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October 16

October 16, 2003 – Eleven Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“Today, the Walt Disney Company will celebrate, recognize and reward those who have contributed their creativity and imagination to the Disney heritage in the 2003 Disney Legends ceremony.”

On October 16, 2003, eleven members of Disney history were inducted as Disney Legends. Among those honored were comic publisher Al Taliaferro; Disney representative to New Zealand, Neil Beckett; actor Buddy Hackett; director Richard Fleischer; wife of Disney and supporter of the Disney Company, Edna Disney; advisor and trustee of the California Institute of the Arts, Harrison “Buzz” Price; former Vice President of Engineering, Design, and Production, Orlando Ferrante; composer and co-founder of Disneyland Records, Tutti Camarata; comic strip artist Floyd Gottfredson; voice actress for Cinderella, Ilene Woods; and last but not least, Lillian Disney, who performed many behind-the-scenes acts to keep the company, and her husband’s legacy, alive. Among the eleven honored, only five were alive at the time of the ceremony: Richard Fleischer, Harrison Price, Orlando Ferrante, Tutti Camarata, and Ilene Woods.

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October 15

October 15, 1971 – Life Magazine Features Story on Walt Disney World

“The new site is Florida, but the air is pure old Disney.”

On October 15, 1971, Life Magazine wrote an article about the opening of Walt Disney World, which had opened only two weeks prior. The article about the park, entitled “Disney Moves East,” features several pictures from the opening day festivities, while discussing the changes and “lessons learned” from the park in Anaheim. The article also introduces characters that guests can meet in the park, as well as the attraction Mickey Mouse Revue, featuring Audio-Animatronic figures of classic Disney characters.

October 14

October 14, 2006 – Previews Begin for Mary Poppins on Broadway

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

On October 14, 2006, the Broadway version of the musical Mary Poppins began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical, a joint production between Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Macintosh, had Gavin Lee reprising his role as Bert, while Ashley Brown took over the role of Mary Poppins. The show would officially debut on November 16, 2006, and would go on to be nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning one for Best Scenic Design.

October 13

October 13, 2008 – The Sun Wheel Attraction Closes

“Hop inside a roomy gondola for a breeze, 9-minute jaunt above Paradise Bay.”

On October 13, 2008, the Ferris wheel thrill attraction Sun Wheel closed at Paradise Pier. The ride was designed to fit Disney California Adventure’s theme of the boardwalks in California around the turn of the century, but when the park went through an overhaul in 2008, it was deemed that this ride would be one of those to change. Although the swinging gondola aspect of the ride did not change, what did was the design, replacing the giant sun face on the wheel with a picture of Mickey Mouse.

October 12

October 12, 2008 – Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Opens in Downtown Disney

“Simple flavors of Italy”

On October 12, 2008, the restaurant Portobello Country Italian Trattoria opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area (now known as Disney Springs). Originally opening in May 1, 1989, and known as Portobello Yacht Club, the restaurant went under refurbishment; this included a new menu with a focus more on Italian cuisine. The restaurant was closed on April 24, 2017, and will be replaced by the Terralina Crafted Italian restaurant.

October 11

October 11, 2006 – The Store Disney Vault 28 Opens in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

“Wear your love of Disney on your sleeve in a totally new way with retro and on-trend apparel and accessories.”

On October 11, 2006, the boutique store Disney Vault 28 opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shopping district. The store offers Disney-inspired fashion for women, ranging from dresses to handbags. A grand opening celebration was held for the store on November 12, 2006. The store closed in September 2017 to make room for a new Star Wars-themed store.

October 10

October 10, 2005 – The Animation Academy Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Discover how Disney characters are brought to life during a hands-on presentation with a Disney artist.”

On October 10, 2005, the Animation Academy opened in Disney California Adventure. This was the fourth version of this instructor-led animation school, with the first version having opened in Walt Disney World’s DisneyQuest in 1998. Guests can come in and learn from professional Disney animators on how to draw a variety of Disney characters. Animation Academy is located in the Disney Animation Building, where guests can learn more about the process of animation.