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September 29

September 29, 2015 – Downtown Disney is Officially Renamed Disney Springs

“It’s Official – ‘Downtown Disney’ is Now ‘Disney Springs’ at Walt Disney World Resort”

On September 29, 2010, the name change of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs was made official. The name change was confirmed with the new website disneysprings.com and the Twitter account @DisneySprings, and the opening of two dining experiences: The Landing: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and Morimoto Asia. The area’s transformation was announced in 2013, which included a renovation and expansion of the entire area.

September 28

September 28, 2009 – The Disney Parks Blog Launches

“Walt Disney listened as he wandered the parks. We’ll listen here.”

On September 28, 2009, the Disney Parks Blog, the official blog for all things Disney parks, launched. It was noted as the official source of the latest information of all the parks worldwide, as well as tidbits of history from Imagineers and other cast members that make the parks magical. Guests can register for an account and comment on posts, providing feedback and questions for the panel of moderators.

September 27

September 27, 2014 – The Disneyland Interactive Activity Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! Ends

“It’s time to choose your alliance in the fight for Frontierland!”

On September 27, 2014, the interactive park activity Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! ended its run in Disneyland. Open since July 9, 2014, the game was similar to the interactive experiences in Walt Disney World (such as Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom), which gave guests a chance to enter a story set in the Frontierland area of Disneyland; guests could choose to either be a lawful citizen, or an outlaw, and earn “bits” to help them influence and further the story.

September 26

September 26, 2010 – The First D23 Scavenger Hunt is Held at Disneyland

“Get ready for the most incredible scavenger hunt in Disney history as D23 hosts the Great Disney Scavenger Hunt at the Disneyland Resort!”

On September 26, 2010, D23 held its first official scavenger hunt was held in Disneyland. Club members competed in teams of two to four, beginning at 8:45 in the morning at the Disneyland Hotel and searching across Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disneyland, and the Disney hotels. The top 10 teams won a variety of prizes from the likes of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Collectors’ Society, Disney Publishing, and Walt Disney Records.

September 25

September 25, 2005 – The Premiere of The Greatest Game Ever Played is Held at the El Capitan Theatre

On September 25, 2005, the premiere of the biographical sports film The Greatest Game Ever Played was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California. On hand for the premiere were actors and staff from the film, including actors Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, and director Bill Paxton. Also on hand were stars such as Penny Marshall, Rene Russo, and LaBeouf’s Even Stevens costar Christy Carlson Romano. The film was generally released five days later on September 30.

September 24

September 24, 2009 – Disney Theatrical Productions Donates Pieces from The Lion King Musical to the Smithsonian

“This donation is a significant addition to the museum’s entertainment collection and joins materials representative of Broadway hits.” – Brent D. Glass, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

On September 24, 2009, a special ceremony was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to celebrate Disney Theatrical Productions’ donation of pieces from the hit Broadway production of The Lion King. Pieces included costume elements from Simba’s and Rafiki’s costumes, such as Simba’s mask and headdress, and Rafiki’s costume, custom shoes, and hat. The costumes were designed by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry. These pieces join others from the shows Cats, Rent, and The King and I.  

September 23

September 23, 1955 – The Vinyl Record Firehouse Five Plus Two Plays for Lovers is Released Through Good Time Jazz

On September 23, 1955, the vinyl record Firehouse Five Plus Two Plays for Lovers was released through the Good Time Jazz label. The Firehouse Five Plus Two was a Dixieland band composed of members of the Walt Disney Company, led by Nine Old Men animator Ward Kimball, and featured Danny Alguire (assistant director at Disney), Harper Goff (Imagineer), Clarke Mallery (animator), Monte Mountjoy (jazz musician), Ed Penner (story writer), and Frank Thomas (Nine Old Men member). Later members included George Bruns (composer), Eddie Forest (Disney Studios orchestra drummer), Don Kinch, Jimmy MacDonald (head of the sound department and voice actor for Mickey Mouse), George Probert (assistant director), and Dick Roberts (professional banjo player). The album featured classic songs such as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Love Songs of the Nile.”