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April 22

April 22, 1998 – The Tusker House Restaurant Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“At this colorful Harambe marketplace eatery, you’ll find a family-focused buffet brimming with African flavors.”

On April 22, 1998, the buffet-style restaurant Tusker House opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, located in Walt Disney World. Guests can experience character dining with Safari Donald Duck and friends, from breakfast to dinner, while enjoying African-themed dishes such as peri peri whole salmon, basmati rice and curry chicken, and banana bread pudding. Guests 21 and older can go to the nearby Dawa Bar, where they can taste South African wines and African beers.

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April 21

April 21, 2006 – The Live Show Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show Premieres

“Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show!”

On April 21, 2006, the touring stage production Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show premiered in Columbia, South Carolina. This was the second production by Feld Entertainment in conjunction with Disney. The show featured Mickey and Minnie putting on a magic show, which brought forth magic from the most beloved Disney films, such as Aladdin and Fantasia; the underlying theme was finding the magic deep within us.

April 20

April 20, 2012 – The Disneynature Film Chimpanzee is Released to Theaters

“For Oscar, every day is an adventure.”

On April 20, 2012, the sixth entry in the Disneynature film line, Chimpanzee, was released to theaters. The film follows the story of a young chimpanzee named Oscar who, after his close-knit tribe is attached by a rival gang of chimps, has to fend for himself in the forest. This film was notable for being the first documented footage of chimpanzees committing acts of altruism. The film was directed by Alistair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, and narrated by Tim Allen. Principal photography was done in the jungles of Uganda and the Ivory Coast.

April 19

April 19, 1983 – The Series Disney Studio Showcase Premieres on Disney Channel

On April 19, 1983, the television series Disney Studio Showcase premiered on Disney Channel as one of the first programs of the new channel. The series took viewers behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Studios, including a variety of upcoming Disney projects and ideas, such as the Tim Burton-directed short film Hansel and Gretel. The series ended its run on April 25, 1985.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – The Disney Channel Show Mousercise Premieres

“Come on everybody and Mousercize, Mickey’s Mousercize!”

On April 18, 1983, the aerobics show Mousercise premiered on Disney Channel. The show was modeled after the popular exercise programs of the time and was based on an exercise album released by Disneyland Records in 1982. It featured Kellyn Plasschaert as the main instructor, and Steve Stark as a facilitator on a discussion on health and safety. The show ran for 60 episodes.

April 17

April 17, 2009 – The Themed Store Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Disneyland

“Behold a royal transformation as everyday kids turn into elegant princesses and shining knights – right before your eyes!”

On April 17, 2009, the popular shop Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in Disneyland. Originally opening in Walt Disney World on April 5, 2006, the store is a salon that styles girls to look like princesses and boys to look like knights. Little girls can pick from one of eight packages, ranging from being styled like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, to a specialty package that dressed them up to look like a Disney princess. Boys can choose the Knight Package, which includes hairstyling, a sword and shield set, and confetti. This was the fourth version of the salon to open in Disney parks, with others opening in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

April 16

April 16, 2013 – The Disneynature Film Wings of Life is Released on Blu-Ray

“A beautiful love story in danger.”

On April 16, 2013, the fourth Disneynature film Wings of Life was released on Blu-Ray, after a week-long engagement at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The film was originally released in France on March 16, 2011, under the title Pollen, and released in the United Kingdom as Hidden Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth. Produced by Blacklight Films, this French-American film takes a look at pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, and how they keep the ecosystem stable. The film was directed by Louie Schwartzberg, with the American version narrated by Meryl Streep.