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Monthly Archives: July 2019

July 31

July 31, 2012 – The Restaurant Bistro de Paris Closes in Epcot’s France Pavilion

“Gourmet restaurant located at the 2nd floor.”

On July 31, 2012, after almost 30 years of operations, the restaurant Bistro de Paris closed. Open on June 3, 1984 in the France Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase, it was originally created due to the success and demand for reservations for Les Chefs de France, and was located in the upstairs area of the restaurant. It specialized in gourmet French cuisine, featuring such dishes as filet mignon and crème brulee. After it closed, it was renovated and reopened in December of 2012 as Monsieur Paul.

July 30

July 30, 1973 – Time Magazine Posts Article “Disney After Walt is a Family Affair.”

“The financial fellows think we’re going to fall on our faces without Walt…well, we’re going to fool them.”

On July 30, 1973, Time Magazine published its latest issue, featuring an article entitled “Disney After Walt is a Family Affair.” After Walt passed away in 1966, there were serious worries about how the company could survive. The article interview Roy O. Disney and talks about how the company managed to survive and thrive in the years since Walt’s death.

July 29

July 29, 2000 – Disney Celebrates First Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

On July 29, 2000, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the popular roller coaster Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Disney created a guitar in the parking lot of Disney-MGM Studios Park out of 80 Corvettes, the signature car of the attraction. Using red, white, black, and silver cars, the formation resembled that of the Stratocaster, the guitar that covers the front of the attraction.

July 28

July 28, 2005 – The Lion King Begins Performances at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne

On July 28, 2005, the second Australian production of The Lion King kicked off its run at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The production lasted almost one year at this theater before closing on June 4, 2006; it went back to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on December 12, 2013. This production was the 9th production of the popular Broadway musical running around the world, with shows also running across North America, Tokyo, London, Hamburg, and Madrid.

July 27

July 27, 2010 – The Star Tours Attraction Closes in Disneyland

“From the creative forces of Disney and George Lucas.”

On July 27, 2010, the Disneyland version of the popular attraction Star Tours closed. The attraction was closed to make way for a revamped, prequel version of the attraction, later known as Star Tours – The  Adventures Continue. The new attraction included locations and characters from the prequel trilogy (Episode I through Episode III). The improved version of the attraction opened on June 3, 2011.

July 26

July 26, 2012 – The Series Disney Code: 9 Premieres on Disney Channel

“Mom and Dad just got here, we’re at code: 9.”

On July 26, 2012, the live-action television series Disney Code: 9 premiered on Disney Channel. It was a prank show where kids would pull elaborate, high-tech pranks on their unsuspecting parents. It was the second version of a prank show on Disney Channel, with the first being PrankStars in 2011. Disney Code: 9 was a short lived show, ending on September 28, 2012, after airing only six episodes.

July 25

July 25, 2007 – Hollywood Records Announces CDVU+ Format

On July 25, 2007, the Walt Disney Company record label Hollywood Records announced the new CD format CDVU+ (also known as CD View Plus), which provided listeners a variety of extras on each disc, including a variety of digital extras such as lyrics and photos, which can be offered on and offline. This new format also releases CDs in a recyclable format. The first band to use this new format was the Jonas Brothers, with their album released on August 7. The format was scrapped after only a few releases.

July 24

July 24, 2009 – Disney’s Christmas Train Arrives at Union Station

Disney’s A Christmas Carol is a thrilling, multi-sensory movie directed by Robert Zemeckis that takes the classic Dickens tale to the big screen like never before.”

On July 24, 2009, Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour arrived at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois. Sponsored by Hewlett Packard and Amtrak, and promoting the upcoming film A Christmas Carol, the train was scheduled to stop in 40 cities through 36 states, ranging from New Mexico to New York. The train also gave guests a sneak peek at the movie, with a glimpse at the character designs and cutting-edge technology.

July 23

July 23, 2002 – The Soundtrack for The Country Bears is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“You gotta turn the music up too to bring out the kid in you, to bring out the kid in you.”

On July 23, 2002, the soundtrack for the live-action, attraction-based film The Country Bears was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack is a combination of the film score by Christopher Young, as well as songs by artists such as Brian Setzer, Krystal Harris, Elton John, John Hiatt, and Jennifer Paige.

July 22

July 22, 2004 – Disney Hosts the DisneyHand Teacher Awards

“These teachers personify the excellence in the classroom, and we are pleased to recognize and award their creativity, commitment, and dedication to their profession, students and communities, and provide them an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices.”

On July 22, 2004, the Walt Disney Company began their DisneyHand Teacher Awards celebration, honoring 39 teachers out of 150,000 nominees in a four-day VIP party and gala celebration. This celebration also included a parade down Main Street of Disneyland. The event culminated in a special gala in Anaheim, with four of the 39 selected as Outstanding Elementary School Teacher, Outstanding Middle School Teacher, Outstanding High School Teacher, and Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Each of the nominees won $10,000, and their schools were awarded with $5,000. The honorees were selected by a special national committee of distinguished educators.