots, but to show how people would work with machines peacefully. It was directed by Denis Sanders, and starred Elaine Joyce, Joseph Campanella, and Michael Iceberg.

The special begins with Elaine Joyce playing a computer game while other computer systems work around her. She loses her game, and the computer bets her “double or nothing” to play again. She wonders if she, as a singer, dancer, and actress, will be replaced by computers and machines. The main computer reminds her that computers are people as well, and simulates a juggler. Joyce then introduces the computer of the future: Telecommunicative Operative Memory, or TOM for short. TOM explains that he is an extension of a person’s intelligence, and on the verge of a partnership with several types of people, such as artists and athletes. He provides several examples of machine meeting art, including several clips from the upcoming film Tron. Joyce wonders how to work with TOM if she doesn’t know how the computer thinks. She panics, thinking that the computer will take over, but TOM reminds her that she has the control. TOM interviews several people about computers, and introduces a special summer camp in California that teaches campers how to use and code on a computer.

An early example of how computer animation was created using dancers hooked up to machines.

TOM then introduces how animation is done with computers, with the earliest example going back to Lee Harrison in 1960, with dancers wired to computers to capture the motion. He then goes through the advancements over the decades, and explains how we are then at 3-D animation. The consensus from artists is that computers will not replace creativity, but enhance it. Another animator relays the story of his search for a design machine, and then realized that he would have to create it. TOM then shows the graphical designs by the computer in a long, colorful segment. The segment then moves into how the computer can create special sound effects, or even create a “one-man band” through the use of a synthesizer known as the Fairlight CMI.

As Joyce remarks that she has the freedom to move TOM doesn’t because she is a dancer, TOM remarks that the computer has made advances in human understanding of human movement. The engineer talks about the difference between different types of athletic events and movements, ranging from dancing to diving. The engineers use the computer to look at the styles of two dancers and to determine the dancers’ centers of gravity. They see a flaw in one of the dancers’ takeoff and advise her how to correct it. After seeing this, Joyce thinks that her career as an artist is over due to technology. TOM informs her that he is powerless without her, and need her creativity. TOM then explains that computer games are the first foray into using computers, and shows several titles such as Pac-Man and Frogger. The segment also shows how computers created the look of Tron and its several games. Joyce finally accepts that the computer is the partner of the artist, rather than the adversary. The special ends with Joyce dancing alongside a computer animated counterpart.

May 22

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May 22, 1999 – The Nighttime Parade SpectroMagic Ends Original Run

“And now, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents, in a million points of musical light, the magic words of Disney…in SpectroMagic!”

On May 22, 1999, the Magic Kingdom nighttime parade SpectroMagic ended its run. It began on October 1, 1991, as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebrations, replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade (which had been sent to Disneyland Paris). SpectroMagic took the lights of Main Street Electrical Parade and multiplied it, adding more fiber optic elements and including over 45 Disney characters, such as Roger Rabbit, Chernabog, and the Three Little Pigs. The parade also featured a new song: “On This Magic Night.” The parade was brought back to the park on March 26, 2001, and officially ended its run in 2010.